For those who want to use OrganWorks™ but wish to use an Apple MacIntosh™ computer, here is a solution. Unfortunately, OrganWorks is not available for the MacIntosh environment but it is possible to use it perfectly well with the aid of Windows-emulating software.

OrganWorks can be run on a Power MacIntosh™ computer if one installs the Virtual PC™ program (from Connectix). This software emulates a Windows-95, 98, NT or XP environment entirely in software and makes use of the MacIntosh’s capability of reading and writing to MS-DOS-formatted disks as well as other features such as “Drag-and-Drop”. OrganWorks works exactly as it does on a Windows-98 computer.

Here, at Classic, we have a Macintosh Power PC™ G3 PowerBook of 400 MHz clock speed using System 8.6 with Virtual PC 4.0 software installed, and it runs OrganWorks Version 3.1 at about a quarter of the rate it would normally operate at. This is the equivalent of a modest 100 MHz Windows-98 machine and is quite adequate. For a G3 (or G4) MacIntosh, Operating System 8.0 or later is required with a minimum of 64 MB of RAM and 320 to 520 MB of hard drive space. System 9.0 is required if USB devices are to be supported.


Virtual PC 4.0 (and 3.0) will run the older OrganWorks 2.20 in a Windows-95 environment on MacIntosh 603, 603e, 604 or 604e with 180 MHz clock speed, or faster, and operating System 7.5.5 or later. 200 to 260 MB of hard disk space is required with a minimum of 48 MB of RAM. Incidentally, you can save the latest OrganWorks 3.1 files as 2.20-format files by selecting Export. Other Windows software emulators, such as SoftPC, should work much the same as Virtual PC. We have not tried them but several of our customers have with satisfactory results.

Virtual PC 4.0 typically creates the normal Windows-98 operating environment in a window of 640 x 480 pixels (i.e., a normal 15-inch VGA display) but this can be enlarged to fit a bigger screen. It will control the MacIntosh CD drive and you can partition the hard drive into ‘c’ and ‘d’ drive areas if desired. Any normal Windows or MS-DOS software (and CDs) can be used as well as OrganWorks.


Since the MacIntosh will read and write MS-DOS disks, it is very easy to transfer Windows and OrganWorks data files to and from MS-DOS-formatted disks whether floppy or Zip™ (if you have a MacIntosh with a suitable drive – the latest ones do not have floppy drives). Simply drag the icons from the MacIntosh desktop onto the Windows desktop, or vice-versa, when the files will be copied. Long filenames are supported by Virtual PC (though not currently by OrganWorks) and external drives show up in the ‘My Computer’ window. You can also use a MacIntosh with Virtual PC in a Local Area Network and transfer files that way.

If your MacIntosh is set up for e-mail you can send OrganWorks data files as attachments by first dragging them to the Mac desktop and sending them from there. They can also be zipped up on the Mac with DropZip™ so that they will open on either PCs or Macs. You do not need to set up e-mail in the Windows environment. We also recommend that you keep back-up copies of your OrganWorks data files in the Mac environment in case the Windows emulation system becomes damaged. To work with OrganWorks (or any other Windows-type) files that have been sent to you via e-mail, unzip them with Stuffit Expander™ and simply drag them onto the Virtual PC desktop.

The latest Apple computers such as iMac, eMac and iBook, which do not have floppy drives, will need System 9.0 if any kind of external USB storage medium is to be used, such as a Zip disk. Of course, you could always e-mail the OrganWorks data files as attachments to a Windows machine if you do not have a USB drive and System 9.0. Zipped files may be opened on the Mac using Stuffit Expander™ 5.0 or later.


How to get OrganWorks into such a MacIntosh? Download it or ask for it on a CD.