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Topic: MAC users please reply
Message: Posted by: glodmagic (Dec 30, 2005 03:49PM)
I am interested in how many are MAC users on the Café'. I understand there are some interesting show control software and hardware items coming on the scene soon.
I have a video that aired of the Copperfield crew doing final show audio edits on a MAC a few years back.

The purpose of this thread isn't about PC vs MAC debates at all please.
I am simply interested who uses MACs on the Café'

I use both a Dell PC Laptop and a MAC Powerbook as well as older desktops in both formats.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie (Dec 30, 2005 04:54PM)
Hey, Glod!
I just [b]KNEW[/b] you were a man of quality and good taste! I've been a Mac man since my introduction to computers, in about '90 or '91. Currently, I have a 20" G5 Tiger iMac, and I love it. Unfortunately, I don't do computer show control, though.
Dan.
Message: Posted by: NFox (Dec 30, 2005 05:31PM)
Dan, you are a lucky man. I want to get a 20" iMac myself, but I am currently typing on a 17 inch Aluminum PowerBook...which is incredible. I made the switch earlier in the year and haven't looked back. If I have to do 3d rendering, I unfortunately have to use a Windows machine. That only makes me appreciate my virus, adware, and spyware free computer all the more

I have been trying to research this very topic for my own knowledge recently, but haven't found anything of value. Sorry I can't be of any assistance.

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Dec 30, 2005 05:34PM)
Mac and nothing else for me! Most of my friends who used to "dis" me for my Mac are NOW Mac users as well and all say...." I should have done this a long time ago"...my response.... " Told ya so."

Best,

Tim
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Dec 30, 2005 09:34PM)
I will stay with Mac also. My favorite response is "what virus".

I wish I had time to learn so much more. With my background in photography, it was natural to go to a Mac. They were so far ahead of the game for years. PC are catching up but most of the major graphic stuff is still done on Macs.

Richard
Message: Posted by: chmara (Dec 30, 2005 09:34PM)
Only the wise, intellegent and probably left handed use Macs. I dropped DOS 1 to get a first generation Mac before hardrives -- and my first scanner was a VHS camera on a tripod.

After oodles of models and systems I am still with Mac and recently added iMac G5 for musical integration in the act.

GC
Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (Dec 30, 2005 10:02PM)
I've been a Mac user for years. (By the way, I did an informal poll at the I.B.M. Convention a few years ago and I think a high proportion of magicians use Mac vs. the general public.)

Anyway, I'm using a B&W with a G4 upgrade on Panther (10.3.9) and love it.

Michael
Message: Posted by: Frank Simpson (Dec 30, 2005 11:25PM)
Count me among the proud and happy MAC users as well. 15 years now and never been happier! I do 3D rendering, CAD work, audio/music production and video editing for fun. I do graphic design and layout professionally. I do find my MAC a whole lot more stable and efficient than the DELL I use at work, which is a pretty good machine in and of itself, but I definitely prefer the MAC.

Show control is something that I would very much like to explore in the future.
Message: Posted by: NFox (Dec 30, 2005 11:34PM)
Forever Plaid, what do you use for 3d rendering and CAD work? How do you like it?

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: MR2Guy (Dec 31, 2005 03:09AM)
I'm a Mac user because they satisfy almost all my needs better than Windows or Linux. I do use PCs as well, whatever gets the job done best wins.

My belief is that the OS should be as transparent as possible, when I'm creating on a computer, and it's my humble servant, I don't want to have to switch right/left brain activities or have the OS get in my way. In my opinion, Macs win in this catagory.

I use my PC almost exclusively for running SolidWorks, a CAD app that absolutely rocks.

Nice thread!

Jason
Message: Posted by: Frank Simpson (Dec 31, 2005 01:43PM)
Nick-

I use Vectorworks for CAD and ArtLantis for rendering. I learned to use them in my former job when I was designing and fabricating trade show booths and displays. I find them both pretty intuitive to use, and certainly powerful enough for my purposes.
Message: Posted by: chmara (Dec 31, 2005 05:06PM)
My main programs - Logic Pro for composition, Adobe CS2 Suite for Posters, graphics, Back of Hall books use inDesign.

I am not compoletely happy with Appleworkd word processing, but I refuse to use any MS products I must willingly buy.

Database in filemaker (routines, inventory, clients) and Aviner for writing manuscripts.
Message: Posted by: magicsavant (Jan 2, 2006 12:29PM)
I got a 12-inch G4 ibook, and a powermac on my wish list once the intel versions come out.
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Jan 2, 2006 05:06PM)
I've had a 15" Powerbook for about 2.5 years that I mostly use for light video work. I haven't had a lick of trouble in all that time.

