I am still a student and am considering buying a macbook pro as my next computer. I mostly use CAD, sketchup and adobe programs. Has anyone had difficulty switching to CAD on a mac when formerly using a PC? or any sketchup issues?
Also because I am a student I will be doing group projects and working on school pc's. Does this cause any issues when sharing files and seamlessly working on projects with others?
Any other input would be great!
go read the questions and responses about mac and autocad and other cad software: http://www.cadtutor.net/forum/forum.php
i use both os systems, i use my Mac for all of the design suite and some sketchup and my desktop pc for modeling and CAD. but when it comes to CAD for Mac the interface is somewhat confusing and uncomfortable to use. some things dont seem to work as well as the pc version. it is nice though being able to switch between both platforms and knowing somewhat of whats going on. but overall just playing around on the computer type stuff, i always choose my mac, much more user friendly imho.
I just switched to a mac in December. Am running Photoshop on it and have Parallels to run cad.
Yes it is worth it.
Not sure if you have taken the plunge yet or not but I wanted to respond. To your question if there are compatibility issues between platforms with sketch up and "CAD". As for sketch up I personally use mac as part of my consulting business and it seems to work better on mac than windows. The days of cross platform compatibility are long in the past.
As for "CAD". When using that term are you using it to refer to AutoCAD or are you asking about CAD in the generic sense. For AutoCAD you have no hope of doing anything other than 2d at this time, unless you run parallels and windows os on your mac. I for one don't see the merit in running parallel and windows. There are numerous other CAD platforms out there with Vectorworks being on of the best (in my humble opinion).
One other last thing. I have noticed that you might pay more for the hardware on a mac but, again in my opinion, it seems that the other software packages that are available for graphics, cad and others are less expensive and just as powerful. Even to the point where I think you end up spending less long term on the mac than a windows machine.
Good luck with your classes!
Are you considering buying the new $2000+ Macbook with Retina? The one where you can't remove the battery or service it if something goes wrong? A $500 pc can do Sketchup, Autocad, and Adobe programs just fine... I'm not saying that Macs are bad, I like Macs, just saying something that a $2000 machine is overkill for the kind of programs you want to use.
I am still looking around.... if I go for a mac it would be non-retina 15" 2.6 ghz. probably. With student discount about $2000. I really like the ease and good quality of a mac but still a little bit scared of the price and the limitation with a few common LA programs. From my research it seems mac is not quite there as a widely accepted OS in the LA industry. I just don't want to cause any unnecessary headaches for myself by switching to a mac.
It seems there are benefits from both sides. Mac's are better computers, in general, and are great for adobe programs, on par with some others, sketchup.... While PC, in general, has more virus/computer problems but all programs are designed to work on them, AutoCAD specifically.
Does that sum it up? Or am I off the mark ( I know some of it is personal preference too)
Thanks for the input!
Yeah I'd stay away from the Retina for now. To replace the battery will cost you 200 bucks!
You can never go wrong with a Mac, but don't rule out the pc just because you hear horror stories of crashes and viruses. Those problem were common with XP, but Windows 7 is very stable, and the upcoming 8 will probably be even better. People get viruses by downloading a file from a spam email or they go to a questionable website... it happens to Mac users too.
Have you been to the Microsoft Store? Try comparing, and if you decide to buy a PC, definitely get a Signature PC from them, they remove all the crapware and they provide great service like an Apple Store.
I prefer PC. When my MAC crashed it became a 2000 dollar paper weight (Contrary to the marketing message MAC's are not immune to problems). When my cheaper and more powerful PC crashed I fixed it as good as new for less than 100 dollars. My MAC lasted 2.5 years and my PC is on year 5 (had to replace the Hard Drive 4 years in). I think the PC is still the more versatile and most efficient choice for the designer. As for usability I found both easy to use except for autoCAD. The only time I can foresee buying a MAC is if my employer is a MAC shop. Just my opinion and one more data point for the decision.
Here is a bit of a twist with Kyle's question, if not a MacBook Pro, then what PC laptop would meet or exceed the requirements? I too am a Student and on my final year and would love to get a PC laptop that will last me 4-5 yrs plus. but here is the kicker, desktop replacements are too heavy and battery life sucks so what are the professionals using to meet the software needs and remaining portable?
If you have deeper pockets (not mac deep, though) you can look for what they are calling Ultrabooks. They are very thin and powerful laptops, similar to a Macbook Air, but with more functionality. I know Dell, Lenovo and Samsung make them, and I'm sure most other PC makers are or will make them. Prices on them shoudl be falling about now for back-to-school, the best time to buy a PC or laptop. These models have greater battery life and better portability than a typical desktop replacement laptop. Standard features are an LED backlit screen and SSD (solid state drive) hard drive, both sip power for better battery life. They also have special BIOS software and chipsets that adjust the power consumption of the processors to further save power. You can get up to 8 hours of battery life out of the newer models with the newer battery tech. Processors and memory are more than adequate to run all but the most intensive 3D rendering, but for CAD work and standard 3d modeling, they are more than powerful enough. Considering how my older desktop replacement laptop performs and the battery life with what equates to a car battery in it (12 cell), these new models are a HUGE improvement.
I rarely work when I'm out of the office (work is for work and home is for rest dammit), so I think Ultrabooks are great for the light-duty jobs and for business travel. I have a powerful desktop at home and at the office to do the hardcore stuff, so I don't have any need for anything better than what a sub $1000 Ultrabook or a $500 laptop can provide.
Once you're out of school and you get a full-time job, your 2 grand fancy laptop that you just bought will become an overpowered email checker.