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glodmagic
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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.
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Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie
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Hey, Glod!
I just KNEW 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.
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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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
Frank Simpson
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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.
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Forever Plaid, what do you use for 3d rendering and CAD work? How do you like it?

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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!

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Frank Simpson
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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.
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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.
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magicsavant
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I got a 12-inch G4 ibook, and a powermac on my wish list once the intel versions come out.
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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
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John Tudor
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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
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Mike Segal
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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.
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Love my G4 powerbook!
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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
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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
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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.

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