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By BJHill ·
My company primarily uses PCs, but we have a small (less than 10 people) group that uses Macs for doing graphic design. The support costs for these few Macs is causing management to raise the question of eliminating them. Not being in the graphics design field myself, but having been asked to research this question, I would be interested in hearing from graphics design professionals. Is the software available for use on Windows PCs (or Linux?) equivalent to what is available for the Mac?

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Thanks for the details. I've strongly recommended the managers talk to the actual users/developers, but they want an "unbiased" opinion. Do you have any thoughts regarding graphic trends/future expectations in software for the Mac?

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by TheChas In reply to Graphic Design Software f ...

Have you taken a look at Quark?

http://www.quark.com/

If the Adobe packages don't have what you need, Quark may be the answer.

You can download 30 day evaluation versions from Adobe, and I believe that Quark has a similar program.

Chas

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by BJHill In reply to

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Thanks, though I am familiar with Quark. Do you have any thoughts regarding graphic trends/future expectations in software for the Mac?

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by wlbowers In reply to Graphic Design Software f ...

What type of support cost are you talking about.

Graphics software for the PC is not going to be a screaming lot cheaper than for the Mac. That is unless you use one of the crack sites. And believe me if you find the current version of Photoshop for $79.00, don't try to register it.

And "Not being in the graphics design field" I would not want to be the one to tell a graphics department they have to give up their adobe collection and start using corel.

I use Mac (G4) and PC (64 bit Athlon). I do my graphics work on the Mac.

There is a lot of junk out there calling itself Graphics Programs. If you want to peck at a photo that might be fine. If you want to do serious work. Most people look at Adobe.

Go talk to your people and see what is going on. See what programs they are using. Compare the prices for both platforms, both hardware and software.

Good Luck Lee

As for hardware, there is a reason the

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by BJHill In reply to

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Thanks for the details. I've strongly recommended the managers talk to the actual users/developers, but they want an "unbiased" opinion. The main "support" issue as I understand it is that all of our Help Desk folks are PC focused, so if the Macs need tech support, they have to hire outside help. I would be interested in any thoughts you might have regarding graphic trends/future expectations in software for the Mac.

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