I 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. This 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 to 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.