Opening files in Windows apps

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by migulic, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. migulic macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2008
    On the Parallels website, I noticed a function called SmartSelect, which allowed you to open files on your Mac partition with Windows programs, without any kind of drag-and-drop, copying, etc.

    My question is, how well does this work? If for instance I set Word documents to be opened in Word 2007 under Parallels, would this be as fast and seamless as setting them to be opened in Word 2008 for Mac (I don't have Office for Mac and I heard the Windows version is better, so I'm planning to get Office 07 and Parallels - I can get a very large discount on the Windows version of Office and Vista itself from my school)? Or is this function slow or flawed in some other way?

    Also, does VMWare Fusion also have this functionality? In general I've heard better opinions about Fusion than Parallels, but if Fusion wouldn't allow me to launch documents in Windows programs directly from the Finder, then I'd prefer Parallels.

    If Fusion also has this, which of the two would be better?

    Also, do both those programs allow you to boot Windows from a Boot Camp partition? I would like to install Windows for two purposes: Office 2007 and gaming. I would like to play games in Boot Camp and use Office through Parallels/Fusion. Is this possible? Would Windows then have to be installed on a FAT32 partition, or is NTFS also alright?
  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    It works fine for me. The only apps I use it for are Tag & Rename for MP3 files (since everything else I do in OS X).
  3. migulic thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I guess you're talking about Parallels?

    Anyone know whether VMWare Fusion also has this functionality and how well it works there?

    Also, would running Office 2007 in a Vista environment (I can only get Vista through my school) in Parallels/Fusion be fast enough to be usable? I have 3 GB RAM (of which I would probably dedicate 1-1,5 GB to Windows when it's running) and a C2D 2,4 GHz processor. Should I upgrade my RAM to 4 GB and then split it in half for OS X/Vista or is 3 GB enough?

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