Running WeavePoint on an Apple Mac computer

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

 

Installation

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

Download the WeavePoint installation file or demo version file (or locate it on your CD-ROM or memory stick) and start it. You do not need to open PlayOnMac before installing WeavePoint - just start WeavePoint installation and PlayOnMac will take care of things automatically.

When asked, select to create a shortcut for wpo8.exe (or wpo8demo.exe). This will create an icon both in the PlayOnMac window and on the desktop.

Note that you may need to change your security preferences to allow installing software from "unknown" developers.

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

Clicking the green window control button to go full screen, is not always recommended. Among other things, the WeavePoint Help window may then not come up properly. It seems better to just pull the edges to make the WeavePoint window as large as you wish.

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.

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, then Configure/Wine/Graphics, there is a setting for Screen Resolution (DPI). If you increase this (I went from 96 to 130 with a Retina screen), menu and Help text will get larger.

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.

Loom Control

If using loom control, note that this will not work under PlayOnMac/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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