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    Hi Guys,
    I have a Mac Mini Aluminium running the Snow Leopard OS at 2.4 GHz with 2 gb of RAM and my only reason for wanting to use Parallels in order to install Windows XP Pro (SP3) on this Mac is so that i can run Voice Recognition software. I have tried all kinds of VR software but I can't find one that works with Snow Leopard.
    But here's the thing. I have Microsoft Office for the Mac but if I got a programme such as Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 (for windows), would I be able to dictate directly into the Office programme?
    Also, (i get confused easily) if I have the VR software installed on the Windows partition created by Parallels during install, will I be able to use the Navigation aspect of the VR software on the Mac OS?
    By "Navigation", I mean things like using the VR to scroll up and down a web page, open programmes or click links.

    Lastly, and on a totally different subject, I realise that I will need to install an AV prog but even that confuses me. I have ClamXav installed on my Mac but do I need to install another AV prog such as Avast on the Windows partition?

    Thanks for any help, guys.
    Steve
    The trouble with letting people like me loose on the interweb with a debit card is that I now have the latest Mac Mini Aluminium running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 HDD and OS X 10.6.5 all wired up to a 70" LED screen ...... And not the faintest idea of how to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5tevie View Post
    Hi Guys,
    I have a Mac Mini Aluminium running the Snow Leopard OS at 2.4 GHz with 2 gb of RAM and my only reason for wanting to use Parallels in order to install Windows XP Pro (SP3) on this Mac is so that i can run Voice Recognition software. I have tried all kinds of VR software but I can't find one that works with Snow Leopard.
    But here's the thing. I have Microsoft Office for the Mac but if I got a programme such as Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 (for windows), would I be able to dictate directly into the Office programme?
    Also, (i get confused easily) if I have the VR software installed on the Windows partition created by Parallels during install, will I be able to use the Navigation aspect of the VR software on the Mac OS?
    By "Navigation", I mean things like using the VR to scroll up and down a web page, open programmes or click links.

    Lastly, and on a totally different subject, I realise that I will need to install an AV prog but even that confuses me. I have ClamXav installed on my Mac but do I need to install another AV prog such as Avast on the Windows partition?

    Thanks for any help, guys.
    Steve
    AFAIK Dragon can dictate directly into Microsoft Word, not sure about the other office programs. I don't use Dragon so I can't comment 100%, sorry.

    And yes you need an AV running on the Windows side. MSE is a decent all in one suite.
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    When you are running something in the VM, applications can only access what's available in that VM, not on the "host" OS. So, if you have Office running in OS X (that's the host), your Windows installation in the VM knows nothing about it. As far as Windows is concerned, it doesn't even know that it's running in a VM anyway..

    If you were to try to use voice commands to control the desktop, you'd only be able to control the Windows running in the VM, not OS X..

    Dragon has a version for the Mac, and if you were planning on buying that anyway, why not get the Mac version so you can do EXACTLY what you want to do as opposed to buying and using Windows for something that it clearly wont do?

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    Sorry, razor, I wasn't very clear. I already have the Windows version of the VR and to go out and buy the Mac version that works (Dragon Dictate 2) would cost upwards of 120.
    The trouble with letting people like me loose on the interweb with a debit card is that I now have the latest Mac Mini Aluminium running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 HDD and OS X 10.6.5 all wired up to a 70" LED screen ...... And not the faintest idea of how to use it.

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    s20din ... Thanks for that. I'll have a look at reviews on that AV suite.
    The trouble with letting people like me loose on the interweb with a debit card is that I now have the latest Mac Mini Aluminium running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 HDD and OS X 10.6.5 all wired up to a 70" LED screen ...... And not the faintest idea of how to use it.

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