Using a Macintosh for Desktop Publishing

Using a Macintosh for Desktop Publishing
By Jacci Howard Bear,

For years professional design and production was done almost entirely on a Mac. It's true that PCs now dominate the computing world and many designers choose to use PCs. Even though many of the old standy arguments in favor of the Mac no longer hold true, there are still valid reasons why the Mac may be the better choice for desktop publishing and graphic design work.

What's all the Fuss About?
The introduction of scads of consumer desktop publishing software programs for the Windows platform meant that eventually more and more of these PC users would be drawn to doing professional desktop publishing and design work. And they wanted to keep their PCs. But Mac has traditionally been the platform of choice for professional design work and these Windows users were and sometimes still are viewed as non-serious amateurs causing some designers to question whether remaining with the PC platform is the best choice.

Why It Works
The plethora of software available for the PC has long been an argument in favor of that platform. However, for desktop publishing and graphics almost all the major software packages have always been available for the Mac. And today, many of the smaller packages as well as business software such as Microsoft Office have Macintosh versions. Additionally, some of the plug-ins and special purpose tools long used in high-end design are still predominately Mac-based.

Some service bureaus and printers remain resistant to supporting PC files. While the situation is likely to change with the influx of PC users requiring professional printing services, Mac users who must work extensively with commercial service providers and other Mac-based firms do have an advantage in terms of compatibility and overall acceptance. This could also translate to cost savings for the Mac user because service providers unaccustomed to PC files may charge more for their handling.

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