SDL TRADOS STUDIO 2009 on MacBook Air 11"
Thread poster: Sylwia Jamorska
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Mar 29, 2015

Hello everyone,

Does anyone of you have experience in running Trados 2009 on Macbook Air 11"?

I need a very light and very small notebook which I can carry around and connect to external monitors.

I'm thinking about the following setup:

MacBook Air 11" i5, 8RAM, 128SSD + VM Ware + Windows XP.

I would only use to work. Do you think it makes sense? Will it run smoothly?

I was also thinking about buying an ultrabook with Windows 7 and upgrading to SDL 2014
but for obvious reasons I'd prefer to buy a MacBook. At this point I'm really confused
and I could really use an advice. So any comment would be much appreciated.


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Tom in London
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More RAM Mar 29, 2015

8 GB is not enough. It is barely enough just to run the MacOS, and I think Apple are crazy to be selling this as a serious computer with only 8GB RAM as the maximum possible. Madness!

Then if you add VMWare and Trados (plus all the other things you'll be running e.g. a browser, email etc.) the computer will be very slow indeed, and you will be disappointed with the performance.

IMHO as a long-time Mac user I think you should go for a MacBook Pro with 16GB, probably NOT with the Retina display, as people here have been reporting problems with some Windows-based applications on Retina displays. Anyway the normal Mac display is perfectly good.

http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/283463-studio_on_a_retina_screen.html#2412448

Plus you'll have more connectivity options with the MBP (external monitor + other things).

[Edited at 2015-03-29 22:00 GMT]


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Meta Arkadia
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8 GB is more than enough... Mar 29, 2015

...to be able to run WIN XP and Trados, especially if you install Windows under BootCamp. In that case, you use all your hardware resources for Windows, and you'll have to restart your MBA to go from the Dark Side to OS X. Re-booting on a MBA is fast though.

Apple isn't crazy, Tom. Apart from for very special applications, you rarely need more than 4 GB to run apps under OS X (OS X itself only uses 2 GB). Besides, if the software has used up all physical memory, it will switch to virtual memory (a swap file on the SSD), and an SSD is fast enough so Sylwia won't notice. Windows uses a similar system.

The problems with Trados and retina displays are only present in the very new retina iMac 27" - just about the opposite of what Sylwia wants to buy - probably caused by Windows or the virtual machine software not being able handle the very high resolution of that beast yet. There are no retina problems for Trados with MacBooks of any kind.

Cheers,

Hans

[Edited at 2015-03-30 01:49 GMT]


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Tom in London
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That's odd Mar 30, 2015

Meta Arkadia wrote:

Apple isn't crazy, Tom.



That's an odd thing to say. I've been a Mac user since 1998.

I already have a MBP with 16 GB of RAM, which I upgraded myself because 8GB was too slow for Yosemite. I also have a MacMini which I also upgraded myself to 16 GB RAM, for the same reason.

I do think Apple is crazy to release a computer that can only take 8GB of RAM.

[Edited at 2015-03-30 08:18 GMT]


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Meta Arkadia
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Tom in London wrote:
That's an odd thing to say. I've been a Mac user since 1998.

If, according to you, Apple is crazy, and you've been a Mac user since 1998, what does that say about you?

Anyway, adding 8 GB memory to the existing 8 GB to solve Yosemite's presumed slowness did not help, I assure you. The OS 10 10.1 update did.

More on OS X and RAM: http://www.proz.com/forum/apple_mac_operating_systems/279905-problems_associated_with_installing_a_virtual_pc_on_a_mac-page2.html#2382407
On MS Word and Actions (for Tom in London): http://www.proz.com/forum/getting_established/282653-cat_software_for_start_up_advice_needed-page4.html#2411815

Sylwia is going to install Windows XP on the MBA. That's a 2001 operating system. 8 GB of your MBA of which say 4 GB assigned to the virtual machine for WIN XP should do the trick nicely. I'd prefer BootCamp, though. You don't have to buy, install, update, upgrade a virtual machine either. By the way, VirtualBox is free, VMWare and Parallels aren't. If you insist on going the virtual machine route, you can try that first, Sylwia.

Cheers,

Hans (a Mac since 1987)


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