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Switching to MAC from Windows – Here’s a Key to Translate Windows Functions to OS X ⭐⭐⭐⭐📍

May 22, 2013

Congratulations, If You’ve made the leap from a Windows PC to the MAC. We made the switch to MAC laptops 8 years ago, when my 13 year old, Daniel, appealed to me to take a hard look at Apple Computer LapTops. At that time, in 2005, I was a 20 year experienced Windows user, so there was admittedly some trepidation. Switching to MAC from Windows – Here’s a Key to Translate Windows Functions to OS X

Presently, I am adjunct Faculty at FAU, a major 30,000 student, Florida State University whose main campus is located in Boca Raton, FL. I teach classes “Principles of Digital Photogrphy and Post Image Processig.” Photoshop is the principle editing tool utilized, in the Windows environment. However, I encourage my students to consider the MAC for ther next computer or the iPad for “Low Power” users, those not routinely performing major Movie Editing. Personally, I do about 90% of all my work on the iPad v4 coupled to Belkin’s Ultra Thin Keyboard Case. However, the iPad is not a MAC replacement tool, yet. Therefore the MAC remains a valued tool.

Now that you’re here with your MAC, or about to do so, it’s no surprise that you might be feeling a bit lost. So was I for a few days. Remember Winston Churchill’s WWII state,ent… “You have nothing to fear but Fear Itself.” Assembled is a convenient Chart making it easy for the new MAC user to Translate the former Windows feature into a MAC feature, whether it’s regarding your Printer Settings, Audio Controls, Networks, File System, 21 Translation tools with convenient system Windows and Mac ICONs.

You have several Windows Software Applications that you cannot Live without, as I felt. You can own a MAC and Run Windows within the MAC environment so you may use those trusted and familiar Windows Applications on your new MAC. For me the App was XL. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding MAC computers running Windows and Windows Apps.

1⃣ Can I really run Windows applications on my Mac? Yes, you can. Since Apple’s transition to Intel processors in 2006, Windows applications run beautifully on the Mac. Every currently shipping Mac qualifies, but older Macs may not. Please check your system profile in About This Mac to ensure what you need to run Windows.

2⃣ To run Windows applications, do I have to run the Windows operating system? Yes, you do. Basically, there are two ways to run Windows on your Mac: Boot into Windows at startup. This dedicates 100% of the processor power to Windows and Windows applications. You can’t use Mac OS X again until you restart. Use virtualization software, which lets you run Mac OS X and Windows side by side. You can switch between them as easily as you’d switch between Mac applications. But you can’t run Windows without Window, you’ll need to acquire your own copy of either Windows XP or Windows Vista to use either solution.

3⃣ What do I ned to Run Windows – What are the specific system requirements to run Windows? There are two Software Applications, pick one, called Fusion and Parallels both require a MAC built with an Intel processor, a minimum of Mac OS X v10.4.6 Tiger, and 1GB of RAM. More RAM is strongly encouraged for a much smoother experience while running Windows. Parallels requires 100MB of hard disk space for the installation of the software (excluding Windows) and Fusion requires 275MB of hard disk space (excluding Windows) for installation. Boot Camp is a built-in feature of Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard and requires a Mac with Intel processor. Windows XP (SP2) requires at least 1.5GB of hard disk space. Windows Vista Home Premium requires a minimum of 15GB of hard disk space.

4⃣ Virtualization—how does that work? Virtualization uses software to emulate PC hardware and create a “virtual machine” running alongside the Mac operating system, giving instant access to any desired Windows applications. Today, Windows is the most common “virtual machine” on the Mac, but you can also use virtualization to run Linux and other operating systems.

5⃣ With virtualization, do I need reboot to use Windows? No. One of the key benefits of Virtualization: Windows meets Mac OS X software is the ability to run both Mac OS X and a virtual machine side by side without the need to reboot your system.

6⃣ Why doesn’t everyone use the virtualization approach? Virtualization runs two operating systems simultaneously, greatly increasing the demands on resources such as memory and processor power which can result in sluggish performance. 1GB of RAM is the minimum to run virtualization software, but at least 2GB is recommended for a better experience.

7⃣ What are my virtualization options? Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion both run Windows in a separate window alongside Mac OS X. Each developer also offers utility applications (Coherence and Unity, respectively) that bring your Windows applications right into the Mac desktop and integrate with Expose and the Mac OS X Dock.

8⃣ Is Boot Camp or virtualization right for me? If you use resource-intensive applications such as 3D games, video editors, or 2D/3D drawing programs—or only need Windows applications once in a while—the Boot Camp route will give you maximum power.
If you frequently need Windows applications, though, virtualization lets you avoid rebooting your Mac to use these applications. Most users find virtualization the most convenient route.

9⃣ Should I use virtualization or Boot Camp to run Microsoft Office? Actually, you don’t need either. There’s a Mac-native version of the suite, Microsoft Office for Mac, which creates, reads, and edits files that are compatible with the Windows version of Office. So you can generate Windows-ready documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, all within the familiar, easy-to-use Mac interface.

🔟 Can I play Windows-based games on my Mac? Absolutely. Not only can you enjoy your favorite Windows-based games, you can keep on using your favorite gamepads and joysticks. Gaming requires a lot from your processor, graphic card, and RAM, so here are two tips. First, seek out a computer with a separate graphics card, such as an iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro. Second, use the Boot Camp approach to ensure the smoothest graphics rendering and highest frame rates.

🔢 Does the Mac support graphics-intensive Windows-based software such as Auto-CAD? Yes. But be aware that graphics-intensive applications such as Auto-CAD or Adobe OnLocation require 100% of your computer’s resources. You’ll need to use Boot Camp to give resource-hungry applications like these the support they require to run quickly and smoothly.

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