CrossOver XI runs Windows apps on a Mac--without Windows
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Running Windows Apps on Intel Macs without Windows

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If you’ve tried CrossOver about your experiences.

Introduction

CrossOver (US $40) from CodeWeavers is software for Mac OS X (on Intel Macs) and Linux that can run selected Windows applications without the need for the Windows operating system. Users install Windows applications right in Mac OS X. An icon for the Windows application appears in the Finder; double-clicking it launches the application. 

Because it doesn't use Windows and no Windows license is required, the total cost of using CrossOver is less than virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. CrossOver also doesn't use the CPU bandwidth and doesn't require the large amount of RAM that virtual machine software such Parallels or VMware require.

The tradeoff is that CrossOver supports a selected Windows applications. The company continually adds support for more applications with each release. Some readers report that a few non-supported do run, but most do not. (See CodeWeavers list of supported applications.) Supported Windows applications include most Microsoft applications, including Outlook and Internet Exporer with ActiveX controls, as well popular business softare and popular PC games.

CodeWeavers offers two versions, standard CrossOver, which is focused on running Windows business applications, and CrossOver Games, which is compatible with many popular PC games.

CrossOver is based on the open source WINE software that recreates Windows calls in Mac OS X. CodeWeavers is a leading contributor to WINE.

You can purchase CrossOver at CodeWeavers' web site.

Post a question, tip, or comment about CrossOver in the MacWindows CrossOver forum.

Version History

CrossOver 11.1 adds support for Diablo III on Mac

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 11.1, an update to the Mac software that enables for Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, without the use of Windows. The 11.1 update adds support for the Windows game Diablo III as well as some enhancements. There is now a smoother installation process for some versions of Microsoft Office and fixes for Excel 2010 and Project 2007, as well as various other bug fixes.

If you're using CrossOver 11.x what you think of it.

CrossOver 11.0.3 fixes bugs with Win apps on Mac

Friday, April 13, 2012

CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11.0.3, and maintenance update for the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications natively, with using the Windows OS. The update fixes serveral bugs, including a problem installing Microsoft Office 2010, Service Pack 1, and a problem with Quicken 2012 hanging online. The update also fixes a problem with PowerPoint 2010 not being able to paly slideshows.

Last month, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11, which was a major upgrade to the software. CrossOver starts at US $40 with one month of support.

Crossover XI merges Pro and Games, runs more Windows apps on Mac

Friday, March 9, 2012

CodeWeavers has released Crossover XI, a major new version of software that runs Windows applications directly in Mac OS X and Linux, without using Windows itself. The new version merges CrossOver Games and CrossOver Pro, supporting all of the Windows applications and games of both former editions. Crossover XI also adds support for dozens of additional Windows applications, according to CodeWeavers, including Quicken 2012 and Microsoft Office 2010......Read entire story here

CrossOver 10.2.0, maintenance update for running Windows apps in Mac OS X

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CodeWeavers released CrossOver 10.2.0 (US $40), an update to the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications without the use of the Windows OS. The update is available both versions of the software, CrossOver (optimizing for running business applications) and CrossOver Games (optimized for running Windows games in Mac OS X). CrossOver 10.2.0 fixes a problem with running WinBiz and improves running Accuterm.

CrossOver Games 10.2.0 includes the following improvements:

  • Worked around the 'backwards elbow' bug in Rift on Lion.
  • Fixed behavior of Plants cs. Zombies in windowed mode.
  • Improved loading and play of Portal 2.
  • Fixed 'Add a Character Friend' behavior in StarCraft 2.
  • Fixed the Perfect World International launcher.
  • Added a 'steamapid' tag to the CrossTie format. This allows a crosstie to install and detect games via Steam.
  • A Professional Edition (US $70) includes both CrossOver and Crossover Games and multi-user support.

If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games 10.2.0

CodeWeavers released CrossOver updates for Win apps on Lion

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Earlier this week, CodeWeavers released updates to its two CrossOver products, which run Windows applications directly in Mac OS X without the use of the Windows operating system. The updates help with both Lion and Snow Leopard.

CrossOver 10.1.1 (for running business software) and CrossOver Games 10.1.2 (optimized for Windows games) add compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7. They also add a workaround to what CodeWeavers says is a bug in Lion that causes games to crash.

