For those of you that would like to run RootsMagic 6 Essentials on your Mac without having to pay for a license for CrossOver or a Windows license to run it in Parallels, VMware Fusion or Virtualbox, here is a how-to for installing RootsMagic 5 on Mac OS using wineskin.
Mac OS X 10.6+
Download necessary packages
Create the wineskin .app
- Run the downloaded wineskin zip to extract the application
- Move Wineskin Winery to your Applications folder
- Run Wineskin Winery
- Click Update to update the wineskin wrapper to 2.5.12
- Click the + to add the 'WS9Wine1.7.1D3DBoost' Engine
- Select the WS9Wine1.7.1D3DBoost Engine and click Create New Blank Wrapper
- Choose a name for the wrapper without spaces, ie "RootsMagic6"
- Click OK
- If prompted, to allow "WineskinX11" to accept incoming network connections, click Allow
- When prompted to install Mono, click Cancel
- When prompted to install Gecko, click Install
- Click View Wrapper in Finder
- Run the RootsMagic6 app by double-clicking RootsMagic6
Install RootsMagic 6
- Click Install Software
- Click Choose Setup Executable
- Select the RootsMagic install (usually RM6Setup.exe)
- Complete the install using the default settings and, at the end, uncheck Launch RootsMagic before clicking Finish
- Select RootsMagic.exe as the main executable from the dropdown
- Click OK
- Using a web browser, download this update
- Save the file in /Users/<username>/Library/Caches/winetricks/gdiplus
- Back in the wineskin window, click the Advanced button
- Select the Tools tab at the top
- Click Winetricks
- Search for 'gdiplus'
- Expand dlls
- Check the box next to gdiplus
- Click Run
- Click Run
- When installation is finished, click Close
- Exit wineskin Advanced
Run RootsMagic 6
- Run RootsMagic6 from the Applications->Wineskin folder that resides in your User directory
- If RootsMagic6 fails to open with a GDI+ error, there was likely an issue when you ran the "Install GDI+" steps. Pay close attention to any messages that winetricks produces when executing step 10.
- Copy and paste functions are done using the Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v key combinations like you would in Windows. Not using the command button like you are used to.
- These instructions can be applied to the full version of RootsMagic, but the websearch capability may not function properly unless you replace Gecko with Internet Explorer 7.
- When setting the default file locations using Tools > Program Options > Folders, you may not be able to select locations on the Z: drive. When I did this I received errors. I was able to get around this by selecting the same location using the / directory in the browser instead.
Please post a comment if you find this how-to useful or if you have a comment or question.