Using MemoQ on the new M1 MacBook - experience qestion
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Dmitry Zaikin
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Apr 3

Hi all!

I've been thinking of buying the new MacBook Air with the ARM-based M1 processor, but close to half of my work is done in MemoQ, which has features that I'm unwilling to abandon. Yet I want this silent and compact powerhouse for a travel lifestyle. So I ask anyone with experience of using MemoQ on an M1 MacBook to share their thoughts. Does it work at all with ARM Windows? Or should I wait until the officially supported Win release?

Any feedback would be much ap
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Hi all!

I've been thinking of buying the new MacBook Air with the ARM-based M1 processor, but close to half of my work is done in MemoQ, which has features that I'm unwilling to abandon. Yet I want this silent and compact powerhouse for a travel lifestyle. So I ask anyone with experience of using MemoQ on an M1 MacBook to share their thoughts. Does it work at all with ARM Windows? Or should I wait until the officially supported Win release?

Any feedback would be much appreciated. Great day, y'all! 😁
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Grigori Gazarian
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Try Parallels. Apr 21

MemoQ is Windows-only software. However, you can install Parallels. The fastest way to execute it would be to use the unofficial Windows 10 ARM build and emulate Intel MemoQ through the ARM layer. Sounds slow, but the M1 Mac's x86 emulation is surprisingly efficient. You might want to test it before you buy just to make sure it'll work, but considering even Photoshop and other x86 apps run on this setup with no issues, you will probably also have a smooth experience.

[Edited at 2021-04-21
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MemoQ is Windows-only software. However, you can install Parallels. The fastest way to execute it would be to use the unofficial Windows 10 ARM build and emulate Intel MemoQ through the ARM layer. Sounds slow, but the M1 Mac's x86 emulation is surprisingly efficient. You might want to test it before you buy just to make sure it'll work, but considering even Photoshop and other x86 apps run on this setup with no issues, you will probably also have a smooth experience.

[Edited at 2021-04-21 09:47 GMT]
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Tom in London
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Try this link Apr 21

https://tinyurl.com/yegmmmnl

 

Grigori Gazarian  Identity Verified
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Can recommend after some weeks of usage--with a caveat Apr 28

I've been using Parallels (first Technical Preview and now 16.5, which is the official release for the M1) for almost a month now to run Windows 10 Pro for ARM (Insider Preview) on my Macbook Air and Mac mini. I used this guide to set it up: https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/22/run-windows-10-arm-m1-mac-apple-silicon-x64-x86-no-boot-camp-video/ ... See more
I've been using Parallels (first Technical Preview and now 16.5, which is the official release for the M1) for almost a month now to run Windows 10 Pro for ARM (Insider Preview) on my Macbook Air and Mac mini. I used this guide to set it up: https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/22/run-windows-10-arm-m1-mac-apple-silicon-x64-x86-no-boot-camp-video/ (parts of it may be obsolete now).

Overall, it has been mostly a smooth sailing save for a couple of minor hiccups not worth discussing. I've allocated 2 cores (out of 8) and 4 Gb of RAM (out of 16) to Windows 10. I have 10-15 Mac apps open (for Intel and Apple Silicon), plus multiple background services and tools, some 30-40 open tabs in Chrome, I never quit Parallels and I have yet to see any meaningful impact on performance. memoQ, which I use to manage projects and edit translations, has been fast and responsive (or at least fast enough for my use), same as Trados Studio 2021. I used to run Windows on Parallels back in 2014-15 and don't remember it to be that fast.

The only caveat here is licensing. Parallels unfortunately can't be activated on more than one computer (even if they're not used simultaneously, which is precisely my use case). I've still got a couple of days left on the trial, so I'm weighing my options. But at least with Parallels it's an issue that can be solved by throwing money at the problem. Windows 10 licensing is a different story, as Microsoft simply doesn't sell the ARM version to the public, so while you can use the preview for now, Microsoft can pull the plug at any time. I've seen some conflicting reports about activating Windows on ARM using Home or Professional licenses (some people say it activates only temporary).

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any additional questions about this setup.
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Dmitry Zaikin
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Many thanks and some feedback Apr 28

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who replied.

In case this topic may interest someone else who is also thinking of switching to the new M1 Macs, here's what I can say from personal experience.

I totally agree with Grigori, who pretty much summed up my own experience with the new ARM processors and Windows in Parallels. My new 8-core MacBook Air with 16 Gb RAM and 1 Tb storage is an absolute beast when it comes to productivity, yet it's completely cool and silen
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First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who replied.

In case this topic may interest someone else who is also thinking of switching to the new M1 Macs, here's what I can say from personal experience.

I totally agree with Grigori, who pretty much summed up my own experience with the new ARM processors and Windows in Parallels. My new 8-core MacBook Air with 16 Gb RAM and 1 Tb storage is an absolute beast when it comes to productivity, yet it's completely cool and silent, which is something I still find hard to believe, even after several weeks of using it on a daily basis.

Since my translation needs require MemoQ about 30% of the time, and it's a Windows-only CAT tool, I was forced to register for the Windows Insider program. Thankfully, Parallels recently announced full compatibility with the new ARM-based M1 processors in their latest release.

I am still using the trial version of Parallels in a dedicated desktop. I normally have 5-6 desktops opened simultaneously anyways, so another one doesn't bother me. Over the past week or so with Windows on Mac I'm completely loving it. I dedicated 4 cores and 8 Gb RAM to Parallels, but I don't think it's even using half these resources. MemoQ runs perfectly fine. Occasionally even smoother than it used to on my old Windows-native machine, which was pretty powerful. Shared desktop for easy access to files between Mac OS and Windows is something worth a separate mention. It's a breeze transferring files between the systems. There's also a shared buffer. So you can copy text in Mac OS and immediately paste it into a Windows document. Great for productivity.

Overall, I couldn't be happier about switching to the new platform. It's a fantastic piece of electronics, and I'm excited to see what else Apple will reveal in the years and months to come. This is coming from someone who was a Windows and Android user since the early 90's. And now I've surrendered to Apple's charm. And it's been a sweet surrender so far
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Tom in London
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Welcome Apr 29

Dmitry Zaikin wrote:

..... I've surrendered to Apple's charm


The best thing about Apple is not its hardware but its system software, MacOS. The MacOS is extremely smooth and easy to use and being completely integrated with the hardware, there are no incompatibilities.

The worst thing about Apple is that it is driven by an unhealthy interest in maximising its share value at the expense of everything else. This feeds through into what it is doing to its computer hardware, for example welded-on hard drives and RAM, neither of which can be removed/upgraded.

I've also heard that the new MacMini has problems with displays (weird colours, pixels that don't work, etc.)

[Edited at 2021-04-29 10:14 GMT]


Baran Keki
Grigori Gazarian
 

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Local time: 21:57
true for many May 4

Tom in London wrote:

Dmitry Zaikin wrote:

..... I've surrendered to Apple's charm

This feeds through into what it is doing to its computer hardware, for example welded-on hard drives and RAM, neither of which can be removed/upgraded.


[Edited at 2021-04-29 10:14 GMT]


That's true for many manufacturers, not just Apple. My new Zenbook S, for instance, also has everything soldered in.


 


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