[OS X TeX] Re: White vs. Transparent?

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Apr 7 10:56:16 CEST 2006

Le 7 avr. 06 à 09:01, Simon Spiegel a écrit :

> Why would anybody who uses a Mac today boot into WinXP to use an  
> app which is available for the Mac? BootCamp will help those who  
> rely on some app which doesn't exist on the Mac, which is positive,  
> I don't see the reverse thing happening. I buy a Mac for the OSX  
> experience and not to run Windows.

Try to play on a Mac a PowerPoint presentation prepared on Windows,  
and you'll see why! I have attempted to help colleagues, former  
Windows users, current OS X switchers, run on their new Mac  
PowerPoint presentation from their Windows days: generally it meant  
about 1/2 day or a full day of preparatory work, for each  
presentation of about 20 slides. All the equations were no longer  
visible on the Mac and needed to have their background changed one by  
one, encoding problems meant some mathematical characters had been  
changed to rubbish, alignments had to be redone one by one due to the  
differences between fonts on Windows and on the Mac, most animations  
(e.g. movies from lab experiments or animations of numerical  
simulations) weren't working any more and had to be re-included one  
by one, and so forth.

Needless to say, most people are too busy to spend that much time  
just to get a presentation running on a new platform, and give up  
once seeing the mess that this is. As a consequence, my colleagues  
ended up keeping their Windows laptop around, just to run these  
PowerPoint presentations. With a double-boot, you can manage all of  
this on the Mac. And so forth when having to fill in forms (for grant  
application, etc.) prepared on Word for Windows, not working on  
OpenOffice or AbiWord due to tables etc., and working badly on Word  
for Mac. Yes, of course you can lobby for the use of open formats,  
and the situation is indeed evolving, but generally you simply don't  
have the time.

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