Two for Tuesday (Part Two: How do you like them Apples?)

Part two of Two for Tuesday in the PC versus Mac debate is of course the cult classic Mac. Let’s face it, PC users seem to look at Macnatics (that’s my word!) as weird, artsy fartsy and well just different. It might be true. A majority of designers, graphic, web, illustrators, etc favor Mac over PC. They tend to get the more hipster stigma, I guess it comes with the territory. My hair has gone through several different colors of the rainbow in the past 6 months.

For starters the Mac operating systems have been a much more stable than Windows. There are less crashing issues and bugs to deal with, not to say Mac hasn’t had their fair share in them. Once you get passed the “backwards” configuration of all the controls (closing a window, full screen and minimize are all on the left) it’s a fairly easy system to work in. And YES there is right clicking! Because of it’s stability the graphics, web and video programs run pretty darn quick even as it tries to render files that are several gigabytes large which is the biggest appeal. No one ever wants to save a file and have to walk away for a while.

The biggest difference is the security. Macs are far less vulnerable to viruses and Trojan attacks than a PC. There have been some malware lately that targets a Mac but it hasn’t been anything too “life threatening.” So far so good?

Another difference is the appearance. All Apple products focus on their looks, so vain Apple…so vain. And yet fans are addicted to it. There was a series of commercials with a Mac being portrayed by a young hip guy while PC was the stiff middle class American in a suit. Funny, but I can kind of see it!

Regardless of which side you are on there are pros and cons for each. I say try them both and see which one you like better. You might be surprised what you end up with. (Brave enough to talk about Linux??…eep!)

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Two for Tuesdays (Part One: Are you PC?)

Today’s Two for Tuesday Topic (say that 3 times fast!) is everyone’s favorite debate: PC versus Mac. Over 2 billion people worldwide use the internet with about 70% using it everyday and I am willing to bet each person has an opinion on which is the superior machine. It comes down to what you are using it for and let’s face it, whichever you are most comfortable with. Though I do have a favorite between the two we are not here to judge!

The main argument for PC being “better” is of course the price. You can purchase a fairly decent machine for well under $1,000 with many of the basic software already loaded and ready to use. PC also has the most compatibility with software. Some popular programs are only PC based which helps push users to choose them over a Mac, including some standards such as the Microsoft Office collection. There is nothing really comparable to this word processor and continue to dominate as the #1 in all offices and classrooms. (Sorry Office for Mac…maybe next time).

Games. Period. If you are a gamer PC is the way to go, not only because they are all compatible but what makes it top choice of machines is how flexible the hardware is. You want more RAM? No problem. Better graphics card? Easy peasy. Customizing your machine and repairs are usually cheaper because of the modular structure of a PC.

Fun Fact: PC people are 10% more likely than Mac people to snack on something sweet.

Two for Tuesday (Part Two: Well would you Raster that?)

The opposite of left is right, up is down and vector is raster. Raster images are all photographic and web based images. Even this post you are reading is a raster…eep! Raster images are made up of a set grid of dots called pixels where each pixel is assigned a color value. (Pixel is a contraction of the words Picture and Element. I just learned that myself!) Unlike a vector image, rasters are resolution dependent. When you change the size of a raster image, you shrink or stretch the pixels themselves which results in a significant loss of clarity and very blurry image. Typically the more pixels an image has the better the quality and that is where the unit of measurement comes into play DPI (Dots Per Inch) and PPI (Pixels Per Inch). Now there is a difference between those two but I just might save that for another Tuesday…

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Two for Tuesday (Part One: The Vector of it All)

Today’s Two for Tuesday is hopefully going to explain the difference between vector art and raster art. For more than ten years I’ve been trying to explain it myself but it is hard to get the point across without sounding, well, like an uber nerd. The reason is more technical than just file size, pixel count or that the designer is just being a diva. It depends on what you are ultimately trying to create in the end. Vector images are the most common for logo design, printed materials and also sign graphics which need to be able to be scaled flawlessly from a business card size up to a billboard. Vector images are made up of basic geometric shapes such as points, lines and curves. The relationship of the shapes is expressed as a mathematical equation which allows the image to scale up or down in size without losing quality. So no matter how big I scale this flower it will never lose it’s integrity. Math….so smart!

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