Office 2011 vs VMWare + Office 2010

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  1. AppleDroid macrumors 6502a

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    I know this is a specific question but I've ran into a situation mainly concerning Powerpoint on the Mac.

    I'm involved in creating very complex, animated, multi-layered slides for corporate presentations and one thing that is still missing in Powerpoint 2011 is the ability to turn off items/rename objects. This is a huge PitA. (Basically the PC version has a "Selection Pane" which is lacking on the Mac)

    Can anyone give me a rundown of how running the Windows version of Office 2010 using VMware/Parallels is? Is it even remotely stable and/or fast?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It would be just as stable as running it on any Windows PC. As for fast, that depends on your computer configuration, just like on a Windows PC.
     
  3. AppleDroid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the info. My main machine is a MP Quad / 8GB Ram and my portable is an older 2009 MBP with 4GB, which I'm assuming I'd need to beef up to 8GB in order to run it well with Mac apps open.
     
  4. aaagat111 macrumors regular

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    I run vmware on my mac to accomplish the same thing but for excel mail merges. It is completely stable and actually surprisingly fast. Overall I have had 0 problems with it, and it allows me the ability to transfer documents between my virtual HD and mac HD without third party media.

    I would definitely go ahead with vmware and office '10 as it will not only be useful for your ppt project but definitely come in handy in the future as well.

    My machine is a late 2008 MBP with 4gb ram. Running vmware off of a fresh restart or minimal mac apps open runs smooth but yes, after having a couple mac apps open (specifically office, adobe cs, or any ram intensive ones, usually vmware is a bit laggy). at that point i just log off and then on, or restart and am good to go with my virtual machine.
     

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