Originally Posted by jdeb
That is a great question. This is from what I know working with other artists and comparing their hardware / software to mine. I have a beast of a workstation but it is a PC. Things I have noticed... The graphics, color, and typography are better in terms of on screen "true color" and printing is noticeably clearer and precise. There are more tools and applications built in to complement Adobe products. Mac also have a plethora of advanced photo editing software that is free, pc is not even close. If I recall, I was very impressed with their keyboard shortcuts;intuitive as well as logical.
I strictly use mine (PC) for creative composition. I rarely print anything or should say if I do it is usually no bigger than 4 x 6 for quick reference. My PC is simply for taking an idea, expanding and tweaking it. In the end, I use paint media with a brush. The color thing is important and at rare times, I wish I had that Mac. It really is amazing at the difference on the screen.
(I hope it's OK for threads to wander. If not, I won't grumble if deleted).
I'll bow to the knowledge jdeb. Afterall, you have tried both platforms and I haven't. However, I've never thought that the programs I use are unable to perform to well or that printing is unclear.
I sometimes like to create vector graphics, or vector graphics with photographic content added. I know this is not true artistry but it puts the programs through their paces nonetheless and I think I get some pleasing results. I have seen the programs mentioned in my last post used for more artistic purposes and the results are pretty spectacular.
Xara Photo & Graphics Designer doesn't offer a version for Macs but if there was one, I can't see it would give better results than it does on a PC. If you mean that the programs included with Macs are better for the purpose, I can see that but not that the actual platform makes all the difference. If an artistic program is designed to work with Mac and PC, wouldn't they produce the same results on either platform? There are some excellent art programs to choose from for PCs.