Joe Lewis Wilkins
pepetoo at cox.net
Thu Apr 24 13:34:30 EDT 2008
I had created a Windows Standalone of my Coloring Book stack.
Initially I took a look at the results using VMWare's Fusion and XP
Professional. Much to my dissatisfaction, though it appeared to "run"
satisfactorily, several items were missing. The OSX version worked as
expected - mostly. The Windows' version lacked many of the text fields
to varying degrees of "lackness" (for you Richmond!). Also, the Menus
didn't show up, though most of the command keys associated with the
menu items did work as expected. Really pretty strange. This was all
done under Tiger. After installing Leopard, I then I tried running the
Coloring Book using Boot Camp with XP. Pretty much the same appearance
results. Then, I installed a new VMWare Fusion, setting it up to use
the already installed Boot Camp partition and XP as the virtual
machine. Suddenly, when I ran the Coloring Book application, the
missing Text fields appeared and functioned as designed and the menus
were at the top as expected with their command keys also working.
Additionally, before running the CB, the Windows Desktop looked much
better than it had under a "straight" Boot Camp boot; the cursors
continued to be larger (as I have them set for OSX for my lousy
eyesight) and the text much smoother. There are still any number of
things that still DON'T work properly.
Simpler HC stacks done as standalones, less multimedia stuff; just
lots of math and text, work fine and this Fusion using the Boot Camp
partition seems to provide the best of both worlds, since I don't have
to boot separately and can copy/paste between platforms it woiuld
seem. Maybe it would have worked fine without Boot Camp, but I ran
into some problems setting up Fusion before I decided to use the Boot
All this being said, it seems pretty obvious that I'm going to have to
check stuff out on a REAL PC eventually. Showing that this is a real
crazy world in which we find ourselves trying to do cross platform
stuff at all. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that, particularly
after listening to Apple's most recent financial report, I should
probably just stick to Mac development. Heck it's more than I can
I hope this "rant" has had some merit for someone.
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