haus wrote:Using a Virtual Machine (VM) tool such as Parallels, VMWare, virtualbox, or others, can be quite handy if you find that you want access to a Windows, Linux, or other OS without shutting down OS X.
Keep in mind that exam tools will often check to see if they are attempted to be accessed via a VM, and if so they will shut themselves down. From what I understand most if not all of the major exam tools have native OS X clients out now, although it is up to the individual school to determine if these version will be allowed for their students.
If I recall correctly some VM tools will allow you to access a Boot Camp instance within as a Virtual Machine so that you can get more use out of it at times that you do not want to reboot. I have both a boot camp and a VM instance (I run Linux, Solaris, and Windows in VM), but I run them to rarely to bother with the combo set up.
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From the Exam soft site:
"Operating System = English 32-bit Versions of Windows XP, 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. SofTest may not be used in virtual operating systems."
Now that I have re-read your earlier post, yes you can run Office via a VM so that you can run the Windows version of Office. I suspect that if all else were equal you would likely prefer the responsiveness of the native Mac version of office.
I get a deep discount on software at my university so I tried Office 2011 for Mac and I absolutely love it! If I can find a OneNote alternative for my Mac (which I also LOVE) then I may forget the idea of running parallels al together! So far, I have not had any compatability issues and all the features that I use in Office products (like Word and Excel) are available to me in the Mac version (though some commands took me a little time to locate for the first time). So Capitol A - I don't think you should let any possible intimidation keep you from getting a Mac. At least go to an Apple store and spend some time using applications you are curious about.
Now . . . for the perfect note taking software for Mac. Any recommendations?