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Access97 Runtime App on a Mac?

Hello!

I've developed and market an Access97 run-time application.  I have a prospective client looking at my program, but they want to know if there is a way to run it on a Mac - using some sort of "Windows Emulator" shell.  I do remember hearing something awhile back about a Windows emulator for the Mac platform.  IF something like this does exist, would it allow me install and run an MS Access 97 run-time app?

Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Paul
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calvinrsmithCommented:
virutal pc can do this.  If you have a G4 and run the virtual pc version of windows 98 then it works quite well.

for more info see: http://www.kearney.net/~mhoffman/VPC3/index.html

made by: http://www.connectix.com/
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BrianWrenCommented:
I believe that there is a Mac version of Access.

I also believe that the .MDB that you develop, (if you use no references to windows-based libraries, and if you include no declarations to external libraries, dlls, etc.), will run from the mac if it is copied there.

The only question is how to get the msAccess.exe file onto a mac.

Possibly MS will provide the nec. files to do that to those who own ODE...
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wesleystewartCommented:
Just my $.02:

I would be careful distributing an app to a customer if I knew for certain they were going to run it under an emulator.  It seems it would make tech support a little tricky (did my app cause the error or is the emulator at fault?) and I wonder how it will handle API . . . .

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wesleystewartCommented:
There is no Access for MAC, at least not in Office98.

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BrianWrenCommented:
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calvinrsmithCommented:
wesleystewart, if one uses virtual pc then a complete, and licensed copy of windows 98 is run inside of the emulator so the API is no problem as it is 100% supported.  The difference between virtual PC's copy of win98 and a copy you buy is that the virtual pc's copy has special drivers which makes the speed better.

I use virtual PC on my G4 and can run the entire office suite fine.  The only problems I have are with some games ex: need for speed 3 and the like
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wesleystewartCommented:
If it runs that well, then I stand corrected.


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PinnaclePrAuthor Commented:
calvinrsmith,

Thank you.  Your links were very informative and just what I was looking for.  

I will be sure and communicate to my prospective client that this would be untested waters concerning my product running through a PC emulator.  However, since I have a full functioning demo, they can get a first-hand look at whether or not it will be functional and acceptable to them.

Thanks again,
Paul
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