Back to the Mac - Part 2

June 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Straight out of Shanghai, factory direct, my new Macbook Pro is on it's way to me. I'm very happy that I decided to expedite the shipping if for no other reason that I'd be kicking myself now if I didn't and knew it could get here faster!

shipped

In the few hours I spent considering this purchase, I had to decide if there would be any compatibility issues. I didn't have time to confirm everything as working or not...even now some things might still surprise me. If you're changing over from Windows to Mac (or vice versa), it's something you want to think about because your computer investment can quickly become pricey if your existing hardware and software aren't compatible. Running Windows via Parallels will be a must but I have an extra copy of Windows 7 around already. Below is some of the software and hardware which apply to me.

 

  • Western Digital USB 3.0 Hard Drives - This was something which turned me off of Apple computers up until the new Retina came out with USB 3.0 ports. I do the majority of my video work on external hard drives and the extra speed is essential. When these (500GB) drives aren't big enough, I'll likely upgrade to Thunderbolt drives to get an even larger boost in speed.
  • Microsoft Wireless Mouse 6000 - Heresy? Maybe but it's the mouse I have and the mouse I'm used to. Microsoft offers Mac drivers.
  • Pantone Huey Pro - Mac Drivers are available.
  • Lexar USB 3.0 CF/SD Card Reader - This should be fully compatible.
  • Belkin USB 3.0 Hub - This should also be fully compatible.
  • BenQ 27" LCD Monitor - This monitor accepts VGA, DVI, and several HDMI inputs. Since it's native resolution is 1080p, the new HDMI port on the MBP Retina should be perfect for me.
  • BenQ Projector - This is a low resolution compact projector I use at events. I'll need the Thunderbolt-VGA adapter but it should work fine.
  • Sandisk Expresscard CF reader - No Expresscard slot!
  • Sandisk Expresscard USB 3.0 card - Still no Expresscard slot!
  • Memorex USB DVD/Bluray Burner - Inside this great drive is Pioneer hardware so I'm hoping it works. Despite being Memorex brand, it's the most compact, USB powered Bluray burner I could find for under $200. It's served me well and I hope it continues to do so.
  • Canon and Brother Printers (some wireless some wired) - Mac drivers available for all printers.

 

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe is very Mac friendly. My CC license should get me what ever I need.
  • Lightroom 4 - Same for Lightroom. My retail disk has both Windows and Mac versions on it.
  • DSLR Remote Pro - This is a Windows only program which should work in Parallels but hasn't been tested to my knowledge.
  • Oloneo PhotoEngine - This is also a Windows only program but has been tested in Parallels and should work fine.
  • FolderFTP - This is an automated FTP folder monitoring app. It's Windows only. I have to find a Mac equivalent.
  • Microsoft SyncToy - Obviously this is Windows only. An on-demand backup application will need to be found.
  • CrashPlan Client - CrashPlan is a great service that has clients for all operating systems.
  • Google Drive - I believe there is a Mac client for the new Google Drive service.
  • Google Picasa - I use Picasa for a few things but will be trying to migrate those tasks to Lightroom.
  • Google Chrome - I'm going to give Safari an honest try mainly because of the support for the Retina display.
  • MS Office 10 for Windows - Windows only. Should work on Parallels but might use this as an excuse to use Google apps more.
  • Drobo Dashboard - My onside backup device is a Drobo FS. The Drobo Dashboard client should work on Mac.
  • Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) - Now that I have a Creative Cloud subscription, I should be able to use Photoshop CS6 to assemble my panoramas.
  • GoPro CineForm - The GoPro software is available for MacOS.
  • Samsung Kies (desktop software for my Samsung Galaxy) - To my knowledge, there is a MacOS version available.

 

When I bought my first Mac years ago, there was really no such thing as programs which ran the same on Windows and MacOS. Now however, many apps work on both and the rest can be emulated using Parallels. There were windows emulators back then but it was unstable technology which never worked very well.


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