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Crossover for Mac and Linux FREE on October 31st!

Posted: October 29th, 2012

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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2 Comments to “Crossover for Mac and Linux FREE on October 31st!”

  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!

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