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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Krysia Jeffries

Posted on 10/30/18 7:09:25 AM Permalink

I think it depends on the context. I find that if you favour programming, then most business are PC-based. On the other hand, most designers I know favour Mac-based systems. I think because it seems more visually elegant and if you're that way inclined it is an obvious drawcard. In terms of getting my students workplace-ready, I like to expose them to both systems to be able to be fluid in the workplace.​

Michael Chow

Posted on 10/27/18 12:37:07 PM Permalink

To be honest with you, may it be web development or graphic design, the industry is still based in the Mac environment. But, by saying that, I can see why the IT department doesn't want to maintain it because maybe lack of certified Mac technicians but really the MAC does costs more than a PC.

I currently teach in one MAC lab and a PC lab. One of the schools that I teach in a PC lab, they are planning to switch me out and put me into a MAC lab just because of the current industries. We want to be at par with them too. This makes learners learning curve much better when they get a job that has MACs. If they learn in a PC environment, there is a slight and temporary learning curve for the MACs.

Personally, I can work in a MAC or a PC. As per below, it's kinda nice to have Adobe CC compatible with one another. The only issue may be fonts substitution. For example, on a PC it may be Times New Roman, but on a MAC, it's Times!

Matthew Lit

Posted on 10/25/18 7:24:06 PM Permalink

This pains me to write this since I'm a Macsnob. Well, doesn't pain me but it'll surprise my colleagues. As much as I love Macs in my professional life I teach my basic digital class using PC computers. Here is the absolutely beautiful thing: Adobe CC operates and looks identical on both platforms. I have never (ever!) seen a software suite that's identical on both platforms. For that I applaud Adobe. So, as long as you purchase powerful (and RAM-laden) PCs you'll do great! ​

Kevin Cummins

Posted on 10/23/18 3:25:33 AM Permalink

It is as simple as this. Mac offers less hardware for more $$$. If you want a beautiful looking lab get Mac's if you want a slightly more powerful lab for the same amount of money get PC's. Doesn't really matter beyond that.


Posted on 8/15/18 4:48:21 AM Permalink

we use MAC for our multimedia lab in class since most of our IT industry partners uses MAC for multimedia design so we want our students comfortable with MAC environment

Matt French

Posted on 8/8/18 4:22:03 AM Permalink

​I currently use Mac for personal projects and my work and as a professional artist I used a combination of Windows, Mac and Linux. I love OSX and my Macbook pro, but the idea that "Macs are good at graphics" is at least 15 years out of date.

Adobe has long ago brought the Windows and Mac versions of apps into line, so in that sense, it will make ZERO difference to your work(flow). It used to be the case, way, waaaaay back in the day that the Mac versions were better than the Windows versions, but now? Completely negligible. If anything, Mac now lags because of the lack of affordable graphics / memory expansion options.

​Where it might be an issue is with other software, such as Microsoft Office, where the Mac versions are very much NOT up speed with Windows versions.

​If it comes to bang for back, Windows / PC wins hands down.

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 8/1/18 7:43:57 PM Permalink

​I like the features built in on Quicktime making it easy to record screen and/or device. I know there are other alternatives for PC but as said in other posts it is the software that is most important.

resa oglesby

Posted on 7/28/18 1:48:43 PM Permalink

​I believe I've finally getting my own lab but with PCs. I don't think that will be an issue, because I think I'm really good in finding out how I can make the best of things. Regardless, I don't think it really matters these days what platform you work with. Designers and artist make it happen with what they got.

Anthony Aromando

Posted on 7/7/18 3:45:17 PM Permalink

​I use PCs at home and at school. I do own a Mac and have used both for many year. The Adobe software is the same no matter which platform you use. There is no real advantage to using a Mac. Usually it's just a matter of personal preference as to the look and feel of the operating system. Once your in Adobe CC, it's the same except perhaps a few Keyboard Shortcuts. Of course, regardless of platform, you want a fast CPU lots of RAM, nVidia Video card and big, fast hard drives (Solid State Drives would be the best). PCs will probably be much cheaper for the same configuration on a Mac. You may notice may Adobe tutorials are using PCs. Also, PCs are very easy to upgrade components such as memory, hard drives etc. Hope this helps.

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.