I've been a PC user all my life. Over the years, I've learned to get used to PC's & all their drawbacks, & although those cons have held me back, I just would install some new virus protection software & trucked on. But lately, I've been getting really frustrated, sick & tired with my PC & all the trouble it gives me every day. Besides, for all the things I want/need to do like animation, music, voices & movies, the PC has no decent programs for it. I think it's about time I jumped ship & moved on to something better: a Mac!
Although Macs seem to be a completely alien compared to the PC way of things I'm used to, the little time I spent with them at SVA & my friends have made me know enough about them. So I've decided to pick myself up a fancy-schmancy new MacBook Pro sometime within the next few weeks. Plus, I'm gettin "the works". I'm gonna get all the super deluxe programs I need: AfterEffects, a newer version of Flash (I've been using Flash MX, which has been far too outdated), an external hard-drive & maybe I'll pick up a copy of Final Cut Studio if I'm up to it. & luckily, thanks to software like Parallels or Bootcamp, I can transfer some of my PC programs to the Mac, like my Adobe Creative Suite (I hope).
& on top of all that, since I'm an SVA student, everything is discounted dramatically at the school store & I'll save a lot of dough (that is if I buy everything before Sept. 15th). I'm still gonna study up a bit before I go out & buy out the place, but I know I' getting one no matter what! Sure, my wallet may end up completely empty, but it's all for the better.
If anybody out there can tell me about their Mac experience(s) & anything that I should be aware of before I get one? Pros? Cons? Priorities? Is there any programs I should get immediately or ones I should hold out for? What are the best programs for a person like me (art, animation, movie making, audio recording & music compiling)? Thanks!