updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue March 2, 2010
Sees creation of 'recipe' database
CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 9, a major update of its Mac virtualization software. Users can run Windows programs inside Mac OS X without having to own their own copy of Windows. The upgrade implements a new user interface, meant to simplify the installation of Windows titles. In "many cases," CodeWeavers claims, installation should now only require a single click.
Supplementing this is an online database of installation "recipes." Schemes are uploaded and downloaded by users, and CodeWeavers itself will use the data to automate installation for more programs. The company has meanwhile improved the speed of the installation process, and bolstered support for some major Windows applications including Internet Explorer and the Microsoft Office suite. "Limited" support is now present for Quicken 2010.
CrossOver 9 Standard costs $40. Pro, which includes CrossOver Games, costs $70. Users must have an Intel Mac with Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard.