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Paudie Riordan
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So is there anything for Mac 2 years on since this thread??

 

Hi. If you install VMware Fusion (or Parrallels) on your mac you can run Windows apps (ie under Win7 or Win8). You will need a windows licence as well as VMware fusion both a cost but it runs superbly on Mac. Four finger swipe switches from MacOS desktop to Windows 7 desktop, and visa versa. It runs concurrently so none of this dual boot nonsense needed. I have to run some specialist map authoring software which only runs on Win32 so when I moved away from PC some years ago I found this worked really well. Its flawless. Two minor setup options for keyboard mapping and you have 100% Windows capability on a Mac. I recommend Win7 as even latest Win8 is still a pain as a desktop OS.

 

I'm will be installing AnyRail later this week on the MacBook, will let you know how it goes. Virtualisation has a cost but its a tiny fraction of having a 2nd laptop.

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One of the worst problems is actually getting a Windows OS as they are usually available as an upgrade only, i.e you need an exiting Win OS to upgrade. Usually expensive to get a full Win OS plus the software too but cheaper as you say

 

Yes agree its awkward to buy a Win7 license. It can only be done on Microsofts website and you have to download the media image, but they still sell Win7 license because the corporate sector seemed to largely reject Win8 for desktop use (i.e. keyboard and mouse). Just about to try RailModeller on Mac OS this evening before trying AnyRail under VMware.

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How did it go?

 

Tried both RailModeller and AnyRail on my MacBook (AnyRail on Windows 7 via VMware). Both good, but I just found AnyRail a lot easier to pickup once I understood the difference between layers and heights. Layers it seems is NOT about track levels, just layers of scenery that can be turned on and off. Height determines track levels. Specifying heights to each track element that is on a higher level is a PITA. Anyway nice simple software. I'm almost certainly going to stick with AnyRail as I can't spare the time to read the manual and learn other more powerful tools. If I didn't have VMware on my Mac I would have been ok with RailModeller though.

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