For Snow Leopard, the updates fixes a group permissions issue with Word (.docx) files on certain file systems, and fixes and issue in Mac OS X 10.6.8 that caused the Finder to crash. Various other issues are addressed in the maintenance updates.

If you've tried CrossOver in Lion (or Snow Leopard) what you think.

CrossOver 10.0.3 fixes issue with MS Project on Macs

Thursday, May 5, 2011

CodeWeavers released CrossOver Mac 10.0.3, an update to the software that runs Windows applications directly in Mac OS X without Windows. Version 10.0.3 fixes several bugs, including a problem related to installing Microsoft Project 2007 in Mac OS X. The update also address issues related to CrossTies, a feature that enables the installation of Windows applications on a Mac with a single click. CrossOver Mac 10.0.3 also adds support for RAR archives when installing with CrossTies.

CrossOver is optimized for running Windows business software on Mac OS X. CodeWeavers also offers CrossOver Games, which is optimized for running Windows games on Macs. The most recent version of CrossOver Games is 10.1. CrossOver is available for US $40. CodeWeavers also offers the Professional edition (US $70), a bundle of both CrossOver and CrossOver Games, and which also includes multi-user support.

If you've tried CrossOver 10.0.3

CrossOver Games 10.1 enables Rift to run on Mac OS X

Thursday, March 17, 2011, updated Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CodeWeavers has enabled Mac OS X and Linux users to run the Windows game RIFT directly on their computers. CrossOver Games Edition 10.1 is an update to the software that enables Windows applications to run on Macs and Linux without the use of the Windows operating system. RIFT, from Trion Worlds, Inc., is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) introduced on March 1.

The CrossOver Games 10.1 update also enables Lord of the Rings Online to install in Mac OS X, though some systems require the PyLotro program to launch the gam. Also new is the ability to install World of Warcraft via the download client. CodeWeavers said that the game now runs well when launched with WoW.exe, though there are some issues with the WoW launcher. CodeWeavers said the new version improves the Star Trek Online launcher, though the game still has some performance problems. There is a bug fixed relating to the launching of some games in Steam.

Version 10.1 also adds CrossTie support for .rar files. CrossTie is a feature that enables one-click installation of Windows programs in Mac OS X. CrossOver Games is optimized for running Windows games on Mac OS X and Linux. For running Windows business software, CodeWeavers offers CrossOver.

If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games

CrossOver 10 simplifies installation of Win apps on Macs, runs more Win apps

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tomorrow at Macworld Expo, CodeWeavers will announce the release of CrossOver and CrossOver Games10, which are now also called CrossOver Impersonator. The new version provides 1-click installation of thousands of Windows files in Mac OS X using a feature called CrossTie. CrossOver enables Windows applications to run natively in Mac OS X and Linux, without the use of Windows itself.

Version 10 also supports hundreds of additional Windows applications. CodeWeavers generally tweaks new versions of CrossOver to enable specific Windows applications to run. With this 10.0 release, "more and more applications are simply starting to run out of the box," said a CodeWeavers spokesperson.

CrossOver Games 9.2 adds support of Civilization 5 on Mac and Linux

Friday, October 22, 2010

CodeWeavers released CrossOver Games 9.2, which adds support for running the new Civilization V from Firaxis directly in Max OS X. CodeWeavers also released a 9.2 update to CrossOver, which is optimized for running Windows business applications in Mac OS X, without the Windows OS. There are also versions for Linux.

CodeWeavers said that Civilization V runs best on Snow Leopard, and not as well on Leopard. Both CrossOver Games 9.2 and CrossOver 9.2 includes other stability improvements, including a new version of Wine, the underlying engine for both products.

CrossOver and CrossOver Games sell for US $40. The updates are free for existing CrossOver customers. If you've tried CrossOver or CrossOver Games 9.2

CrossOver 9.0.1 update fixes for Outlook, Quicken Access, IE 7

Monday, April 26, 2010

Codeweavers has released CrossOver 9.0.1, a maintenance update of the software that enables Windows applications to run directly in Mac OS X, without requiring Windows itself. (Current customers can download the update here.) The update fixes several bugs that could cause Outlook to freeze or crash, as well as improved HTML editing in Outlook, and improved installation of Outlook 2003 service packs. The update also fixes crashes with Access 2000 and Visio 2003 and 2007. Quicken 2010 has some improvements, a fix of performance issues with large files and a fix for a problem importing .qif files. An Internet Explorer 7 printing problem was fixed, and a problem crashing when selection Help was resolved. The update also makes some minor improvements to the CrossOver software overall.

