Friday, September 14, 2012

How to run Power PC applications on a 2012 Macbook Pro

How to run Power PC applications on a 2012 Macbook Pro

After purchasing my new Macbook Pro Mid 2012, I realized how many applications that I owned no longer run. 

Some have data that can be imported into newer products such as:

Appleworks word processing to Pages
Appleworks spreadsheets to Numbers
Quicken now has an fix to allow you to use old Quicken Data 
Filemaker Pro to Bento (not everything)

I knew there had to be a better way!

After a lot of research, I found out that you could open Snow Leopard in a virtual window using Parallels Desktop using Lion. You had to modify Parallels to trick it into believing it was the server version. I found an easier way:

I purchased:

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac OEM (32-714-025) for $28 from 

Bought a Mac OS X Server Version 10.6.3 from Apple (it is being discontinued) for $19    Unlimited Client version
The Apple “Genius” told me it wouldn’t work since the new Macbook needed drivers for the USB 3 and new processor......


It does! 

Create a .dmg file copy of the Mac OS X Server and ejected DVD

Ran Parallels Desktop 7 and created a new virtual Machine Named Snow Leopard.

Installed Mac OS X Server .DMG file when it asked for Windows

..... and 30 minutes later VOILA!!!!

Everything I try to run does:
FileMaker 7
Quicken 7
Photoshop CS3
Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional

.........and much more

Some issues with Parallels so far....

I haven’t been able to get it to recognize the SD card slot natively.

Some reference:

But I love having the option to keep using my legacy software!