CrossOver
CrossOver 13.1.2
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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.

Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and
What's New
Version 13.1.2:
  • Improvements to Quicken 2014
  • Quicken 2014 functions better on dual-monitor setups. Quicken can only display on the primary monitor, but should be more usable.
  • The tab key should now behave properly by switching focus from one field to the next.
  • Various other rendering bugs are fixed.
  • Programs can now be installed directly from the Amazon Downloader service (Quicken 2014 is one program which is often purchased as an Amazon download).
  • Adobe Reader XI now installs and runs.
Version 13.1.2:
  • Improvements to Quicken 2014
  • Quicken 2014 functions better on dual-monitor setups. Quicken can only display on the primary monitor, but should be more usable.
  • The tab key should now behave properly by switching focus from one field to the next.
  • Various other rendering bugs are fixed.
  • Programs can now be installed directly from the Amazon more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Gazman commented on 20 Mar 2014
Now that OneNote is finally Mac native my days of using CrossOver are finished.
[Version 13.1.2]

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Kihoalu replied on 20 Mar 2014
You haven’t looked to see what’s in that OneNote release, have you?
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CFrag reviewed on 25 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 13.1]

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Laraine replied on 24 Mar 2014
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.
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jmhbpc reviewed on 29 Jan 2014
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
[Version 13.0.1]


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Mikael B commented on 19 Dec 2013
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[Version 13.0.1]


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coolspot reviewed on 09 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 13.0.1]


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kc9824 reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 12.5.1]

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CodeWeavers (developer) replied on 27 Oct 2013
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.
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Pacmanen replied on 12 Nov 2013
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/*
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Negritude commented on 25 Oct 2013
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/
[Version 12.5.1]


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monet reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 12.5.1]

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monet replied on 24 Oct 2013
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.
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CodeWeavers (developer) replied on 27 Oct 2013
CrossOver 12.5.1 is compatible with Mountain Lion.
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monet replied on 27 Oct 2013
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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twickline commented on 21 Sep 2013
You can use ( Tribeca ) as your promo code and receive a 25% discount off CrossOver. This promo code is valid until March 31st 2015.. Please help share this 25% off promo code and save your friends some $$$ :)
[Version 12.5]


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monet reviewed on 14 Aug 2013
Apps and games no longer load under Crossover 12.5. Worked fine in previous versions. I hope they fix this soon so I don't have to remove it since it has become useless.
[Version 12.5]


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KevinLinJCL had trouble on 16 Aug 2013
Upgrade to 12.5, but it's even unable to start. (OSX 10.8.4)
[Version 12.5]


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Kocma had trouble on 26 Jan 2013
I've just bought crossover 12. Until now i was a happy user of crossover 10 which was splitted into two apps: crossover and crossover games. After instalation crossover 12 finds bottles from crossover 10 but not from crossover games. How to import games bottles into new version? Games bottles are on external drive and I don't want to change their location if it's possible.

Sorry for my English - it is not my native laguage.

Marcin
[Version 12.1]


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Stagnent Mind had trouble on 07 Jul 2008
now if this app allows you to run Wnidows peograming without installing windows don't that allow trojans and other bad things can run in your Mac ?
[Version 7.0.2]

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veggiedude replied on 08 Jul 2008
Not really. Windows viruses can only attack pc programs, and it can't cross over from one bottle to another (each pc app is in its own bottle). Also, pc viruses need certain Windows resources (usually at the system level) which may or may not be available in Crossover - depends on what app you are installing).
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Macsintx had trouble on 26 Aug 2007
I downloaded the trial version. Then I tried to install an application and got the error "4121:Error installing Microsoft(R) .NET Framework. http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6/7/567758a3-759e-473e-bf8f-52154438565a/dotnetfx.exe"

I am using a 24" iMac 2.4 GHz C2D. The application is "StoryBook Creater" from Creative Memories.
[Version 6.1]


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busta3396 had trouble on 11 Mar 2007
Wow this program is rubish, I have a brand new macbook pro, upon installing the application I noticed a huge decrease in speed on my computer and on restarting I found that my osx hardrive is no longer noticible, disgusting. I am now typing from my windows boot camp OS, first time I have every had any problems with the computer and the last time I ever test this program.
[Version 6.0.1]

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Igaucho replied on 13 Mar 2007
I have a new MacBook Pro with CrossOver installed as well. It works quite well without any major hit on my system performance. You may want to contact CodeWeavers for help.

Donald Haslam rated on 24 Mar 2014

[Version 13.1.2]



Brulz rated on 15 Mar 2014

[Version 13.1]



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Bleech_Jef rated on 07 Feb 2014

[Version 13.1]



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M-Rick rated on 12 Nov 2013

[Version 13.0]



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Steven_Sky rated on 12 Nov 2013

[Version 13.0]



Jacklarm rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 12.5]



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M-Rick rated on 16 May 2013

[Version 12.2.1]



BrunoPerry rated on 27 Jan 2013

[Version 12.1.1]



AmandaELowe rated on 24 Jan 2013

[Version 12.1]



Soeren Hantzsch rated on 10 Dec 2012

[Version 11.3]


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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.

Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you!

Compatibility Center Statistics
  • 10,961 applications in database.
  • 1,761 gold medal applications in database.
  • 1,261 1-click install via CrossTie applications in database.
  • 544,231 total CrossTie downloads to date.
  • eSword is the top downloaded CrossTie with 109,071 downloads.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is the top voted application with 319 votes.


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