Crossover 9.0, which shipped in March, added a new user interface, a simplified method for installing Windows applications in Mac OS X, and a number of other new features.

CrossOver 9 improves Win apps on Macs, adds new UI, simplifies setup

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Today, CodeWeavers shipped CrossOver 9, a major new version of the software that enables Windows applications to run on Macs and Linux without using Windows itself. Version 9 includes a new user interface that simplifies the installation of Windows software directly in Mac OS X. CodeWeavers said that, in many cases, users can install a Windows application with a single click. It also improves support for Microsoft Office for Windows and Outlook, among others.

A new feature is the addition of "recipes," (also called "C4 Profiles"), which are XML files that simplify the installation of Windows applications... Read entire story here

CrossOver 8.0.3 fixes IE, sound, Snow Leopard issues

Thursday, January 21, 2010

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 8.0.3 for Mac, maintenance update the software that enables certain Windows applications to run natively on Mac OS X, without using Windows. The company said the update fixes some issues with Internet Explorer 6 and 7, fixes some minor Snow Leopard issues, and improves sound on the Mac. CrossOver Mac is US $40, and does not require you to own a copy of Windows. If you've installed this update

CrossOver Games 8.1.4 fixes for Left 4 Dead, Guild Wars, Warcraft

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 8.1.4 (US $40) for Mac and Linux, an update to the software that enables Mac OS X and Linux to run Windows games natively, without Windows. This maintenance update fixes some issues with Left 4 Dead 2, an issue with Guild Wars and certain ATI graphics chipsets, and an issue with World of Warcraft. If you'ved tried CrossOver Games

CodeWeaver also offers a standard version of CrossOver, which is optimized to run Windows business applications.

CrossOver Games 8.1 runs Left4Dead 2 on Macs, fixes bugs

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 8.1 (US $40) for Mac OS X and for Linux. CrossOver Games is software that enables Macs to run Windows games, without Windows or a Microsoft license. The new version adds support for Left4Dead 2, the sequel to the popular Left4Dead game. CrossOver Games 8.1 also fixes a number of bugs, including a problem in Snow Leopard with registering CrossOver, and some other Snow Leopard tweaks. The new version also fixes bugs with Guild Wars and a problem with the Linux version with World of Warcraft, and some other issues.

Purchase of CrossOver Games 8.1 includes 12 months of free updates and product support. Current owners entitled to an update can log into CodeWeavers' web site and down the version 8.1 update. CodeWeavers also offers the another version called simply CrossOver, which is focused on running Windows business applications on Mac OS X and Linux.

CodeWeavers also said that between now and December 1, customers who purchase a copy of CrossOver Games will entered in a drawing for a chance to win an "ultimate gaming PC" loaded with Linux. If you've tried CrossOver Games 8.1 what you think of it.

CrossOver 8.0 supports more Win apps, improves Outlook on Mac

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

CodeWeavers yesterday released CrossOver 8.0, a major new version of the software that enables Mac OS X and Linux to run Windows applications natively, without the use of the Windows operating system. The new version adds support for more Windows applications and improves the performance of Outlook and Microsoft Office 2007 running natively on Mac OS X and Linux. The company said that users can now install Service Pack 1, and that Outlook users with large offline data files should see noticeable speed increases... ... Read entire story here

CrossOver Games 7.2 adds support for SPORE, Steam on Mac

Monday, March 2, 2009

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 7.2, an update for the software that allows Mac users to run Windows games directly on Mac O SX, without the use of Windows. There is also a new version 7.2 for Linux. The new version adds support for Spore and improves support for Steam and Steam-based games, as well as general DirectX improvements that the company says enhance game play for many different Windows games. The Mac version of CrossOver Games 7.2 also adds support for MegaTen, MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) by Aeria Games.

