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Running Rumen8 on a Mac

Rumen8 is a Microsoft Windows application so cannot run natively on an Apple Macintosh computer. However, there are a number of ways to get round this listed below from most to least expensive.


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Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac. This option is not free as you need to buy Parallels and a licensed copy of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. It does allow you to switch quickly back and forth between the Mac and Windows operating systems so is a very flexible setup.


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VMware Fusion also allows you to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac. Also a paid option as you need to buy Fusion and you need a licensed copy of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. In the same manner as Parallels, you can switch quickly between the Mac and Windows operating systems so it is also very flexible setup.


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VirtualBox is a free open source virtual machine for the Mac that will enable you to run Windows at the same time as MacOS. While not as fast as Fusion or Parallels and missing some of the bells and whistles it costs nothing and is suitable for Rumen8. It still requires a licensed copy of Windows.


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Apple's Bootcamp software also requires a licensed copy of Windows. You choose whether to boot into MacOS or Windows when you start your computer. Bootcamp comes with all Macs and is easy to setup, just look in the Utilities folder to start. Bootcamp setups are not as flexible as virtual machines as you only have access to one operating system at a time, but because Windows is not virtualised it runs at full speed.


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WINE is a free open source compatibility layer installed on to your Mac that allows it to run some Windows applications under MacOS without requiring a copy of Microsoft Windows. There are numerous free and paid applications that incorporate WINE that are easier to install and setup. These include CrossOver (paid), WineBottler, PlayOnMac and WINE itself.

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