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- To: "Seaint" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Re: Mac conversion from PC
- From: "SGE Structural" <sgordin(--nospam--at)sgeconsulting.com>
- Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:10:11 -0700
The switch from PC to Mac will be a decision you are not likely going to regret. The reliability, usability, and security of Mac systems can significantly improve the day to day functions not just for regular consumers, but for structural engineering firms too. Almost all compatibility problems have been eliminated with the combination of existing Mac software and Windows virtualization products such as Parallels Desktop.
While it true that structural engineers cannot completely abandon Windows, many advancements in this very area have opened the door for engineers to transition from PC to Mac.
In order to transfer your documents, programs, and program settings, you can actually convert your current PC into a virtual PC by using a program like Parallels Transporter. This virtual PC is basically just one big image file which can be opened on your Mac using Parallels Desktop. Parallels this week actually released a Switch To Mac edition of their software, which makes this transition (both documents and programs) completely painless. You can see a demo of how this Switch To Mac edition works, here.
Once you have completed this, you basically have your old PC running inside of a window on your new Mac. The beauty of this approach however, is fivefold:
With this setup, you can, at your own pace, slowly transition from your PC to your Mac, eventually only running the programs you absolutely have to in Windows (AutoCAD, MathCAD, etc). As Scott pointed out, spreadsheets on the Mac hit a bit of a snag with Office 2008 for Mac, which disabled VBA macros - but since you have access to your entire Microsoft Office suite in your virtual machine, you'll be fine until Office 2010 for Mac comes out (and includes VBA support).
Finally, keep in mind that excellent in-person support for your Mac, including the transition from your PC, is offered to any Apple customer via the Genius Bar (for technical support), and One-to-One (for training on how to migrate to and use a Mac).
Eugene Gordin, EIT
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
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