Crossover for Mac and Linux FREE on October 31st!

CrossOver softwareI love my Mac, but I’ve never warmed up to Reunion or Family Tree Maker for Mac, or any of the other Mac-native genealogy database software. I prefer RootsMagic, which is a Windows-based program. I know I am not alone in that regard. RootsMagic eventually will be offering a Mac version, but there’s no release date set yet. Fortunately, I can run RootsMagic on my Mac with a little bit of help from the software CrossOver, by CodeWeavers.┬áThis software does not require that you purchase a copy of Windows. It allows you to operate some Windows programs alongside your native Mac programs. The best of both worlds, I say. RootsMagic 5 is considered a CrossOver “Silver Medal” application. This means that RootsMagic 5 is fully usable on a Mac with CrossOver, but it doesn’t run flawlessly. Most importantly, it means that CodeWeavers has made a committment to address any reported bugs and to bring RootsMagic┬áto Gold Medal status in future releases.

Usually, CrossOver costs about $30-$60, depending on the level of support desired, with annual upgrades required for continued support. This Wednesday, 31 October 2012, from midnight to 11:59 PM central time, CodeWeavers is offering CrossOver for FREE, with 12 months of support and product upgrades. You can read the company’s humorous press release here. Since I am due for an upgrade, this is the best treat in my Halloween bag! Codeweavers even offers an instructional video showing how to install RootsMagic on a Mac using CrossOver.

If you are a Mac user who prefers the Windows-based genealogy software, grab a copy of CrossOver on Wednesday, assuming you haven’t lost power due to hurricane Sandy. Stay safe, everyone.


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  1. Thanks for this info, Cathy! I’ve been wanting to give Crossover and RootsMagic a try on my Mac, but it’s easy to put a change like that off. This offer gives me the incentive to make the leap. It also helps to know that you use and like it!

    • Glad it was helpful, Shelley! I am hoping that the website isn’t inundated tomorrow.


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