Options aplenty to move
data from PCs to Macs
by Alan Zisman (c) 2003 First published
in Business in Vancouver
, Issue #694 February 11-17, 2003 High Tech
saw last week,
Apple is making moves on Windows users.
products and TV ads are aimed at home users and its servers and
operating system are gaining respect from corporate IT departments.
understandably worry whether they will be able to continue to access
stored data or the applications they need when they switch to a
can help make the transition from a PC to a Mac less painful. Detto Technologies
Intellimover has automated the process of moving a user's data from one
to another. And now, its new Move2Mac can help to simplify the
same process for new Mac-users.
a user's data stored on the old PC, shuttles it across an included
and stores it in the appropriate locations on the new Mac.
saved files, it can move browser favourites and even desktop wallpaper.
While most files transfer automatically, Quicken financial data and
e-mail require extra steps, spelled out in the documentation. Pricing
starts at $90 to transfer data from a single PC.
data may not be enough, however.
Excel documents open up without problem in the Mac versions of those
But many users have documents stored in more obscure file formats. Dataviz offers a pair of
products, Conversions Plus for Windows ($105) and MacLink
Plus for Mac ($150), which include file viewers and converters for
a wide range
of word processors, spreadsheets, databases, graphics formats and more.
MacLink Plus runs happily under both the new OS X and the older classic
Mac operating systems. It lets Mac owners work with many otherwise
files, whether created on PCs or older Macs. Files created using
WordStar, WordPerfect, MacWrite or dozens of other applications
to be usable.
may find that they rely on one or two Windows programs that simply
have Mac equivalents. The Mac version of Microsoft Office
include the Access database program, for example. Many
rely on custom-written applications that may only run under Windows or
times, a Mac can pretend to be a PC.
of magic requires Connectix's
Virtual PC (pricing starts at about $200, varying
if you need operating systems bundled in). An imaginary PC boots up,
reading an imaginary hard
drive all stored as a file on your Mac. You can install pretty much any
PC operating system you choose: DOS, Windows 95 or 98, Windows 2000 or
XP, many flavours of Linux, etc. along with the applications of your
Your imaginary PC can connect to the Internet or your network, use many
USB devices, and print to shared printers.
version 6 integrates nicely with Mac OS X. Programs running in Windows
appear in the OS X Dock, for example, and it's easy to copy data to the
Mac clipboard and paste it into a Windows program.
new version is more efficient than ever, it remains slower than running
a real PC.
there are times when only a PC will do, it sure beats having to keep a
second computer on your desk.
make a stylish fashion statement on your desk. If you're switching from
Windows, these three applications can help you get your work done as
Buy Move2Mac from Amazon.com
Buy MacLink Plus from Amazon.com
Buy Conversions Plus from Amazon.com
Buy Virtual PC from Amazon.com