Last week I received a copy of CodeWeavers most recent release for Mac, CrossOver 7.0.  In case you know nothing about CrossOver or the Wine project let me help you out a little. Wine project started development a little over 15 years ago and basically allows Mac and Linux users to run Windows .exe files […]
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Review: CrossOver – Run Windows apps on Mac OS X

Last week I received a copy of CodeWeavers most recent release for Mac, CrossOver 7.0.  In case you know nothing about CrossOver or the Wine project let me help you out a little.

Wine project started development a little over 15 years ago and basically allows Mac and Linux users to run Windows .exe files on their computers without actually having Windows installed.  Until recently however the software has been pretty unstable and un-usable for Mac users.  On June 17, 2008 however the developers of the Wine Project released Wine 1.0 as free software to the general public under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.  The compete works of the developers were then available for future developers and users to use freely as they liked.  Although stable and usable, Wine 1.0 is still very confusing and not very “user friendly” in its most stripped form.

CrossOver Mac 6.0 is a user friendly, easy to use, specifically made build of Wine for Mac users who want to run Windows programs.  Once installed the CrossOver application allows you to install Windows .exe files and alike via the CrossOver software.  “How is this done?”, i hear you ask.  CrossOver creates a fake C: Drive tricking your computer into thinking its a PC, allowing you to install and use programs you usually couldn’t.

CrossOver makes this all very simple and easy, provided you are using 1 of the 13 software applications that CrossOver officially supports.  Such as Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft Office, InDesign and a few others.  However, if your using unsupported software your almost completely in the dark.  Yes, you can still install your windows programs with ease and yes, it may open but to get the software to actually work you may have to do some minor (or major) tweaking.

If your application is supported, then your in the clear.  CrossOver will walk you through the installation process, step-by- step, creating the right kind of environment for the job.  When it’s done, you get a double- click able Mac application.  Piece of cake!

I tried a few programs myself.  All officially supported software worked fine; such as Microsoft Word and Windows Media Player.  I even was able to get uTorrent to work.  However once i tried to install AnyDVD and CloneDVD I was way over my head.  I had none such luck.

All the while however, I felt as though I was doing something naughty.  Like I was doing something I shouldn’t have been.  It was like putting my crappy Daihatsu up for display in a Ferrari showroom.  It just didn’t feel like it was meant to be there.  It made my computer feel……..dirty….and slow!

However, with all that Mac vs. PC stuff out of the way, CrossOver could actually be a great program.  All the beginnings are there.  It just doesn’t support enough applications!  Maybe in a few more releases time, when there is more support and more programs listed.  At the moment though it just doesn’t seem worth it, when all their supported programs are already available for Mac.

Here’s what i suggest you do.  Download the trial version, check it out, have a play with it.  If it supports the applications or games you need it for..buy a full version.  If not, I’d stick to Parallels or Bootcamp until the program is a bit more developed.  That’s it from me.

If your still interested check it out here at the CrossOver Official Website. I’d love to know what you think of it, so post your thoughts in the comment section.

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