Windows Apps under OSX (I would switch if I could run those)

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Don.Key, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. Don.Key macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2005
    I would like to switch to Apple, one thing which stops me is that two development apps I use daily are not available for OSX:

    PhPED (
    Dezign ERD tool (

    Those are my "water and bread" apps, which I cannot afford to drop since first of all as it seems there are no viable native alternatives for those on OSX and secondly I have no time or ressources to learn yet other development tools.

    So, my question is: Is there a reliable and stable way to run win32 apps under OSX? If yes, how much slower is that emulation/api compared to native windows running on x86? :confused:

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Microsoft Virtual PC. It doesn't run the apps in OSX though, it emulates a whole x86 PC and runs Windows in that. It's quite slow (around a 500Mhz PC).
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If you are a professional, then you may be tied to the Wintel platform. If you are a student, then you have some flexibility. pHP is available on MacOS X. As for database development systems, two of the best are FileMaker and 4D. They both originated on the Mac and are still among the best of breed. Furthermore, MacOS X gives you full access to UNIX-based database systems.

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