Mac and Windows Together? What's Going On?!By Marsden, Randy; Closing the Gap, Vol. 26, No. 26
Publication Date: February/March 2008
Review of software enabling the running of Mac and Windows platforms simultaneously on a Macintosh computer. Boot Camp and Parallels make it possible to run any assistive-technology product with computer-access features using either platform on an Intel-based Mac. (1) Boot Camp is a utility included in the pre-loaded Mac OS X operating system of all Intel-based Macs. It works by dividing up the computer’s hard drive into a Windows and a Mac partition, allowing the installation of Windows. The user chooses the platform desired via the Option key. To switch operating systems, rebooting the computer is necessary. (2) Parallels allows the installation and running of Windows right from the Mac desktop without rebooting. It runs a copy of Windows in a separate Mac window and also has a full-screen mode. Also described is a Windows-based product, Discover, giving people with physical disabilities computer access and control via a single switch (IntelliSwitch). A newer version, Discover Envoy, was developed for Mac OS X but can be run in Windows using Parallels.
Assistive Products Discussed: MAC OS X VERSION 10.2 JAGUAR
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