They used to many, many years ago...it is now gone but if you have Parallels installed (or similar) you can install ArcGIS, a number of my students do this when they don't want to invest in new hardware in order to use the software.
Wasn't sure how else to contact you. I found your Spanning Tree Tools and wanted to find out if you could give me some advice. I'm trying to determine the least accumulated distance for a proposed pipeline network. I have the identified users (land parcels) and the source (waste water treatment works) and was wondering if the road network could be used to transverse fromt the WWTW to the clients, thereby generating a rough idea of the optimal pipeline layout services all the clients.
I've posted a discussion under the following link:
This was brought up at the closing session at the UC this year as well, last Friday. The answer is because all of the code for ArcGIS was developed on Unix minicomputers originally and then moved to the Windows OS. To port over 40 years of development to the Mac OS would take away a lot of resources for other development of tools and so on. That said, many of my Esri colleagues run ArcGIS quite well with an emulation program on the Mac just fine. And we do have some apps like the new ArcGIS Explorer app that are native to the Mac.
To Joseph's point, we have Education team members running Parallels and VMWare Fusion to support virtual machines. Both seem to work great with Win 7 or 8 and both run ArcGIS for Desktop very well. We have summarized much of this at: Macintosh & iOS Support - EdCommunity - Esri
I noticed that many of not most of the ESRI engineers running the technical workshops at this year's UC were giving the demonstrations off of Macs. I've never recommended that students at my university try this, but after noticing this I'll probably have to look into it.
Does anyone reading this have any good resources on how to accomplish this? Experiences with it?
There are tons of threads but more deal with specific problems...search the forum using ArcMap mac for links.Esri Canada produced a document
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Carleton University library has one on installations.
My students use the Student site license version of ArcGIS Advanced on mac's (of various flavours), the success of such is less to do with the installation but with having a powerful enough machine. I am afraid everyone is going to have an opinion one-way or the other, but talking to individuals personally and seeing ArcMap in operation would be a useful exercise on your part.
I've used ArcGIS on Macs for years via VMWare Fusion. As long as you have a newer Mac and enough RAM, it works just fine. It definitely is tougher, or may be impossible, on equipment if it is too old or too slow.
While it may not be a full-blown ArcGIS for Desktop, I would think more mapping apps from Esri will be coming to the Mac once the ArcGIS Runtime SDK gathers momentum ArcGIS SDK for OS X | ArcGIS for Developers. Perhaps the proverbial "ArcGIS for Dummies" I've always wanted will finally make an appearance...
Yes, ArcGIS on the Mac via VMWare fusion is the way to go for sure. I like the option where it will allow the Mac to recognize files that are supported by apps in your VMware Fusion environment. For example, I can still open windows apps directly from the Mac desktop via a windows file type. Gotta love technology.
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