No MiniTab for Mac OSX??

iWolf00

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Hi all,

I am not sure if this the right forum to discuss Mac OSX softwares; But I have a major issue; The college will start in September and I need MiniTab for my Quality statistical course. The problem is MiniTab work in Win ONLY ?? So What are the alternatives softwares? How can I run it on Mac OSX?? Could you suggest any?

Thanks in advance.
 

jdelgado

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Oct 25, 2009
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No MiniTab for Mac OSX??

Hi
I use JMP; it is native for Mac. If you need to run MiniTab, you may consider running it in under a VM (eg, Fusion or Parallels).
Regards
Javier
 

iWolf00

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Jul 7, 2010
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Hi
I use JMP; it is native for Mac. If you need to run MiniTab, you may consider running it in under a VM (eg, Fusion or Parallels).
Regards
Javier
First time I hear about JMP; but I will download trial version and try it for month. What is you input for JMP? is it really effective in comparison with Minitab?

If as a student you find it difficult to afford VM software, there's always Virtual Box, it's open-source and free.
I am worried about processing speed with VM software; I am not sure if Minitab will perform the same as it's under bootcamp or Pc; specially I am going to use it with my MBP 3.1, and I am not planning to install win in my Laptop.
 

BiggAW

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If a class requires Minitab, you have to use Minitab. I have heard this complaint many times, although I have personally never had an issue with it (and I wouldn't if I did have a class with Minitab, since I have XP and 7 VM's).

Minitab isn't exactly the most resource intensive program in the world, so an XP VM in Parallels should be fine. If you don't have a license for XP handy, you can probably get an academic on quite cheaply.

Your other option would be to use school computers in the library or a computer lab to do Minitab work, but this could really be a PITA, depending on how your school is set up.

I don't think schools should be using software that isn't cross-platform, but that's another discussion entirely, since the counterargument is that Windows is pretty much ubiquitous anyways, especially given that most Mac users have to have a Windows machine or VM around for compatibility anyways.
 

iWolf00

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Jul 7, 2010
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If a class requires Minitab, you have to use Minitab. I have heard this complaint many times, although I have personally never had an issue with it (and I wouldn't if I did have a class with Minitab, since I have XP and 7 VM's).

Minitab isn't exactly the most resource intensive program in the world, so an XP VM in Parallels should be fine. If you don't have a license for XP handy, you can probably get an academic on quite cheaply.

Your other option would be to use school computers in the library or a computer lab to do Minitab work, but this could really be a PITA, depending on how your school is set up.

I don't think schools should be using software that isn't cross-platform, but that's another discussion entirely, since the counterargument is that Windows is pretty much ubiquitous anyways, especially given that most Mac users have to have a Windows machine or VM around for compatibility anyways.
Honestly, I thought about get training on Minitab, and utilize it in my project and homework, so I gain knowledge about the software and master my skill in using MiniTab. But now, I am shocked with the requirement; I am not sure now, shall I go for JMP or Minitab? :confused:
 
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