Staying cross-platform?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacNoobGuy, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. MacNoobGuy macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    Hi all, this is my setup at home: one PC running Win8 and one Mac Mini. I keep the PC as my backup machine so if the Mac crashes I can switch to the Win8 machine and continue my work.

    I always try to use cross-platform so I'm using Evernote, Firefox and Open Office.

    I just wanted to know if this was a good strategy or not.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    When you say crash do you mean fails or just freezes up?

    tbh, I've never had an issue that I need a "backup" computer. I have multiple computers because of my kids and wife and I've never needed to use one of theirs because mine crashed.

    What type of work are you trying to save that you can use on your PC?
  3. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Windows and OS X are at the point where it really doesn't matter what you use, 95% of the time.

    Your purposes could really be accomplished on any OS, so it sounds like you don't need to worry.
  4. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    Thanks for the replies.

    Well, the work I'm doing is what I listed: Evernote/Firefox/Open Office. I'm just asking for the future (I don't know what software I'll be using in the future) if it's a good idea to try to use cross-platform apps?
  5. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    Does work pay for these redundant computers? Or are you self-employed?
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    That's a strategy that worked well for me for years in law. Law is still dominated by PCs, so going back and forth was necessary all the time. Tons of the really important software is cross platform anyway: word processors, graphics, etc. And if it isn't, you're set anyway...unless one or the other machines go down.

    Some software comes cross platform, and some licenses, though not many, cover both. I use Lightroom on both platforms, and Photoshop. And even some utilities, like 1Password. It's a lot easier to share stuff now and I see no reason not to do what you're doing. The only real hassle is the different file systems for external drives, if you use them, but that can be dealt with as well.

  7. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    If you want to keep switching between Mac and Windows, then cross-platform data file compatibility makes sense. If you're exchanging files with folks who may be using either Mac or Windows, ditto.

    Otherwise? As long as you don't change platforms, get whatever apps will give you the best service. There will always be Mac-only and Windows-only apps. Plenty of developers choose to develop for one or the other. Unless data interchange is a critical issue, then it's no issue. As long as you can export data in a cross-platform format, even that's not a big deal.

    As to Firefox? It's a browser. There's no shortage of browsers. The only reason to worry about cross-platform is if you're personally switching between platforms and want to avoid major changes.
  8. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    If work is that important, there's a much easier way to handle failures: Keep a bootable clone of your Mac around for emergencies. You can use either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to create / update it. The best part about using a bootable clone is that, if something goes awry with your main setup, you can simply boot from the clone, restore your Mac, and get back to work in far less time than it would take to reinstall the OS and apps. :)
  9. jkcerda macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2013
    Criminal Mexi Midget
    I'm new to Mac. Guess ill look them up
  10. Cubytus macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    Yes, it is always a good idea to keep everything mission.critical cross-platform. Basically, you never know when or how your machine will crap out. Only that it will, at some unspecified point of time. You should never trust any single piece of hardware.

    For example: hard drive crash with bad sectors. This is a serious issue, and when it happens in the wrong area, you're good for a reformat. Most likely though, a clean OS X bootable clone on an external drive can save your day.

    But if your machine gets stolen, is down for repairs for an extended period of time, or otherwise unavailable, then a clone won't help you. You'll have to rely on machines that you don't necessarily know well, with unspecified restrictions (such as in a corporate setting), yet you still have to get the job done.

    So far, major applications are tri-platform, with the notable exception of Evernote. But is your question oriented toward a flexibility standpoint, or a catastrophe recovery procedure?
  11. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    + 1 for this post. I have and use both, and they are great.

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