Like most small-business people, I’ve used personal computers (PCs) to manage my business. My wife, who runs the office, has also used PCs. Plus, I use a laptop at design meetings — I love hearing customers say “wow” when I open a crisp photo. Some deck builders zap out plans using design software. Those graphical presentations are impressive on a fast machine; however, running CAD software and programs like Acrobat and Contribute and manipulating large photo and video files were causing our PCs to run slowly or even crash.
Recently, I got the “blue screen of death” — my wife and I have a history of chewing up a PC every 18 months — so I had to invest in a new computer. I’d been hearing the “get a Mac” mantra from designer friends for years — touting a Mac’s reliability and its ability to run design and graphics programs. So, I bought a Mac.