If we have Windows programs running within OS X...

iProd

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...why is no one trying to get Mac apps running on windows? :p That's really a rhetorical and serious question at the same time. What do you guys think? Will anyone have the guts to take on such a feat? Or is it even remotely possible for that matter? And I am talking about the Intel compatible apps here, PPC would be hell to do :p
 

dukebound85

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good point but what apple apps would people want? besides possibly ilife?
i have a hard time thinking of more since windows usually has all the apps people want and thus why we want them on our macs.

but i do think its possible anything is lol
 

RacerX

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iProd said:
...why is no one trying to get Mac apps running on windows? :p That's really a rhetorical and serious question at the same time.
It depends on what you are talking about... I can think of a few Mac apps that now run on Windows. For example Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Excel and FileMaker Pro were all originally Mac apps. There has been a Windows version of AppleWorks (ClarisWorks) and there is a Windows version of iTunes (and QuickTime).

Now if you are talking about attempting to make Mac apps run under Windows with few modifications, then you are talking about something like Yellow Box (which Apple killed off). Yellow Box would have let Mac developers write their apps and then (with some interface modifications) also let them run on Windows systems that were running the Yellow Box application environment.

The problem is that when you start to modify Windows so that it can have some of the same advantages as Macs when running applications, you are making it less likely for people to feel a need to switch to Macs.

Anyways, I have galleries of screenshots of Yellow Box in use if you'd like to see what it looked like.
 

Nermal

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Thanks for that Racer, I completely forgot about Yellow Box. I always wanted to try out NeXTStep/OpenStep, but I never had anything to run it on :( (or the software itself, for that matter).