Mac vs. PC

appleStudio 300 has 18 27-inch iMac computers eight of which have dual monitors.  Macs may seem like the opposite of PCs but there are only minor differences between Macs and PCs.  Let’s compare Mac OS X which is what we have in Studio 300 with computers running Windows.  Although PCs can mean any personal computer, in this instance we’re going to be using the term PC to  mean Windows.

There is no way of really knowing how many people are using Windows operating system over a Macs due to the availability of running Windows on a Mac computer and the growing popularity in Hackintosh which lets you download Mac software on your PC. That said the sales of Windows is still way above the sales of Macs at 78% according to data from Asymco making security attacks and viruses more prone on a PC.

If you play online video games, you’ll know that on Steam there are a lot more games for PC (at over 1,300 games) while there are only about 200 for a Mac.

The most obvious difference between a Mac and a PC is the price.  Where most Mac computers are over $1,000 you can get a PC for under that much.  The reasoning behind the price for Macs are due to the high gross profit margin, the quality in parts, and that everything is custom made making for a more effective customer support system.  When a problem does arise, only having to go to one Genius Bar and getting face-to-face assistance as opposed to possibly calling multiple oversees companies just to figure out the underlying problem is a big reason for customer satisfaction.  But there are smaller differences that can also enhance your experience.

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On Macs there is a dock that holds your favorite apps.  If you minimize a screen, it goes to the dock and if there are other apps open, a small light is displayed underneath that app on the dock.  You can decide how many and what app icons go on your dock and you can have it disappear for a larger viewing experience.

The keyboard is a little different on a Mac too.  The most common keyboard shortcuts on a PC use Ctrl plus another key but on a Mac the command key is used instead of the control key.  The PrintScrn key is non-existent on a Mac keyboard.  That shortcut is shift+command+4 which then changes the cursor to a cross-hair.  You can then click and drag anywhere on the screen to take a screen shot.  There are other keyboard and folder navigating differences that we can show you in Studio 300.

The software iMovie, Garageband, iPhoto and Photobooth are other great aspects of the iMacs in Studio 300 that you may not necessarily find on a PC .

If you’re interested in learning more about how to use a Mac or any of the software listed above, sign up for a class in Studio 300.

After the basics

0781a99e5c7aa5bc45e91f387cab2321So you’ve learned the basics of some software. Now what? There are several avenues to follow so that you can expand your skills. Here at Studio 300 you have access to lynda.com, a video-based training website that can lead you beyond the basics and into more advanced levels. Lynda.com is a paid subscription service, but you can access thousands of its training videos for free from the Studio 300 computers.

Learning in the digital age has become easy and convenient. There is also a wide variety of other learning tutorials online. Most software companies offer their own tutorials. For example, Adobe TV offers tutorials for their entire collection of software (the software you can use in Studio 300). Most developers even have their own YouTube channel. Speaking of YouTube, mixed along with funny cat videos are many other free tutorials from software developers and other industry pros who share their secrets. The classroom can still be the best way to get in depth learning in any field, but having online resources can help you get through challenges when out of the classroom.

Studio 300 offers a large collection of media creation software that you can also use to learn, recreate projects from tutorials, and create original projects of your own. Come see what Studio 300 can offer you by taking our new Discover Studio 300 Macs and Software program where we will share examples of various projects created with our collection of software and hardware. Register today!

Recently, Adriana used a tutorial from a YouTube channel to create a 3d animation in Blender 2.66. By following along, she was able to recreate the animation from the tutorial. See the video below: