I’ve been struggling with the fact that two applications on Windows are not available on Macintosh. One of them is Picasa, an image management tool from Google, and which is similar to but not the same as iPhoto. I like iPhoto, but I also want to use Picasa (at least long enough to see what the fuss is about).
I also want to use Simply Budgets, which I have written about on a separate page.
For both of these, and many other applications only available on Windows, I have been forced to install Windows on Bootcamp (and last time that led to a complete meltdown through user error, and loss of work), or else into a Virtual Machine via Parallels or VMWare Fusion (my preferred method so far).
However, Codeweavers have produced Crossover for Mac. I had used it in the past on Linux, to get access to Office. Now its here on Mac. I don’t need the applications they are touting as being compatible. We seriously don’t need to use a Windows version of Office when we already have a native version as well as the clones. Similarly, many of the other apps already have a MacOSX native version. But there are no native versions of Picasa, Simply Budgets, or Paintshop Pro.
I’m able to report that Picasa works flawlessly, as does Simply Budgets. Paintshop Pro X crashes when you try to start it, Mio Digiwalker will not install (dammit, I really am ticked about that, my MioC520 wont talk to my Mac at all). I’ve yet to try older versions of PSP, but expect that one or more of them might work.
Here’s a screenie of my Desktop, with Picasa running perfectly well under Crossover for Mac.
I might add that the system drain is negligible, unlike VMWare or Parallels, so I am pretty pleased. One Crossover licence coming up! Its only $39.95 for the standard licence which is all I need, and as soon as the dollar gains some strength against the US dollar, I will be purchasing.