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Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:03 pm

Hi guys,

Quick question here. I'll be starting law school this Fall and own a mac. Will I have time once I arrive to install windows/onenote? I don't want to start classes without having everything ready to go!

I just found out that my school offers free windows 7 to students. Should I grab a copy via bootcamp? What is the name of the program that allows you to toggle between operating systems?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby Gefuehlsecht » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:25 pm

I think you will be just fine. There's plenty of time to get everything set up. Obtain a copy of Windows XP or 7 and OneNote.

This link will show you how to install Windows on the Mac.

http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/04/boot ... ws-xp.html

Make sure that you install any Exam Software on the Windows partition and take the practice exam before exam day so you can make sure things are running allright.

Now stop freaking out.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:33 pm

Thanks a billion! Any info on vmware?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby Gefuehlsecht » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:56 pm

Is that one of those programs which runs Windows under the MacOS? I was never a big fan of that, preferred the bootcamp method. I find Windows runs a bit smoother that way. I can't recommend trying to install exam software on a Windows which is emulated by a Mac OS. I actually don't even think they'll run stable. Check with your school and find out which Examsoftware you're using. Install it fresh on your Windows partition and you should be fine.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:02 pm

You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:48 pm

blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?

Does it? I've heard wonders about onenote though-- that's my main reason for installing windows. I want to get vmware so I can toggle between the mac interface and windows while note taking. Thoughts?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:51 pm

tram988 wrote:
blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?

Does it? I've heard wonders about onenote though-- that's my main reason for installing windows. I want to get vmware so I can toggle between the mac interface and windows while note taking. Thoughts?


Circuponies does nearly everything onenote does. I actually think I like it better. You can use it for free for one month. $30 to buy. Also, you can't run exam software in vmware. Certain version won't even run if vmware/parallels is installed on the machine at all.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby sibley » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:51 pm

vmware. the free one is wine, but it's a huge pain to use.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:55 pm

sibley wrote:vmware. the free one is wine, but it's a huge pain to use.


Wine is a pain. Crossover Office is better but you have to pay for it and onenote doesn't currently run right in it. Exam software won't run at all in it.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby Gefuehlsecht » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:13 am

blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?


Yeah. And some don't. Just to make sure I assumed whatever exam software he'll deal with won't run on his Mac.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:17 am

Gefuehlsecht wrote:
blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?


Yeah. And some don't. Just to make sure I assumed whatever exam software he'll deal with won't run on his Mac.


So, rather than saying that you skipped to the most expensive and difficult option that also derives him of a large part of the benefit of owning a mac (OSX) and nearly 60 gig of hard drive space?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby Gefuehlsecht » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:30 am

blowhard wrote:
So, rather than saying that you skipped to the most expensive and difficult option that also derives him of a large part of the benefit of owning a mac (OSX) and nearly 60 gig of hard drive space?


I haven't seen you offering him any help. So stop crying.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:41 am

blowhard wrote:
tram988 wrote:
blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?

Does it? I've heard wonders about onenote though-- that's my main reason for installing windows. I want to get vmware so I can toggle between the mac interface and windows while note taking. Thoughts?


Circuponies does nearly everything onenote does. I actually think I like it better. You can use it for free for one month. $30 to buy. Also, you can't run exam software in vmware. Certain version won't even run if vmware/parallels is installed on the machine at all.



Is circusponies as good? I'll still need windows for exams it seems like though. I may try both and see which works out better for me.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:42 am

tram988 wrote:
blowhard wrote:
tram988 wrote:
blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?

Does it? I've heard wonders about onenote though-- that's my main reason for installing windows. I want to get vmware so I can toggle between the mac interface and windows while note taking. Thoughts?


Circuponies does nearly everything onenote does. I actually think I like it better. You can use it for free for one month. $30 to buy. Also, you can't run exam software in vmware. Certain version won't even run if vmware/parallels is installed on the machine at all.



Is circusponies as good? I'll still need windows for exams it seems like though. I may try both and see which works out better for me.


What school are you going to? Many, if not most, now have Mac versions for taking exams. I think circus ponies is as good. You can download it and try for free for 30 days.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:43 am

blowhard wrote:
What school are you going to? Many, if not most, now have Mac versions for taking exams. I think circus ponies is as good. You can download it and try for free for 30 days.


BC

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:43 am

Gefuehlsecht wrote:
blowhard wrote:
So, rather than saying that you skipped to the most expensive and difficult option that also derives him of a large part of the benefit of owning a mac (OSX) and nearly 60 gig of hard drive space?


I haven't seen you offering him any help. So stop crying.


blowhard wrote:
tram988 wrote:
blowhard wrote:You know that a lot of the exam software runs on mac's natively right?

Does it? I've heard wonders about onenote though-- that's my main reason for installing windows. I want to get vmware so I can toggle between the mac interface and windows while note taking. Thoughts?


Circuponies does nearly everything onenote does. I actually think I like it better. You can use it for free for one month. $30 to buy. Also, you can't run exam software in vmware. Certain version won't even run if vmware/parallels is installed on the machine at all.


HTH

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:44 am

This is why I think I need windows at BC-- http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/services/ ... puter.html

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Re: Exam Software

Postby Gefuehlsecht » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:48 am

blowhard wrote:
HTH


Oh look, he'll be using Examsoft. Crap, seems like he'll have to waste those sixty gigs for the Windows Installation after all.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:51 am

Gefuehlsecht wrote:
blowhard wrote:
HTH


Oh look, he'll be using Examsoft. Crap, seems like he'll have to waste those sixty gigs for the Windows Installation after all.


Why the douchiness?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:51 am

tram988 wrote:This is why I think I need windows at BC-- http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/services/ ... puter.html


Well, that sucks. Examsoft only runs in Bootcamp. It won't run in vmware or parallels so you don't have much of an option.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby Gefuehlsecht » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:53 am

blowhard wrote:
Why the douchiness?


blowhard wrote:
So, rather than saying that you skipped to the most expensive and difficult option that also derives him of a large part of the benefit of owning a mac (OSX) and nearly 60 gig of hard drive space?


HTH.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:54 am

Gefuehlsecht wrote:
blowhard wrote:
Why the douchiness?


blowhard wrote:
So, rather than saying that you skipped to the most expensive and difficult option that also derives him of a large part of the benefit of owning a mac (OSX) and nearly 60 gig of hard drive space?


HTH.


So your being a douche because I pointed out that you made an assumption which could cause you to give bad advice? While our advice turned out to be correct in this instance, in many cases it wouldn't have been. Way to be an adult man. You'll make a great lawyer.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:55 am

is it really 60 gigs? I have a 232 gig HD though so I should be ok right?

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Re: Exam Software

Postby tram988 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:56 am

Can I use vmware for taking notes via onenote? Perhaps i'll explore circusponies as well.

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Re: Exam Software

Postby 03121202698008 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:57 am

tram988 wrote:is it really 60 gigs? I have a 232 gig HD though so I should be ok right?


It's pretty damn big. Especially because you need room for a swap file and such. For bootcamp, you have to make an entire separate partition so you have to allocate anything you will need in the beginning. You should have room but you'll be losing a chunk of space.




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