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MSFX Volunteer moderator says

Right guys, need a little help and advice on this one if you could be so kind :) ...

I’ve got a Macbook Pro (17”, 2.6Ghz i7, 8gb RAM ) in the post :sunglasses2:

I need to run CS5 on it and have the CS5 Master Suite for PC… will this be responsive enough using Virtualization and installing it within Windows 7 that way or would it be better to use BootCamp and install it that way or shall I purchase a MAC version and install it that way?

I’ve read some stuff on Apples site which says you need about 2gb for Virtualization to work well, i’ve got 8gb… but adobe products are memory heavy so what do you all think…?

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/guide/windows

Also, do I need a special copy of Windows 7 to do this or a new license or will it just work? I literally have no idea, this will be my first time owning a mac so any help appreciated :)

To all those people about to call me a traitor I’ll always love my PC more :P lol

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Emroni says

Im going to call you one anyway: traitor! :P

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ThemeFuse says

With that MBP you could easily use virtualization and set 3 or 4 Gb RAM available for the Windows OS. Best options for virtualization software are Parallels and VMware Fusion, but they both cost money (around $70). I’ve used both, but i personally like VMware more cause it feels more agile.

Bootcamp is the best (and cheaper) solution if you spend more time in Windows than in OSX and if you dont need Mac only apps. But honestly, to do that is a damn shame, is money wasted on a $2000+ laptop that functions like a $1500 PC.

Cheers, and good luck.

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Mike343 says

I use vmware for my IMac and have had no problems so far. You can also set resources as you like.

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MSFX Volunteer moderator says
With that MBP you could easily use virtualization and set 3 or 4 Gb RAM available for the Windows OS. Best options for virtualization software are Parallels and VMware Fusion, but they both cost money (around $70). I’ve used both, but i personally like VMware more cause it feels more agile.

Bootcamp is the best (and cheaper) solution if you spend more time in Windows than in OSX and if you dont need Mac only apps. But honestly, to do that is a damn shame, is money wasted on a $2000+ laptop that functions like a $1500 PC.

Cheers, and good luck.

Awesome, will look at VM Fusion, thanks :)

I’ve got myself a mac so I can test cross platform for AIR / flash apps and can publish to iPhone / iPad from Unity so i’ll want to use both OSX and W7 from time to time, i’d otherwise have got a W7 laptop.

I could also install everything via bootcamp as well right if I wanted to just have a Windows day :)

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doru says

I’m puzzled, can’t you just install adobe cs5 for mac?

or you an try to install windows on an external hd. Don’t know if this will work :)

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theflyingtinman says

I’m writing this in Windows7 running in Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro … (for exactly the same reasons as you .. already had Windows version of CS4 )

I can’t speak for virtualization like Parallels, etc, but in Bootcamp Windows7 performs better than on equivalent PCs. And it is so quick to reboot that swapping out when I need OSX is not a problem (though I only need it occasionally – it may grow old if you are swapping a lot)

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3alisha says
To all those people about to call me a traitor I’ll always love my PC more :P lol

My respect lad, PC is great ! Cheers :D

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Daniel_R says
With that MBP you could easily use virtualization and set 3 or 4 Gb RAM available for the Windows OS. Best options for virtualization software are Parallels and VMware Fusion, but they both cost money (around $70). I’ve used both, but i personally like VMware more cause it feels more agile.

Bootcamp is the best (and cheaper) solution if you spend more time in Windows than in OSX and if you dont need Mac only apps. But honestly, to do that is a damn shame, is money wasted on a $2000+ laptop that functions like a $1500 PC.

Cheers, and good luck.

Hey Matt! How are the wedding preparations going?

I use Parallels and have set 3GB for Windows on a Macbook Pro similar to yours. I only use Windows on my Mac because I need 1 software that only runs on Win.

You’ll need just a license (serial) of Windows 7. I agree with ThemeFuse VMware performance is better.

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theflyingtinman says
Bootcamp is the best (and cheaper) solution if you spend more time in Windows than in OSX and if you dont need Mac only apps. But honestly, to do that is a damn shame, is money wasted on a $2000+ laptop that functions like a $1500 PC. ...

Not sure why you’d say that .. Bootcamp doesn’t stop you using Mac OSX .. it is just a bit slower to swap between Mac and Windows when you use Bootcamp (you have to reboot) .. but unless you swap back and forth a lot the improved Windows performance is probably worth using it. (not to mention you save $70 ;) )

Its more like you have a $2000 laptop that functions like a $1500 PC AND a $2000 Macbook Pro :)

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