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Since you are not dependent upon video hardware acceleration, Fusion is a good choice from
what I have seen. Parallels would work as well. It would appear that you are interested in
the seamless integration that Parallels or Fusion can provide and the flipping from one OS
to the other without hinderance.
Remember that NTFS drives aren't writable by Mac OS X. They can be read. If you make a
separate partition with FAT32 you can transfer files from within the programs.
I would go with Acrobat on the Mac. I still don't trust Microsofts printer capability.
This is the same company that produced a postscript brain-dead version of thier OS. Mac OS
is very compatible with Postscript. Using OpenType fonts will reduce your font problems
There is little difference between the Office versions for Mac and Windows with the
exception of ActiveX support and Access isn't available for the Mac. Excel, Word, and
Outlook are compatible.
I loathe the new Office design (2007). Not much new except MS showing us how they can
screw up a product by intentionally making the interface worse. I understand that they
will duplicate this abortion on the Mac version.
Adobe Design will work great on the Mac.
Viso is Windows only. And I find it to be particularly nasty anyway. ConceptDraw is a Mac
competitor and works similarly. It can import the Viso .vdx file format and can export XML
to Viso. Gee, an open formatting language that works!
Your performance using Parallels or Fusion should be comparable to using Bootcamp. I
normally use Bootcamp, but I need the video hardware acceleration.
On Mon Dec 17 8:05 , "Bryan Sherman" sent:
>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.
>Thanks in advance for the collective wisdom....
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