Well, I can tell you one thing. I know for a fact that Windows came out with Windows ME and then Vista of which both were very much trouble some. I rarely have any hangup or crashes with Windows 7. Sometimes I might have an application (program) that might have a problem, but I can say that after a year of running Windows 7, it has (maybe) given me one problem of freezing and I leave it running all the time. However, there are maintenance things that any PC owner should do like De Fragmentation, ect. I have found that CCLEANER does a good job of keeping my PC running like new all the time.
The only thing is that software gets more and more larger and more complicated which also demands more storage space and a faster CPU Core. Your on-board Memory like 8G of memory is just to manage open files and desktop items. I have also found that you need to have a HDD (Hard Disk Drive) that will allow you to have AT LEAST 3/4 space free if not more. For instance if you have a HDD that is 1000 Gig in size then you need to always have about 750 Gig that is free. It just makes your OS run faster. The HDD does not have to go hunting all over the place to run and is more efficient. Haven't you notice that the more programs you install on your new machine that it just is not as fast as it was new? Oh well, enough of me rambling on.
I certainly hope that you will be happy with your Apple - they are nice machines. I am sure that you can get one with Adobe Elements or Adobe Photoshop preinstalled. If you get Adobe Photoshop be well prepared for its learning curve. The Adobe Elements is a down play of the big Photoshop and is not as difficult. Corel does not make a image software for Apple.
Nou, ik kan je een ding zeggen. Ik weet voor een feit dat Windows kwam met Windows ME en dan Vista waarvan beide waren zeer veel moeite wat. Ik heb zelden nog ophangen of crashes met Windows 7. Soms heb ik misschien een applicatie (programma) dat er een probleem zou kunnen hebben, maar ik kan wel zeggen dat na een jaar van Windows 7, het is (misschien) geeft me een probleem van het bevriezen en ik laat het lopen de hele tijd. Er zijn echter dingen die het onderhoud een pc-eigenaar zou moeten doen als De fragmentatie, ect. Ik heb geconstateerd dat CCleaner een goede baan van het houden van mijn PC draait als nieuw de hele tijd doet.
Het enige is dat de software wordt steeds groter en ingewikkelder, die ook meer opslagruimte en een snellere CPU Core vraagt. Uw on-board geheugen, zoals 8G van het geheugen is net te beheren geopende bestanden en bureaublad items. Ik heb ook ontdekt dat je nodig hebt om een HDD (Hard Disk Drive) die u zal toestaan om ten minste 3/4 ruimte hebben gratis als het niet meer hebben. Bijvoorbeeld als u een harde schijf, dat is 1000 Gig in omvang dan moet je altijd ongeveer 750 Gig die vrij is. Het maakt gewoon je OS sneller. De harde schijf hoeft niet op jacht gaan overal te lopen en is efficiënter. Heb je niet merken dat hoe meer programma's die je installeert op je nieuwe machine die het gewoon niet zo snel als het nieuw was? Nou ja, genoeg van me kruipend op.
Ik hoop dat je blij zult zijn met je Apple - ze zijn mooi machines. Ik ben er zeker van dat u er een te krijgen met Adobe Elements of Adobe Photoshop geïnstalleerd. Als je Adobe Photoshop goed voorbereid voor zijn leercurve. De Adobe Elements is een beneden spel van de grote Photoshop en is niet zo moeilijk. Corel maakt geen image-software voor Apple.
My Wife has an Apple I pad 2 every part you need to Add on is exspensive and It is limited to Apple Products . After Market software and parts don't live up to apple standards .I have a Sony Vaio .It practically fixes itself . I have Windows 7 ultimate Flawless computing ! Most computers have issues because of Spyware and Bad downloads shutting off the computer before it is ready or not changing your battery when it is going dead . But By keeping it up to date with windows automatic software Most issues can be avoided . I do like apple but it is just not up to windows multiple software applications . if you don't mind the price Apple is a good choice also but does have limitations despite the vast technology it has built in . Windows messed up when they sold Vista they should have given all Vista owners Windows 7 for free . I hope they keep windows 7 for a long time to come . but they will be challenged by Apple . So either way you won't be dissapointed . But Apple is a nice system I agree .
My 2nd grade teacher was dutch and was a wonderful person ! I always liked the wooden shoes she had . My windows 7 ultimate has many languages available . But it sounds like you have a need to go with Apple . I think it is the best choice for you . My Advice now is for you to get the Apple . I'm sure you'll enjoy it much better than Vista Light years ahead ! I say Go get it ! Just be prepaired for sticker shock !
