Hello there fellow mac users! i managed to get the legendary Design Spark PCB running on a mac so i thought i would tell u guys how to do this to!
First you gotta download crossover and the latest Design Spark PCB installer for windows
What is crossover i hear you say? well, crossover is a program on the mac that lets you install windows programs on a mac by making them think they are running on a windows machine, its a very clever application however it is not free, it costs £38 (with a years worth of support for it) or £25 (with a months worth of support) last i checked (i used the trial to install mine) but in my opinion for an application like design spark pcb and the ability to install most windows applications, its worth it!
Make a folder on your desktop called "Design Spark" and put inside it the Design Spark PCB installer for windows
Also inside the folder you just made make another folder called "Support Files"
Now open crossover and you should get this screen
Select "Install Windows Software"
Then you should get this windows pop up
Type in the search bar at the top "design spark", it won't be able to find anything
Select the "Other Application" option and then "Proceed" you should then get this window
Select "Choose Installer File..." and then in the window that opens locate the design spark installer you downoaded earlier and click "Use This Installer" you should now see a window like this
Now Click "Install"
After a few seconds the installer will now open like when you run it on a windows computer
Accept the terms and conditions and fill in your user name and company name (if you dont have a company name you can put anything or just N/A)
Now when you see a screen like this
Click "Browse..." and then in the window that opens select the folder on your desktop labled "Design Spark"
This window is a little different to the normal mac one but the folder labled "My Mac Desktop" is you desktop even though its named differently
Now in the next installer window click "Browse..." again but this time select the folder "Support Files" inside the folder "Design Spark" on your desktop
Click "Next" and then "Next" again and the installer should begin its installation of Design Spark PCB
And when its done...
Now the installers finished, uncheck the "Launch the application now" checkbox and then click "Finish"
Now here comes the fun bit, in crossover select from the menu bar "Programs > Design Spark > Design Spark PCB Data" this will open whats called the "Wine Explorer" now using the file tree on the left of the window select the file "Design Spark" which is on your desktop
Now if you click the bar at the top which should say "DesignSpark" in it, it will change to the file location, copy this using Cmd + C
Now go back to Crossover, quit crossover and launch it again and on the welcome screen it gives you now select "Run Installed Software"
Now select "Design Spark PCB.app" from the Finder window that opens and you should get the error "Download Support Data"
Now change "http://designspark.eu/data/" to whatever you copied from wine and then click "OK"
DesignSpark PCB should now ask about updating, click "Yes" and then "Ok"
Congradulations! you have now successfully installed Design Spark PCB on a Mac using Crossover, all you have to do now is activate the software like normal and you can then start using Design Spark PCB, to open Design Spark PCB again once you have quitted it just open Crossover > "Run Installed Software" > DesignSpark PCB.app
WARNING! RUNNING DESIGN SPARK PCB ON A MAC CAN BE TEMPERMENTAL AT TIMES, MAKE SURE YOU SAVE REGUARLY BECAUSE IF DESIGN SPARK CRASHES YOU WILL LOSE YOUR WORK IF IT HAS NOT BEEN SAVED, I, RS AND ANY OTHER RELATED PARTNERS/ASSOSIATIONS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST WORK DUE TO UNSAVED FILES OR DUE TO SOFTWARE CRASHES
And Just To Prove It Does Run On A Mac
THANKS ALL FOR READING THIS TUTORIAL!!!! Any questions about anything mensioned or any issues just ask!
Happy Prototyping! :D
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