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I know not everyone on this list documents software, or has to
purchase their own equipment, but I'm hoping to get some input on a
tools decision I have. I apologize to those that this does not apply
to, and I would be happy to take replies off-line and post a summary.
I recently drank the apple juice (as opposed to kool-aid) and
purchased a MacBook Pro to replace my Thinkpad. Most of my work is
still Windows based, so I am looking at the various solutions for
running Windows on a Macintosh. The options I am exploring are:
1. Bootcamp. (free and included)
3. VMWare Fusion.
I am leaning towards Fusion, but wanted to ask if anyone has a
solution they particularly enjoy, or any tips or watchouts.
That's the simple question, and my main concern.
In addition, my primary tools are:
1. MS Word
2. Adobe Design Premium (debating if I will cross-grade to Mac)
My issue with the cross-grade of Adobe is that I use Acrobat Pro a lot
to create bookmarked PDFs from Word, and I am not sure if that will
work Word for Win -> Acrobat Pro for Mac. But is seems silly to run
Windows versions of those apps on a Mac.
Finally, for those wondering why I would get a Mac given what I
outlined, and desiring to start a Mac/PC debate, I'll explain that:
1. As an itinerant tech writer, I wanted to expand my tool kit to
include Macs. Could pay off in the future for a contract.
2. The price difference now is pretty small, and if I launch in
Bootcamp, the MacBook Pro is one for the fastest Vista laptops.
3. Want to get into video, and was able to get a great deal on a
MacBook Pro with Final Cut Express.
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