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Briefly: Win apps in OS X without Windows

updated 07:40 pm EST, Fri November 30, 2007

iPhoto Buddy for charity

In brief: Apple may be planning to out-Windows Windows, iPhoto Buddy proceeds go to charity, an iPodXtras sale has been announced, and there is a new EMR Map-making contest ... Apple may be planning to build the capability to run Windows applications without Windows into Mac OS X. CrunchGear reports that a user on a WINE mailing list has found tantalizing find in the latest version of OS X: hints towards the ability of the OS to handle Windows executables without running Windows. Oh, this is nifty. "Full implementation isn't even close to being there, but the pieces needed are. If Apple so chose, it could put these pieces together into a Windows compatibility layer that could run .exe files."

iPhoto Buddy proceeds go to charity

Developer Rick Neil has decided that 100% of all donations made to iPhoto Buddy during 2007 will in turn be donated to the following charities in loving memory of his late brother-in-law, James David Bowden: The Cancer Treatment & Research Center; Feed The Children. The current total is $5,574.43, and counting.  More information is available here.

iPodXtras sale

iPod Xtras, an iPod accessory shop, has announced its "Cyber Monday" specials. "Great accessories from all categories are currently at rock bottom pricing. Look for specials on newly released speakers, cases, earphones, and many more great xtras for iPods new and old." Pricing is guaranteed through Monday the 26th at midnight EST.

EMR Map-making contest

EMR 3.0 is a first-person action adventure game, featuring an epic and in-depth story line. It also provides you the tools by which you can create your own EMR maps.  With over 50,000 downloads of EMR, the developers says "we're sure there are some of you out there that would like to create some of your own maps using the EMR universe.  To this end, we are announcing the EMR Map Making Contest." Maps will be awarded for best overall solo play design, best overall net game design, and best overall map architecture.  In addition to the bragging rights, the top rated maps will be included in the 3.1 release of EMR, and the authors will earn prizes.

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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does Apple really want to introduce this level of vulnerability? Exploit heaven? I don't think so!

  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Full name of EMR "Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge"

    It's one of the best add-ons for Marathon which has been created. As such, "EMR" is not a game, but an add-on, which needs Marathon or Aleph One to be useful.

    I wish MacNN would spell this out at least ONCE, instead of merely listing the acronym, and implying it is a separate game...

  1. jbruner

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I believe they would use the sandboxing feature in Leopard to attempt to protect you from malicious apps.


  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Been There...

    'Blue Box', anyone?

  1. Nostromo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad idea...

    If this is true, you can kiss a lot of OS X native versions of apps goodbye. Why would a company spend the time and money to make a Mac version of something when they can just say "Well, just run the Windows version."

    Bad idea.


  1. phayd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not bad

    If there were parity in the API's between Mac and Windows, this would not be a good thing. However, the ability to use your Windows version, while waiting for the Core * enabled version that can easily be developed in a fraction of the time as the actual Windows version.

    Please also note that it is not enabled yet. Apple is very good about timing. They'll feel for the best time to run it, most likely after people are "waiting for SP2" and Apple can also highlight all of the great apps that are Leopard only.

    * video, audio, animation, data, foundation, image, services, and text

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not Mac-like

    The day Mac OS X can run Windows binaries is the day I stop using a Mac.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I would love to see a sandboxed .exe support in osX, Apple has all the API it needs via an agreement with MS. Games probably won't work but its a nice feature for the occasional app, it would make osX a true upgrade from XP.

  1. Gabe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: bhuot stop using mac

    Hi Bhuot,

    I thought the day that Mac started using Intel you would stop using a mac ;)

    Steve & Co. (aka Apple) have a master plan - global domination... it all started with the ipod and it being a must have by all the kids out there - now they are doing it again with the cellphone market - all focused at selling more Macs - so now you've got a bunch of new Mac users who will be looking at running windows based apps as that is what they have accumulated from their old PC days... this is a very smart idea, Apple is always looking at future possibilities and needs... that is why I'm a Mac user.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I run EXE apps in OS X

    I use Cross Over from

    Part of my job as a SysAdmin requires that I install and use a number of small windows exe apps for thermal printer administration, bar code scanner programing, etc

    All run perfectly within OS X.

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