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Postby Memphis on Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:10 pm

Any thoughts or opinions on the best program to get some windows based software to run on a mac? I have some stuff for work that only runs on windows, but it would be beneficial if I could run it on my powerbook. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
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Postby Cadc on Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:53 pm

:| That's herecy! :razz:
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Postby Racer445 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:26 pm

You could give WINE a shot. I've used it to run several windows apps under Linux, but there are BSD, OSX and Solaris builds too. Be aware that some apps will not be fully functional or will not even run at all. All apps will run slower than natively on windows.

http://www.winehq.com/
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Postby Norm the toe on Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:42 pm

We use both Parallels and Boot Camp with no problems at all.

What's the issue?

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Postby PLAYER36-SA- on Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:23 pm

@ Norm: I think he wants to run windows apps without buying windows, so those two solutions wouldn't work.
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Postby Norm the toe on Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:28 pm

Oh, sorry, thanks 36 - we haven't liked any alternative that doesn't require the program.

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Postby Baba on Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:47 pm

I know from the buzz at their booth at MacWorld Parallels seems to be the current favorite. They had a pretty impressive demo running and besides they gave me a 128MB usb2.0 high speed flash drive so I am forever beholden to them :roll:
From what I have heard from personal testimony and reviews they seem to have the best product out there.
dash was talking about it not too long ago, mebbe ask him.

I too am interested in this as my daughter, who is in grad school, needs a laptop and wants to keep using Mac's (as do I who would buy it for her) but needs to use Windows applications on occasion.
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Postby Baba on Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:13 pm

Memph - here are some articles of interest:
Windows on Mac

Hands On: Running Vista Home on a Mac

with some other relevant links in the articles
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Postby Memphis on Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:58 pm

Thanks to all that replied. Looks like parallels is my best option. It's only one program, but it's one I use all the time that I need to run on my mac. Time to dip into the professional fund. Thanks again, very helpful. Except cadc, although funny.
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Postby Blind Cide on Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:10 pm

Doesn't Parallels require an Intel-Mac?
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