I am running a uniform shop and we just purchased an embroidery machine. I have experience running design and graphics software so I insisted that we get the top notch design software for the machine. Unfortunately it is only available as a Windows application. The software comes in two parts, one program sets up the design and one program runs the machine. The manufacturer's rep recommends running them on separate systems. Being a longtime Mac user I am loathe to purchase a WinTel box. I am also doing almost all the advertising and sign design our shop. I can get a copy of Adobe CS2 at student rates (I am also finishing a degree) so getting windows software is not too much of an issue. I have been using boot camp successfully for my QuickBooks software (Accounting and Point-of-Sale) on my iMac for working at home. The reality is that this particular system will probably run Windows most of the time, but I do not want to lose the ability to switch to Macintosh when I want or feel I need to. I would prefer to spend as little time in Windows as possible, and am even willing to pay the penalty of dual booting if I must. I am looking for advice from the community. I have little experience with Windows having been a Mac user for over 15 years. Is it better to go with an inexpensive Dell (you have no idea how hard typing that sentence was) or try using a Mac?