Ok, you’ve got your Mac, you’ve still got your PC and you’ve set up Windows so it runs on your Mac, now it’s time to set up any Windows programs you still need and make sure they work before you finally shutdown your PC for the last time.
Most of the issues I’ve experienced can be resolved or minimised by tweaking the settings in your virtual machine or by changing the way you work, particularly how and where you store and share files which I go into more detail in Part 5.
Generally speaking most software applications run just like they do on real Windows machines but even with a top spec Mac the trade-off is speed – you are effectively running 2 computers on one machine so the more grunt your CPU has and the more memory you have installed the better.
Here’s how I got the following Windows programs up and running on my Mac, your mileage may vary.
Affmeter Pro – On the Mac
Once you’ve used Affmeter Pro manually logging into each network to check stats seems tedious and inefficient so here’s how I migrated my copy.
Download the original archive from the link in your original registration email somewhere you can get at it from Windows running on your Mac.
From within your virtual PC open the affmeter archive and it will prompt you to install the Microsoft .Net framework. On the Windows update site select the runtime version which will take some time and then install updates.
Next, make sure Affmeter Pro is not running on either machine then copy Affmeter Pro’s data file:
to the AffmeterData folder within the PC environment on your Mac.
Run Affmeter Pro and enter your serial number which is also included in your registration email.
That’s it. I have had a few issues upgrading between versions but it generally runs fine under Parallels.
Mailwasher Pro – On the Mac
There is an old Mac version of Mailwasher Pro but don’t waste your time with it because the current PC release is much better. You can download the current release version from the Firetrust site here:
Install within the PC environment on your Mac, cut and paste your registration key from your original registration email. To migrate your blacklist, friends, filters and training data to your new installation you have to copy some files.
Open the About Mailwasher dialog from the Help menu and enable the extended error logging checkbox.
On your original PC open the About Mailwasher dialog from the Help menu and enable the extended error logging checkbox.
Click on the path below to open MailWasher data files directory:
C:Documents and SettingsJoeApplication DataMailWasherPro
Within the PC environment on your Mac open the About Mailwasher dialog from the Help menu and enable the extended error logging checkbox.
Click on the path below to open a window displaying the MailWasher Pro data files directory and shut down Mailwasher Pro.
Now copy the Training folder, blacklist.txt and filters.txt from your orginal PC to the Mac.
Relaunch Mailwasher Pro. At the time I switched there was a problem with the mailpv.exe in the download archive so I had to manually recreate my mailboxes so if it’s not fixed by the time you switch you’ll have to do that as well.
Preferences are not migrated so I suggest running Mailwasher Pro on both machines and going through the Options dialog making sure everything is set up to your preferences. Finally you can toggle off the extended error logging checkbox.
I use the Mailwasher Pro preview window extensively to follow links and write Quick replies to emails and with the Parallels environment on the Mac these actions will open the default PC mac client (usually Outlook Express) and default PC web browser (Internet Explorer) but since the aim is to go Mac I was pleased to discover Parallels can be set to open internet applications either to the default PC or Mac applications – in my new Mac setup that’s Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird.
You’ll find these settings in the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog under Internet Applications.
Quickbooks Pro – On the Mac
Every affiliate needs to keep HM Revenue & Customs happy so you’re going to need some accounting software. I’ve been using Intuit’s Quickbooks Pro for years and although there is a Mac version it’s only available for the US market. A UK edition has been promised for years but I wouldn’t hold your breath – I’m STILL waiting Intuit!
The PC version runs fine within the Parallels environment on a Mac I just have trouble getting it to play ball with the my Mac network printer for which Boujour for Windows, another mac innovation, comes in handy.