I have not made a firm decision, but if you take the time to read the whole post on my pros and cons, and also the comment section, you will see that the comments tell more the whole story.
My ultimate dilemma of switching has not been solved. After talking to Apple, Adobe and reading comments, nobody has found a way for me to overcome the biggest obstacle of switching. I do Photoshop Training and design products (actions) for Photoshop. As a result I need older versions. I have versions of Photoshop back to v7 and have CS, CS2, CS3, and CS4, and also have 2 versions of Elements installed. If I could get all of these for Mac, I would probably make the switch. I cannot. Adobe said they only sell CS4 (and I can transfer my license for that). CS3 I probably can still find. But CS2, CS, v7, older elements for Mac… Well good luck is basically what Adobe said.
Apple’s solution was just put all of this on a Windows side to a Mac. That just seems crazy. I mean a few programs – maybe. All this – ridiculous. Plus I would want CS4 on the Mac side which means spending $700 for a new license for the Mac side (as I could not transfer if using the others on my old PC or on the PC side of a Mac), plus windows for Mac, a program to switch. All this plus the Mac. So… anyone see where this is going yet?
Some readers said HIRE them as testers. Great idea – BUT it does not solve the training issue and usually when an Action does not work well in an older version (from being created in a new one) guess how you fix it? You write it from the oldest version you want it working in. Yep.
So at this point, unless someone magically comes along and can solve these issues for me, I think I am too rooted and invested in the PC side of things. And as such likely to stay where I am. Yes – you Mac people can laugh if I get a virus or when spyware hits, but other than that, nothing really is “broken” about my current situation. And so far the idea of getting a Mac appears it may be “broken.”
Now – for those of you PC gurus - who wants to help me configure a Dell Desktop that will rock a Mac back to where it came from . I love laptops – but I am thinking a networked situation with a more powerful desktop with a better backup system may help my business and productivity.
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