Other improvements include:

  • Added support for "Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine" on Mac OS X
  • Fixed Guild Wars on ATI Macs with Mac OS X 10.5.5.
  • A few improvements for City of Heroes
  • Improved support for WoW:WotLK

CrossOver Games is a games-focused version of CrossOver. The standard CrossOver is focused on running Windows business applications directly on Mac OS X. Unlike virtual machine applications, CrossOver makes Windows software directly compatible with Mac OS X, running Windows programs alongside of Mac applications, without Windows. The trade off is that CrossOver isn't compatible with all Windows applications. CodeWeavers has a list of compatibile Windows applications at its website.

If you've tried CrossOver Games 7.2 please what you think of it.

CrossOver 7.1 for Mac fixes bugs with Outlook, Office for Windows

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yesterday, CodeWeavers shipped CrossOver 7.1, software that runs Windows applications on Mac OS X without the use of Windows. The update fixes over three dozen issues with running Outlook 2007 and Office for Windows on a Mac. CodeWeavers also released a 7.1 update for the CrossOver for Linux.

The update fixes problems with creating new contacts, appointments & tasks with Outlook, with opening recurring Calendar Items, and improved connectivity with Exchange servers, among other issues.

CrossOver 7.1 fixes problems installing Office 2007 Enterprise Edition, 2003 Service Pack 3, and other versions of Office for Windows. There are improvements in the reliability of running Project 2007, PowerPoint 2003, Access 2002, Word 2003, and other Office applications.

CrossOver is the most inexpensive method of running Windows, since you don't need a copy of Windows itself. The tradeoff is that it doesn't support all Windows applications. CodeWeavers focuses on running Microsoft and other business applications. Another version, CrossOver Games, focuses on supporting PC games.

If you've used CrossOver 7.1

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CrossOver Games 7.1 fixes bugs related to Windows games

Friday, July 25, 2008

Yesterday, CodeWeavers released CrossOver Games 7.1, and update that enables Mac OS X to run certain Windows games and applications, without using Windows. The update fixes bugs related to running a number of games, and is available for the Mac and Linux versions of CrossOver Games.

CrossOver Games owners with active support entitlements can download the update at the CodeWeavers site, logging in with the email and password used when purchasing.

If you've used CrossOver Games what you think of it.

CrossOver 7.0.2 fixes Office for Windows and printing bugs

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 -- On Monday, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 7.0.2, a maintenance update for the software that enables a Mac to run Windows applications without Windows itself. The update fixes a problem running Office 2000 and Office XP on some 64-bit Macs. It also fixes a problem with saving Word 2003 and Excel 2003 files and problem printing with copies of CrossOver that were upgraded.

If you've tried CrossOver 7

CrossOver 7 lets Macs run Office 2007, ActiveX in IE

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 -- Yesterday, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 7 for Mac (starting at US $40), a major upgrade to the software that enables a Mac to run Windows programs without Windows. The new version adds support for Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe CS for Windows applications, and ActiveX controls, all running in Mac OS X. CodeWeavers also released CrossOver 7 for Linux, with the same feature set as the Mac version.

The Microsoft Office 2007 compatibility includes support for Outlook 2007 group calendaring and other interactions with Exchange Server...

Read entire story here

CrossOver Games runs PC games on Mac at native speeds, without Windows

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 -- Yesterday CodeWeavers debuted CrossOver Games (US $40), new software that runs Windows games natively in Mac OS X, but without using Windows. The company said that PC games will run faster in CrossOver Games than in virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. CodeWeavers also released a version for Linux.

CodeWeavers said that CrossOver Games will run Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, and most Steam-based games, including Team Fortress 2, Portal, Half Life 2, Civilization IV, Peggle...

Read entire story here

CrossOver 6.2 improves Outlook on Mac and Team Fortress II gaming

October 3, 2007 -- Yesterday, CodeWeavers released Crossover Mac 6.2, an update for the software that enables Windows applications to run in Mac OS X. The company also released Crossover Linux 6.2. Unlike virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, CrossOver does not run Microsoft Windows. Instead, CrossOver enables Mac OS X to run selected Windows apps natively.

The new version includes some "major work" for support of Outlook, which is 50 percent faster than in version 6.1 when run on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which Apple will release this month. Version 6.2 also has a number of bug fixes for Outlook support, including the fixing of time-zone issues, as well as bug fixes for other applications.

The company also said that CrossOver 6.2 is the first and only solution available that can run Valve's Team Fortress II "out of the box" in Mac OS X.

