Crossover Mac: emulating or the real deal?

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  1. wahit macrumors member

    wahit

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    I've tried to find this answer all over the web, yet I can't seem to find the 'real answer'. I mean, in some websites I've read that Crossover Mac works as an emulator; on other websites I've read that it runs Windows applications with native speed.

    What is Crossover Mac after all?!

    I've been thinking about buying a copy to run Rhinoceros on OSX, which is basically the only software I still use for Windows, but I'm afraid it wont run the software with it's native speed.

    Anyone here uses Crossover Mac?! If yes, what can you tell me about the software regarding stability, performance and compatibility?

    Thank you all for the help! I'm just so sick of Windows installed on my Macs............ :apple:
     
  2. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

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    I got it when it was free for a day. It has a list of about 20 programs (office stuff, IE, etc) that it knows how to install perfectly. Other programs are not guaranteed to work. If its not on the list, its very buggy.

    Also, I got crossover games, and it seems to run VERY slow. (runs much faster on XP side)
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's on the fly API translation which leads to a lot of overhead and it has compatibility problems. If you want performance I strongly suggest you just install Windows via Boot Camp.
     
  4. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Crossover is a modified commercial distribution of the WINE libraries; WINE is not an emulator; it is a reimplementation of various Windows APIs. As such its speed is between that of an emulator and a native binary. Since it is not using the 'real' APIs, however, it does run into significant compatibility issues with more complex apps (although it is getting better) and you take a decent speed hit because of the API translation going on.
     
  5. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

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    but if its not good for games, why would they sell a "games" specific version?
     
  6. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Never forget: WINE stands for WINE Is Not an Emulator.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Rule of thumb... when something says it is "as good as"...
    you need to bite the bullet and get the real thing ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I honestly don't know. The regular "Pro" version runs Steam just as well. I only have Crossover Games from the free promo.
     
  9. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, it drove me crazy. Couldn't even run the original Age of Empires at a reasonable speed. The game was 10x slower than it should be, lagging like crazy.
     

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