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Boot Camp Support Software 5

Download the very latest drivers required to use Windows, natively, on your Mac

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 March 2013
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Boot Camp Support Software 5
Download the very latest drivers required to use Windows, natively, on your Mac

It's easy to become envious of Apple's recent MacBook Pro's, particularly since the launch of the retina range, which brought a crystal-clear screen resolution to OS X users. Snag is, there are still plenty of users who either do not want to use OS X or, more likely, are forced to use a Windows laptop for their work.

One solution is to use a virtual emulator, such as Parallels for VMware Fusion. A virtualisation tool enables to use Windows on top of of OS X, ideal for testing, running lightweight applications and for sharing files between the two operating systems. What a virtualised version of Windows doesn't do, is enable you to play the most demanding games or applications. For this, you need to run Windows in native mode.

Apple released Boot Camp for OS X users, designed to allow you to run Windows on your Mac, natively. With Boot Camp, you can install Windows and dual-boot, choosing to run either Windows or OS X, when you start your Mac. If you run Windows natively, you are using the full power of your Mac, with dedicated drivers. Ideal for running applications at full speed.

Boot Camp 5 is the brand new version with full support for running Windows 8 (or Windows 7) on your Mac. Note that this version won't support XP or Vista.

It's important to point out that Boot Camp 5 is part of Mac OS 10.8.3. The download here is the Boot Camp 5 Support Software, which includes the latest drivers. You'll need to extract the downloaded file contents to a USB drive. Follow the install instructions for more information.

Verdict:

Boot Camp is a framework that enables you to run Windows natively on your Mac. Make sure you have the latest drivers so you can install and support Windows 8.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 is a compact, simple, but surprisingly feature-packed disc burning suite.

The program makes it easy to create simple data discs and audio CDs, for instance: just drag and drop your files onto the list area and you'll be burning the finished disc in a couple of clicks.

That's just the start, though. Burning Studio 2013 can also create data discs with customised, interactive multi-page menus, perfect if you'd like a more professional way to share and present the disc contents.

A built-in backup tool allows you to create backups which may be encrypted, compressed, and span several CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

And there are modules to create VCD or SVCD video projects; burn video DVDs or Blu-ray discs from prepared folders; create, browse or burn disc images (ISO, CUE/ BIN and Ashdisc formats are supported); copy discs, erase them, design and print disc covers, labels and booklets, and more.

The focus throughout is on ease of use, though, and so Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 remains very straightforward, whatever you're doing. Most disc projects are created via the same simple interface, and for the most part all you have to do is drag and drop the necessary files. But experts will find more advanced options are only a click away, and if you need to then you can set ISO and UDF version, enable Joliet, make a disc bootable and more.

Note the download here will take you to the Downloadcrew Software Store where you can download Burning Studio 2013.

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