On a Mac

NCSS and PASS on a Mac

Here we look at some options for running PASS and NCSS statistical software for Mac users.

Can NCSS or PASS Software be run on a Mac?

Though NCSS and PASS software were not designed for Mac, they can be run by installing the Windows operating system on your Mac computer. Macs built after 2005 use the same microprocessors as Windows computers, and therefore can also run the Windows operating system.

How do I get Windows on my Mac?

At least three options are available for installing the Windows operating system on a Mac. Each of these options also requires that you have a Windows license available for installation.

Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion

Both of these products allow the user to run Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side. View the details and price for Parallels Desktop or the details and price of VMWare Fusion. For each of these products, a license to Windows is also required. NCSS makes no specific recommendation as to which of these products is better. With Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion and a Windows license, any Windows application (not just NCSS or PASS) can be run on your Mac.

Apple Boot Camp

Apple Boot Camp differs from Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion in that Windows and OS X are not run side-by-side, but instead gives the option of booting up the Mac using either Windows or OS X. Boot Camp is a built-in utility in all new Macs. There is no additional cost for Apple Boot Camp, but you must have a Windows license. As with Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion, any Windows application (not just NCSS or PASS) can be run on your Mac.

 

"PASS is a great program. It does so much and is easy to use. It’s much better than the other sample size programs I’ve used—it has helped me greatly in my research."

Ken Lawson, Ph.D., The University of Texas

As Statistician teaching statistics in the University, I have to say that NCSS is the tool that I have used since 1997. With all the procedures that you need for research or to make a good, informative presentation, it can be used for teaching in a university. Here in Idesem-Chile we have found it to be the best tool to support our measurement activities. I recommend this tool to make your job more enjoyable!

Frank Gallardo Pastore, Ph.D, AIU, CEO