Do I bother switching from a PC to a Mac at this stage of the game?
February 4, 2014 10:05 AM Subscribe
I am in need of a new laptop, and I am considering the purchase of a Mac instead of a PC. Can you help me work out the pros and cons?
posted by msali to Computers & Internet (42 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I currently work on a five year old mid-level HP laptop. I am considering an entry-level Macbook pro to replace it. This would be my primary work computer. I use the Microsoft Office suite, Chrome and the translation programs, Wordfast and Trados on the regular. I am so familiar with these programs, that I have worked out most of the keyboard shortcuts, which speed me up considerably.
So why would I switch to a Mac? Mostly because my other devices are Macs (phone and ipad), and I am very happy with them. I am so happy with them, that I have a hard time envisioning a time when anything else could supplant them. My reasoning is, because I love my phone and ipad so much, doesn't it follow I would love the Macbook Pro as well?
But what about keyboard shortcuts, are they as plentiful on the Mac versions of these programs? Can anyone share any personal experience with Wordfast or Trados on the Mac? One problem I envision is that Wordfast requires a great deal of right clicking, and the Macs don't have a right mouse click option, correct?
I guess my question boils down to this: What is the learning curve like for people switching from PCs to Macs? Do translation programs play nice on Macs? Would the issues I may have with translation memory programs be related to my (relative) Mac illiteracy?