Other improvements include:

  • Fixed font rendering in several apps, including Quicken 2007
  • A new Dock presence for running Windows applications. This provides some Mac-like interfaces for applications, including the activation of apps and quitting via the Dock.
  • Fixed problems with Flash Player 9
  • Fixes for printing to printers without default fonts
  • DirectSound support
  • Preliminary MIDI support
  • Improved audio input

CrossOver 6.2 is available for US$60 as a download, US$70 for a CD. CodeWeavers is offering a 10 percent discount through October 31 for orders at the company website, using the "special deal" code of "zomg".

If you've tried CrossOver 6.2

CrossOver Mac 6.1 improves Outlook 2003, 3D game support

May 16, 2007 --Yesterday, CodeWeavers shipped version CrossOver Mac 6.1 (US $60 download, free upgrade), an upgrade to the software that allows you to run Windows applications on a Mac, without Windows. The new version improvements support for Outlook 2003 for Windows and 3D PC games and includes a number of bug fixes. CodeWeavers also released CrossOver Linux 6.1, which runs Windows applications on Linux.

With the new version, Outlook 2003 will support RPC over HTTP, which enables users to check email from outside of office firewalls. CrossOver 6.1 also improves authentication support in Outlook 2003 and fixes bugs with Outlook. CodeWeavers said that the new version also fixes a “major bug” with running FrameMaker 7.1 (related to font issues), and that FrameMaker 7.1 is now “usable” with CrossOver 6.1.

Running PC game in CrossOver is improved with a “major update” of DirectX support, including 3D graphics. There are also a few more games supported, including the EVE Online and Call of Duty 2 (through Steam).

For other fixes in CrossOver 6.1, see CodeWeavers’ changelog.

CodeWeavers said that for the next update, it would focus on further improvements Outlook and for Adobe applications, as well as enabling more games to run.

For more information, see our CrossOver tips and reports page.

(See the MacWindows home page for more news.)

New CrossOver beta fixes game bugs, spruces interface

April 23, 2007 -- CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 6.1.0 Beta 3, a new pre-release version of the future 6.1.0 version. CrossOver is software for Mac OS X on Intel Macs that runs Windows applications without running Windows itself.

CodeWeavers said that the new beta fixes bugs that have caused crashes in Half-Life 2 and other games, improved support for composed characters, refined the user interface, and added a software update feature.

If you've tried the current Beta 3 what you think.

(See the MacWindows home page for more news.)

CrossOver 6.1 beta 2 focuses on Outlook 2003 and games

April 13, 2007 -- CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 6.1.0 Beta 2, a new pre-release version of the future 6.1.0 version. CrossOver is software for Mac OS X on Intel Macs that runs Windows applications without running Windows itself. (See our CrossOver special report for more about CrossOver.)

CodeWeavers said that with this release the company focused on getting better support for running Outlook 2003 (as an alternative to Entourage). In addition to bug fixes and increased stability with running Outlook 2003, the new CrossOver Beta has improvements in RPC over HTTP, which enables remote users to access Exchange Server through firewalls.

CrossOver 6.1.0 Beta 2 also includes improvements for running PC games. It improved support for DirectX 8.1 and 9.0, which the company said will allow more unsupported games to be playable in CrossOver. The company said that game rendering and performance has also improved.

Other fixes include new support for installing a set of Windows-specific TrueType fonts, fixing font problems with FrameMaker 7.1, and the ability to automatically download and install localized versions of some installers and service packs, including IE.

(Click here for more MacWindows news.)

CrossOver 6.0 1 update addresses Outlook 2003 compatibility. March 16, 2006 -- Earlier this week, CodeWeavers released CrossOver 6.0.1 (US $60), a maintenance update to the software that enables Mac OS X users to run Windows applications without Windows. (An update was also released for the Linux version.) The update fixes bugs related to running Outlook 2003 as well as for the new Daylight Savings Time changes and other general issues.

The update is available as a download from VersionTracker. Customers can also login at the CodeWeavers home page and then click My Downloads.

Among the bug fixes, CrossOver 6.0.1 contains the following:

  • Fixed Outlook 2003 crashes, including one related to right-clicks and one occurring on startup on some systems. Also fixed handling of emails containing quotes in Outlook 2003.
  • Fixed some problems with Office 2003, Internet Explorer, Lotus Notes, FrameMaker, Photoshop, and Quicken 2006
  • Fixed color printing on some printers.
  • Fixed a bug with certain PostScript Type 1 fonts installed.
  • Updated the time zone information to comply with the revised 2007 DST rules.

