6066Re: [wpmac] Re: Trouble getting started with SheepShaver
- Nov 7, 2009Ricki,
I have Sheepshaver running WordPerfect adequately well but it did
take quite a bit of tinkering. I think I have about five different
virtual disks from all of the times I tried various sound control
panels and different versions of OS9. For me, trying to get it to
work is kind of FUN (I'm afraid I'm just too much of a geek), but if
it is a chore to you, your other options are much easier to set up
and very stable.
If you have an Intel Mac, you can either use Word for Mac or use
WordPefect for Windows with Parallels or a similar product called
I use Word for Mac, and it's OK. (I certainly prefer it to Word for
Windows since they changed the familiar drop down menus to the
"ribbon" where I can’t find anything when I need it). I also have
Parallels and WordPerfect for Windows running on my Macbook, and
while there is nothing wrong with it, I find that I almost always
never use it. Parallels was very easy to set up.
Of course, you have to buy those products, but there are also a
couple of other options that won’t cost you anything. One option is
to use Open Office, which works quite well in my opinion. It has the
same general features as Word or WordPerfect and can open and save
files in various formats, and it is a regular Mac program so it
doesn’t need Parallels.
Another thing to look at is VirtualBox, which does the same things as
Parallels (or Fusion) with a few less features, but it is also free.
You could run WordPerfect for Windows under that.
If you have a Power PC Mac, you can use Virtual PC and run
WordPerfect for Windows. On my 933 mHz Mac Quicksilver using
Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and Windows XP, it isn’t real snappy,
but it runs WordPerfect just fine. I found a copy on eBay with
Windows XP Home, and Windows activated without any problem. Even the
older Virtual PC version 5.04 with Windows 98 ran WordPerfect well
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