I think that, as an OS, OS X is ready to go primetime. If I was making those kinds of decisions for the advertising agency I used to work with, a couple things would need to happen first...
1) Quark would have to be native - When?
2) Photoshop would have to be native - We're So Close
3) Illustrator would have to be native - Okay
4) Machines would need to be B&W G3s or higher - Okay (mostly?)
Ideally, this would happen...
1) SMB Networking/Browsing would be flawless - Lots of work here...
2) Classic would have an "instant boot" option - More like VPC
3) Apps would launch faster than a fly in molasses
4) Printing would be more reliable
5) File dialogues would return to be more like OS 9 - Desktop & Documents
also the training in monterey for graphics/web people is behind san jose (just 50 mi. north)
the highest accredited art degree our county offers in graphic design or web design is an associate's degree and there are no adobe certified experts from what i have seen and nowhere one can get trained to get the ACE
as for os x training, i have never heard of anything yet
therefore, my high tech client with all the mac machines will get running on os x three and a half years from now as they have proposed
but that client offers tons of training in windoze
i am just a techie so excuse me for not knowing the proper terms and usages concerning graphic and web designers...i am getting burned out just being the computer/network/software fix it guy and would one day like to actually do something with a mac like many of you and become a designer or audio engineer
after i am dead and gone, as we will all be one day, i don't want an inscription on my tombstone which says, "he made sure that all the machines worked really good"
Having Photoshop port, still means I won't be able to work natively in OSX, I'm still waiting for Director aswell, and Dreamweaver would be nice......
As soon as all the main programs I use work natively in OSX I'll change over!! I use OSX alot, so familiarity isn't a problem, I just have to wait for the software to come!!
Hey jefhatfield,...... it's never too late to make a change........ it's weird what you said about wanting to try design or audio stuff, made me think.... some of the small design places I have worked in, they didn't have any Techies, so we had to learn and teach ourselves stuff (granted alot easier for a mac than a PC...) I don't see why the same can't be said for Techies trying out creative stuff........ Have a play......... you might be the new David Carson, he never had formal design training either, so it shows that it can be done!!!
even though a techie is not the most commonly associated person that one sees as a potential artist, i have met a lot of frustated artists who were really good but never made money so they went into being techies
i know that i don't have that artistic bent in me though i did take a couple of art classes and was a mediocre guitarist for twenty plus years
the graphic and web designers who i know that can draw and paint really well have that extra edge when it comes to doing their art on the computer...composition, color, negative space
i am so glad to see that an artist can express themselves on the computer and that real talent can be even be seen using zeros and ones