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Is there any way to run a MAC-program on a Windows-machine?

Is there any way to run a MAC-program on a Windows-machine?

I want to download this large German-English dictionary on 600 MB:
 
http://lipflip.org/articles/dictcc-dictionary-plugin

Would it be possible in Linux for example? Or can I buy a cheap Mac just for this dictionary? Or convert the file, or use Mac in the cloud?

It says the fiile is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
The first paragraph says it integrates into the Mac OS X operating system so the answer is no, you can't run it on Windows.

"Here I offer you a plugin that enhances Mac OS X Leopard’s (10.5) or Mac OS X Snow Leopard's (10.6) Dictionary.App to provide the complete German-English vocabulary from the fabulous dict.cc dictionary for offline use. It works great in Dictionary.App and other core Mac OS X services like Spotlight or Dictionary-Widget."
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
There is NO way to run a Mac program in Windows or Linux.

You can buy a new or second-hand/used Mac and run the software.
You can run OSX 10.7 Lion under a VMWare Virtual PC (this is only licensed to run under OSX) although it is POSSIBLE to do it on a Windows PC.
You can rent a dedicated mac online and access via remote client such as VNC (this is not a cheap option)
http://www.machost.com/colocation_hosting.html
http://www.macminiworld.net/faq.html
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
So the only way to move this dictionary database from Mac to Windows would be to do a printout in Mac, scan the printout in Windows and OCR?
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
Or would it be possible to import the data to a mobile device that is compatible with Mac, once on the mobile device I export to Windows (if there are any mobile devices that are compatible with both Windows and Mac)?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can download it from your link and see what's there.  See if you can separate the database from the plugin code.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Deconstructing a software application can be a very complicated process.  If you are willing to pay something for the software have you considered contacting the developer of the Dictionary Widget and ask them if they are aware of a Windows equivalent.
The Dictionary is available online on www.dict.cc, so you are looking for an application that can store a local copy for reference and get updates when online.  Surely there's a Windows application out there also.
A closer look at dict.cc reveals that there is a link on the Downloads page
http://www.dict.cc/?s=about%3Awordlist

Have you looked at Elcombri??
http://www.elcombri.de/html/pages/en_index.htm
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
I found this about someone who wanted to open a .pkg file on Linux:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1299184

Although in the end he never tried any of the suggestions, could any of the suggestions be worthwhile to test?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
I think you are wasting your time ... the pkg file is for OSX .. it will contain the dictionary in some compact database or flat file format .. designed to be used with the OSX widget.  

Even if you open the PKG you will still need some program on Windows to open and access the data and it will probably NOT be suited to using the dictionary easily, it may not even be readable.

As I suggested before ... look at Elcombri or contact the developers of dict.cc for suggestions for a Windows dictionary tool that uses their data.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
Or if I have a friend with a Mac, would it be easier for him to get something out of the file, to extract the database, and from there get it in a format that's compatible with Windows?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
He could open the PKG file but I'd be VERY surprised if you can get much out of it, and very probably not anything that you can easily run in Windows.
Try if you want.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
As I said in my first post, it is a Plug-in for the Mac OS X operating system.  It is not a standalone database.
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