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Discussion: using a Mac for course planning

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May 7, 2020 2:24 PM # 
A friend is using a Mac and wishes to use Purple Pen which has a link to an Emulator to download to enable him to use PP. There is Condes and OCAD as well. Does anyone have suggestions of which is the simpliest /easiest way to go to use a Mac for course planning?
May 7, 2020 2:33 PM # 
I use VMWare Fusion on my Mac. I have a half-dozen virtual machines, some running Windows XP, some Windows 10, and some Linux. You can download an ISO image of Windows 10 from Microsoft for free and boot it in a VM in Fusion. You can download Fusion for a 30-day trial, and if it works for you, pay the license fee and keep going with it.
May 7, 2020 2:40 PM # 
I use Bootcamp on a Mac to boot directly into Windows, also using Windows10. This way Windows has access to all the resources on the machine. It is really annoying to have to reboot, but it's possible to run the same instance of Windows inside a Fusion VM, so if you need to use something low resource like Purple Pen you can do it quickly without rebooting. For OCAD or a game a reboot is the way to go. Note that it would take two licenses to use OCAD both in Fusion and with Bootcamp, even on the same computer.
May 7, 2020 2:56 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
@Cristina: If you actually have to use Bootcamp and/or Fusion (or some other virtualization setup), then I would ask OCAD

"Can you please allow me to do this by increasing the max installation count?"

They can only say no, but in my personal experience they are likely to be helpful if you have a good story. I.e. I have had severe machine/disk crashes (solved by a full reinstall of the OS and all programs) 2-3 times over the years I've been using OCAD, and they have allowed me to reinstall each time.
May 7, 2020 3:08 PM # 
They were helpful when I wanted to switch from one to the other, but not for increasing the count. I've solved this problem by just using bootcamp on an old computer and leaving it running Windows when I am in intense O-planning phase (i.e., leading up to and including the Southwest Spring Week).
May 7, 2020 4:38 PM # 
Hi folks,

thank you. Jim
May 7, 2020 8:31 PM # 
I use Bootcamp on a old Mac. Bootcamp is part of the Mac OS.
So my Mac has Mac OS and Windows on it.
When I want to use Condes for course planning I need to restart and select Windows which is why I have it installed on an older Mac. That way I basically keep the old Mac just for Condes and don’t have to switch OSs.

I don’t know of any course planning software for Mac.

OOM has some course planning capabilities.
“ OpenOrienteering Mapper doesn’t have a sophisticated course planning feature. The Course Design symbol set provides basic support for designing maps with courses and control descriptions.”

You could search this forum for Apple/Mac course planning or OOM course planning, etc.

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