Are there any plans to make Mac compatible?
Question asked by Julia Snyder - 5/3/2019 at 8:29 AM
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I am wondering if there are any plans to make the software Mac compatible? I do not want to use a Windows emulator as they are not great, nor do I wish to purchase a Windows license just to use this software.

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Julia, that is likely as far as it will go. Even with the popularity of iOS devices, and increasing presence of Macs, the amount of resources needed to code for an entirely different platform greatly outweighs what return would result for CDE.


I do use a MacBook Pro that I purchased in late 2013 (right after they released the Haswell processors) and it is still running great, and I have Windows 7 running under VMWare Fusion 8.5.10. Those are not the highest level application and OS, but it's served me well for the better part of six seasons. Win7 loses support mid-season next year.

You mention a Windows emulator; you may already know that Boot Camp can create a partition on a Mac hard drive to have Windows or a host of other operating systems running natively. I originally did this when I first ventured into that...wow, I don't remember how many Macs or years ago.

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Julia,
Windows emulators are not very good. Agreed.  Emulation and Virtualization are completely two different concepts, with the first one usually being very poor performance and limited. Which is why the best solution is to use a virtual computer solution, such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop or even Apple's own solution, Bootcamp.  Even in our Windows platforms, we use virtual computer solutions daily and work very very well.  
The problem is that there is very little demand for native Mac versions and certainly not enough interest to merit development to where the number of new sales would help pay for the very extensive development.
With the cost of Windows computers being so inexpensive ($200-300) on the very low end, it may be lest costly to just buy a simple Windows laptop and leave the Mac alone.
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