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. Users can download recipes for certain Windows applications from the CodeWeavers Compatibility Database at codeweavers.com. Users can also upload installation recipes for applications that weren't previously supported. CodeWeavers believes this will accelerate the number compatible Windows applications.
CrossOver 9 improves support for a number of Windows applications, according to CodeWeavers. It improves in running Internet Explorer, particularly Internet Explorer 7. The company said that improvements to Microsoft Office for Windows were "major," adding support for Excel Macros, which are not current supported in Office 2008 for Mac. Word for Windows clipart now works, and Outlook is more stable. CrossOver 9 also adds limited support for Quicken 2010.
CodeWeavers said that the new build also includes over 7500 fixes and improvements in Wine, the technology underlying CrossOver.
Users can launch Windows applications installed with CrossOver from the Finder or from a Dock menu or a Programs menu. CrossOver also provides a Windows Run Command window for running Windows command-lines.
CodeWeavers offers a Standard version of CrossOver for US $40. CrossOver Pro 9, US $70, includes a copy of CrossOver Games, which is optimized for running Windows Games directly in Mac OS X. CrossOver Pro also enables system administrators to package a CrossOver Mac install, as well as any Windows applications installed under CrossOver.
See also CrossOver Tips and Reports.