RootsMagic and Mac

Some of the most common questions we receive involve our genealogy software running on Mac OSX computers.  We've put together a list of the most common questions and answers.

RootsMagic and Mac

Do RootsMagic, Personal Historian, Family Atlas, or your other products run on a Mac?

Yes - but with help. In fact, we have many happy Mac users of our family tree software. However, all of our software is currently designed to run on Windows operating systems. That's where "the help" comes in.

What do you mean by "Help"?

All Macs built since 2006 use the same microprocessors as Windows PCs. This means that you can install the Windows operating system on your Mac and run any Windows software. There are also other non-Windows options available.

Product Cost Run Mac & Windows at Same Time No Windows CD Required Tech Support by Manufacturer
Apple Boot Camp Free
Parallels Desktop $79.95
VMWare Fusion $79.95
Virtual Box Free
Wine Free
CrossOver Mac $39.95

How do I install Windows on my Mac?

There are three products available that allow you to install Windows on your Mac: Apple Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, and VMWare Fusion.

All three install the full Windows operating system and allow you to run any Windows application on your Mac. You get the best of both worlds! All three also require that you have a fully-licensed copy of Windows to install.

What if I don't want to install Windows on my Mac?

No problem. There are two products available which allow some Windows software (including all of ours) to run on a Mac without actually having Windows: Wine, and CrossOver Mac.

Will you ever have actual Mac versions of your software?

It is certainly our intention. We have many Mac users who would love this and we love to make our users happy. We're just waiting for the necessary tools and technology to become available (which will hopefully be in the near-future).

Note: All of our software has been tested and confirmed to work on all of these products. However, we can only offer technical assistance with our own software and not with other products or operating systems.