I mostly use Windows 7 and Linux (got a debian server running at home) On my PC I work with Windows 7, XP, 2000 and Ubuntu (Linux). My laptop is the same. Not a multi boot but virtual machines (use VBOX for that). You might ask why ... well I need it for my work as a programmer.
I don't like apple. Never have actually. I prefer linux for programming. It's fast, and simple if you don't need a graphical user interface (GUI). I used to work with the GIMP, but it's not as versatile as Photoshop. On Windows I often had problems with it. So I switched to Photoshop, and PaintDotNet.
For resizing I grab paintDotNet. Simple and fast. If I want to do real modifications ... Photoshop. If working on Linux ... the Gimp. Ow, forgot. I use a dual screen setup. That's nice too
You will not be unhappy with a Mac. I was like most PC users; a little hesitant at first to leap into the Apple product. But I can say now that it's the best thing I could have done. I have had my same 24" iMac since 2007. Last year I upgraded the RAM from 2 GB to 6 GB to get my Cad software to work. I also upgraded my HD to 2TB. It was like having a brand new machine. In the same time my wife's Microsoft laptop is totally redundant- no longer used. I have also had 2 new hard drives on my work PC in the same period. I'm in no way a diehard Apple fan but I do give credit where it's due.
I have heard of Apples unscrupulous method of software upgrades that gradually make your machines obsolete and force users to purchase another machine but I have not experienced this yet. To be honest I have not upgraded to the latest operating system because it looks and feels like their miniature devises. I'll stick with this one until i can. A few weeks back we were looking at he the latest 27" Imac to replace our current machine but after looking at the new machine and the price we realised we had almost the exact same thing at home. It was then we realised how 'new' our machine worked.
Just yesterday we had friends over to show us their new Viaio Laptop with the new "Tiles" operating system and I can tell you that I was not very impressed at all. Actually we moved into the study to the Mac to find certain things on the web because there's was too slow. They were piggybacking onto our home modem WiFi.
The best thing I like about the Mac is that it just works every time- no crashes, trojan and virus popups. With Apple there's instant searches- even after 6 years of HD content.
I have to admit: I HATE the tiles in the new windos OS. I'm a programmer and I use a keyboard, not a touch screen, and neither is my PC/Laptop a 'hand held device'. I'm faster with short cut keys (alt/control+ key cobinations), compared to using a mouse and menu. Ctrl+c is faster than right click; drag pointer to copy; and let go of the right mouse button.
Unfortunately more operating systems tend to show an interface which looks like a hand held (mobile phone, iPad, etc). I've worked a 20 odd years as software engineer, but I start to feel alienated.
I haven't had problems with windows, but I try to install minimal, shut down services I don't need, avoid Microsoft programs if I can use an alternative (when my OS is Windows), for security I try to use different programs (e.g. not the same company software for a firewall, and virusscanner), use open source if it is up to my requirements and donate for their trouble, and sometimes I'll just have to invest in a certain program. However, it doesn't mean anything -software quality- if your hardware is not up to specs for the software. At present, programs are bigger and bigger, use more memory, processor time, etc. This means you need a speedy system. One thing Windows certain ain't, is fast. Most programs under Windows squander resources (memory/processor), and I do have to admit that Apple and Linux/Unix are fare better equiped in that respect.
I know what you mean. Even though I am not a SW Eng., I still consider myself somewhat of a power user. I like all types of tech, and yes, I did have an iPhone for both the Admiral and myself, but I just could not afford the ATT cost to sustain these.
I also have a Samsung tablet. I think all these "things" has its place. Just LEAVE the PC Alone !!!!
Arriving late to the party here...But, better late than never
I myself am a Mac user since 1988 or so and am also a Mac consultant, so it's easy for me to choose to use a Mac.
In terms of software, Apple's are really not expensive unless you need high end stuff. I mostly use the built-in application called "Preview". It opens just about any kind of document for viewing whether MS Word, pdf, tiff, jpeg, illustrator, photoshop, whatever. For actual editing, it's much more limited, but does allow me to crop, rescale, simple rotation, and color adjust jpegs and others. Also allows me to convert the more basic formats. Pretty much, this is all I need.
Beyond that, there is iPhoto for managing images. It also allows cropping, but also provides finer straightening tool (in addition to 90˚ rotations), and more sophisticate color adjustments. It's included on the Mac too. I mostly use it for managing photos and since I have to load the photos into for that, while I'm at it I do my color adjustments too.
Neither application has paint or draw capabilities, just image editing, but for the most part, that's all I need.
One things that's neat is the ability to use a visual oriented script builder that's also a regular tool on the Mac. I use that to automatically resize my images for blogging to 800 x 600. Saves me a lot of effort with these build logs!