OCAD on Mac OS X

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OCAD is a Windows software.
However, running OCAD on an Intel-based Mac is possible in different ways. We tested it with a Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) and VMWare Fusion.

Virtual Machines

OCAD can be run perfectly within a virtual machine.

hint OCAD runs also with Parallels Desktop for Mac. Please note that Windows needs 2 GB RAM or more that OCAD works stable.

VMware Fusion

As in contrast to Virtual box VMWare Fusion is not free but more stable. We have installed Windows 8.1 with VMWare Fusion on Mac OS X 10.9. You can work with OCAD/Windows in the so called single Window Mode or complete transparent in the Unity mode.

hint VMWare Fusion is enough to use OCAD. OCAD does not need VMWare Fusion Pro.

Screenshots from the OCAD:

Single Window Mode

VMWare MacOSX SingleWindowMode.png

Unity Window Mode

VMWare MacOSX UnityWindowMode.png

Virtual Box

The advantage of VirtualBox is that it is free. Well, at least the software is free but you will need a Windows license in addition which can cause costs. To show how it looks like, we installed VirtualBox on a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Mountain Lion and took some screenshots.





Run OCAD in Seamless Mode:


Run OCAD in Scale Mode:


Run OCAD in Fullscreen Mode:


VirtualBox can also be used with Linux and Solaris systems as a host.

Comparison Virtual Machines

Our exprience shows that VMWare Fusion is approx. 30-40% more performant than VirtualBox


At the moment, there are no OCAD problems known.


OCAD doesn't run on CrossOver.


OCAD can also be run on a Mac with help of BootCamp.