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Tony Bryer 9th June 2008 03:15 PM

Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
We get periodic queries from Mac users who want to know whether we produce Mac versions of our software: the simple answer is no. More helpfully, we have been contacted by a SuperBeam user who runs it on a Mac through the Parallels virtualisation software: you need this and a copy of Windows. Details at

We cannot promise to offer technical support if you go down this route, but internally SuperBeam and ProSteel are standard Windows applications that do not do anything 'clever' (because I'm not!) so there should be no problems.

Any feedback from Mac users who use Parallels or other Windows emulation would be very welcome

Tony Bryer 15th October 2010 01:41 AM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
PC Pro review of Parallels for anyone interested.

Tony Bryer 20th July 2012 08:14 AM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
TechRepublic review of Parallels 7;siu-container

Callmeal 18th November 2012 04:26 PM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
I suppose the same reply for iPad3

Tony Bryer 18th November 2012 06:12 PM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
No, as far as I know there are no PC emulators for the iPad

Rob Struthers 27th November 2012 06:54 PM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
Although Windows has pretty much ruled in this industry up to now, the Apple peripherals that we all have are pretty much having an influence on the way we hook all our devices together, and more and more our professional work computer is becoming a laptop rather than a desktop PC. From the people I work with most, I constantly see people switching from a PC to a MacBook Pro. I'm not there yet myself, but I feel the pull. More and more I am getting CAD drawings emailed to me in TurboCAD rather than AutoCAD (you can tell from the blocks and layers). That TurboCAD Pro is 10th the price of the equivalent AutoCAD is something to do with it too, I'm sure. And when people want a laptop, there is only one they really want.

It seems from my desk that the world is Apple, and Windows is back in the position of looking like DOS when Apple began, and with Apple's continuing dominance, I don't see that changing anytime soon.

The people that I know continue to run Windows programs seamlessly on their Macs, just having it open in W7. It's not perfect, but upgrades will be to Apple format until Windows is forgotten.

There is no issue with installing and running ProSteel & SuperBeam on a Mac in W7, but I think that as there is a huge gap in the market for Structural programs such as this on native Mac format, and massively growing, that not grabbing the opportunity when there are no others is missing a trick.

I honestly believe that the switching over to Apple, in massive numbers, will continue until they have won.

Do you know anyone on W8?

Rob Struthers 8th June 2013 12:48 AM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
There hasn't been much on this for a long while, but as an update, and to provide a definitive answer to this question, I am now running on a MacBook Pro running MS Office in native Mac and Superbeam4, Prosteel5 & AutoCAD 2010 via Fusion 5 in unity mode running Windows 7 Pro. That means that the program appears in its own window exactly as it does in W7 on the desktop, so the OS platform is invisible.
VM Fusion 5 even shares documents and printers automatically, so there is no installing things twice.
To clarify further; there are icons on my Mac desktop and in the dock. Click Prosteel5 for instance, and it opens like a regular program with no visible sign that its using W7 to do so. It really is that clever.
Maybe it was a problem in the past, but not now.

Tony Bryer 9th June 2013 06:11 AM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
Thanks Rob for the update. I can say that I doubt whether we will ever look at producing native Mac versions of any of our programs - it would be technically interesting exercise but commercially disastrous. What I am exploring (and it's nothing more than this currently) is the idea of a browser-based EuroBeam derivative that would work on any computer, tablet or smart phone. I can't say any more at the moment because there's nothing more to say.

MBC-Tech 8th September 2013 12:37 AM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
Dear all,

I have just joined the Forum to update you on running SuperBeam, Eurobeam and ProSteel on a Mac. I have downloaded the 3 Demos and I am using CrossOver by CodeWeavers. CrossOver is a Mac OS X application that runs windows software. In the CodeWeavers website their description is:

"CrossOver allows you to install many popular Windows applications and PC Games on your Mac. CrossOver is simple, affordable, and best of all requires no Windows license. Your Windows software runs natively on Mac OS; just click and run"

They have a list of known apps that work and do not work and they grade them with Medals Gold, Silver and Bronze depending on stability and severity of bugs.

CodeWeavers support a number of Windows Software programmes, mainly Games and other major packages like MS Office and Project, they have a list where they record sponsorship of programmes that you want them to support and depending on popularity they do or not.

There are many programmes that work really well and are unsupported, for example I found that .NET requirements for the programmes affects the likelihood of them working.

I have been running and made a few demo calculations on SB, EB and ProSteel for the last 4 hours and they worked a treat! I will be letting CodeWeavers know and this will probably raise the profile of Greentram Software as I have been very impressed on value, ease of use, features and most of all how well written the help files are, giving tones of external reference and tips.

One last thing CodeWeavers run a porting service (like a iOS envolope for Windows Software), watch the video of porting is very amusing and informative and this could open the massive iOS market to this very well crafted and simple software. I would make an enquiry myself but it has to be the owner of the software...

As I think my trial is the first time anyone has tried SB, EB and ProSteel on Crossover I don't know if bugs will developed later on but I had the three programmes running at the same time and I had no problems and other times trying other software I noticed after a while that they were not working properly or things were starting to play-up.

I am sorry for the long post and hope this info helps a few as I concur with a few other posts that the Structural Software industry is mainly Windows focus. Crossover costs 38 or $60.

Best wishes,
Manuel Bello-Cano
MBC Tech

Tony Bryer 11th September 2013 08:09 AM

Re: Running SuperBeam or ProSteel on a Mac
Thank you Manuel for such a helpful and detailed contribution to the thread. I knew about Parallels and VMWare but CodeWeavers is a new one to me. I'll be checking it out further.

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