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Posted by Paul Korm
Sep 1, 2017 at 09:56 AM


I use Windows 10 and macOS on the same machine—with a Parallels VM for the Windows instance.  I’m in Windows about 50% of the time, because

- Outlook for Windows is much better at living with calendar invitations than Outlook for Mac, and Calendar for Mac simply cannot deal with calendar invitations from Outlook users.  Seems like a simple thing, but my work depends on meeting with clients and if I don’t get their meeting schedules right, I’m dead in the water.

- OneNote for Windows is better than on any other platform—the instances for Mac and iOS are only partial reflections of the original.

- MindJet Mindmanager for Windows is the only platform that is fully featured—the app on Mac is abandonware, essentially, and the app on iOS is a joke—Mindmanager is far better than any mind mapper on Mac

- ConnectedText lives only on Windows.  I’ve tried using ConnectedText with Coherence and felt I had regressed three decades from a display perspective.  The underlying open source technology in Coherence cannot deal with Retina displays

- Other apps I use that live only on Windows: Southbeach Modeler, MS Project, Vizio, Access

- MS Office programs are still better on Windows than on Mac.

Even though all my data files live in the macOS filesystem so that I can access them when the VM is not active, I can easily access glue the two environments together with Dropzone, which is the best macOS app that no one posts about.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Sep 1, 2017 at 11:06 AM


I use both platforms. While I’m Mac for personal use, at the place I work we use Windows 7 PCs. So I probably spend 75% of my computer time on Windows. I’d guess that one reason it seems so many of us use Macs is that Mac software (in general and InfoQube as an exception) is more interesting. Microsoft dominate so much on the Windows platform that perhaps there is less to talk about. Just a theory.

Steve Z.


Posted by Steve
Sep 1, 2017 at 11:28 AM


Only Windows for me.  Surface Pro 4 running Windows 10.


Posted by Tomasz Raburski
Sep 1, 2017 at 11:39 AM


I work only on Windows. The main reason is, that it is much cheaper (hardware and software). Other reasons:
- Connected Text
- Better MS Office
- Better cooperation with Android apps

- a lot of interesting apps are not available (Tinderbox, Devonthink)
- Some other (esp. Scrivener) lag behind the Mac version,


Posted by Graham Rhind
Sep 1, 2017 at 01:05 PM


Yes, I have also taken a back seat in this forum recently because it seems to have become an Apple dominated space .... I would never, and could never, move to an Apple computer. Apart from disliking the company and the cultish devotion it seems to inspire in some, my main work software (Visual Foxpro) will not work on a Mac. My information management setup has also become more stable - FoxPro, OneNote, ConnectedText with a little HyperPlan, Goalscape and Ariadne thrown in as and when the need arises.  I am looking again at The Brain for a current project but version 9 is still incredibly buggy and missing a lot of features from earlier versions.


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