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CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software. Check the What Runs database on the developer's Web site. Please note that CodeWeavers will be releasing CrossOver 13 on 11.12.13. If you BUY TODAY you will automatically be more...

What's New

Version 13.2:
  • Fixes for stability of games running with Performance Enhanced Graphics.
  • Adobe Acrobat 10 and 11 will now install.
  • Users with certain non-Latin characters in their codeweavers.com usernames can now successfully register CrossOver.

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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CrossOver is the for-profit version of WINE (a windows compatibility layer) for Mac and Linux. So you can get the same for free. But paying for CrossOver does have significant advantages: 1) support 2) a much better software package. I should also more...

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Version 13.1
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twickline Member IconComment+7
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You Can use promo code ( GameTime ) in CodeWeavers store and save 15% off the normal retail price. :)

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Version 13.1.3
Djefis Member IconReview+155
Djefis
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There is always someone who forgets that there are MacBook Pro Retina. Voluntarily or involuntarily ..... This program is unusable for me.

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Version 13.1.2
Janichsan
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I have no idea what you are talking about. I'm using CrossOver on my Retina MBP and it works just fine and even supports Retina resolutions.

You cannot blame CrossOver when your Windows software only appears scaled up. Most Windows programs simply do not support HiDPI resolutions properly.

Djefis
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Ok, you're right, but nobody says about the results that make the product limited to begin from the icons of office. I also say that the program is great, but fortunately I switched to mac 10 years ago for these reasons too.

Gazman Member IconComment+189
Gazman
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Now that OneNote is finally Mac native my days of using CrossOver are finished.

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Version 13.1.2
Kihoalu
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You haven’t looked to see what’s in that OneNote release, have you?

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CFrag
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CrossOver is the for-profit version of WINE (a windows compatibility layer) for Mac and Linux. So you can get the same for free. But paying for CrossOver does have significant advantages: 1) support 2) a much better software package. I should also mention that CodeWeavers is funding the development of WINE, so paying for CO benefits the whole community.

So, what does CO do? Basically, it allows you to run Windows software on your Mac in OSX *without* running a full windows emulator like VirtualBox, Parallels or VMWare. That means that you can run Windows software without needing a copy of Windows. Plus, CO has compatibility modules (they call them 'Bottles') for Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7.

An important, though perhaps under documented, point is that you don't really buy CO - you purchase the right to run the currently recent version, plus all updates for the next 12 Months. After that you may continue to use CO, but you can't update, and you are no longer entitled to support unless you purchase a license extension. For a business these terms are quite acceptable. Private users may not require continued support; yet being able to have the most recent version of CO can be worth the admission fee.

Using CrossOver *can* be frustrating, because it assumes you know your way around in the particular brand of Windows your application requires - a presupposition that can prevent you from getting the results you need. If you don't know your way around Windows and the Windows software does not run from the get go (a rarity with old titles), you are pretty much screwed. That's where the service/support subscription comes in, and I've submitted a number of tickets to have them answered within 24 hours. That being said, the customization features of WINE are limited, which is both a boon and a problem if your software requires a particular feature.

How well does it work? Well, if you have legacy software that is standard, straight code and you need to access that software or data, it works really, really well. CodeWeaver's site has a compatibility DB where you can check on-line if an application will run; be advised though that this DB isn't always current, and new versions of CrossOver can break compatibility with older software. If you have legacy software that taxed the system at the time (usually games), used DRM, or non-standard graphics (e.g. GLide), results are mixed.

I was able, for example, to install Homeworld off the original CD, and could play it - but only in software rendering, and at 640x480x16. But all animations, sounds, and interface worked flawless, at full speed. Many other games, though, didn't run at all (Mechcommander 2 (a Microsoft Title), Ground Control, Red Alert, Independence War), others worked but were unplayable because they did not read input devices correctly (Freespace, Freesapce 2). Other titles ran, but were so old that their usability was null (Tribes, Starsiege) because their infrastructure did no longer exists - not a fault of CO, though.

As a general rule of thumb, compatibility increases when the software is younger and starts using Windows-based standard libraries. This continues up to a certain point where the performance trade-off with the WINE-layer (10%-20%) makes the game unplayable. Most productivity software (MS Office, Quicken, Visio) not only runs really well, but because it is officially supported by CodeWeavers, installation is quick and painless. For many other titles that are not officially supported, there are community-provided installers that help you navigate some pitfalls during installation and that makes using CO much, much easier.

