New to Mac (sort of) Not Web Design


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 5, 2009
I am seriously contemplating purchasing an iMac, largely due to the advantages for video editing, etc. However, I am also wondering whether I should use it as my main computer and might make the switch if I was comfortable designing websites on it. Anybody a web designer on a Mac? What software would I need? Is it expensive? I currently code in .NET, working with aspx and css and like the "user control" feature, where I can have centralized navigation, etc. However, I am also considering learning PHP and using that with mysql. I would very much appreciate any advice any pro web designer who uses a mac can offer.

Thanks in advance,

Murray Mac


macrumors 68020
Jan 21, 2008
Melbourne, FL
I do web development at home--nothing special--mostly standard html with some backend php and perl etc. I had no problem switching to my iMac from Windows. My main tool is Coda a very versatile editor that also offers ftp and terminal features. I also use fetch for ftp and use pixelmator for photo editing. I have a few other tools here and there I have found but those are the main ones I use.


Moderator emeritus
Aug 16, 2005
Well this is a web design/development forum on a Mac web site, so it's pretty clear there's Mac users doing web design and development. :p

You might have trouble trying to do .Net development since it doesn't run on Macs. There's Mono, but it has limits. I mostly do PHP for server side stuff. As far as programs, check out the stickies in this forum to see a number. There's some familiar apps like DreamWeaver and Aptana that run on Mac, but there's also a few unique ones like RapidWeaver, BBEdit, and TextMate.


macrumors newbie
Dec 5, 2009
I use this...

I'm a switcher and found a home in Mac... my suggestions are as follow:

- If you do only .net stuff checkout it will allow you to work on mac and deploy to windows too (they have a GUI editor too)

- If you're doing php/css and text-alike, MacOSX already comes with Apache/php (php has to be enabled in apache's config)

- Nice and most common editors for text are TextMate (, Coda ( and Espresso (

As always if you're not satisfied with the versions that come pre-installed you can update apache/php and so on with MacPorts ( (if you're comfortable with the terminal, otherwise there are always ready-to-install packages around)

Hope this helps :apple:


macrumors regular
Nov 30, 2009
East Coast
if you are going the php route then yes

I guess I can see getting around the whole .NET issue by running parallels with the server running on windows so you can get the best of both worlds as you start heading to the php area.
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