How to install TheFormTool on a Mac

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    I have installed Crossover on my MAC to run Word and TheFormTool. I originally used Parallels which required a full Windows installation but it used a considerable amount of system resources, leaving little available for the MAC system.

    At the suggestion of Bob Christiansen I tried Crossover to run Word and TheFormTool. The result is a fast and smooth-running environment in which to run the Windows version of Word and TheFormTool with plenty of resources available to run my MAC applications. The installation of TheFormTool in Crossover is a little involved at the present time but with the help of Bob at TheFormTool the job got done and at was well worth the effort.

    Thanks to Bob and Scott at TheFormTool.

    JIM VAN DILLEN

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    Andrew Legrand says:

    So excited about this.

    When I first started Word, I didn’t have TFT Menu Ribbon at the top in Word 2007. I had to do one additional step that wasn’t listed in the instructions, and wasn’t immediately obvious.

    1. In CrossOver, select Programs, then Run Command…
    2. Select the Bottle with TFT, then click Browse
    3. Open TFT folder, and select TheFormToolPRO.docm
    4. Select Open.

    From there, I was able to install TFT as normal.

    Bob, I’d be curious to know how you did this:

    Using Mission Control, I’ve set up a “Word for Windows” desktop that allows me to switch back and forth between typical Mac uses and Word for Windows in less than half a second.

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    BobChristensen says:

    Andrew — Your excitement is fully justified, especially as you’ve already cleared the difficult part of the process.

    To build a “quick change” desktop, presuming you’re running )S 10.8:
    First, close CrossOver and Word for WIndows, but leave them in your dock.
    1. Open Mission Control
    2. Mouse-over the upper righthand corner of your desktop and click on the new little window to add a desktop.
    3. Use a three-finger swipe to move to the new desktop.
    4. At the new desktop, right click (two finger click or control-click on the CrossOver and Windows icons in your dock in order (I think you want both, but at the moment I’m in an airplane and pressed for time, so this point might be murky.)
    5. In the Options menu, choose “Keep in Dock” and “This Desktop.”

    That should do it. Your icons will always be available in the Dock, but should open only in your new Desktop, so a simple three-finger swipe should move you back and forth instantly. I’ve used this approach to set my calendar and contact book on Desktop #2, Word for Windows on #3, and Keynote on #4, as these each take up a lot of real estate but I want them accessible.

    Good luck. Let us know how you do.

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