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Posted by DaXiong
Sep 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM


Hey, I see lots of people talking about running WinXP on a Mac using Fusion, how about the other way around?
Can I run MacOS on an XP machine using fusion?


Posted by Manfred
Sep 1, 2009 at 01:38 AM


Alas, running OS X on a PC is very difficult, and, believe it or not, illegal (at least, if you believe Apple). Apple is very restrictive about the hardware on which their OS runs. It has to be a Mac. They are almost as restrictive about which software runs on their ipod.

It’s not that I like Microsoft either ...

I would run OS X on a Virtual Machine, because there are two or three applications that I would run: Scrivener, Mellel (which is an excellent word processor for academic writing), and perhaps one of the Outliners. I acquired a Mac (through the university) to try out all the stuff. Yet, I found DevonThink rather disappointing. that was the program I had really had lusted after, based on all the good press. It turned to be more hype than reality. The same thing held for Voodoopad.

I ultimately returned because ConnectedText and AutoHotkey are the applications that I use most.



Posted by Daly de Gagne
Sep 1, 2009 at 02:46 AM


Manfred, can you say why you found DEVONthink disappointing? Were you using it as a central storage site for all kinds of data of various types?




Posted by Manfred
Sep 1, 2009 at 12:36 PM


Yes, I was trying to use it as a central repository for all my information?the way I use ConnectedText. On the positive side: Everything that I exported from ConnectedText, imported correctly into DevonThink.And , to be fair, the way the Mac handles rtf files is much better than anything on the PC. Voodoopad, which I even bought, also imported my information very well.

But I found the folder structure clunky and unintuitive. Linking the entries also not as easy as I would have liked, and the smart search was just disappointing. It did not seem to provide anything significant beyond Boolean searches. (By the way, Voodoopad’s search capabilities are very weak).

When I tried it, Devonthink could not have more than one file open. I understand that this has been changed now.

I think I wrote about this a year or two ago already, but I would have to check when.

Hoping this helps,


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