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    mac or pc for web design
    I'd like to get a Mac laptop. I do web design. I work on a PC desktop now. But one thing I need to do is to be able to check my design in different browsers to make sure my web pages are rendering correctly. And I think that since most of the web world is PC that maybe I shouldn't get a Mac because then I couldn't check my work in the different web browsers on PC. I'm wondering how other Mac web designers deal with this, and if they use Mac how can they be sure their work is correct in "PC world."

    Anybody have any suggestions?

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    You can get Firefox and IE for mac, and obviously you would have safari. For web design, I find Firefox seems to work the best. IE and Safari react differently in some scenarios. There are also other smaller browsers like opera and google chrome if you want to be really thorough.

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    You can also run windows on your Mac, if not for anything else, for the purpose of testing if ever unsure.
    Not suggesting that you are a beginner, but check this link out also.
    6 best Mac web design apps for beginners | News | TechRadar UK
    Mac Web Design Software Review 2010 - TopTenREVIEWS

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    The only Windows only web browser is IE. All other major browsers have a Mac version and they use the same web rendering engine as their Windows counterparts meaning they should look the same on either system. If you really need to run IE then you can install Windows on your Mac.

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    Being that a Mac is the only computer that can legally run all three of the primary OSes for the internet, I would argue that it is a SUPERIOR computer to a PC for web design.

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
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    I suggest you get a Macintosh, but that's just because I love how they run Anyways, you don't even need to get a new computer, just get dreamweaver and use live view or preview in browser option.

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    Get a Mac and Buy dreamweaver, it will be the best thing you have ever done.

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    You can get Firefox and IE for mac...
    IE hasn't been available for the Mac for several years.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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    As mentioned, you can run Windows on a Mac. Either by dual booting, or the easier method of running it under a VM such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion. You'll also need to buy an appropriate copy of Windows.

    There is at least one web site that runs all the browsers and feeds back an image so that you can see the result. I can't recall the name though, but think it has been mentioned here before.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    IE hasn't been available for the Mac for several years.
    Sorry I was in fact pulling that info from when I had it a while ago.

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