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Author Quick information about running GenoPro on Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Posted Sunday, April 24, 2011 - Post #28238
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I've seen a few other entries regarding the use of Linux/Wine for GenoPro, as well as using Parallels, VirtualBox, etc., for running a complete Windows installation with GenoPro installed. Several of the entries are dated, so I thought I'd post some updated information here for those that want to use GenoPro on a Mac without installing Windows.

Note that I'm using CrossOver Office 10.0.1 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7. As always, you mileage may vary even if you have exactly the same configuration.

CrossOver Office allows using many Windows-based apps under OS X rather than requiring the installation of Windows; there's a cost associated with this, but it might be worth it to a number of people out there as not everyone wants to maintain a Windows installation

To install GenoPro 2011 under CrossOver:

** NOTE: If you're experienced with CrossOver, you'll notice that I actually perform some steps out of order. I felt that for someone that hasn't used CrossOver, it might be easier to let the system do all the bottle creation, etc. and just do the installation twice. **

1. Start CrossOver and select Configure -> Install Software.
2. Under Unsupported Applications, click Other Application.
3. Click on Select Installer and navigate to the location where you downloaded GenoPro's installation file and select it.
4. The next bar under the Select Installer section will tell you that it's preparing to install a new WinXP bottle with a name similar to InstallGenoPro.exe. If you click on this bar, you can change the bottle name, which really won't matter except for aesthetic reasons.
5. Click Proceed. After a few seconds, you should see the normal installation dialog common for most Windows programs. Simply select Accept and OK to continue the installation.
6. At this point, the application will not start, even though you told it to. No problem, we'll fix that in a moment.
7. Make sure you click Done on the CrossOver installation window.
8. From CrossOver's menu, click Configure -> Install Software.
9. Scroll down to Runtime Support Components.
10. Select Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Redistributable.
11. Under the bar for bottle selection, select the bottle that you originally installed GenoPro into.
12. Click Proceed. The installation of Visual C++ Runtime will probably appear to hang for 1 to 5 minutes, depending on your system speed. CrossOver will actually download it and install it, so it might appear dead for quite a while (probably not more than 5 minutes unless you're on dial-up, though).
13. Once the Visual C++ Runtime finishes installing, go back and repeat steps 1-5. However, at the license dialog for GenoPro, uncheck the box to Launch GenoPro after installation is complete. This can cause conflicts with CrossOver's detection method.
14. After the installation is completed, make sure you click Done on CrossOver. You should then be able to run it from your home folder -> Applications -> CrossOver -> GenoPro or by starting Applications -> CrossOver -> Programs -> GenoPro.

If anyone would like screenshots, please post a reply. It will likely take me several days to post them. I don't know if there are that many Mac users that will pay for CrossOver vs. having a virtual machine. I'm a developer and have several different virtual machines available but find it a hassle to boot up Windows to do something that can be done with a lighter footprint.

Comments or questions, drop me a reply.

Brian.


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Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - Post #28246
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Thank you so much for this post.  If you post screenshots, we will create a page similar to http://www.genopro.com/setup/wine/ and give you credit for your work.
Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - Post #28248
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I'll be putting together a more detailed and illustrated version of this over the weekend. I've used GenoPro for a number of years (can't remember when I actually purchased it) but have always been well-pleased with the program.  While some great programs exist for the Mac, nothing is quite like GenoPro.

Edited: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by bmarstella
Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Post #28265
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I have all of the screenshots ready and notes about which runtimes are required. However, under Tools -> Generate Reports, there are 2 dropdown boxes that do not show the selected item. The reports run properly (all that I've tested so far, anyway) and the correct item is selected when the list is dropped. As soon as it's put away, however, there doesn't seem to be any text visible in the box. Can you confirm what type of control this is or if there is an odd font used? Other functionality seems to be correct to this point. PM or Email contact is fine if you'd prefer not to reply through the forums.

Thanks!

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Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Post #28267
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there are 2 dropdown boxes that do not show the selected item. The reports run properly (all that I've tested so far, anyway) and the correct item is selected when the list is dropped. As soon as it's put away, however, there doesn't seem to be any text visible in the box.


Thanks for reporting this problem on this forum. So you see the text content of the drop-down list, however GenoPro does not display the selected text.  Have you seen this behavior in other drop-down lists, such as the Family Properties?

http://support.genopro.com/Uploads/Images/54384cfb-338a-46bc-8813-205f.png
Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Post #28271
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I'll have to followup this evening and see if other areas are a problem.

I am curious if this has been reported by any Linux-Wine users. Given that CrossOver is actually a superset of Wine, it seems likely that it would be a problem under either system.

In addition to CrossOver, I've done some preliminary testing with the MacPorts version of Wine. This option requires a more technically secure user but does not have any costs associated with it beyond GenoPro. I'll provide some instructions for that as well as I'm able to eliminate the issues. Currently, the issues I've observed under CrossOver are exactly the same as MacPorts/Wine.

If no one in the Linux community has reported this issue, I'll load up Linux and test under Ubuntu and Wine, just to confirm that it's limited to the Mac version of CrossOver and Wine.
Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Post #28273
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I have the same issue with wine 1-3-17 and GenoPro on fedora 14 
Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Post #28274
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@powery: Thanks for the feedback. I suspected that Linux users might be having a similar problem. I've used Wine quite a bit under Linux and recently I've found that the Mac installation behaves much the same. I'm trying now to figure out if there is another component or runtime item that needs to be installed to fix the issue or if it's something that WineHQ needs to be made aware of as a bug. Or if it's something I'm just overlooking. That happens a lot.
Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Post #28278
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@GenoProSupport: It looks like many of the drop-downs on various windows have this performance. Using the same "Family Properties" dialog, I can see the selections when I expand the dropdown, but the selected item is not visible after I release the dropdown. The selections are remembered, though, so things function properly. I've tested quite a few of these dropdowns with the same results. I will test a couple of additional Microsoft runtime components, though, as I suspect there is a library missing. I've searched the 'Net and so far haven't found much other than references to Common Controls not always functioning exactly as expected in Wine.

I'll update further if I find out more about the issue.

Posted Friday, April 29, 2011 - Post #28281
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I created a version at http://www.genopro.com/download/InstallGenoProCrossOver.exe to display "Hello World" on top of the existing text.  If GenoPro can display the text, then it means there is either something wrong with the colors (GenoPro may be drawing white text on a white background), or there is a problem fetching the proper text.

On the other hand, if GenoPro cannot draw the "Hello World", then the problem is at a much deeper level.


Can you tell me if you see some "Hello World"?

http://support.genopro.com/Uploads/Images/9ff07ad0-773a-4348-81de-8f52.png

Edited: Friday, April 29, 2011 by GenoProSupport


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