I still use a Dell desktop as my primary machine, just because I grew up with Windows and the desktop has a larger hard drive, etc.

Once both of my machines need replacing though, I'll probably get a Mac desktop.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: John Tudor (Jan 3, 2006 06:03AM)
I'm a Mac guy too, typing on my Powebook...with a new 80 gig hard drive, installed at a ridiculously low price by a great company here in Columbia SC area called Wegener media- http://www.wegenermedia.com/
Just in case you do need some repairs, check them out...they also have great deals on re-furbed machines...
John
Message: Posted by: Mike Segal (Jan 3, 2006 12:55PM)
I, too, am a MAC guy all the way.
Have been for many many years. I have a 12" G3 iBook for on the road and a 20" iMac G5 for my home.
Love them both.
I also have a few older models around the house and a G4 for the living room, used primarily just to surf and google and post...
I truly believe that once you go to MAC, You'll never look back.
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Jan 5, 2006 10:47AM)
Love my G4 powerbook!
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Jan 6, 2006 03:12PM)
Just to be a nitpicker, it's Mac, not MAC. It's also Apple, and iPod (not IPOD, Ipod, IPod, or any other variation). There, got that out of my anal-retentive system.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Jan 6, 2006 09:25PM)
Well however you spell it, isn't nice to know that the latest virus is not going to be attacking your Microsoft Windows operating system this weekend?

Richard
Message: Posted by: NFox (Jan 6, 2006 09:52PM)
It's more than nice. It is a thing of true beauty. Before I got my Powerbook, I was on a 4 year old Windows box that had been infected with over 30 viruses in its time, and was brought back from the dead more than once, so the hassle-free bliss that is my Powerbook was and is greatly appreciated.

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 9, 2006 05:10PM)
I have to use PC's for product specific software that won't run fast enough on Virtual PC.
I have a PC and the Mac Mini at my personal desk at work, and a PowerBook G4 at home, and I have to say that, if given a choice, and though I'm certainly not a PC basher, I'd take any of the above Mac's anyday over any PC.

If the Mac runs OSX, I'm there over Windows.
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Jan 11, 2006 04:48PM)
How many in here intending to switch to a new Intel Mac anytime soon?

Kevin
Message: Posted by: chmara (Jan 12, 2006 02:56AM)
Depends on how fast my applications (Logic Pro, Adobe CS2 Suite, Filemaker) make me switch. Probably 3-5 months I'll add a machine, drop an eMac and demote my 20" iMac.
Message: Posted by: NFox (Jan 12, 2006 10:32AM)
I am going to wait until everything I need runs natively on Intel chips without having to run Rosetta. Even Steve Jobs (during his keynote speech at MAcWorld) said that there was a bit of a lag. Also, rumor has it that there are MUCH bigger things about to come out (possibly for Apple's 30th aniversary on April Fools day of this year) involving Intel chips.

I'm such a geek at heart, I follow all of the Mac/Apple news and rumors and have since before I even had a Mac to brag about.

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Jan 14, 2006 06:46PM)
I'm also a big mac (no pun intended) fan. I'm tempted to go for a pirchase soon (That Macbook Pro has awesome features), but I can't afford to right now and my current machines work just fine. Maybe this Fall, or for Christmas if Santa thinks I've been good.

I can't wait to see how the intel switch progresses though.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: SteveReel (Jan 16, 2006 11:07AM)
I've been a long time Mac / Apple fan since the late 1980s. I've never owned a windows machine. As a pro musician / audio engineer, Mac was the only way to go in the studio in those days. I've also made a lot of money on Apple stock, and will probably continue to trade it.

As far as show control, I use a LANbox, http://www.lanbox.com. It is a tiny box that allows us to run elaborate light shows and control it from a laptop or MIDI. We also use Grid to control video projectors. http://vidvox.com/
Message: Posted by: C Christian (Jan 23, 2006 06:29PM)
Mac user here!
I do all my promo material in Photoshop and I love it!
Cheers, Chris
Message: Posted by: Titanas (Jan 25, 2006 06:09PM)
I use mac as well ...need to be serious when you are a pro...and people paying you per hour....no time for pc-crashes ;)
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Feb 6, 2006 04:48PM)
Mac is my primary computer for image editing, video, sound etc. Hands down Apple has it in that arena. I use our PC's to run our milling and cnc machines here, only because there is no software out there that does it on the Mac. Gee, doesn't that sound familiar :)

Jake
Message: Posted by: lowphat (Feb 7, 2006 10:23AM)
I have an iBook G4.
Message: Posted by: scottdavismagic (Feb 10, 2006 10:00AM)
Several years ago, before I was doing magic full time, I worked on staff at a large adverting agency. We had about 25 macs and 5 PCs. Because of viruses and spyware, our computer tech spent 95% of his time fixing the PCs. The macs all ran like tops.

