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Solutions for: I downloaded the Wacom bundle for OS X but now I have Windows! Help!

I started writing this in response to someone asking for help with this, but my reply got so long I thought I’d just make it a post.

The Problem.

  • You downloaded the Wacom tablet bundle which was appropriate to your system at the time.
  • Your system crashed/broke/failed, essentially just died a horrible death.
  • You bought a new system but now your old downloads are not compatible with your new system.

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Bad News first…

I am sorry to be the bearer of ill news, but you can’t switch between dmg and exe downloads.  The choice you made on your first download is fixed and permanent.  The reason being (apologies if this is obvious) that the software is provided by separate companies (not Wacom) and therefore the license agreements are for one piece of software. It would be like buying Adobe Photoshop Elements for OS X and expecting Adobe to send you a Windows version when you get a new PC.
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The Good News.

So that option is not open to you. However, I do have some advice as to what I would do in your situation. These are my solutions in order of preference (^-^)
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1. Set up OS X on an external drive
External drives are really cheap now. I have a backup clone of my system on one of mine. The drive is about 1TB cost me £60-70 and that was a few years ago. I think the OS X partition is about half that…
I personally would just buy a copy of OS X from Apple (Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion are only £14 now). I would recommend Snow Leopard as it is widely considered the most stable of all the OS X systems and it takes up the least install space. However, you should buy what is best for you. But there is a link below just for reference.
http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
You can find tons of tutorials about how to install OS X on to an external drive.
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2. Try using a virtual machine
I have used VMware on my Mac to successfully run several virtual Windows systems (obviously my tablet worked fine too) so I would recommend it (although I haven’t tried running OS X on a Windows system). But I know there are many different virtual machines for Windows you can try for free. VirtualBox is one I have heard good things about but I’m afraid I’ve never tried it personally.  Nevertheless, you would (again) be able to find tons of info on the internet about setting up an OS X system using Virtual Box. You would again need to purchase the OS X system, but what is £14 in the grand scheme of things?
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Note. An alternative to buying OS X, if you know someone with a Mac…
If you have owned a mac which died/stopped working, you legally own a copy of OS X, which through no fault of your own you now cannot use.  Therefore, if know someone with a working Mac you could just ask them to download the newest OS X (currently Yosemite) on to a USB for you, as technically it would be available to you if your mac was working. It is free after all. I think it is about 16GB (or possibly more) so you would need a suitable USB stick (or external drive partition). You would need to format the USB first, but that can all be done using Disk Utility. As ever, there are loads of walkthroughs on how to do this. In fact, it would be easiest to actually install OS X on the external drive using the Mac too, by booting into the Boot Manager (hold down Option when you hear the chime). Just remember NOT to click install straight after you have downloaded the installer as this would probably wipe the Mac you are using!

Once you have one of these up and running, simply redownload the bundled programs and install (of course you’ll need to install your tablet drivers etc).  It should all work fine.
Both these solutions would also work the other way (although you would have to buy Windows unless you have an install disc lying around. I have an old XP disc. Classic!). As I say, I have used VMware on my Macbook to run Windows and used my tablet (yes, with pressure sensitivity) so I know that it can be done.

But yes, that’s all from me. Hope this helps. Any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I do try and get back to people eventually…
Good Luck (^-^)b

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Taking Screenshots on a Mac

How to take Ordinary Screenshots

There are several options for taking screenshots on a Mac. They save by default to your desktop but you can probably change this if you want.

a.) Full Screen

To just take a screenshot of the whole screen (you can crop it later using GIMP or Photoshop or even Preview) just use:

cmd+shift+3

b.) Selected Area

To take a screenshot of a selected part of the screen use:

cmd+shift+4

After you have pressed these 3 keys you will be able to select the area you want. As soon as you let go it will take the shot so there isn’t much scope for resizing.

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Using the Dictionary in OS X

I have been using OS X for nearly a year now but I never bothered to find out how to use the built-in Dictionary properly until a few weeks ago.  It is actually surprisingly useful.  So a quick heads up for those who have never used it.

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You can type any word in to Spotlight and Dictionary will offer a definition for it.  You can also open Dictionary through the Applications folder.

There are various dictionaries available, depending on which languages you use, and you can select the ones you want in Dictionary > Preferences.  There’s also a Thesaurus and an option for Synonyms.  You can also get definitions straight from Wikipedia but you have to be online to get them.

You can change the order in which definitions appear by changing the order in which they are listed here.

I find Dictionary particularly useful for translations.  It is very useful as it will translate from Japanese to English

and from English to Japanese.


It gives you a lot of detail and several examples so it’s really useful.  Obviously it’s not the complete OED but it does a pretty good all round job.

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