Catherine Codd Bower
Graphic Arts Instructor

Mac vs PC

I have been approached by my administrator to consider replacing the Mac computers in my classroom with PC. The Technology department does not like maintaining the Mac lab. I would like to get some feedback regarding current industry standards. What are you using in your classroom/business? Is Mac still the goto graphics platform?

Thanks for your input.

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Carlos Andres Orozco Palacio

Posted on 5/1/18 6:51:37 PM Permalink

​macOS or Windows this is a old discussion for all the time, i think in this right moment depend on whats you need to teach in the labs and if all tool you need to teach be in windows or mac, PC bring to you more customization and lowcost maintaining, for Adobe tool all the tool have macOS or Windows version, the experience and work flow dont change, only change the operating system, for my i love macOS and i am macUser but dont have any problem if need to use windows.

Tracey Tutt

Posted on 5/1/18 9:41:51 AM Permalink

​It's the software you can put on the computer that is more important than the computer OS. So make sure what you want to teach is available on the platform you go with! Obviously either brand needs to have the right hardware/graphics card to enable being able to use the software.

Jeremy Pidhirny

Posted on 4/24/18 12:26:54 PM Permalink

In my role as art teacher and Educational Technology coordinator for my high school I can say it really doesn't matter what platform you use. I use both PC and Mac seamlessly every day. My laptop is a Macbook Air and I also use a Dell Desktop. Both work equally well. The PC does have the advantage of running more 3D design software. Adobe CC Cloud makes it super easy to share the files back and forth between the platforms.

Kendall James

Posted on 4/18/18 6:39:20 AM Permalink

Hi Catherine- I am fortunate to work at a school which provides both platforms for students. Personally I believe if you can manage to intergrate both into your curriculum your students will certainly be silently thanking you for years to come! If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say "No sorry don't know how to use a mac I have a PC" (vice versa!). That's not next gen talk I'm sure ! Try keep both - you can only ask :)


Catherine Codd Bower

Posted on 4/13/18 3:54:06 PM Permalink

​Great discussion. Thank you for the feedback. I have an advisory meeting next week and will include your feedback. I appreciate the time.

Hisham Attia

Posted on 4/13/18 10:25:49 AM Permalink

​Hi Catherine

you may even want to start thinking about tablets for schools (rather than thinking about Mac versus PC). You will be surprised what so many schools are doing right now. In this case you may want to definitely look into the new iPad and Apple’s proposition to schools.

Sharkawi Che Din

Posted on 4/10/18 11:04:11 AM Permalink

​Been using Mac since PowerMac until today. Although it is just a tool, but overall performance and friendly user interface contributes to the ease the creative flows.

Marek Mularczyk

Posted on 3/16/18 1:34:42 PM Permalink

A computer is a computer. As long as it's got hardware properly configured and is being taken care of will do the job.

I use both on my courses and they do the job.

Personally, I have used PCs for many years and they have always been superb and quite frankly much faster than any iMac I have used....

And Adobe software is the same works the same, it all depends on the hardware and both platforms use the same hardware nowadays (Intel CPUs, AMD GPUs, etc) and are equally powerful when probably configured.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 3/6/18 8:46:05 PM Permalink

Mac still dominates the industry, but Mac people have a harder time moving to PCs than PC people to Macs. Macs are nice, but cost too much for most school districts. I work on a PC and have for years because it is easier to pass-off files and documents to corporate clients. I have worked in four different districts, and none of them had Macs. It would be nice to get a Mac Lab, but I think I would rather have a color printer in my classroom.