going to imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by divingmoose, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. divingmoose macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2008
    I am buying my first imac soon and going for the imac 24" 2.8ghz and just wondered will photos and things i have on my windows based laptop go okay onto the mac, this may sound really dumb but its all new to me so thought i would ask. Also take it things like photoshop work okay on the mac although i saw that you can buy a photo editing program with the mac and just wondered what it is like or is photoshop just as good.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You can open, save and export to various image file formats on the Mac too.
    So copying your images from Windows to Mac OS X will be the only problem you have, but viewing them and everything else will be just fine.

    I don't quite understand the second question, but you mean to know if with the acquisition of a Mac a photo editing software is bundled with?

    Yes, it's called iPhoto, it is meant for organizing your photos and do a little finishing. But nothing like Photoshop.
    Look on the Apple page for the iLife suite to see if iPhoto should suit you.

    Otherwise there is Pixelmator, Gimp (free) and Photoshop for image manipulation on the Mac side of life.
  3. Shownarou macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    Newton, IA
    I have a feeling you're talking about Aperture 2? If you're used to using photoshop, Aperture 2 is not the same thing/idea. Good luck with your switch to Apple. I'd personally use Photoshop.
  4. stevo2 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    I bought a 24" imac (refurbished) two weeks ago, and have copied tons of pictures from my other system (pc) without a hitch. The imac just seems to know what to do without all the hassel.

    Loving this imac, not so in love with the pc anymore.:D
  5. t4ct1c4lr3m1x macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2008
    I have both PS and Aperture on my iMac, and I recommend getting Photoshop if you're used to using it. The Aperture user interface is completely different.
  6. Go4EVA! macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2008
    I'm in a "similar" boat as the OP -- ready to switch from PC to Mac. I've never used Photoshop or Aperture, so I have no "preference," but ready to invest in photo-editing software. Which would you recommend for a new Mac-owner?
  7. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    If you are looking for strictly photo-editing/touch-ups and photo organization, I would certainly recommend Aperture 2. It is fantastic. If you need a more general purpose tool, Photoshop.
  8. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    There's a Photoshop version for Mac (Macs are the industry standard for 2D graphics), although you sound like you already have it?

    Windows software won't work on OS X - you would have to install Windows on the Mac as well if you were using Windows versions of software.
  9. SkiHound macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2008
    I switched from Windows to Mac this summer. I just copied my image files to a portable drive and then imported into iPhoto (which comes with the Mac). I think iPhoto is pretty decent for folks who just want to take pictures, have the ability to share pictures with others, and have the ability to touch them up a bit. Editing capabilities are limited but you can easily do things like crop, straighten, fix red eye, and adjust brightness, contrast, color balance, etc. File management capabilities work fine for most non-pro photographers who don't shoot huge quantities of files. If you shoot in RAW you'll certainly want to consider alternatives. I've been doing most of picture management stuff in iPhote and then using Light Zone when I want to do more extensive image editing. Aperture 2 is basically a professional level work flow tool. I downloaded the demo and have played with it quite a bit. I like it but to really make use of it you need to learn the keyboard shortcuts. Something like Aperture 2 or Light Room would probably be indespensible for high volume photographers. I decided Aperture 2 was over kill for my needs right now. Photoshop is basically the king of image creation and editing; very powerful but overkill for most folks, expensive, and it has a steep learning curve. But if you're into cutting and pasting head shots of your friends into the middle of a flower it's a great tool. You might also take a look at PhotoShop Elements 6 which offers much of the image editing power of PhotoShop but it's much less expensive. I believe you can download a demo version as well. I think I may try it and compare it to Light Zone. You can also pretty easily link an external image editor into iPhoto. For example, I can cal Light Zone from within iPhoto, edit the image, and then save back to iPhoto.

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