New Macbook User (Few Questions)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Saiz, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Saiz macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Okay I have been lurking around the forums for awhile but I finally am getting my mac. I have been a windows user and this will be my first mac. I am getting the $2499 MBP.

    The main question I have is what do you think is better Parallels or VMware Fusion. That and the other question is iWork or Microsoft office 2008 for mac.

    I will tell you a little about what I will be doing with it. I am going to college for multimedia so I will most likely use boot camp for windows when I have to use it for 3d art work and animations, but I heard you can reuse the windows install from boot camp in parallels from some people is that true? So what I would do is papers, 2d and 3d art, animation and some gaming. Is there really anything I should be worried about with the new macs or any tips that will make the transition smoother?
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Me thinks you have not lurked long enough. Parallels vs. Fusion iWork vs. Office
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Parallels and VMware Fusion are both awful, use bootcamp or you'll be back here asking for our help in a week.
  4. vandozza macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2006
    vmware and parallels both awful?

    that's a pretty broad statement, and you haven't really given us reasons as to why they are "awful."

    i've used vmware for 12 months (v1 and v2,) and i've had very few problems only issue i've had was getting a particular epson printer to print in colour. everything else has been great as far as i have seen.
  5. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    I've been using Parallels for several years, including the latest 4.0 version, and I find it to be excellent. I've heard VM ware is similar, as another poster mentioned.

    I'm not sure where your comments about them being awful came from. Have you actually tried either piece of software?
  6. Carressa macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2008
    I use VMware all the time and have had little to no problems with it.
    It runs all my work apps without a problem. I also use bootcamp if I play or use more graphic intense games or apps.
    I say try it. VMware used to have a trial version not sure if they do or not anymore.
  7. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    Fusion tends to perform a little better in most situations. I've used both (incl. Parallels 4.0 and Fusion 2) and prefer Fusion. Either one can use a Boot Camp partition as a VM, but be careful as there are some potential minor complications involved with either one. For Windows, I recommend sticking with XP, as Vista is a real pig when run through a VM.

    iWork is better than Office in many ways and not as good in others, but the ubiquity of Office makes it the better choice for your needs.
  8. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I love Fusion on my MBP and it continues to exceed my expectations and provide me with no headaches.
  9. jedivulcan macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    Fusion is great as long as you don't want to play games.
  10. Saiz thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Thanks guys. I got my mac saturday and have been loving it. I have bootcamp set up and I am using parallels to run it in virtualization when I don't want to reboot. So far I have had no problems and everything has been smooth sailing.
  11. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    ...and for that, you can simply use Crossover Games. Best app out there for a small price. Well worth the money.
  12. Knomad macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2008
    North Coast, California
    I'm stuck using Office because it's such a standard in the corporate world, at least for now; some of my clients specify that files be delivered in Office (although note that many U.S. government agencies are still on Word 2003 and can't read Word 2008 files). But I think Word is needlessly overcomplicated and we waste far too much time on final format issues.

    Haven't tried iWork since a couple versions ago, at that time it didn't do what I needed in a smooth enough way.

    So my solution has been to use Google docs for everything except the final version, and then bring it into Word last second. I wouldn't even bother with that if those few clients didn't still insist on it. I'm looking forward to the day when I can entirely remove Office from my computer.

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