It is possible to transfer your Home Inspector Pro (HIP) from Windows to Mac OS X, as the files are 100% compatible between both platforms. To install Home Inspector Pro on your Mac OS X computer, your machine must be running Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later to function properly. You can find your current version or Mac OS X by going to the Apple Menu (in the upper-left corner) and select About This Mac ( https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201260 ).
If you are currently using Home Inspector Pro version 3, you will need to upgrade to Home Inspector Pro version 4 to use Home Inspector Pro on Mac OS X Yosemite (version 10.10 or later). Please contact Home Inspector Pro support (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about the Home Inspector Pro version 4 upgrade. You can determine your current Home Inspector Pro version by going to the About menu (on the far-right side of the menu in Home Inspector Pro) then click on About.
To copy your installation of Home Inspector Pro (HIP) from your Windows computer to your Mac OS X computer, you can follow these steps:
Copy the Files to your Flash Drive:
Note: Before you begin this process, make sure the Home Inspector Pro program is closed.
- On your existing machine, right-click on the Home Inspector Pro icon on your Desktop. Click on 'Open File Location'.
- A new window will open. You will see the various folders that make up your Home Inspector Pro installation:
- Right-click on the Data folder (which includes your templates, license, address book, etc) and select Copy.
- Insert your USB flash drive (or external hard drive) into the USB port on your computer. After a second or so, you should be prompted to 'Open or View Files and Folders' on the Device. Click this option. A new window will open.
- In the window that opens, right-click in an empty area of the window (on the right side that lists the files and folders) and click Paste. Your Data folder will then be copied across onto the device. Once this completes, remove the device from the computer.
Install Home Inspector Pro on your Mac:
Before copying the files to the new Mac OS X machine, make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest version of Home Inspector Pro onto the new machine. To do this:
- Download the latest version by going to the Home Inspector Pro web site ( http://www.homeinspectorpro.com/ ).
- Log in on the left side of the screen using your user name and password.
- Once logged in, click on the 'Home Inspector Pro Download' link under the 'Home Inspectors' menu.
- Go to the bottom of the page, then click on the link for 'Home Inspector Pro 4 for Mac'.
- Download the installer from the web site.
- Once downloaded, double-click on the HomeInspectorPro.dmg file on the Desktop.
- Double-click on the HomeInspectorPro.pkg.
- Follow the steps of the installer and complete the installation of Home Inspector Pro. Once complete, you will have the 'Home Inspector Pro.app' in your Applications folder.
Note: If a warning is shown when launching the program, go to the Apple menu in the upper-left corner, then go to 'System Preferences'. Click on 'Security & Privacy' and go to the 'General' tab. Click on the button 'Open Anyway'. The installer will then load. ( http://osxdaily.com/2013/11/08/bypass-gatekeeper-mac-os-x-security-prefs/ )
Copy Data from the Flash Drive to the Mac:
- Plug the flash drive (or external hard drive) into the USB port on the Mac. The drive should then pop-up in a window.
- Highlight the Data folder.
- Go to the Edit menu at the top of the screen.
- Click 'Copy 1 Item'.
- Click on Documents on the left side of the screen.
- Double-click on Home Inspector Pro folder.
- Go to the Edit menu at the top of the screen. Click on 'Paste Item'.
- If prompted to 'Replace Files', click to 'Replace Files'.
Once complete, you can go to the Applications folder, then launch the 'Home Inspector Pro.app'. Your Home Inspector Pro installation should then launch.
If you would like to bring across previous inspections and reports from the old machine to the new, follow the same steps above, but copy the 'Client Data' folder and the 'Client Reports' folder to the flash drive, then paste it into the Home Inspector Pro folder the Documents folder.