Tuesday, 8 December 2009

To Mac or Not To Mac, that is the question...


My software lust is biting deep this year.
Many moons ago I discovered a writers' programme called Scrivener. I remember that day well. Here at last was the answer to all my writing needs. I got all hot and heavy and whipped out my credit card so fast I got friction burns only to discover it's for Macs only.

Drat. It took days, weeks even, for the sting of disappointment to fade.
Since then I've seen it lauded time and time again on various writers' boards. But to date it's still Mac only so if I really wanted it there would be only one way...
Yes, the Unspeakable Switch.

I've worked on PCs forever. Well, that's not strictly true, they haven't existed forever. Our first computer was a BBC - remember them? - not quite steam driven but about as hi-tech as your granny's knickers. Since then it's been Microsoft all the way. It's been an interesting journey - not always fun. Whatever the Hell they were thinking when they dreamt up Vista is anyone's guess. But I've stuck loyally with it, never seriously considering the alternative until now.

So now I am considering it. It's scary. Everything about the Mac looks different. Is it better? Well it costs a lot more, so it should be.

I'd welcome any thoughts, people. This is a huge step for me.

Oh, and on a happier note. The procrastinators among you (who isn't?) might be interested to know that the lovely Nathan Bransford now has his own writing forum attached to his blog. Find it here.

Toodle-oo the noo!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Yeesh, that's a tough one. I'm a PC gal myself. My Mac experience is limited to school and, well, I try to associate writing with all things fun (and while school's all right....)

I guess the main question would be whether you're switching over just because of this particular software only? Have you had a chance to play with it somewhere? Great reviews are one thing, but if it doesn't jive with *you* then it's a waste of cash. I wouldn't pick until you get a chance to fiddle around a little bit.