Like most photographic/video/graphics professionals, I use a Mac for day-to-day work. Photoshop for pictures, Final Cut Pro for video editing, Illustrator for graphics creation and InDesign for publishing. But, for web design work, I usually turn to a PC and Dreamweaver and Photoshop for that platform. And our web servers are Windows-based.

This duality means I have both a Mac and a PC in the studio and at home and alternate between the two, depending on the job or application.

The debate between Mac and PC owners has flamed on and on since the first Mac was introduced in the early 1980s and shows no sign of abating. The sad fact remains that the Mac does some things better, especially graphics and video, while the PC excels in day-to-day office related applications (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.) and is a better platform for web design and development.

Apple’s recent announcement that it was abandoning IBM-based Power PC based processors for the Intel chips that are the backbone of PC-based computers might narrow the difference between the two platforms but I doubt it. Macs are as much culture as tool.

So, life as a split personality shall continue.