3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 8, 2014 2:38 PM by Dirty Budha

    Reasons for employer to buy Graphic Designer a Mac over PC

    jenlenhart

      I am a graphic designer and just started a new position. My employers are wanting to buy me a new computer.

      Currently, I am on a PC and the only programs I have to use are CS5 InDesign (no problem, that's what I've used my whole design career) and CS2 Illustrator (GASP!! I had never even seen this version until I started.)

       

      My preference is very much Mac. What are some solid reasons that I should ask them to buy me a Mac with updated software instead of just a new PC?

      I'm the newest and youngest person at my place of work, so I'm really wanting to avoid the whole "young entitled designer" thing.

       

      Any comments would be super helpful!

        • 1. Re: Reasons for employer to buy Graphic Designer a Mac over PC
          John Waller Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          What are some solid reasons that I should ask them to buy me a Mac with updated software instead of just a new PC?

          To me, it's personal preference and familiarity these days.

           

          I use both Macs and PCs daily so it makes no difference since the software is, to all intents and purposes, identical on both.

          • 2. Re: Reasons for employer to buy Graphic Designer a Mac over PC
            Herbert2001 Level 4

            Since Illustrator CS2 will not work on newer Macs you would have to ask your new boss to also invest in a new license of Illustrator. They may not even have CS5 and CS2 licenses for Mac, so that would be another investment in terms of time and money for them.

             

            Then there is the problem of supporting Macs on the network and by a company's network administrator(s): they are often WIndows minded, and have a bit of an aversion to Macs, because it makes their lives more difficult.

             

            Thus, in most cases, I found that in a Windows-oriented business environment Macs are generally not welcomed. On top of that, they most probably have service contracts with a vendor like HP or Dell - introducing a Mac only makes things more complicated.

             

            Instead of focusing on the OS, I would check the current configuration of the machine they intend to purchase for you, and make some helpful comments about what specs are REALLY important for a graphic designer, such as a large screen (preferably 2560x1440 screen, multi screen setup) and a hardware calibration device to colour calibrate the screens. A color calibrated soft proof printer. And so on.

             

            Work with them. Not too much against them - you're the new guy at work.

             

            There are probably too many reasons for them NOT to get into Macs.

             

            Of course, you can always bring in your MacBook pro to keep you company ;-)

            • 3. Re: Reasons for employer to buy Graphic Designer a Mac over PC
              Dirty Budha

              I teach an InDesign class with both Macs and PCs. They are practically the same, shortcuts and all. The dirty lil secret is CMD on Mac is CTRL on the PC.

               

              It'll be an uphill battle to get a Mac from your boss, and the CS5 suite since CS6 is all you can get now. It's not as big of a deal as you think. I work on a PC at work, Mac at home and in my class. It also makes you more marketable when you can be efficient in both platform environments. It’s WAY easy to use both.