CodeWeavers CrossOver Mac Pro 8
Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:45 AM
Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:08 AM
My guess is that John Brandon is referring to the process of installing and booting into Windows with his warning that it is not for the faint of heart. Let's face it: Microsoft can only dream of an installation process as easy and painless as Snow Leopard's. In fact, installing a Windows virtual machine in Parallels is actually easier then installing the same Windows version on an Intel PC. And when you drag a Windows program to the Dock in OS X, you don't even have to bother about starting Windows, it will do it all by itself. And all your Windows programs will run just as they do on a WinTel machine, without Word crashing once an hour.
Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:38 AM
4GB RAM/640GB HDD/2 SuperDrives/ATI Radeon HD 5870
Cambridge Soundworks DTT3500 5.1 via TOSLINK
Posted 13 October 2009 - 04:58 AM
The WINE project has been plugging away for years, but it is CrossOver that is not for the faint of heart.
Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:12 AM
Early last year I considered CrossOver alongside Parallels and VMWare, and I loved it! But ultimately I wasn't able to use it because my needed software packages were not high on CodeWeaver's list of targeted programs for compatiblity testing and development.
Understandably, CodeWeavers focuses its resources on programs with the largest number of users interested -- in particular MS Explorer, Outlook Express (versions of each are included) and QuickBooks. Then, uh, games. Even now, however, I find myself considering getting CrossOver _JUST_ for the easy ability to use WIndow's Outlook and MS Explorer on a regular basis from my Mac. Compatibility with the WINDOWS world comes up a lot in business.
Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:43 AM
Like the company you mentioned, I'd be delighted to be able to edit old FrameMaker 6 documents on my Intel Mac, FM 6 being the last version that sold in in numbers. But would it work and would Codeweavers even care if it didn't? So I limp along, running FM under Rosetta on an old PowerPC .
Posted 13 October 2009 - 12:44 PM
However, when I heard about CrossOver, I was more than ecstatic. Being able to run PC software without actually having to install any third-party virtual software was great news. But upon giving it a go, I was completely disappointed. No .exe file I tried to run worked. To my understanding, CrossOver should be able to run .exe files.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:43 PM