Installing Mass Planner on Mac os X
On 17.05.2014, by Johnny
At this point Mass Planner does not work natively on a Mac and as we saw that some of the people that want to try it have a Mac we’ve thought to make a short tutorial to show you how you can still use Mass Planner if you are on a Mac.
There are two ways you can do this. Either install a virtual machine on your computer running Windows, or get a separate cheap windows VPS and install Mass Planner there. You can get a cheap VPS at under $10/month but maybe some of you just want to test Mass Planner first so they don’t want to invest in anything that is why we’ll be talking about the first option here, installing a virtual machine on your Mac.
So first things first. Installing the virtual machine. For the Mac users there are a couple of viable options, each with its pros and cons, we have chose to use VirtualBox as it’s a free option and a very good one. Your first step is to head over to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and get the latest version of virtualbox. After you download it go ahead and install it. Installing it is pretty straightforward but if you need any help here are the instructions from their site.
Here’s how the virtualbox looks like after you’ve installed it. As you can see from the image I’ve also installed a windows image, we’ll talk more about that next.
Now that you have the virtual machine installed all there’s left to do is install windows on it, here you will have to make a small decision. There are several ways you can get a windows copy to install it:
- you already have a windows license – the easiest – all you need to do is install that copy
- you can get a 30 days trial from the Microsoft site – this will work but 30 days go fast
- you can get a 90 days trial from the Microsoft site – this is what we’ll do
- you can get a lifetime windows copy from torrents – not quite legal
For the purposes of this tutorial we’ll keep it legal so we choose to get a 90 days trial license from the Microsoft site. 90 days should suffice and it’s quite a long time, after those 90 days have passed you ca just re-install windows and have another 90 days free trial and that’s really easy to do and you’ll have windows legally on your computer.
Moving on, go to the Microsoft site and get the 90 days trial license, they will only give a license like this for the latest widows, at this moment that is Windows 8.1, direct link is : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx . Select the version you want, x86 or x64 and press the Get Started Now Button. You will need to login with a live.com account ( an @outlook.com account will work too) in order to continue, if you don’t have one make one fast, it’s free and it takes only 1-2 minutes. After logging in you will get to a little form that you need to fill to get the 90 days trial windows copy, this is quite easy and should take under 1 minute, here’s how the form looks like so you have a better idea if you’re in the correct place:
Fill the form fast, you can either enter you details or something at random it doesn’t really matter. After everything is done just click continue and start downloading windows. It will be a .iso file, just remember where you’ve downloaded it. This can take some time depending on your internet connection as the package is a little over 3.5gb
Now, if you have virtualbox installed and also your copy of Windows, all you need to do is install that Windows in your virtual machine. Open up virtualbox and click on the New button, this will bring up a new window, give a name to your new virtual windows and select what version of windows you’re installing. Next, select how much RAM you want to allocate for your virtual machine. I suggest you go for around 2 gb ( if you have enough RAM ) so it runs smoothly and fast. If not, 1gb should suffice.
Click next and now you’ll need to create the virtual HDD for your new virtual machine. Choose “Create a Virtual hard drive now” and click Create. Now select VDI, or leave it like that if it’s already selected and click Next again. Here choose “Fixed Size” and click next again. The final step is choosing how big you want your virtual HDD to be. I would suggest you go for around 25gb if you have enough space on your computer, this will be enough for your needs. If you don’t have enough space though you can go lower, 10gb should work ok. Click Create !
Now you should see in virtual box you new virtual computer with the name that you gave it. It should be powered off by default, go ahead and double click it and it should start. When it first starts it will ask you what to install, choose the .iso file that you downloaded earlier and go through all the steps of installing Windows on your virtual machine. This will take some time depending on your computer but you should have no problems installing it, windows is pretty self explanatory.
Congratulations, if you’ve followed this guide so far you should have a 90 days working version of windows in your virtual machine. You can now proceed and install Mass Planner in there and start changing the way you do your Social Marketing.
If you have any questions or problems, as always do not hesitate to contact us.