We tested the Pro version, which supports both apps and games. With CrossOver 8 installed on your Mac, you can insert a Windows installer disc such as the one for Microsoft Office or Quicken for Windows, install the program, and run it without actually running Windows. This saves time, because you never have to boot the Windows OS. And, theoretically, it should make Windows apps run faster on your Mac. CrossOver Mac Pro 8 is a smart application; it relies on the open-source Wine application for running Windows apps and streamlines the install process. CodeWeavers has not addressed my chief complaint, which is that the application does not provide any guidance as to whether an application will work at the time of install, and relies instead on an online user forum. So, CrossOver 8 is smarter, but still not smart enough. Application testing Of course, the real strength of CrossOver 8 is whether it will work for the applications and games you want to run, not any interface issues. For example, I know of a design agency that still uses Adobe FrameMaker 7 to access an extensive archive of page layout documents. Fortunately, CrossOver 8 has tweaked support for Office and now runs more reliably and faster, and adds support for features such as inserting clip art. CrossOver 8 supports some of the more popular—but still not the very latest—PC games, such as Left4Dead.
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