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I apologize, but the irony involved here made me reply.... rafeb wrote: > I hear you, Bob. This is one of the more > frustrating aspects of doing graphics on > Windoze. You just have to be strong... > > IMHO, it's a case of free-market capitalism > gone awry, and it works something like this: > IMHO, that statement is completely wrong... the reality is that graphics is the one area of the computing world where free market capitalism has not been perverted by Wintel marketing nonsense. (As in, "Oh, you don't want to buy a Mac.... you can't get any software for it.") > > 1. Consumers (wishing to do graphics) hear the > CW that "all serious graphics is done on Macs." > Most will accept that argument, and buy Macs. > Occasionally, oddballs like you and I defy the > conventional wisdom, or perhaps we had PCs at > home for some other sort of work. > CW?... That's not "CW", that's just fact. Graphic artists never bought in to the prevailing wisdom that serious computing was only done on Wintel machines. As a professional photographer looking to move to digital a few years back, all the "computer people" I talked to told me the Mac was an inferior choice. Even seemingly sophisticated consulting places that sold both Mac and PC, tried to steer me to Wintel, but a bit of research was sufficient to realize that they had no idea what they were talking about. The factor that made my decision easy was attending a Comdex show where a guy was demonstrating Adobe Photoshop operations on a Mac. One of the "computer people" in the crowd asked him, "Well, you could do that on a Windoze machine too, couldn't you?" The reply was, "Well, I guess you COULD do it on Windoze..... But why would you want to?" Shortly after, I purchased a Power Mac. I took it out of the box, installed photoshop, connected my scanner and thermal dye sub printer... and started working, doing things that had taken me years to learn to do in the darkroom, and hours to physically accomplish, in minutes on my Mac. So what, you say? Well, I didn't mention that it was FOUR MONTHS later that I found a reason to look at a manual. Can you even DREAM of the possibility of doing that with Wintel machinery without an IT pro sitting beside you 24/7? In short, you're not "defying the CW", you're suffering through the result of "free market capitalism" going awry" and giving us a Wintel dominated computing world, where everything is twice as difficult to do than it should be.... > > 2. Manufacturers look at the marketplace > and note that most serious graphics users > are on Macs. So they don't even bother to > market serious graphics apps (like CM tools) > to the Windows environment, or if they do, > they do it long *after* the Mac version's been > released. > 3. Return to Step 1. > It's a self-fulfilling mindset. It's enough > to make me wanna go out and buy a G4. How do > we break the cycle? Very, very frustrating, > indeed... Self-fulfilling mindset? No, reality based. Why would you imagine that all the "serious graphic artists" were wrong? Is there any other endeavor where the "professionals" all choose to use a particular type of tool to do their job, that you would propose that the tool manufacturers concentrate as many resources on making some other type of tool? Perhaps you would also suggest that golf club manufacturers should expend as much time in designing new "wooden" woods as they do "metal" woods? After all, its only the pros and those who follow their "CW" that prefer "metal" woods. Frustrating? Frustrating is living in a world where the "mindset" and "CW" produce phenomena like Wired magazine talking for years as though the Mac was history, when if you looked in the back of the book, you would find that every darned pixel of content was produced on Macs. BTW, if you would only follow that urge to go out and buy a G4, you'd say, "darn" that sucker screams... Why did I ever submit to that Microslop rip-off BS.... I recommend you try this test: put a G4 with Altivec enhancement next to the fastest Wintel machine available. Give the same photoshop project to each operator (something with several filter operations) and compare the time and effort involved. Hint: the person on the Mac will be glad to fetch some coffee and donuts while you wait for the PC to finish... After direct comparison of the usability of the two systems, you may say, "Why do they even bother to make graphic software for Windoze machines?" My 2 cents.... Harry Huff - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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