Running EstateMaster on a Mac

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Good news for Apple Mac users!

The EstateMaster product suite runs successfully on Macs, thanks to ‘virtual PC' technology offered by products such as VMware and Parallels.

Since EstateMaster is a Microsoft Windows applicatiuon and Mac computers do not have a Windows environment as their core operating system, you will need to create a ‘virtual PC' on your Mac which will allow you to move between Mac and Windows based software seamlessly.

Here is what you will need:

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Video: How to configure EstateMaster on a Mac using Parallels.

1. A Mac with an Intel Processor

To run a 'virtual' PC environment (i.e Microsoft Windows) on a Mac, you will need a Mac computer with an in Intel processor (1.66 GHz or greater), with a minimum 1 GB of memory (2 GB of memory is recommended).

2. Sufficient Disk Space

Your Mac must have enough disk space to run Mac OS X, plus the disk space required for each 'virtual' PC environment, and for the applications on the Mac and in the virtual PC.

  • About 700 MB of disk space on the boot volume for the Virtual PC software (see point 3 below).
  • About 15 GB of disk space for 'virtual' PC environment.

3. Mac OS X

Your Mac must be running either of the following operating systems:

  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later 
  • Mac OS X Lion v10.7 
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6 
  • Mac OS X v10.5.2 Leopard 
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 Tiger 

To get the information on your Mac OX X version, type of processor and amount of memory, choose "About This Mac" from the Apple menu. The Apple menu is located in the upper-left hand corner. To open click the Apple icon.

4. Virtual PC Software for Mac

You now have the the right hardware, but before you can start installing EstateMaster on a Mac, you will first need to purchase some additonal ‘Virtual PC' software to be able to install and run Microsoft Windows on it, and therefore any Windows-based applications (such as EstateMaster).

We recommend using one of the following virtual PC software products:

  • VMware Fusion: (approx $AUD 95) 
  • Parallels: (approx $AUD 90) We suggest checking their websites for the latest prices and also to see which product is best for your needs.

5. A Microsoft Windows License

Once you have selected your preferred virtual PC software and installed it on your Mac, you will need to use it to create a new 'virtual' Windows environment. To do this, you will need to purchase a Microsoft Windows license (Windows XP, Vista or 7 Home edition is a minimum requirement).

  • Windows 7 Home: (approx $AUD 115) 
  • Windows 8 Pro: (approx $AUD 170) Please press below for a short video on how to configure Estate Master on a Mac with Parallels.

Alternative Solution: Hosting EstateMaster on your own Cloud

Although EstateMaster does not provide a hosted cloud-based solution, you can set up your own Virtual Machine with a Cloud provider, such as Microsoft Azure, and have your own cloud version of Estate Master. Click here for more information.

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