Using CrossOver to Get RootsMagic Working on a Mac

I waffled over purchasing RootsMagic recently because I really wanted the software, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to use it on my Mac laptop, where I do most of my personal genealogy research. After talking with the RootsMagic staff at their FGS10 booth though, I was informed that a program called Wine could make running RM on a Mac possible.

I visited the Wine website and quickly became flustered. Luckily, there is a neatly packaged version for newbs like me, created and maintained by CodeWeavers. It does cost money to permanently install this easy-to-use version of the software, but I’ve tried the trial version and am sold after getting both it *and* RM4 up and running on my Mac in less than 15 minutes.

The process to get them both working was quite simple. I clicked on the Try Now button here. Then I filled out the form and clicked on the resulting link to download Crossover. After the .dmg file downloaded, I clicked it to install per usual. After it installed and launched, I was prompted to load the installation CD for the Windows software I was trying to run.

I popped in the RM4 CD and Crossover told me it didn’t recognize the software but that I could continue to install it as “Other Software.” This I did and before I knew it, Windows-esque install screens were popping up, prompting me through the process to install RM4. I was a little weirded out when I was asked whether I wanted to install RootsMagic on my C: drive (does my Mac have a C: drive?), but I kept on rolling as if I were truly on a PC and before I knew it, RM4 had launched!

Now I’m following the tips in the RM4 guidebook I also bought at FGS10 and everything has run super smooth. I hope this helps anyone else who wants to use this software but also has a Mac!

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5 thoughts on “Using CrossOver to Get RootsMagic Working on a Mac

  1. Liz says:

    Dumb question? Do you have to have Windows OS installed? thx. (I have Mac OS Tiger, 10.4.11 BTW)

  2. Drew Smith says:

    Nope, no need to install Windows when running CrossOver for Mac.

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  4. James says:

    I’ve tried installing it, but when I go to close out of the program, it doesn’t show up in my programs list in crossover. Did you have this problem?

    • baysideresearch says:

      Hi James, when I open Crossover, there is an option (and I’m not at that computer now, so I don’t remember the exact wording) to open certain programs with Crossover and I do see RootsMagic there after I click through. Did you install the RM software through Crossover or separately?

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