Running Windows applications/games on OSX

We do love OSX and some of us use it as main OS but what if you want to run an application or a game which is not supported in OSX. Sure , some of you may fire up Parallels or VMWARE fusion and run Windows in a virtual environment , but what if you do not want to run in a virtual environment. For that , we have WINE or CrossOver. CrossOver is a paidware and not all of us could afford to pay for it  , but what if you’re looking for something free , something which kicks-ass. There is where porting team comes in.

Porting team bridges the gap between Windows and OSX. They have created containers and ported a lot of applications which allows you to run them natively on OSX. They accomplish this in a variety of ways , some are doing by using CXZ , WINE  and CrossOver. Nevertheless , it allows you to play games such as Grand Theft Auto on your Mac . On top of that they do have guides on creating your own wrapper (a wrapper generally is a OSX program which encapsulates the windows binary. Its much like  “sandwiching”) and they even have user created wrappers (whereby you would just have to copy the application dll and exes and run them as mac application).
On my MacBook Pro , this is useful as it can be cumbersome for me to reboot to Windows everytime just to run applications. On top of that the battery life in Windows sucks big time as by default Windows uses NVIDIA graphics card and switchable graphics card isn’t supported in OSX. I believe its true for hackintosh users as well as rebooting could be pain in the butt

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Internet Explorer 7 on MacOS X 10.6.4

As you can see in the image , I am running Internet Explorer 7 as a native application. Its essential especially if you are testing your site to see if its compatible with Internet Explorer or if you want to access websites which will only in Internet Explorer (I know , but especially in Malaysia. A lot of  government sites are designed to work best with Internet Explorer)
For more details , do check out portingteam. I recommend you guys to take a look and contribute to their cause as well , as it would help both hack and mac users alike

4 thoughts to “Running Windows applications/games on OSX”

  1. Every “official” link that I could find to the wrappers / software
    “You do not have the required permissions to read topics
    within this forum.”
    That’s a bad idea, it encourages downloading from torrents,
    and downloading pre-ported games and software, that may
    not be safe.

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