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Using "wine" to run Surfer on Mac

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    Katie Yoder

    Hi Jurian,

    I am not aware of anyone in our office that has run Surfer using WINE on a Mac computer.  We have several customers that run Surfer on Mac computers using an emulator or VM, but as WINE is neither I can't be sure this would work.  

    There are some additional installation prerequisites for Surfer 13 that may be preventing the install.  Please verify that you have the latest Visual C++ runtimes and dotNET4.5 installed on the computer prior to running the Surfer installer.  Do you still receive the error?  If so, please provide the exact text of the error message and I will do some more research.

    Thanks!

    Katie

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    Jurian Hoogewerff

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for the post. I normally also use VMware Fusion on my Mac which works fine, except that Fusion with Win10 uses a lot of CPU on the Mac and thus significantly reduces battery time. WINE seems to eliminate the whole Win10 layer and use less CPU so I decided to give it a go to see if I can recommend it to my students that have Macs. 

    However the error that WINE gives when installing Surfer is totally non-informative. So I think that if it gets too complicated it is not worth further investigating for either you or me.

    However WINE works fine with other little GPS tools from http://www.binaryearth.net/GPX2KML  e.g. GPS2KML.exe  and that allows my students with Macs to use those handy windows programs without having to invest in a full virtual machine.

    Best regards, Jurian

     

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    Katie Yoder

    Hi Jurian,

    Thanks for your response.  My best guess regarding the installation failure in WINE is that the new installation pre-requisites for Surfer 13 are unable to install and therefore prevent Surfer from installing successfully.  The Visual C++ runtime and dotNET 4.5 installers can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft website and run individually if you would like to test this theory.

    I understand the desire to not sacrifice a significant portion of your hardrive and RAM to a VM and would be interested to hear if you're able to get Surfer to install using WINE after running the pre-req installers separately.

    Thanks,

    Katie

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