Saturday, November 12, 2005

Virtual Non-Spectator For Mac



Woke up this morning hyped. The Volvo Ocean race started this morning, checked my e-mail for the update and...what's this? Virtual spectator for the Volvo Ocean race has finally arrived! Details were slim on the website. A desktop application that promises to deliver race results like never before. Putting you right there close to the action. As the site put it:

Observe the racing from the deck Brasil 1, view the rest of the fleet from the top of the mast of The Black Pearl, or follow the movement of the fleet from the outer reaches of earth's atmosphere as the 6-hourly updates give you the latest positions of the race participants.

Move backwards in time and view the historical moves of the competitors. Look ahead to the expected weather systems, and anticipate how each of the boats will react.


Perfect! I can follow the race, analyze the competitors tactics...learn from the pro's. But wait... the last line reads...Please Note: Virtual Spectator is only available for PC

No problem...fire up virtual PC and run it from that...NOT. Sorry Mac folks, no dice. If you have a PC and check it out let me know what you think. Download it here.

3 Comments:

Blogger Tillerman said...

I nearly bought a Mac this year but decided on a PC because I knew that there'd be some application that I just had to have and then would find out it was PC only.

VS is amazing - it accurately captures the sheer misery of racing a big tub in light winds and puring rain knowing that you only have another 24,000 miles to go to the end of the race.

4:08 PM  
Blogger the skip said...

lol. Seems like the website has a lot to offer those of us who cannot view VS. Checked out their website looks like they will have a link for Americas Cup as well.

I can usually get by with virtual PC on the mac for any applications that I need to run (not very many these days as most everything is cross platform). Seems like the high graphics card hungry apps are the ones that Virtual PC has issues with. (Virtual Skipper will not run on Virtual PC either).

Checked the Virtual Spectator site forums...there were a few Mac users pleading for a Mac version to be released. Alas....maybe next year.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous john said...

WHAaaaaaaaaaaa WAaaaaaaa. Also a MAC user... Very dissapointed when issues like that come up, although they don't come up often and couldn't give mine up for a PC ever!

6:35 PM  

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