Hi, my name is Dreolin Fleischer. I am a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University. Today I’ll be sharing a tip about running PC programs on Mac Computers.
Hot Tip: I have used a Mac for the last five years and I am very happy using a Mac; however, there are those times that you may find that you need to use software that can only be used on a PC. I got around this issue by purchasing and installing VMware Fusion on my Mac. VMware Fusion (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/) allows you to run a PC on your Mac. For me, the usefulness of having software like VMware Fusion became apparent when I began working on an evaluation that required me to use SWiSH Max (http://www.swishzone.com/index.php), a flash creation tool only available for PCs. I needed to install SWiSH Max on my personal laptop so I could help develop an interactive web-based tool for our client. I had no trouble using VMware Fusion to go between the PC and Mac platforms and my MacBook Pro easily handled both platforms with its 2.4 GHz processing speed and 2 GB of memory. I was able to purchase the software at a discounted price because I am a student, but VMware Fusion 3 (for Mac OS X) is available online for $79.99. An alternative to VMware Fusion and at the same price point ($79.99) is Parallels Desktop for Mac (http://www.parallels.com/)–I do not have experience using the alternative. In my experience, a software program like this makes you more versatile in the work you can accomplish.