Windows 7 Programs like CS4 on Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AngeloM76, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. AngeloM76 macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2012
    I know this has been asked a million times, but I plan to buy an iMac when they refresh this summer. I am replacing a PC that is dying, but I will still need to run some programs I have for work. I planned on using bootcamp or parallels to install Win 7.
    Are there any issues running windows programs through bootcamp? I read that parallels is convenient, but has a hard time with programs that use lots of resources and are graphics intense.
    I purchased Adobe CS4 Creative Suite from my PC days and hoped to continue to use it on the mac. I cannot transfer the license to a mac version now that CS5 is out. Has anyone had experience running the win CS4on a mac?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    As you run Windows natively via Boot Camp and thus have access to all the resources the Mac offers you, it will be fine to run CS4 on a 2012 iMac, I could even run it on a 2007 iMac, in Mac OS X of course.
  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Bootcamp will be much better as long as you get a decent graphics card inside the iMac. Parallels doesn't work with keyboard shortcuts very well, so I suggest you use bootcamp.
  4. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2012
    You're installing a full native copy of Windows when you have Boot Camp. Therefore it's like you're on a Windows machine when you boot into it. It isn't emulated. It's pure Windows. Any app you can use now will work in Boot Camp as it is exactly the same thing. Just remember to install the Boot Camp drivers (which download automatically to your storage of choice) when you use the Boot Camp Assistant.

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