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CrossOver 13.2 improves Windows apps with Enhanced Graphics on Macs

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 13.2.0, a maintenance update to software that enables Windows applications to run directly in OS X and in Linux. The update improves the stability of Windows games running with Performance Enhanced Graphics and fixes bugs related to installing Adobe Acrobat 10 and 11.

For Linux users, CrossOver 13.2.0 eases the installation of Windows applications in Linux. The update enables more Windows applications to run out-of-the box on a fresh installation of CrossOver for Linux, according to CodeWeavers.

For both Mac and Linux versions, CrossOver 13.2.0 resolves a problem with registering CrossOver for users with non-Latin characters in their usernames.

CodeWeavers said that Mac customers with active support entitlements will be upgraded to CrossOver 13.2.0 the next time they launch CrossOver. Linux users can download the latest version from CodeWeavers.com.

CrossOver 13 is available for $60 for either the Mac or Linux versions. A support package is available for an extra $20.

Unlike virtualization products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, CrossOver doesn't run the Windows OS. Rather, it enables OS X to directly run Windows applications through the use of an emulator. You launch Windows applications by double-clicking their icons in the OS X Finder or from CrossOver's Program menu. CrossOver doesn't run all Windows applications, but does support thousands of business apps and games. The CodeWeavers web site has a database of supported apps.