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Running Rumen8 on a Mac

Rumen8 is a Microsoft Windows application so cannot run natively on an Apple Macintosh computer. However, there are a number of ways to get round this listed below from most to least expensive.


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Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac. This option is not free as you need to buy Parallels and a licensed copy of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. It does allow you to switch quickly back and forth between the Mac and Windows operating systems so is a very flexible setup.


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VMware Fusion also allows you to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac. Also a paid option as you need to buy Fusion and you need a licensed copy of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. In the same manner as Parallels, you can switch quickly between the Mac and Windows operating systems so it is also very flexible setup.


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VirtualBox is a free open source virtual machine for the Mac that will enable you to run Windows at the same time as MacOS. While not as fast as Fusion or Parallels and missing some of the bells and whistles it costs nothing and is suitable for Rumen8. It still requires a licensed copy of Windows.


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Apple's Bootcamp software also requires a licensed copy of Windows. You choose whether to boot into MacOS or Windows when you start your computer. Bootcamp comes with all Macs and is easy to setup, just look in the Utilities folder to start. Bootcamp setups are not as flexible as virtual machines as you only have access to one operating system at a time, but because Windows is not virtualised it runs at full speed.


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WINE is a free open source compatibility layer installed on to your Mac that allows it to run some Windows applications under MacOS without requiring a copy of Microsoft Windows. There are numerous free and paid applications that incorporate WINE that are easier to install and setup. PlayOnMac is one of these, others include CrossOver (paid), WineBottler and WINE itself.

PlayOnMac is free and relatively easy to setup to allow Rumen8 to run on your MacOS desktop. While the results are not pretty, Rumen8 runs almost as if it was native software.

If you are interested in trying PlayOnMac step by step instructions are shown below. This way of running Rumen8 is completely unsupported but may be the easiest and cheapest method to try first if you prefer an Apple laptop.


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Step by Step instructions to install and set up PlayOnMac to Run Rumen8 on the Mac.

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Download PlayOnMac from the website and then open the DMG file from your Downloads folder. Drop the PlayOnMac app into your Applications folder.


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Start PlayOnMac and the main window will appear. The first time you run it, it will download application settings from the internet so don't go any further until the 'Refreshing PlayOnMac' progress bar in the bottom right has finished.


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Click on 'Install a program' to begin.


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Click on 'Install a non-listed program' in the bottom left of the window as PlayOnMac doesn't know anything about Rumen8.


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Click the 'Next' button.


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Click the 'Next' button.


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Click the 'Next' button.


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Select the 'Install a program in a new virtual drive' and click on the 'Next' button.


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Give the new drive a name. I'd suggest 'Windows', and then click on the 'Next' button.


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You don't need to worry about any of these options so just click on the 'Next' button.


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Click on the 'Browse' button and tell PlayOnMac where the Rumen8 3 installer file is. If you have just downloaded it from the website it will be in your Downloads folder.


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Select the Rumen8 3 installer file and click on the 'Open' button.


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We are ready to install Rumen8, click on the 'Next' button.


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The Rumen8 installer will now run. Leave all the options as the defaults and make sure you install to C drive.


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When the Rumen8 installer is finished, deselect the 'Launch Rumen8 3' check box and click on the 'Finish' button.


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The install wizard will produce an error message. Just ignore it and click on the 'Next' button.


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So we can run Rumen8 from the Desktop, Dock or Applications folder we need to create a shortcut to it. Select the 'Rumen8.exe' file and click on the 'Next' button.


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Once the shortcut has been created on your Desktop you will be returned to the wizard. Select the 'I don't want to make another shortcut' option at the top and click on the 'Next' button at the bottom.


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Now we are back to the main window and Rumen8 is listed as an installed application. There are just a couple more things to do.


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Select Rumen8 in the list and click on the 'Configure' option on the left side of the window.


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When the 'Configure' window opens select the third option 'Install components'. Scroll down the list until you find 'dotnet40' and select it. Click on the 'Install' button in the bottom right corner. The .NET Framework 4.0 will now be downloaded from Microsoft and installed into your Windows folders.


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The .NET Framework 4.0 is installing…


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When the installation is finished you will come back to the configure window. Now scroll up the list until you find 'dotnet20sp2' and select it. Click on the 'Install' button in the bottom right corner. The .NET Framework 2.0 will now be downloaded from Microsoft and installed into your Windows folders.


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As part of the .NET Framework installation Microsoft fonts will also be downloaded and installed. Just click on the 'Next' button to continue.


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Check the 'I Agree' box and click 'Next' to continue.


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The .NET Framework 2.0 is installing…

Once the installation is complete exit from the Configure window to get back to the main PlayOnMac window.


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The the .NET Frameworks installed we are ready to run Rumen8. Select it in the list and click 'Run'.


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Rumen8 will start for the first time and ask you a few questions about it's folder location. Ideally leave this as the default as it must be on C drive. A few files will be copied into the Libraries folder and you will get to the main Rumen8 window.

Please note that Rumen8 has a different style than when run on a Windows machine. There is nothing you can do about this and while it is not that attractive it still functions normally.

There will now be a shortcut to run Rumen8 on your desktop. This can be left there, moved on to the Dock or into the Applications folder if you prefer.

Updating Rumen8

You can update Rumen8 in the normal manner by Checking for Updates under the Help menu. However, the update process often seems to get stuck and doesn't progress through the file copy stage. Just restart Rumen8 and the update will complete when you start it again.