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CrossOver 12.2 maintenance updates for running Windows apps on Mac

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 12.2.0, an update to the OS X software that enables Windows applications to run on Macs without the need for Windows itself. The update improves running Quicken and Office 2007, makes improvements to some games running in full-screen mode, and fixes various bugs.

The CrossOver 12.2.0 update fixes several problems with running Quicken, including a problem that prevented a double-click on a .QFX file in the Mac OS X Finder from importing the file into Quicken. The update also fixed graphics distortions in some Quicken windows, and fixed a bug that caused Quicken to fail to register on Mac OS X.

Version 12.2.0 fixes a bug that caused Office 2007 applications to crash in certain circumstances. "Mailto:" links in Outlook 2003 will now work correctly. The update also fixes a bug that caused applications that rely on .Net 4.0 applications to fail to run, and solves a problem that caused Wizard101 to fail to recover after being re-sized.

For games, CrossOver 12.2.0 now supports the new Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter beta. Wizard 101 and some other games run better in in full-screen mode with the CrossOver 12.2.0 update installed.

CrossOver 12.2.0 also improves Mac Driver, a new feature that was introduced in CrossOver 12. CodeWeavers described it:

On the Mac OS, we have continued to improve our new Mac Driver technology. This release includes support for drag and drop in the Mac Driver, as well as changes which should improve the visual experience and reduce window flicker. The Mac Driver is maturing rapidly and will be the default option in our next major release. All experienced CrossOver users are invited to turn it on and see how it works.

CrossOver also updated the Linux version of CrossOver. The 12.2.0 update for Linux fixes an number of issues, including a bug with Ubuntu 13.04 that caused CrossOver to fail to register.

For more on CrossOver, see Running Windows Apps in OS X without Windows with CrossOver 12