CodeWeavers has said that running Outlook for Windows in Mac OS X is one of its customers most requested features for CrossOver, which first shipped for Mac OS X in January. Currently, CrossOver has better support for Outlook 2000 than for Outlook 2003.

The company said that it intents to focus on Outlook and game compatibility with its next, version 6.1, to be released" in the relatively near future." CodeWeavers said the 6.1 upgrade would contain "more substantial improvements" than the 6.0.1 release.

CodeWeaver version 6.0 was the first version for Macintosh. It first shipped in January 2007 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Comment below


Reader Reports

First looks at the Crossover Beta

NOTE: CrossOvers is now shipping. These comments are about the pre-release version.

September 1, 2006
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous tried the first beta and sent this report about using Internet Explorer:

I hastened to download and install CrossOver. The first application that I want to load/run on my Mac is Internet Explorer. (I wouldn't be surprised to learn that many other testers made the same choice.) Anyway, IE 6.0 is downloadable from CodeWeavers' site (IE 7.0 does not work according to them) so I install 6.0.

Next thing I know, an IE icon appears in a Finder sub-folder under CrossOver in my user Applications folder. Pretty cool so far. Click the IE icon and it loads with the MSN home page! This is somewhat hopeful. Next I try to go to some pages that don't work properly in Safari. Less luck now. Status bar gauge half-fills and then nada.

Now I try a page on my own web site which doesn't load either so I remove some java scripts from the page and try again. Still no go. I consider the idea of deleting more code from the page but catch myself in time and conclude that CrossOver Mac is simply not ready for public beta testing.

September 11, 2006
Simon Visinoni found a way to fix a browser problem:

I would like to underline that I have had the same problem with surfing the web with CrossOver Beta, both with Firefox 1.5.0.6 in "Win XP bottle" mode and IE 5.0 in "Win98 bottle" mode. The problem disappeared as I killed the Microsoft Auto Update daemon in Activity Monitor (I have MS Office 2004 installed).

September 11, 2006
Another reader who wishes to remain anonymous:

Basically, just try other apps. IE would be a godsend, but on the dev list, they make it clear that they are not pursuing it with any real resolve, as there are so many GOOD web clients out for Mac.

Of course, there are lots of IE-only sites out there, so using the Codeweavers website's compatibility "request" tool, you can make your voice heard.

Anyway, just wanted to point out that everything with an installer* I've tried so far has worked to some degree, except IE, which they haven't really taken much of a swing at yet. Flash, in particular, renders extremely poorly right now. But, for non-IE apps, this is definitely beta-worthy (but, yeah, not production-ready just yet).

Reports on the first release, version 6.0

January 29, 2007
Dave Scott had good resulsts with apps that were supported and a few that were not:

I have been using this since one of the beta releases. I use it every day with my work -- being a MacBook user in a Windows world -- to run Visio 2003 and an unsupported application (which installed fine and runs great) called Remedy Action Request System.

Great thing is how it integrates directly into the Mac OS. I get a Visio attachment in an email, double click to open. I jave also been running Outlook 2003 / Office 2003, Half Life / Half Life 2 demo / Unreal / Diablo II.

Have tried Parallels – but for day-to-day use, I prefer CrossOver.

January 29, 2007
Charles Ross tried unsuccessfully to use CrossOver with two unsupported applications:

I tried using AutoCAD. It would not load. I also tried using WatchTower Library. It was very slow and serveral functions would not work.

February 5, 2007
Barry Smythe is having success with a non-supported program:

I am running MS Project Professional on CrossOver 6.0 as well as an add-on program called Risk+. It's working well, I am very pleased.

February 5, 2007
Andrew could not run AutoCAD, but had limited results with a similar application:

I tried AutoCAD also, but it would not work. I then tried BricsCad 7, an AutoCad clone, and it works well, with some text recognition issues. If Crossover gets AutoCAD to run as a supported program they will pick up plenty of customers in the architecture world.

February 5, 2007
Michael Sayer:

I have been beta testing this and it is very useful to run Internet Explorer, which my company requires. But the other app I need is Adobe FrameMaker, which CrossOver does not support. It launches but is unusable because it doesn't display any fonts (no menus, dialogs, etc.) properly.

