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Subject:Re: Run WinOS (and FM) on a MAC OS X From:"Barry Campbell" <barry -dot- campbell -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 8 Aug 2006 07:38:13 -0400
I switched to a MacBook (one of the new Intel Mac laptops) about two months
ago, and have been using it ever since as my primary work machine.
I tried Boot Camp but didn't like having to reboot whenever I wanted to run
a Windows program, so I purchased and installed Parallels Desktop, and have
disk images set up that allow me to run Windows XP or Linux; both work fine.
And FileMaker 7.2 runs just fine on Windows XP in a Parallels Desktop
I *will* say that the performance of Office 2004 for Macintosh is slow on
the new Intel Macs, even with plenty of memory (I have 2GB of RAM in my
laptop.) I actually get better results running Office 2003 in the Windows
XP virtual environment than I do running the Mac version of Office -- Mac
Office is not available as a universal binary yet, and runs via Rosetta.
And it draaaaaaaaags.
Other than the Office issues, actually, the MacBook is a terrific primary
machine for a technical writer, and once an Intel-native version of Office
is available for the Mac, it will be just about perfect. I *love*
OmniOutliner (outlining tool, obviously) and OmniGraffle (Visio equivalent,
A few more thoughts on MacBooks and technical communications here