Mac Subtitling: Will Softel SWIFT run on a Mac with Bootcamp?
Thread poster: David Buchanan

David Buchanan
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:36
French to English
Jan 26, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I own a Mac, and I want to invest in some subtitling software (probably Softel SWIFT). However, it's PC only and I'm loath to fork out for a PC, just to run one piece of software.

Does anyone have experience of running SWIFT (or other subtitling software) via Bootcamp, within a Mac? If so, were there any problems?

Any advice most appreciated!


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Miyuki Ueno  Identity Verified
Japan
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In my case... Jan 27, 2011

I installed Trados 2007 on my Mac, Bootcamp.
All windows software works with no problems, BUT you may need a mouse and a keyboard for Windows.


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kmtext
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Have you tried contacting Softel? Jan 27, 2011

Their tech guys are usually pretty helpful with queries. Avoid the salespeople though, for obvious reasons.

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David Buchanan
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:36
French to English
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. Jan 27, 2011

Thank you both for the advice.

I've spoken to Softel, and they say it works fine - but I thought I'd check with non-Softel people too, just to get an impartial opinion, find out about any glitches, compatibility issues, etc.

I suspect that as long as the Mac is powerful enough, it should be OK...


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kmtext
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Get a trial version Feb 2, 2011

I'd suggest getting a time-limited trial version just to be on the safe side. I think it costs about £100, which they deduct from the final purchase price if you go on to buy the unlimited version. They send you a fully operational version of the software with a dongle which usually expires in something like 14 days and which can then be upgraded.

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Diana Battaglio  Identity Verified
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Swift Create - Trial version Feb 2, 2011

Hi David,

I also use Swift, but I do not have a Mac, sorry.
I agree with kmtext: try the demo version first, I did it before purchasing the software.

The price of the demo is £65+VAT: it is a 30-day, fully functional demo version. I confirm that the demo price is then deducted from the final purchase price.

Should you need further details about your issue, contact Softel Support Team at: support@softel.co.uk or call 0118 984 2151.

Good luck!


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David Buchanan
United Kingdom
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Good plan Feb 2, 2011

Thank you both, that's excellent advice - I didn't know about the trial version. And 30 days is plenty of time to get to grips with it.

I wonder how long it will be before someone develops a high-spec subtitling programme for mac? So much of the film post-production process is mac-based, it's odd that no-one's integrated a subtitling programme into Final Cut Studio, Avid, etc.


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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What about these programmes? Feb 2, 2011

David Buchanan wrote:

Thank you both, that's excellent advice - I didn't know about the trial version. And 30 days is plenty of time to get to grips with it.

I wonder how long it will be before someone develops a high-spec subtitling programme for mac? So much of the film post-production process is mac-based, it's odd that no-one's integrated a subtitling programme into Final Cut Studio, Avid, etc.


http://tinyurl.com/5rks8vh - low-spec ones?

PS: I would personally rank Belle Nuit's Subtitler 1.7.8 (USD 150) among possible candidates.

[Edited at 2011-02-03 07:24 GMT]


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kmtext
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I use Belle Nuit too Feb 3, 2011

Laurent KRAULAND wrote:

David Buchanan wrote:

Thank you both, that's excellent advice - I didn't know about the trial version. And 30 days is plenty of time to get to grips with it.

I wonder how long it will be before someone develops a high-spec subtitling programme for mac? So much of the film post-production process is mac-based, it's odd that no-one's integrated a subtitling programme into Final Cut Studio, Avid, etc.


http://tinyurl.com/5rks8vh - low-spec ones?

PS: I would personally rank Belle Nuit's Subtitler 1.7.8 (USD 150) among possible candidates.

[Edited at 2011-02-03 07:24 GMT]


It is a good package, but not particularly user-friendly for origination. What I tend to do for some clients is to originate on Swift and then export through Belle Nuit.


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GoLocalise Ltd
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Swift Subtitling on a Mac (Virtual Machine or Bootcamp) May 16, 2015

Hello guys, how are you?

I am wondering if anybody has managed to install Swift on a Mac?

We have just currently bought 3 extra licenses and I want to install them on the Macs, but I am getting some trouble with this.

Is anybody running Swift on a Mac? How did you manage to make this happen?

If so, are you running this over bootcamp or virtual machine?

I would like this to run on a VIRTUAL MACHINE since our entire network is a Mac network, and it is easier to have it on another Window and be able to minimise this whenever necessary. This will be much better than having to buy 3 more PC which will also take valuable space in the office.

Any advice will be highly appreciated.

Thanks very much.


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