Buy software for Mac or PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Kup, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Kup macrumors member

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    Now before I even ask my question, let me say that of course I would prefer to purchase this software for my PB. Since I am a student (though not for much longer) I have the incredible/unbelievable option to purchase almost $8,000 dollars worth of software for the low, low price of $649.98. I get CS2 Pro, Alias Maya, Portfolio 7, Studio 8, and Office Pro. Somehow my school (and others) have worked out this insane deal. My question is since Apple is moving to Intel in the next few months, would it be more beneficial to purchase the PC pack as opposed to the Mac? My main concern is upgrading in the future. If I get the PC apps, then upgrading is no problem. If I get the Mac apps, then I have to deal with Rosetta or face not being able to upgrade at all. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I wouldn't buy the PC packs unless you are sure that you'll be able to boot Windows in the near future, because we're not entirely sure how the Intel Macs will handle Windows programs. I'd guess that most pro Apps will be offered with a free update for x86 compatibility. If you are worried, wait until MWSF and see if any Intel varieties show up, and if they do, what works on them and what doesn't.
     
  3. Kup thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the response. I should have been more specific though. If I buy the PC apps, I would build my own PC, and never ever ever ever use it on the internet.
     
  4. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

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    umm... that's overkill. just don't use IE and don't download stupid shareware apps that look suspiciously like they might have spyware/adware/etc on them. i've had my windows PC on the net for a year now since i reinstalled XPSP2 on it. not one single bit of spyware or adware. i use Opera and FireFox, don't download stupid shareware apps, and i don't even run a virus scanner.

    being careful is all you need to do.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    That is all good and fine, but is in no way an indication that you don't have malware installed on your computer. You make the mistake by assuming that viruses, trojans, and other malware necessarily destroy your computer's performance. This is simply not the case. Many malware titles serves an illicit economic purpose. It is in the interest of the authors to hide the malware's existence for as long as possible to generate as much revenue as possible. The only way that you can be sure that this stuff is not running merrily on your machine is to install antivirus software and keep it updated.
     
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    I think you'll find that the software vendors will provide an upgrade path for the Mac software....that's what happened with the change from OS 9 to OS 10.

    Consider Photoshop CS2.....you can buy an upgrade to it from earlier versions of Photoshop that were written for OS 9 just as you can buy an upgrade from versions that were written for OS 10
     
  7. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Also just so you remember, Education Software can not be used for commercial needs.

    Which is why i am buying CS2 and Studio 8 at full price instead of education.
     
  8. Kup thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, that is exactly the information I was looking for. :)

    That's the thing, all the software I mentioned are the Pro versions. Otherwise I probably would save my money for a Rev. B Macintel.
     
  9. budugu macrumors 6502

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    those upgrades are generally near full price as they have spent a considerable sum of money rewriting them. DONOT count on them to be cheap for sure!
     
  10. maestro55 macrumors 68030

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    How are you getting Pro software at that price without the education discount? The education discount can be used for the Pro software, but it has to be used for the education purposes. If you have a mac now, get the mac versions.

    ..and I agree with DXoverDY, that you just have to be careful. However I would use software to check for that stuff on a Windows XP computer.
     
  11. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    haha....people always want free upgrades

    anyway, the price for upgrading from an OS 9 verison of photoshop was the same price as upgrading from an OS 10 version the last time I looked....basically what they do is give you the current version when you upgrade and not a heavily rewritten version of the old software....that's what happened to me when i upgraded
     

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