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View Poll Results: Mac or Windows based
Apple Macintosh 140 48.61%
Windows based 104 36.11%
Both 35 12.15%
Other 9 3.13%
Voters: 288. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:16 PM
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Default Mac or Windows

Doing some research for potential product development. Would like to get as many as possible to check in on this.

Thanks in advance!!!
Darwin N. Barrie
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:56 PM
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Not sure how I should fill out your poll. I own and use both.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:56 PM
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Mac: slider, primed, training wheel in the front. Let the wars begin!

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Old 12-22-2011, 11:06 PM
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I voted Winders, but my next computer will be a Mac. (hope this is useful info)
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:21 AM
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Default Why choose?

No need to paint yourself into a corner. It's pretty easy these days to design most types of applications to be platform-independent.

And to answer your poll question (did not vote): Windoze and Linux.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:24 AM
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Default MAC!

As much as I enjoyed the multitude of quality conversations I had with "Bob" in New Delhi while getting customer support for my pc, I find that the ease of use and incredible reliability of the Mac more than makes up for this downgrade of my social life. I guess PC user just get tired of having something that works flawlessly every time. I confess that I did have to take my 7 year old Mac laptop in for service a couple of years ago....I needed a bigger hard drive. Up front cost is greater but I found that after every 2-3 years I had to replace my PC because it was slow as molasses. The cost evens out. I'd like to get a new Mac but my current one just won't die. I never had that issue with a PC.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:00 AM
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The question was not which is better / easier to use, but which is better for product development - presumably with profitability in mind

We produce a software product (commerically) for a bunch of pilots (2000-3000), and is available as a PC/Windows product only. Ditto our competitors. Ditto most software. The market is far wider for the PC, and although biased, development is easier / more resources out there IMHO.

There is a growing (and vociferous!) Mac community. However, starting from the minority viewpoint, tools / software / hardware have been developed (Intel Macs, Parallels, emulators, Wine, Online via RDC) that allow Macs to run PC software. Not a lot the other way round...

So yes - if it is easy write for both - although ensure the average PC dummy can install it. If you have to make a choice, I'd advise PC everytime - and ensure the product and installation are very easy to use - if the user needs to understand the word "file" or "directory" you are lost


PS The Mac bunch will then whinge, as they do Get one of them, give them the product for free, and write instructions for how to use the product on a Mac via the above methods.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:29 AM
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Default My PC was stolen, best thing that happened to me!

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Old 12-23-2011, 05:38 AM
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Update: Poll modified per Darwin's request. dr.

I would think that there needs to be a ‘Both’ choice, Darwin.

The reason I suggest this is because there are a lot of us out there running Windows-based software on a Mac (using Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, etc.). There are even folks running Mac stuff on PCs.

If I had to pick just one, it would be Windows (because I can easily run those applications on both types of computers). I consider myself a Windows guy, but I have a Mac also.

A screen grab of my stat software shows a lot of the browsers hitting VAF last week were designed (at least initially) for Windows based environments:
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:41 AM
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As Andy just said, Windows has a much larger customer base. I do all my commercial app development on a Mac running Parallels but sell primarily to the Windows crowd. If someone insists on running my stuff on a Mac, i tell them to get Wine or Parallels. Now the portable stuff will require some work as you will have to learn iOS for Apple or Android for everything else. (Learning Cocoa for iOS will pretty much get you familiar with programming for the Mac.) I really do like the development tools on the Apple platforms. Well thought out with a language that does a LOT of stuff with very little code. Just wish the Mac market was bigger, although the trend seems to be towards the tablets and smart phones. Have fun.
Mike Kullenberg
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