GPS mapping software

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by doctor pangloss, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. doctor pangloss macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2004
    This may be a dumb question! (or a couple of dumb questions)

    I'm seriously contemplating buying a new MB to replace my PB so I can use some of the GPS software out there.

    I understand people are running gaming apps on their machines using the bootcamp thing.

    Where is bootcamp available?

    And do I have to buy a copy of windohs also?(I'd rather not have to as I really hate microsoft)
  2. emac82 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    NB, Canada
    Bootcamp is available from, and you have to have a legit copy of Windows XP with SP2, so if you don't then you have to buy it, otherwise it's not a legit copy.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    As you have probably noticed, there is a lack of good GPS software for OS X.

    As for running Windows software on your Mac, there are three options:

    1. Boot Camp. This makes your Mac "dual boot" where when you turn it on, you choose either OS X or Windows. You do have to purchase a copy of Windows. The Boot Camp software is available from Apple as a free 'beta' (i.e. test version,) that will expire sometime this year. The final version will be part of Leopard, which will cost money. Running Windows this way makes your Mac exactly the same as any other Windows laptop of similar specs.

    2. Parallels. This is software that runs inside Mac OS X that makes pretends that it is a second computer running inside OS X. You do have to purchase a copy of Windows. This is called 'virtualization', because it creates a 'virtual machine'. This means you basically have a copy of Windows running as an OS X program. The latest versions of Parallels can run Windows in a 'window', full screen, or even showing just the windows of Windows programs mixed with your Mac programs. (They call this 'coherence', see their website for more info.) You can download a limited-time demo of Parallels (which still needs a full copy of Windows,) and the full version is USD $80. Running Windows this way works about as well as running Windows on a half-speed computer with a really crappy video chip. (No 3D acceleration, although they claim it is coming soon.) And not all hardware works right, but most does.

    3. Codeweavers Crossover Mac. This is software that, instead of pretending to be a whole computer, pretends specifically to be a copy of Windows. You do *NOT* need a copy of Windows for this, as the software pretends that it is Windows. However, since it has to pretend to be all parts of Windows, it isn't perfect. They have a specific list of Windows software that works right on it, and basically no hardware works. They do have a demo you can download, and the full version is USD $60. (Remember, though, you do not have to purchase a copy of Windows, it's just the $60.)
  4. doctor pangloss thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2004
    ^Thanks for the very cogent info.:)

    I just noticed the new sub-forum about windows-on-mac issues as well.

    Looks like I'll want to order the new macbook with a large hard-drive so adequate partition sizes can be had.

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