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    Re: Running SIMS.NET on an Intel Mac using Parallels? Possib

    The library software i spoke of is called Accessit Library Software. As far as i know it is only a small company. It seems so in this country but may have a larger size in its home-grown location of New Zealand. But even open-source has migrated Firefox across multiple platforms.

    What aspects of SIMS is causing the problem? You say richness, but again the library software runs identical on all systems even the browser-based system. I admit i am not a programmer or designer but am a fustrated computer user who sees applications getting in the way of choice between various OS platforms.

    Nearly everyone complains about the way Microsoft do things and yet everyone supports them regardless. Yes it is the most used OS in the world, but why is that?? Maybe its because the apps you use don't run on anything else.

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    Re: Running SIMS.NET on an Intel Mac using Parallels? Possible?

    I have some symapthy for the SIMS team. When you consider that SIMS.net is derived from SIMS ... which is really a bunch of different apps all bundled and 'sort of' linked together.

    The different sections are getting better and the reliabilty is getting better.

    It is worth pointing out that if I was to use Excel files to do the same as I use AM7 for I would suffer similar memory issues where not all of it is released when you close marksheet and open another (but leave the app running!)

    I also have a similar issue woth Photoshop ... and Firefox (but that does take a heck of a lot of opening multiple tabs).

    It just happens quicker with AM7. I'm not bothered about it. I tell staff doing a lot of work on Marksheets to restart their computer every 2 hours if they are doing it non-stop. That is a solution that works.

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    Re: Running SIMS.NET on an Intel Mac using Parallels? Possib

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal
    We do have a web front end for teachers, parents and pupils but at the moment we can't achieve the same richness of interface as with a client application. If we could we would go browser.
    I haven't seen this anywhere - is it on general release?

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    Re: Running SIMS.NET on an Intel Mac using Parallels? Possible?

    Its on general release - known as SIMS Learning Gateway. Its an application tier for MS Learning Gateway that is scaleable from a single school to across an LA. A parent with children at multiple schools has a single log in. Teachers working across schools get a single diary showing their commitments in the different schools.

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    Re: Running SIMS.NET on an Intel Mac using Parallels? Possib

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal
    Supporting two platforms properly doubles test costs. In our case that would mean going from 30 testers to 60 - not cheap.
    A Cheap shot but what the hell.......So thats 60 packets of peanuts a month not 30. Capita will go bust or are they paying in bananas now :-p

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    Re: Running SIMS.NET on an Intel Mac using Parallels? Possible?

    Emm £7.5m/year on the SIMS development programme might be peanuts to you but ...!

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    Depends, how much you guys have coming in and your business goals.

    Assuming it's around the 40m mark "income" that's not bad!

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    is anyone actually using SIMS with macOS and parallels? We're about to stick ITX all in one PC's in every classroom for lesson monitor and whiteboard connectivity but our technology dept are asking for MACmini's instead

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    I assume Apple have a RDP client compatible with Windows. Could the user not just RDP onto a windows PC and run SIMS from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_T View Post
    A Cheap shot but what the hell.......So thats 60 packets of peanuts a month not 30. Capita will go bust or are they paying in bananas now :-p
    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    Emm £7.5m/year on the SIMS development programme might be peanuts to you but ...!
    Sorry I but I gotta point out that he was making a joke about the quality of testing not the sum involved (peanuts - monkeys)...

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    The different sections are getting better and the reliabilty is getting better.
    I have to agree. At one of my schools we rolled out SIMS to the teachers and so far its been perfectly stable apart from one hairy upgrade but that was sorted quickly. In fact I haven't had a single complaint which is saying something!

    AM7 is a vast improvement on AM6 in my opinion and is getting better as well. Wow I sound like a convert

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    Yes we have used SIMS on Parallels for some time it works fine.
    The problem is actually Parallels isn't that great.
    So now we use VMWare Fusion - version 2 is pretty awesome.
    RDP is also an option, but you have to have a dedicated PC for each user to connect to, i do it occasionally from my MBPro to the office (Aw, Grumbledook will be so proud of me ).
    Running it on Terminal Server is also an option which is just RDP in bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    What about a web based interface then. That's about as platform independent as you can get.
    I have been told from a good source that SIMS will one day be all in a Silverlight web interface. God knows when though

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I have been told from a good source that SIMS will one day be all in a Silverlight web interface. God knows when though
    One day all MIS's will be fully web-based and hosted at the MIS provider

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    One day all MIS's will be fully web-based and hosted at the MIS provider
    I doubt all will be hosted at the provider

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I have been told from a good source that SIMS will one day be all in a Silverlight web interface. God knows when though
    It is being worked on right now from what I hear .................... !!!!!!!!!!!!

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