Run Infometrix Software on a Macintosh

Although the newest Macintosh computers are now running on Intel processors, the Pirouette code base has not been optimized for this platform. However, you can still run Pirouette, and other Infometrix products, on a Mac by using Virtual PC. Now available from Microsoft, Virtual PC is an emulation program that creates a separate Windows environment on the Mac desktop (requires Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or higher).

First, Virtual PC must be installed on the Mac system. Installation runs like that for any other program, though it does require a large amount of hard disk space--around 3 GB on most systems. A little configuring is necessary after installation, then you are ready to install programs. The Pirouette installation runs just as it does on a real Windows box. Because Virtual PC is an emulation, it runs a little slower than you would expect on a computer with comparable processor speed. After installation, you request and register your Pirouette license just as you would on a PC. Ready to roll.

Pirouette in a Virtual PC window looks just like Pirouette in Windows. Virtual PC screen with Pirouette Behaviors are identical, including mouse actions and keyboard shortcuts, but the keyboard accelerators are not available. As mentioned, operations do run more slowly, although processing speed is affected less than graphics operations which are also dependent on the graphics card in the Mac.

A nice touch is that the clipboard is shared between the Mac environment and Virtual PC. Thus, you can copy a figure in a Pirouette window and paste it into a document on the Mac side (Ctrl-C in Pirouette, cmd-V on the Mac). Here is a view of Word on a Mac in which a Pirouette graphic has been pasted.

Pirouette table pasted into Excel on a MacSimilarly, tabular information can be passed back and forth. The data in the main Pirouette spreadsheet was copied and pasted into Excel, shown here.

Data files stored in a Mac folder can be opened from Pirouette using the normal Open Data dialog and computed objects can saved to files on the Mac side. Another useful behavior of Virtual PC is that you can quit while the program Pirouette is running, then restart Virtual PC and resume your Pirouette session as if nothing had happened.

So, if you are a Mac-ophile but would like to explore the capabilities of Pirouette for multivariate analysis, jump on in. The window is open.