April 23, 2007
Tom Terry is a fan of CrossOver and has posted a review of version 6.0, the current release version, at his blog.

Reader reports on CrossOver 6.2

Friday, October 5, 2007

Robert reviews on some of the aspects of CrossOver 6.2, the new version of the software that runs Windows applications on an Intel Mac without the need for Windows. (This makes it an inexpensive solution). Robert wrote:

CrossOver 6.2 works OK with the listed approved applications. With unsupported applications, it is very much a hit and miss affair. Unfortunately, there has been a retrograde step with version 6.2, which no longer runs Radmin 3.0 from Famatech. Codeweavers also has a VERY odd support system where users have to 'pledge' (financial) support by buying copies of Crossover to get unsupported applications possibly added at some unspecified future date. I did this to get Radmin support but now it is broken again!

It is OK when you just want to use IE to view a site that is broken in Safari (Netclassroom for example), but for serious work with a Windows application, it is Boot Camp as first choice and Parallels as second.

Having said that, all three applications have enabled me to get rid of the Windows box I used to keep in my office for the very infrequent times I needed to run Windows to do something because the Macs couldn't.

If you've tried CrossOver 6.2

Readers says CrossOver update improves speed

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Barry Smythe thinks the new CodeWeavers' CrossOver 6.2 is an improvement over the previous version:

I have found 6.2 MUCH faster opening and running Microsoft Project Pro.

CrossOver is software that runs Windows applications on an Intel Mac without the need for Windows. However, it runs a select group of Windows applications.

If you've tried CrossOver 6.2

Reader review of CrossOver 6.2

Friday, December 14, 2007

Hoby Van Hoose evaluated CodeWeavers CrossOver 6.2, the current version of the software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications without running Windows itself. CrossOver runs selected Windows applications, and in his review, Van Hoose describes which work and which don't. (This is also available at CodeWeavers web site.) Overall, Van Hoose is bullish on CrossOver. From his conclusion:

I really hope more people become either customers or helper coders for this project. I think this is really the best way to go regarding alternate OS compatibility on Intel Macs.

Van Hoose's full review:

Having just finally gotten a new MacBook Pro to replace the functions of both a G5 tower and a Windows mini-tower, the first Windows-app-running solution I've purchased has been CrossOver 6.2.

Some main assessments that others have noted: The programs that are run are a gamble. Most all installers run, most basic little apps run. But anything that pushes graphics or utilizes little-known parts of Windows will very often fail to even launch.

- Internet Explorer 6 runs with Flash, which is the main "work" reason I need a Windows-ish computer available. It would be great if IE 7 also ran because I'd like to include that again soon in my browser tests.

- Games are my main non-work reason for using Windows. The Half Life 2 games run pretty well and Painkiller runs even better. So far my other favorite games (Advent Rising, Beyond Good and Evil, Prince of Persia SOT) will not launch. I've even tried different bottle configurations but they're a no go.

- Some parts of support get frequent attention and others don't. The compatibility section gets almost no attention. I've submitted several apps for inclusion in the database (which for the most part, is customer-maintained, so I don't understand the slowdown) and they're still at the same cue numbers, weeks later. Customers who comment about the nightly builds though get rapid and esoteric responses to their concerns.

I really hope more people become either customers or helper coders for this project. I think this is really the best way to go regarding alternate OS compatibility on Intel Macs. The Crossover method has the potential to be the best of all worlds, given that Microsoft will never license/release their official OS codebases as libraries to be run in other systems, and given that virtual machines even WITH purchased copies of Windows running inside them still have problems talking with all the hardware. With CrossOver, there's no need to purchase or maintain Windows (money and time) and support for more apps will only increase with time. Also, unlike virtual machines, steps could be taken with CrossOver to keep Windows malware from working. In a sense, CrossOver could eventually run Windows apps better in a more secure environment than Windows itself. And I like their business model, a commercial entity that assists developing the free and open source core software. It's definitely a great way to go.

The more people that get involved, the better it will get. Comment below


Reports on Crossover 7

Reader says MS Project works on CrossOver 7 on Mac

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Graham Phillips reports on the lastest version of CodeWeavers CrossOver, software that runs Windows programs on a Mac without using Windows:

Responding to your question on the latest Crossover release 7.0.2, I have been using this for Microsoft Project and had no problems.

