Despite the benchmarks showing how Apple’s first-ever Silicon beat 2016 desktop graphics cards, some might still unconvinced about the late 2020 Macs’ ability to play games. After all, even the Intel-based Macs had compatibility issues with games that were designed with Windows PCs in mind. It’s still too early to make a judgment call, of course, but if CodeWeaver’s experience running “emulated” PC games is any indicator, it could be a mind-blowing experience just as well.
Unlike Vmware Fusion, Parallels Desktop or other similar virtual machine software, CrossOver enables you to truly run Microsoft Windows applications on a Mac or Linux OS, rather than having to buy Windows and install dual systems; and you don’t have to restart machine to switch back and forth between two operating systems; also there is no. Run Windows Software Easily On Mac With Crossover is that the main purpose of this tool. So, CrossOver runs thousands of various Windows apps on your Mac. From productivity, utility, games, and style software-Windows software never looked better when launched right from the macOS dock with CrossOver Mac.
CodeWeavers is the company behind CrossOver, a piece of software built on the open source WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator) project that aims to run Windows programs on Linux. CodeWeavers has taken that original objective and made CrossOver run on macOS, Android, and even ChromeOS. Naturally, the company was only too excited to have a go with the new ARM-based MacBooks.
On its company blog, CodeWeavers narrates how they just bought the lowest end MacBook Air (Late 2020) model they could quickly find. In context, this model only has 7 out of the max 8 GPU cores and is thermally throttled. In other words, it’s not the sharpest M1 knife in the drawer.
Despite that, CrossOver was able to run Windows programs like Quicken, Team Fortress 2, and even The Witcher 3, though the games naturally exhibited some performance drops here and there. You have to consider, however, that these are 32-bit Windows programs built for Intel processors “translated” to 64-bit CrossOver that’s running via Rosetta 2 x86 emulation on a relatively low-power ARM CPU.
This doesn’t mean, however, that most Windows software will now run on Apple M1 Macs as they are still subject to CrossOver’s compatibility list. It is still, however, a rather impressive feat, especially for Apple’s first attempt.
There are several existing solutions to run QDA Miner, WordStat, and Simstat on a Mac OS X computer. We have tested five different solutions, including Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox, and CrossOver. We present here a short overview of those solutions, as well as the result of a performance benchmark.
Running at full speed using Apple Boot Camp 4.0
The fastest way to run our software is to use Mac OS Boot Camp (free with the installation of OS X). This utility will create a second disk partition on your existing startup disk on which you will be able to install a Microsoft Windows system. To switch to Windows, reboot the computer and select the Windows operating system. Since Windows runs on its own hard drive partition and does not share resources or hardware with a running Mac OS, this type of installation is the fastest and the most compatible (trouble-free) way to run Windows software on a Mac computer. It does, however, require a reboot of the computer to switch from one operating system to another.
Running a virtual machine (VM) with VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, or Parallels
Another way to run Windows applications on a Mac is to create a virtual computer that supports the execution of Microsoft Windows. We are aware of three products that can run Windows:
VMWare Fusion (www.vmware.com)
Parallels Desktop (www.parallels.com)
Virtual Box (www.virtualbox.org), Free
The main benefit of this method is the ability to run both Windows and Mac OS applications concurrently, without having to reboot the computer. All three products offer some form of interaction between software applications in both operating systems, such as the ability to easily cut and paste or share files. However, since both operating systems require large amounts of memory, a memory upgrade is often recommended, especially if one needs to process large amount of text data in WordStat. Another minor inconvenience of such a solution is the slightly slower performance of Windows applications. This is due to the virtual machine accessing the hardware indirectly. Speed penalties depend on the type of applications run. Our own tests on time-consuming tasks in WordStat suggest that the average performance in a VM environment varies between 82% and 86% of the speed one would get by running our applications under Boot Camp or on a dedicated Windows computer (see Figure 1). Analyzing a corpus of 10 million words with WordStat would take about 26 seconds running Boot Camp, but would range from 30 to 32 seconds when running a VM solution. Please note however that such a speed penalty may be negligible in everyday use of the software.
Running without Windows using CrossOver
Many of our customers have chosen CrossOver (from www.codeweavers.com), or its open-source counterpart, Wine. The main benefit of such a solution is the ability to run Windows software on a Mac without installing Windows. Besides representing a cheaper alternative (one does not need to purchase a license for Microsoft Windows), it allows the user to start Windows applications much more quickly since there is no need to reboot the computer or start a Windows session in a Virtual Machine. Such benefits come however at the cost of slower performance as well as potential minor compatibility issues. Our own speed tests suggest that memory and disk-intensive tasks may take up to twice as long to perform as they may take in Boot Camp, yet on typical smaller projects, Crossover can achieve performances near to that of the fastest installation. Again, on small projects, a difference in speed may be unnoticeable. One should also note that while QDA Miner, Simstat, and WordStat are able to run on a Mac with CrossOver, many other Windows applications cannot be run on CrossOver.
How fast are those solutions?
We tested the speed of WordStat content analysis and text mining module using the five above-mentioned Mac OS installations. We ran WordStat from our qualitative data analysis software QDA Miner. Two datasets were used as benchmarks: a dataset of 916 documents, totaling 2.25 million words, as well as a second dataset of 174,222 short responses, totaling 3.35 million words. We performed three tasks on each data set: 1) a word frequency analysis; 2) a phrase extraction, and 3) a thematic content analysis using the Regressive Imagery Dictionary. Figure 1 presents the relative performance of those five solutions, compared to the fastest performance one could get while running Windows with Boot Camp.
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Figure 1. Average and Maximum Performance of WordStat
using various MacOS installations relative to Boot Camp
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All tests were performed on a MacBook Pro with a 2.5ghz Intel i5 processor, 500 GB hard drive, and 4 GB of memory. Virtual Machine solutions were configured to use two processors and 1.5 GB of memory. Please note that these results are not necessarily representative of the general performance of these products when running other types of applications; they only reflect typical performances when running the most common time-consuming tasks in WordStat. Speed should not be the sole criterion in product selection since each VM solution differs in the way they integrate with Mac OS X and in how they support specific computer hardware.
What is the recommended configuration?
The following table presents the minimum memory requirement for running QDA Miner, WordStat, and Simstat on a Mac computer. For VM solutions or CrossOver, the minimum memory requirement is 2 GB of memory when running Windows XP, but we strongly recommend at least 4 GB for running our software under Windows 7 and 8.
2 GB of memory
2 to 4 GB of memory
2 to 4 GB of memory
4 GB of memory
6 to 8 GB of memory
6 to 8 GB of memory
How to install Provalis Research software on a Mac computer?
If you’re using a solution that requires to install Windows on your Mac, you can just follow the regular installation process of Provalis Research software on a Windows machine. If you would like to run the software on your Mac computer using Crossover, you can read the following blog. Wine is another existing solution that allows you to run QDA Miner or WordStat on your mac without Windows. To learn how to install our software on a Mac using Wine, read the following blog.