macs to p.cs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eggdust, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. eggdust macrumors newbie

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    hi guys need your help on this one..

    i work for a clothing design company, were currently building a csae to move back over from pcs to macs (mainly using illustrator and photshop) . i.t are in control of the purse strings and have thrown up a few questions. if we can get some answers it would move us on step closer to getting back the macs

    1: can macs archive emails across a network, if so how and how costly/ complicated would this be, can it be done?

    2: remote access. i.t have mentioned a program called 'centrify' a way of remotley installing software and managing macs. apparently this comes as standard with pc's not with macs. its there a cheaper alternative or work around avaliable?

    3: life span of mac books compared to similar spec pc laptop, how do they compare? imacs to simlar spec pc again how do they stack up?

    many thanks guys
     
  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    The only real advantage that you mention is the lifespan. MacBook Pro and even MacBooks are build much better than equivalent PCs.

    If you want a truthful answer. Adobe programs run the same on both macs and pcs. Network based management of user access and program distribution is better on pc based networks. Don't really know about the email thing but if you use a centralized mail server it doesn't matter.
     
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    Absolutely agreed!

    Mac lifespan in general is far better than PC. You get more time for your money. Email (same answer as well), if it's a centralized server, doesn't matter.

    Centralized management solutions do exist for macs, but they aren't as common as for pcs. If you MRoogle around a bit you'll find some threads discussing managed networks and macs.

    I have many clients who use only macs for Adobe photoshop, illustrator, InDesign, and on and on and on.
     
  4. SmokeyRobinson macrumors regular

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  5. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    When they come to upgrade the Macs, lets say in 3 years, they will have a resale value. The PC's, you'll toss in the bin. Also, don't forget the cost of virus protection and cleanup on PC's.
     
  6. SmokeyRobinson macrumors regular

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    Free and nothing?
     
  7. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Also remember that unless you spend big bucks for Mac Pros there is very limited upgradability on the macs (HDD and RAM). While most PC towers are highly upgradeable.
     
  8. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    However, if you buy a PC along the same Hardware line and price-line as the macs, the PCs won't need many, if any, upgrades, just like the macs.
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    1. Email is email. you can archive it if you set it up properly.

    2. remote access and software install is possible with Apple Remote Desktop
    http://obamapacman.com/2009/10/philadelphia-international-airport-uses-macs-to-reduce-cost/

    3. benefit of having a Mac is that OS X won't slow down inexplicably after a few months in use, and there are no recurrent firewall / antivirus problems. Thus Macs can last longer and have a lower cost of ownership.

    No. Most businesses / corporate IT departments rarely upgrade pc towers.
     

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