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switcher but still needs some windows apps


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I'm almost a switcher but just need help on some final details.

Here are my functional requirements:

1. I still need to run some windows apps, eg Excel 2009 in Windows is still easier to use for me than Excel on Mac and it's a killer app for me.
2. I need to be able to access files, especially xls, docs and ppts, from both Windows and Mac on The internal HD.

Given those,
1. What would be the recommended dual mode: dual boot or windows emulator, eg parallels?
2. For either option, what would be the best way to partition the HD so I can comply with #2 above?

Excited to dive into this new world.

Many many thanks.
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How much time will you be spending in these programs? To me this will determine what would be the best option, because if you will be spending little time in the programs, I would rather dual boot so you can just switch back and forth from OS X to Windows instead of having to turn your computer on and off just to switch. If not, then you can just run off Boot Camp if you won't be needing to switch back and forth constantly.

For the partition, at least 20 - 32+ GB

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Personally for office apps like that I'd go with a Virtual Machine Like Parallels, VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox. They aren't emulators though. You will still need a copy of Windows to install in them, same as BootCamp.

When you run in a VM you'll be able to load and save docs from your OSX folders so you won't need to partition at all.

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Since the only requirements you mention are running Office for Windows, I'd suggest you buy a PC with Windows.
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The OP wants to run Windows Apps, as _well_ as the Mac Software. Therefor the answer is _not_ to go to a PC, as he or she, is obviously wanting to use a Mac which makes perfect sense.
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There is something new called WineBottler that's free allows exes to run on Macs, I believe. Check that out.

Personally, I use OpenOffice. It's open source, freeware, pretty much a free Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), for Mac.

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get familiar with the mac version of office..it is exactly the same once you get used to it.
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The OP wants to run Windows Apps, as _well_ as the Mac Software. Therefor the answer is _not_ to go to a PC, as he or she, is obviously wanting to use a Mac which makes perfect sense.
Actually, the OP said nothing whatsoever about running any Mac software. He may indeed want to use a Mac, but he gave no explanation of

1. Why he wants a Mac
2. What he wants to use his Mac for
3. How he envisions alternating between using the Mac and Windows apps (which were the only thing he did mention.)

So really, the only logical conclusion is that he does not need a Mac at all, and probably should not get one. Unless he is willing to give us more information on why he thinks a Mac would be appropriate.
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I use Microsoft Office 2008 for mac.

If you decide to use this application, you will need to customise your toolbar to give the look and feel as the Windows version.

When I first installed the program it looked "bare"

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Actually, the OP said nothing whatsoever about running any Mac software. He may indeed want to use a Mac, but he gave no explanation of

1. Why he wants a Mac
2. What he wants to use his Mac for
3. How he envisions alternating between using the Mac and Windows apps (which were the only thing he did mention.)

So really, the only logical conclusion is that he does not need a Mac at all, and probably should not get one. Unless he is willing to give us more information on why he thinks a Mac would be appropriate.
Sounds like the OP is quite intelligent. I doubt he needs this jibberish.
Cheers...
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You might also consider Apple iWork 09. It has a program that is just like Excel.
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Sounds like the OP is quite intelligent. I doubt he needs this jibberish.
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Just some unsolicited advice....I wouldnt call any thing that a member with as much time here and as much positive rep as technologist " jibberish" .There is a lot you can learn from these people but this wont help.
Now you are of course entitled to your opinion but ostracizing yourself with comments like these will not improve your standing nor will it influence people to help when you need it .


Take it or leave it....just my opinion

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So really, the only logical conclusion is that he does not need a Mac at all, and probably should not get one.
Technologist, why do you "need" a Mac?

Serious question.
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@gizzzo, at the risk of actually getting back to your original post, is there some feature of Excel that you particularly need, or is it the look and feel that you prefer? I would say that you should look at OpenOffice (it's free), it comes in Windows and OSX versions and if it has your functions, it might do you very well. Once you try it, then you can make your own choice. OO works on the OSX system, and there is an OSX-specific version called NeoOffice, also free, but that one doesn't have a Windows version.

For me, when I switched about a year ago, I thought I would need Windows more than I ended up. I got VMWare and am now down to one application that needs Windows and that vendor is working on an OSX version now. Once it arrives, Windows is done, for me anyway! Your experience may be the same.
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There is something new called WineBottler that's free allows exes to run on Macs, I believe. Check that out.

Personally, I use OpenOffice. It's open source, freeware, pretty much a free Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), for Mac.

Cheers
WineBottler - Run Windows Programs directly on OS X

link for the program, i'd think either this or VM would be better
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