thenovelfactory
Hi there - this is a question for Mac users.
I understand there's some software you can install on your Mac to make it possible to run Windows applications.
Could anybody tell me a little bit more about that for Mac users who'd like to try The Novel Factory?
Thanks in advance!
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Ghostly
Start your search with Wine and also Wine Bottler. 

Mac has a version of a Windows interpreter as well - just go to their site and search for Boot Camp - maybe also look at VM WARE.

But remember they are not Apple native applications - they really are Windows apps running under interpreters. So you will need a newish version of Windows as well. You could be up for an additional $200 or so after buying the NovelFactory app. There is a flakiness inherent in these interpreters - particularly as each version of the OS is released.

Most folk who use them usually make a Windows partition to keep infections at bay. That just needs a bit of skill with Apple Disc Tools.

We need a proper Mac version. Desperately!
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thenovelfactory
Thank so much for your input. I've also heard people mention something called Parallels, but I don't know much about it.

I agree that it's far from ideal because of the cost and also the flakiness.

Hopefully we'll be able to make a Mac version soon!
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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Ghostly
Absolutely Brilliant!
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Misfit
I just bought a Mac (arriving on Wednesday), and I'm switching from PC. I've been looking at Windows options a lot too. There's a program called Bootcamp that will allow you to partition the Mac hard drive with a full Windows install. So you will basically be running Windows without any of the interpretation mentioned above. I don't know how it works--as I said, my Mac is arriving on Wednesday--but it looks pretty simple to set up. That is, Bootcamp does all the hard work for you. And the stuff I've been reading is that you can do anything you can with a regular Windows PC, including running PC-only software and playing PC-only games.

Here's the information about it:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468

The only thing is, you'll need a full Windows install, including a key. Other than that, I believe Bootcamp itself is free.
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Ghostly
Of course it is possible to use CROSSOVER:  (they claim) "Not only is CrossOver easy to set-up, our CrossTie technology makes installing your Windows software simple, with one click installation. Effortlessly switch between Mac and Windows programs and play Windows games at native speeds.

Unlike other cross-platform compatibility solutions, CrossOver doesn't require that you purchase a Windows license ($99) in order to run Windows software on your Mac - and with subscriptions starting as low as $39.95 USD, CrossOver is the most economical choice for running your Windows software on Mac.

Don't dedicate gigabytes of hard drive space on your Mac by installing a Windows operating system on a virtual machine. Don't reboot to switch between native Mac software and Windows software. CrossOver Mac, a 90 MB download, efficiently takes up only the amount of space your Windows programs requires and doesn't require you to reboot."

https://www.codeweavers.com/update152-mac/?utm_campaign=update152-mac-2;utm_source=campaign;utm_medium=email
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Ghostly
Parallels today announced Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac with support for macOS Sierra and the addition of several new features. The company also announced a new standalone app called Parallels Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren't necessarily tied to virtualization. 

parallels12
New features in Desktop 12 include having Windows 10 "always on" in the background, the ability to instantly launch Windows apps, the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch

Version 12 also includes 90 percent faster snapshot creation, 60 percent faster suspension of VMs, 25 percent faster shared folder performance, 25 percent faster compilation of Visual Studio projects, and up to 10 percent in battery life improvements for "certain environments." 

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The company is also touting a new standalone app called Parallels Toolbox. The Toolbox places a drop-down menu in the Mac's menu bar, allowing users to do certain tasks more quickly. Tasks include the ability to record the screen, take screenshots, record audio, archive files, convert and download video, lock the screen and more. 

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is $79.99, while Desktop 10 or 11 users may upgrade for $49.99. The Business and Pro Editions are also available with a subscription fee of $99.99 per year, although Parallels 10 and 11 users with perpetual licenses can upgrade for $49.99 per year. Parallels Toolbox can be purchased for $10 per year or will be included with your Parallels Desktop 12 license. 


Parallels 10 and 11 users can upgrade now at the company's website. New users can purchase Parallels 12 starting on August 23. Parallels Toolbox also launches August 23.
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thenovelfactory
Thanks for the really useful info, ghostly!
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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Ghostly
I'm looking wistfully at your entry for May 04 2016 - it says, "Hopefully we'll be able to make a Mac version soon!"  
That was three years ago.
Is there any progress on that?
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thenovelfactory
Hiya, yes that is a bit disheartening, isn't it? Since then we decided to build the Online version before the Mac version, as it would make the software accesible to anyone, no matter their platform. Of course, not everyone is on board with online programs, so we still intend to build a Mac version and also release a new version of the Windows app, but I'm afraid I don't have any timescales on any of that at the moment. Right now we're really focussing on making the Online version the best it can be, including making it easier to use, as robust as humanly possible and adding features that are regularly requested. I wish we had a bigger team which could progress faster towards having new Mac and Windows versions, but for now we're still a really small company and restricted by the resources available to us.
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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MZsolt

I haven't tried it yet, but there is such a program:

Play On Mac [ https://www.playonmac.com/en/ ]

Maybe....

Play On Linux is really good, if it is the Play On Mac
Maybe..

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iGregor
Greetings.  I'm running Novel Factory Desktop v 1.33.0 on a Macintosh OS 10.14.4 (Mojave) with Parallels v 14.1.3 and Windows 10.  Novel Factory runs fine (no apparent flakiness) with the following two exceptions:  

First, exporting to Scrivener 3 for Mac does NOT work.  Novel Factory exports to Scrivener in what I believe to be an old Scrivener project format.  Scrivener 3 recognizes the older format and updates it, but is then unable to open the file.  This is a long running (10 months?) issue that has been repeatedly reported to the Novel Factory folks.  This is not a deal killer, but is something I wish they'd fix. 

Second, attempts to send feedback to the Novel Factory team from within the application (using the "Send Feedback" tab) have all failed.  I suspect that this might have something to do with the way Novel Factory accesses my Mac eMail application through Windows (or is unable to access it), but not sure.  I am pretty lame at configuring anything Windows related.
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Wysardry
Scrivener 3 isn't available for Windows yet, so Novel Factory wouldn't export in that format.
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iGregor
Thanks, but while that might be correct, it’s also possible that Scrivener has the capability to open .scriv files regardless which platform they were produced on. I’m not sure whether it does or doesn’t. In any case, my point that it does NOT work with Scrivener 3 still remains true, and might be of interest to others who expect that it might.
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thenovelfactory
Hi iGregor,

Apologies for not being more on the ball with this. Hopefully you received our reply to your email a few days ago?

We have started testing this and are currently getting mired in the confusion of different Scrivener versions across different platforms and machines, and trying to figure out how scrivener handles backwards compatability. We need to make some upgrades to our testing systems in order to try to simulate the setup you've got, and this is taking a bit of time.

It doesn't take eight months though - I can only apologise for that. I believe that way back when, we emailed you asking if you were able to test opening the file on a Windows version of Scrivener and didn't hear back about that, and then it somehow fell off our radar - again, apologies. We do seem to have some issues with emails not getting through, so I wonder if that email got lost.

If any other Mac users are able to provide any information about whether the exports work in Scrivener 3, possibly if its not running on Parallels, that would be really great to know.

http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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