So, you’ve made your choice between Mac and PC, and have decided that OS X is the operating system for you. But whatever personal choice you may have made, there are various reasons why you might need to turn to Windows software from time to time. While it is less common with big-name software these days, there are still numerous titles that are not available for OS X. If your work requires you to use such a program, PlayOnMac could be just what you have been looking for.
Working much like the likes of Wine – in fact the software is based on Wine – this is an emulation tool that enables you to run Windows software on your Mac. This is not a unique piece of software by any means, but PlayOnMac has been designed to be easier to use than Wine, and it does not have a price tag like the comparable Parallels does.
While it is possible to simply copy any Windows executable to your Mac, or download them, and test it to see if it will work, if you’re looking for guaranteed results, it is a better idea to browse through the apps list of supported software. By installing software from this list you are not necessarily going to find that a particular app or game will run perfectly at top speed, but it should at least be largely problem free.
The range of supported programs is fairly wide, but it is not exhaustive. Performance issues, particularly with any software that is heavily dependent on graphics – such as games – are not unknown, but PlayOnMac still acts has a handy, wallet-friendly solution to a problem that faces many Mac users who have made the transition from Windows to OS X.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the PlayOnMac page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk