Are Macs Just for Video Editing and Graphic Design?

At LockerGnome.net, Oscar Wood asks:

Are Macs just for video editing and graphic designing?

iMacThe short answer to your question is no. There is very little you can do with a Windows-based PC that you can’t do with a Mac. That said, there is very little you can do with a Mac running OS X that you can’t do with a Windows-based PC.

When you refer to the Mac, you’re referring to the hardware. Macs can run Windows, Linux distros, and OS X. OS X is the operating system included with each new Mac, and it’s a popular choice for video editors and graphic designers for a number of reasons. Perhaps the largest reason is that software like Final Cut Pro and Logic are only available on OS X. Photoshop has been available on multiple platforms for a very long time, and is presently the primary tool of choice for most graphic designers.

The reason for the appeal is somewhat cultural, but there are also some advantages to OS X built directly into the OS. It addresses its kernel differently than Windows. This allows video playback and other elements to have a more direct pathway to the processor, while in Windows many of these processes are treated the same as any other. Windows, as anyone who has used it extensively can tell you, is a mishmash of different programs and processes intended to improve compatibility for a wider range of hardware. It’s built on a different kernel than OS X, and that means it just handles things differently. Whether or not that matters to users today, where playing and editing HD video is a relatively simple task on somewhat inexpensive hardware, is another matter.

You can play games on a Mac. In fact, you can install Steam and play a number of popular games. You may not have as extensive a library as you’d find on Windows, but gaming really isn’t the end all, be all of a computer’s capabilities.

People use OS X to write novels, do day-to-day work at the office, store and share family photos, compose musical masterpieces, and connect with the world through its extensive application engine. The difference between OS X and Windows is its code base. Applications for virtually every need a user might have are available on the Mac App Store. The division between OS X and Windows is fading at an extended rate.

A Mac is simply a name given to the hardware Apple produces. Macs can run just about any desktop-class operating system out there. Many Windows fans use Macs to run Windows. If anything, its ability to run OS X makes it one of the most versatile products in its class.

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