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After I recently migrated all of my work stuff from a 2017 MacBook Pro with an Intel chip to the new 13-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Pro, there was only one thing left that didn't work: my accounting program Orgamax.
The program worked for me on the old Intel Mac under Parallels Desktop with a virtual Windows 7. On the M1 MacBook Pro, however, Parallels Desktop refuses to open this environment - which was already clear. The virtualization of Windows seems to be an open item on the to-do list of companies such as VMWare or Parallels for Apple Silicon Macs.
I already had one a few days ago Items via the software "CrossOver Mac“By CodeWeavers on the blog. This software enables Windows programs to run on the Mac without extra virtualization software such as Parallels Desktop. You don't even need a Windows license as there is no Windows running in the background.
CrossOver works differently. It's not an emulator. It does the work of translating Windows commands into Mac commands so that you can run Windows software as if it were designed native to Mac.
Important to know: CrossOver Mac is not an emulator like Parallels Desktop or VMWare. Instead, CrossOver “translates” the Windows commands into Mac commands so that the converted software ultimately runs like a Mac app.
The CrossOver product page sounds very promising at first:
CrossOver works with all kinds of software - productivity software, utility programs, and games - all with one application. Faster. Better experience. No license. Simple as that.
In short: You don't need a Windows license and CrossOver works with any kind of software. So I thought I would try Orgamax right away ...
You can download a demo version of CrossOver on the manufacturer's website, which I find very accommodating. Once this is done, you install CrossOver yourself on the Mac.
If you now open CrossOver, an extensive database appears in which you can filter for the software you are looking for. If you find your desired application, you have the advantage that CrossOver can download the current version from the Internet and you already have a "profile" to install the app.
In my case I couldn't find Orgamax and had to load the installer myself and then make it available as a program for CrossOver.
The first few moments looked pretty good. The progress bar of the installation gradually filled up, but suddenly CrossOver threw the first error message. After clicking “Ignore”, others came up that looked the same.
At some point I tried to “cancel”, but that didn't show any improvement either, instead there were more errors.
In the end, the only thing left for me to do was to gradually end the CrossOver processes using CTRL + ALT + ESC so that I could close the software.
Now I had a CrossOver window that contained all of the Orgamax icons, but unfortunately clicking on "Start Orgamax" didn't show any reaction.
To me, CrossOver sounded like a very interesting solution. In the meantime I have also used the tool with the authoring software "Page 1“Tried and the installation failed here too. I have the feeling that either you have to be a programmer to get a hit here or the CrossOver developers have to do it again.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get a positive result, but I haven't completely written off CrossOver internally. Maybe something will happen in the next few months when more Mac users with Apple Silicon Macs turn to CodeWeavers and annoy support with error messages. ;-)
Do you have experience with CrossOver? If so, I would be very happy if you share them with me in the comments.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.