Running ProfiCAD on Mac
ProfiCAD is primarily designed for Windows, but Mac users can run it using compatibility layers or virtual machines. This guide covers running ProfiCAD on a Mac using Parallels Desktop and WineHQ.
Part 1: Running ProfiCAD Using Parallels Desktop
What is Parallels Desktop?
Parallels Desktop is a virtualization software that enables Mac users to run Windows and its applications seamlessly. It is a paid software, but a 30-day trial version is available.
Steps to Run ProfiCAD Using Parallels Desktop:
Purchase and Install Parallels Desktop: Visit the official Parallels website, download the software, and follow the provided instructions to install it. A 30-day trial is available for evaluation.
Install Windows on Parallels Desktop: Launch Parallels Desktop, click on "File" in the top menu, then select "New." Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows. Parallels Desktop includes a Windows copy that can be activated later.
Install ProfiCAD on the Windows Virtual Machine: In the Windows virtual machine, visit the ProfiCAD official website, download the installer, and run it. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
Run ProfiCAD: Once installed, ProfiCAD can be run on your Mac via the Windows virtual machine.
The cost of Parallels Desktop varies based on the edition and license type, starting at around $80 for a standard license. The 30-day trial offers a risk-free evaluation period.
Part 2: Running ProfiCAD Using WineHQ
What is WineHQ?
WineHQ is a free, open-source compatibility layer for running Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems, including macOS. It is more suited for technically skilled users.
Steps to Run ProfiCAD Using WineHQ:
Install WineHQ: Visit WineHQ's official website, navigate to the download section, select "macOS," and follow the instructions to install WineHQ.
Install ProfiCAD Using WineHQ: Download the ProfiCAD installer from its official website. Open Terminal, navigate to the directory containing the installer, type
wine setup.exe(replace "setup.exe" with the actual installer name), and press Enter.
Run ProfiCAD: After installation, navigate to the installation directory in Terminal, run ProfiCAD by typing
wine proficad.exe(replace "proficad.exe" with the actual executable name), and press Enter.
WineHQ is completely free to download and use.
Running ProfiCAD on a Mac is achievable with Parallels Desktop and WineHQ. Parallels Desktop offers a user-friendly experience with a 30-day trial, while WineHQ is free but more suitable for technically skilled users. Choose the method that best fits your needs and capabilities, and follow the instructions carefully to run ProfiCAD successfully on your Mac.