04-19-2014, 07:49 AM
I have a somewhat similar requirement for a single Windows-only application: I need to run CorelDRAW X3, to be able to access a large collection of files.
I've used VirtualBox
for a long time, before I switched to Mac (from Linux), and decided to try Parallels, so I bought IIRC, v.7 ... I found it remarkably intrusive, permeating the entire OSX system (well, that's the idea, I suppose), and removed it completely shortly thereafter, going back to tried and tested VirtualBox.
The WinXP 'machine' I run in VB, is not allowed online, so no worries about viruses etc, and does the job.
I suggest that, for a single app to link a device, VB is more than sufficient, in fact you might even get away with WINE
, but VB is simpler to use and is guaranteed to work, plus it's free