Wednesday, August 09, 2006

MacOnMacs: Running Windows on Your Intel Mac (Part II)

Thought I'd update on my previous Running Windows on Your Intel Mac post in the wake of some news in the last couple of weeks...

For those of you who see Windows video games as the last thing holding you back from diving into the Mac world, check out TransGaming's recently announced Cider, "a sophisticated portability engine that allows Windows games to be run on Intel Macs without any modifications to the original game source code". Pretty cool stuff!

The UK's RegHardware site has just published a good article on running Windows on Mac: BootCamp vs Parallels Desktop, which is a good supplement to the comparison in my previous post on the subject. Speaking of which, there is also a new beta for Parallels Desktop that improves USB support, graphics, along with other improvements and bug fixes.

In other news, another big player VMware readies virtualization software for Macs. And as another choice comes in, a previous choice is taken away: Microsoft has finally bowed out of this battle, announcing that it will be shelving its Virtual PC for Mac. Frankly, I'd just as soon have a third party developer doing this stuff anyway, as Microsoft seems to be slowly digging itself into the ground with the enormously delayed Vista and other less-than-successful projects recently.

I'm certainly in line for an Intel Mac now that the new towers have been announced, so I'll hopefully be able to give you a first-hand account of how some of these things work pretty soon. Until then, these posts can serve as a bit of a guide for you ;-) .
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8/09/2006 11:53:00 a.m.  


Anonymous RichC said...

I rarely miss an episode of CMD-N and enjoy your blog as well. I've been running bootcamp for about a half year now and find its great on a desktop (with the full keyboard) but frustrating on a mac notebook. At one time I did use both SoftPC and Virtual PC -- put the end to emulation software. Perhaps it deserves a second chance since the booting and rebooting can drive one nuts.

I appreciate you hints and tricks on working with video and AUDIO and would love to see you talk 'low end' for a few of use trying to work with consumer digital video cameras yet needing low-cost sound options. Currently I shoot and edit "how to" videos for a car related club ( that could use some ways to 'cheaply' step up our clips.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge,
Cincinnati, OH

August 10, 2006 2:18 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

Hi Rich,

I'm looking forward to trying out emulation only b/c I use Windows so little (and so don't want to have to reboot). I'm curious to see where Boot Camp (recently updated! Check the under Downloads) ends up in the next OS.

We'll for sure hook you up with some practical audio (and video) tips soon. The best thing is to email that to me at jeff[insertAtSign] and I'll put your request on the list.

Thanks for watching and reading! :-)


August 17, 2006 9:33 p.m.  
Anonymous Michael said...

I have been watching commandn for a couple of months now and find it friendly,informative and impartial but I am in the UK,so how about doing special commandn from the UK or other european country you could call it 'on the road with CommandN'

May 12, 2007 11:49 a.m.  

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