CrossOver is a commercial alternative to standard virtualization programs like Parallels and VMware that is available for Linux and the macOS that supports DirectX-based games, Microsoft Office for Windows, and other Windows applications that are normally incompatible with the host OS. Windows applications are installed on the host system in a configuration that CrossOver calls a bottle, which is a virtual Windows environment that consists of a unique C: drive. While CrossOver formally recommends that users install each Windows program in separate bottles, it is possible to configure CrossOver to include multiple applications in a single bottle (as I do).
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There are times when the only software available for a specific task is a Windows program, and if you’re running Mac OS X, chances are that you’ll receive suggestions to install a full-blown virtualization tool such as Parallels, VMware, or BootCamp. IMHO, there are two major drawbacks to that approach: you must have an installable copy of the Windows OS, and you would need to become vigilant about identifying and removing Windows malware and viruses.
Those of you who run Windows on your Mac are probably aware that a beta version of Windows 7 — the operating system touted by Microsoft as its successor to Windows Vista and XP — was released for public testing several months ago.
Windows 7 beta expires on August 1. Earlier this month, Microsoft posted a notice on its web site about the availability of the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) that includes new features and extends the expiration date to June 10, 2010.
Major software developers like Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft pack their software releases with a multitude of features that now require DVDs to be used as installation discs. The Windows 7 installer is no exception. The 64-bit download file that I chose consumes a little more than 3.0 gb of disc space.
I originally thought I could download Windows 7 RC as an overnight process using Firefox on my Mac. I was proven wrong when I checked my computer the morning after and noticed that the download had quit at around the 130 mb mark. When I re-initiated the download process, I read Microsoft’s web page that stated that an ActiveX control has to be installed. Since ActiveX is a Windows-only component and I didn’t want to tie up my Mac by running either Parallels or VMware Fusion, I opted to perform the download using CrossOver for Mac.
If you want to install Windows 7 under BootCamp, you’ll need to burn the installer onto a DVD. If you use either Parallels or VMware Fusion to run Windows, you have the option to install Windows 7 RC from a DVD or from the .iso disk image (which is much faster).
Tax season invariably accompanies the start of a new year. At Macworld I stopped by H&R Block’s booth to pick up a copy of TaxCut Standard. The Standard release of TaxCut does not appear on the vendor’s web site, so I’m guessing that it’s a stripped down version of one of their commercial offerings.
This past weekend I downloaded a copy of TurboTax Business 2008 for Windows. I then tried, unsuccessfully, to install the Windows version of TurboTax using CrossOver for the Mac. The TurboTax installer aborted because it could not find any of the following three components:
Internet Explorer 6 or higher
Microsoft .NET 2.0 Service Pack 1
Windows Installer 3.1
TurboTax is designed to run on Windows 2000, XP or Vista. I attempted to install TurboTax into my Windows 2000 wine bottle that was previously configured with Internet Explorer 6. The installation failed, nonetheless, greeting me with bootstrapper setup and delete run registry errors.
It also populated my console log with the following text (edited for the sake of brevity):
fixme:spoolsv:serv_main (0 0x0)
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f4e0,0x00000000), stub!
trace:seh:raise_exception code=c0000005 flags=0 addr=0x70d52030
trace:seh:raise_exception eax=ffc0c0c0 ebx=00b7e9e0 ecx=00000180 edx=000000ff esi=00340000 edi=00340000
trace:seh:raise_exception ebp=0033e678 esp=0033e658 cs=0017 ds=001f es=001f fs=1007 gs=0037 flags=00010246
trace:cxassocscan:get_value unable to get the size of L”xmlfile”->L”FriendlyTypeName” (2)
trace:cxassocscan:do_app description=L”XML Document”
trace:cxassocscan:get_value unable to get the size of L”xmlfile”->L”InfoTip” (2)
trace:cxassocscan:get_value unable to get the size of L”xmlfile\\shell\\open”->(null) (2)
trace:cxassocscan:get_value unable to get the size of L”xmlfile\\shell\\open”->L”FriendlyAppName” (2)
trace:cxassocscan:extract_command_name command=L”\”iexplore.exe\” -nohome”
trace:cxassocscan:extract_exe_name trying L”iexplore.exe”
trace:cxassocscan:extract_file_name trying VerQueryValueW(\StringFileInfo40904e4\FileDescription)
trace:cxassocscan:do_vrb app_name=L”Wine core exe”
From today’s mail bag:
I have always been a PC guy since 1980. Because my needs are more involved with audio and video editing now and it is time for that new computer, the iMac question has again arisen. Yet, I have good, costly software for my PC in audio, video, publishing, etc. One Best Buy technical person (seemed very knowledgeable) recommended purchasing the iMac while installing Windows XP on it and using that platform for those XP programs until I feel the need to upgrade to Mac software. Would anyone have specific recommendations for this possible huge transition for this PC guy?
From today’s mail bag:
I have a client who operates with a MAC and a PC – he runs a business that provides Homestay Opportunities for students here in the US and abroad. He’s a one-man shop, and a basic Computer user. He creates fliers using MS Publisher on the PC and loves this program – he knows how to use it – it is simple and straightforward. He uses the MAC mostly while traveling. He would give up the PC if he could find a way to produce these fliers on the MAC. The only thing he has tried on the MAC so far is Adobe InDesign (not sure where he got this) but it is far too complicated.
I found an article suggesting that Word 2008 for MAC can do all the same things that Publisher does. Is this true? If so, is it easy to convert the Publisher files over? However, he doesn’t own Word 2008 right now, so that would mean purchasing new software.
Please let me know if you have a recommendation for some simple Publisher type software on the MAC, or should he just stick with the PC for the fliers for now.