Running WeavePoint on an Apple Mac computer

 

WeavePoint is made for Windows. There is no WeavePoint version for Mac OS, but you can still run WeavePoint on a Mac.

One option is to use Wine, as PlayOnMac or CrossOver, this does not require Windows. PlayonMac is free and CrossOver is a low cost version of the same (but usually with more frequent updates and more support). This way, WeavePoint can integrate seamlessly in Mac OS, you don't really "see" Windows, WeavePoint starts and runs from Mac OS.

This page is about installing WeavePoint on a Mac with PlayOnMac and CrossOver (or other versions of Wine). If using Parallels, Boot Camp, WM Fusion or similar, see their instructions instead.

Note that loom control via a serial port will not work under PlayOnMac/CrossOver/Wine at present.

 

Update: From the Mac OS update Catalina (version 10.15), released in autumn 2019, WeavePoint no longer worked with the current (2019) PlayOnMac/CrossOver/Wine system. But now, by February 2020, CrossOver has been updated to work with Catalina, and we have reports that Weavepoint works well with CrossOver 19 on Mac with Catalina. By August 2020, PlayOnMac reports that version 4.4 has been released, and that it now supports macOS 10.15 Catalina and possibly also Big Sur. CrossOver 20 supports MacOS 11 Big Sur and also the new Apple Silicon processor.

 

Installation by CrossOver

How to install WeavePoint with CrossOver

 

Installation by PlayOnMac

Download PlayOnMac. Open the downloaded dmg-file and drag the PlayOnMac icon to the Applications icon to install it. Follow the installation instructions.

Download the WeavePoint installation file or demo version file (or locate it on your memory stick or CD-ROM).

Open PlayOnMac.

Click "Install a Program".

Click "Install a Non-Listed Program" (at bottom of window).

Then follow the installation wizard. Install to a new virtual drive. To give the virtual drive a name, you can call it: Weavepoint. Check Install some Libraries. Select 32 bits windows. In the library, select FontsSmoothRGB (to get a better looking text font). If it suggests to get Wine/Gecko, click yes/install.

Click Browse and go to the Downloads folder, where you should find your downloaded WeavePoint setup file (wpo8setup or similar).

If you get a message that the program "cannot be verified", just click Cancel in the message. If needed, you can also click the Open Anyway button in the General pane of Security & Privacy preferences.

Before you finish the installation, uncheck Launch WeavePoint (if available).

Important: Select to create a shortcut for the file wpo8.exe (or wpo8demo.exe).

To start WeavePoint, double-click WeavePoint in the PlayOnMac window and wait for it to open.

When you have started WeavePoint, it's icon will appear in the dock. To keep it there also after you close WeavePoint, right-click (ctrl-click) the icon and select Keep in Dock.

 

Mouse

It can be convenient to use a mouse for drawing in the WeavePoint grids. Note that if you use an Apple mouse and it appears to have only one button, you can add right-click in your Mac's System Preferences.

Right-click is used in WeavePoint to erase in grids. Another way to do a right-click is Ctrl+click or click with two fingers on the trackpad.

 

Some observations

When clicking the yellow button to minimize WeavePoint, the WeavePoint running icon will appear in the Dock. If the program does not reappear when you click the icon, right-click or Ctrl+click the icon and choose WeavePoint.

If the grids do not appear to fill the WeavePoint window correctly, close and restart WeavePoint.

The menu and dialogue text fonts may look slightly different from when you run WeavePoint under standard Windows. Text size will depend on your Mac's screen size and resolution. If you open PlayOnMac or CrossOver, then Configure/Wine/Graphics, there is a setting for Screen Resolution (DPI). If you increase this (I went from 96 to 120 with a Retina screen), menu and Help text will get larger.

If you did not install font smoothing at installation, you can also do it by opening PlayOnMac, then click Configure and Install Components.

Printing

If WeavePoint does not recognize your printer, you can use File/Export/Save as PNG-image, to save a hight quality image and then open the image in a standard Mac program to print it. Another workaround is to install a virtual PDF printer called PDFWriter on your Mac. Once installed you can print to PDFWriter and then open the resulting PDF file in the native Mac program Preview and then print it.

Loom Control

If using loom control, note that this will not work under PlayOnMac/CrossOver/Wine at present. If you have an AVL loom with Compu-Dobby IV or later or a Little Weaver, you can use AVLDrive for Mac to run the loom: Design in WeavePoint, save as wif-file and open the pattern in AVLDrive to weave.

 

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