If you are using Steam, though, CrossOver is a great tool. Many old games work well when downloaded into a steam bottle (they will install into the same 'Bottle' as steam), and this way you gain access to many classic game titles that are otherwise unavailable on the Mac. Newer steam titles work, but the newest usually don't because of performance issues. Older titles usually work well, but may require you to install an obscure Windows library - without CO support I would not have been able to do so. that way, I was finally able to play 'Far Cry', 'Nexus: The Jupiter Incident' and 'Sins of a Solar Empire' on OSX.

So, is it worth it? If you have a legacy app and need to access or import windows data, then it is definitely worth a shot (you have a trial period to see if it works), and well worth the price if it works. It's much cheaper to than to spring for a full Windows emulation plus Windows, and you can switch between windows versions. For me, it's a great help, and the cost for service is negligible compared to what I would need to pay had I used a Windows PC and some Windows expert to keep it running. And if you want to play some classic titles that are available on Steam, it's definitely worth a try.

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Version 13.1
Laraine
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Thanks for such an in-depth review. I came here, curious, because this software is part of a Bundlehunt deal and I'd never heard of Crossover. It sounds particularly good for people who have switched from Windows to Mac but I'm still bemused. I've used a Mac for 28 years and I've yet to come across an application that I desperately wanted but which was available only for Windows.

jmhbpc Member IconReview+7
jmhbpc
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I'd like to buy it, but I can only run PhotoshopCS2. IllustratorCS2's
Missing required plugin BRS pencil tool ExpandS Pathfinder Suite” error" is persistent problem. I had hoped this know issue would have been addressed at the Codeweaver forums

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Version 13.0.1
Mikael B Member IconComment+414
Mikael B
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Stack Social have 50% off for 6 more days on CrossOver 13. http://t.co/zuavghlxM3

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Version 13.0.1
coolspot Member IconReview+0
coolspot
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This app is like magic, makes non-compatible Windows applications like Visio function correctly under OSX.

Crossover under the cover uses WINE for translation, but the UI they have put on top of it, plus the value added features like CrossTie make this an invaluable application for me.

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Version 13.0.1
kc9824 Member IconReview-2
kc9824
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Lots of problem. Stuck installing a bottle. Stuck in windows app. Then I try to trash it using appcleaner. now the trash can cannot be empty!! I polly need reinstall Maverick.

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Version 12.5.1
CodeWeavers (developer)
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If you are having problems with our software I encourage your to contact our support ninjas. They will be able to walk you through any troubles you might be having.

Pacmanen
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here is a little terminal command that help me delete my trash when I cannot delete it so maybe you are lucky it works... but look out it can delete a lot of you not write it the right way

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

Negritude Member IconComment+1081
Negritude
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Codeweavers does a poor job of explaining how their upgrade system works.

If you're like me, and you already have the free "Flock The Vote" subscription from last Halloween, but you've subsequently picked up additional serial codes from bundles since then, wait until November 1st (you should have received an email about your subscription lapsing soon), then use one of those codes to add a new year of support to your account using this link:

https://www.codeweavers.com/store/register/

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Version 12.5.1
monet Member IconReview+14
monet
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Crossover 12.5.1 doesn't load on my Macbook Retina either (on Mountain Lion). I suppose it won't run on Mavericks as well. I'll be sticking with version 12.2.2 and Mountain Lion.

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Version 12.5.1
monet
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Not a fair review. New version probably works great on other systems. Probably my system. 12.2.2 sure works good though. Good option for old windows games.

CodeWeavers (developer)
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CrossOver 12.5.1 is compatible with Mountain Lion.

monet
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No matter what I've tried I cannot get 12.5.0 or 12.5.1 to work on mountain lion. I have deleted everything twice, including bottles. preferences, etc. If I try to make a new bottle with 12.5.1 I just get a spinning beach ball. I cannot even get into the control panel to change the graphics rendering on any bottle. Once I did everything over using 12.2.2 everything works fine. For this and other software compatibility issues, I will not be going to Mavericks any time soon.

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Bonsai
Version 13.2
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Donald Haslam
Version 13.1.2
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Brulz
Version 13.1
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M-Rick
Version 13.0
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M-Rick
Version 12.2.1
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BrunoPerry
Version 12.1.1
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AmandaELowe
Version 12.1
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Ikir
Version 11.3
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AwesomeSwede
Version 11.2.1
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Edart
Version 11.2
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Downloads 242,886
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Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 10 Jul 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $49.95
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