If you've tried CrossOver

Reader says CrossOver Games good for Guild Wars on Mac, not Wizard101

Friday, November 14, 2008

Todd Rosene reports that two Guild Wars games run on Mac with CrossOver Games from CodeWeavers. CrossOver is Mac OS X software that runs certain Windows applications within Mac OS X, without the use of Windows. CrossOver Games is a version optimized for running PC games on Macs. Rosene reports:

CrossOver Games works great for a game I've become mildly addicted to; Guild Wars and Guild Wars Eye of the North. I can keep up with the PC players with no remorse or abuse from my guild mates. Doesn't work with Wizard101, which is a game my wife and daughter play regularly. The girls got me into it this past month to help them quest so I've been borrowing one of my wife's older Gateway notebooks in order to play. I'm going to try Boot Camp with Vista on my MacBook Pro 17" 2.6 and see if Wizard101 runs.

If you've tried CrossOver Games

For more on CrossOver, see our CrossOver Reports page.

Wizard101 works with CrossOver Games 9.2

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jana Schmid of CodeWeavers points out that on old problem with CrossOver Games running the Windows game Wizard101 in Mac OS X is no longer a problem with the current version of CrossOver:

I noticed on your CodeWeavers CrossOver Reports that on the report for CrossOver 7 a review stated that CrossOver games does not work well with Wizard101. With the release of CrossOver Games 9.2, Wizard101 works beautifully. You can also visit the CodeWeavers community page for Wizard101 on Mac.

And, you can visit MacWindows discussion forums to leave a comment about CrossOver Gamers, or how it works for you.


Reports about Crossover 8 and later

First reader reports on CrossOver 8.0

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Three readers sent their reports about the new CrossOver 8.0, software that enables some Windows software to run on Mac OS X, without Windows. Two of those readers report problems with Internet Explorer that they did not see with CrossOver 7.

Eric Ahnell is happy with it:

CrossOver 8.0 is brilliant - it runs all 3 Windows apps I use regularly perfectly! Those are Winamp (2.95, an older version), Silence Remover (an audio processing program) and Castles of Adventure (a game).

Eric La Fleur sees an Internet Explorer issue:

We purchased CrossOver so that we could use the Internet Explorer (and Active X). The previous version worked perfectly but our switch to 8.0 and installation of IE 7.0 has failed and to this date never worked.

Paul Levitt also reported an Internet Explorer problem

I installed Crossover Mac 8 and IE 7 yesterday, and encountered a showstopper: IE 7 is unable to access any web site that uses https. IE6 can still reach the sites while running in Crossover 8, so it seems to be an IE7 issue. If filed a bug report with Codeweavers.

I've also noticed that IE6, IE7 and Crossover 8 do not quit gracefully. I have had to force quit Crossover almost every time I've used either IE6 or IE7.I'm running 10.5.7 on a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro (the last pre-unibody model).

Codeweavers sent me an email last night in response to my bug report. Apparently they know that IE7 https is broken in Crossover 8. They say that they managed to get it working for gmail and one or two other sites, but it fails on most.

If you used CrossOver 8.0


Windows app quits in CrossOver when typing in input field

Monday, October 4, 2010

Graham Dodd reports a problem with CrossOver, software that enables Mac OS X to run Windows applications directly, without Windows

Help - running a Windows application called Family Historian v4 on Snow Leopard OS (MacBook Pro) vis Crossover by CodeWeavers - with Windows Visual C++ 6.0 in same bottle. Everything functioned well except that when I start to type something in an input field using the keyboard (rather than a drop-down menu which appears to work OK), the application (Family Historian v4) shuts down.

If you've seen this problem


Reader sees zero byte files when saving Word 2007 files from CrossOver

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kleinheincz Gabor in Belgrad reports having a problem saving files with Word 2007 for Windows on his Mac using CodeWeavers CrossOver. The problem is one that we've previously reported with Leopard and with Snow Leopard:

I read your post here, and I have the same issue again, with Mac OS X 10.7.2, working with Office 2007 with CrossOver, when saving on a 128 GB SDXC card formatted exfat (by the factory). I try to save as under another name a docx file, and I get a thousand of zero-byte fsa...tmp files.

If you've seen this problem

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