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Running the Segmented Project Planner on a Mac

More and more people are asking me about the prospect of running the Segmented Project Planner on a Mac, so I've done a little research to find out what can really be done.

The news is good and getting even better! Through the end of 2005 there was just one solution, Virtual PC. This product is owned by Microsoft and I'm told it does a pretty good job of letting you use Windows based software on a Mac.

But, as of the beginning of 2006, all new Macs are based on an Intel processor and things are changing rapidly. Now there are 4 new solutions available that take advantage of this chip/processor change.

Unfortunately, most the solutions require that you have a copy of Windows XP and that will cost you about $100. The really cool thing, though, is that these 5 solutions give you the best of both worlds; access to both Mac and PC software on one machine. A couple of the solutions, those implementing a virtual machine, let you run Mac and PC applications at the same time!

The table below details what I've learned.

But consider another approach as well! Your existing Windows machine (if its drive hasn't crashed) is still useable for your segmented design work. And a recent search of the WEB (8/28/2014) revealed 10 Windows XP machines available for $89 - $102 from and TigerDirect had a new Dell or HP machine for only $299!

Running Windows on a Mac


Power PC - pre 2006 machines

>Intel Mac - 2006 machines


Virtual PC Version 7


Boot Camp

VM Ware Fusion

XOM (XP on Mac)

Provided by




VM Ware




Virtual Machine

Native Processor

Virtual Machine

Native Processor

Required Processor

700mhz G3, G4, or G5

Intel Mac

Intel Mac

Intel Mac

Intel Mac

Required OS

Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or later

Mac OS X version 10.4.4 or later

Mac OS X "Tiger" 10.4.6 or later



Windows XP copy required?


Not if starting from a PC



XP Pro



Free, to be included in OS X 10.5




The way to go for older Macs

Expect it to be slower than a native processor solution

The way to go for new Macs

Expect it to be slower than a native processor solution

Cute idea but obviated by Boot Camp

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