They are great computers.
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Feb 12, 2006 08:42PM)
That's rather strange, guys. I've read plenty of forums where users complained of their Macs crashing like crazy too. While it's true that most virus writers target Windows or DOS (c'mon, DOS isn't even relevant today !), Macs too had their issues.
I was never a Mac guy, but I'll say this: since Apple dumped the core OS and built a new one using BSD kernel as the base, (OS-X and since), I'll give a nod to Macs.
PCs have also improved by leaps and bounds, as XP is light years better than Win9x, though certainly far from perfect.
I have an older brother who swears the ol' Amiga would've beaten them all, had it not suffered an arrested development.
BeOS had great promise, but seems to have sputtered out, despite the open source initiative to revive it.
Overall, though, I think it is Linux that will win the day, when all is said and done.
Interestingly, Mac will have more in common with Linux than Windows, that's for sure. Props to Steve Jobs for seeing the writing on the wall.
So how are you guys liking the option of a command line interface ?

One thing : I don't understand why any system, by default, would limit it's hardware interface to a one button mouse.
Is that because the average Mac user finds two buttons too confusing ? :bg:
(Just kidding ! Don't come hunt me down and kill me, I know how you cultists are !)
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie (Feb 12, 2006 08:58PM)
[quote]
On 2006-02-12 21:42, Mystician wrote:
One thing : I don't understand why any system, by default, would limit it's hardware interface to a one button mouse.[/quote]
Macs now ship with a 4-button, 4-way scroll-wheel mouse, called the "Mighty Mouse".
Message: Posted by: John Tudor (Feb 15, 2006 11:16AM)
Since upgrading my G4 laptop to OS X (10.4) I have never had a single crash.
Message: Posted by: tntjr (Apr 5, 2006 02:06PM)
Old thread, but count me in as a Mac fan. I can use Windows too, but ever try to network one? The Mac OS does not get in the way. That said, they fell way behind on speed, but the Intel machines are supposed to bring them up to speed.

I don't like Microsoft's bloated software, and for word processing you can get by w/ other products. But MS Excel is really good, and if you share files across platforms, Office is the standard.

I use Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, Now Up to Date/Contact, Filemaker Pro, Toast, MS Office, Photoshop Elements, MYOB Accountedge, Firefox, and a slew of others.
Message: Posted by: NFox (Apr 5, 2006 02:43PM)
Well, it had to happen sooner or later. First, a team of hackers claimed the prize to dual boot an Intel Mac with Mac OS X and Windows XP. NOW, Apple has released a piece of software allowing you to do the same thing. It is called Boot Camp: http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/ . Now you don't need two computers if you want to run both operating systems. I for one am probably going to steer clear of it, simply because people have already shown that Windows is still as crash-tastic as it ever was, even on Apple hardware.

I just thought you guys might enjoy this bit of news.

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: rumdrum (Apr 19, 2006 02:02PM)
I've been strictly mac since green screen days. Currently have a powerbook and an ibook running 10.4. Never had a crash or virus. I'd say I'm happy!
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 19, 2006 04:29PM)
Let me add another problem that I encountered while away from the forum. My old 8100 crashed and then my printer died that I used on my Lombard's. Get a new printer right not a problem. Wrong. The new printers ( I happen to like Epson because of the individual color cartridges) are compatible with only 0SX. Since most of my applications are 0S 9, I went to ebay and found some printers (6 to be exact as it ended up with bidding). But it was either that or spend $100's on new software. What a pain!

Richard
Message: Posted by: Ashkenazi the Pretty Good (Aug 22, 2006 02:47AM)
You mean there are magicians that use PC's????

; )

AtPG
Message: Posted by: KC Cameron (Aug 22, 2006 07:07AM)
Mystician,

Macs have always been MUCH more stable than PCs. There have been studies by graphic design firms on this, and PC down time is considerably higher. I have 5 Mac's and a Dell, and the Dell alone takes 3-4 times more work to keep running than the Macs - and the Macs are used much more! Please understand I use to be a programmer, so it isn't that I am unfamiliar with Windows.

One reason is that the same company makes the software and the hardware. Another reason is since Macs are a small part of the market, fewer people try to hack them. The third is Macs now run UNIX, which is a rock, but even before this Macs were far more stable.

For Mac users out their, if you are looking for a great program to play music at an event, I am also a pro DJ and I LOVE MegaSeg http://MegaSeg.com