What Applications Can You

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-06-30 Print this article Print

Run?"> CrossOver Office wont run all Windows apps, but the list of supported applications is extensive:
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0
  • Adobe Photoshop 6
  • Adobe Photoshop 7
  • Authorware Web Player
  • Cortona VRML Client
  • Dreamweaver MX
  • ebrary Reader
  • eFax Messenger 2
  • Flash MX
  • Flash Player
  • iPIX Netscape Plug-in Viewer.
  • Lotus Notes 5
  • Lotus Notes 6.5.1
  • MDL Chime
  • MGI 3.2
  • MODPlug
  • Microsoft Excel Viewer 97/2000
  • MS Internet Explorer 6 SP1 and Internet Tools
  • MS Office 2000 Premium
  • MS Office 97
  • MS Office XP
  • MS PowerPoint Viewer 97/2000
  • Microsoft Project 2000
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.4
  • MS Word Viewer 97/2000
  • Quick View Plus
  • QuickBooks 2000
  • QuickTime 6.3
  • Quicken
  • RealPlayer 8 Basic
  • Shockwave Player 8.5
  • Superscape Viscape Universal
  • Trillian
  • VP3 for QuickTime 5
If you so desire, you can attempt to install software that is not in the supported applications list. Just keep in mind any programs not on the list may not work properly—or at all. For example, we tried to install the Windows version of GAIM (an open source instant messaging program). GAIM installed in a couple of minutes, but we were not able to use it successfully. (It didnt display properly on our Linux desktop.) So, keep in mind that installing unsupported software is a crapshoot. In the case of GAIM, it wasnt a big deal since there is a native Linux version available and we prefer running Linux applications whenever possible.
If you arent sure about how well an application will run under CrossOver Office, you should check the compatibility center before purchasing CrossOver Office or trying to install your application. Quite a number of apps that arent officially supported might still run well under CrossOver Office, since its based on Wine.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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