Applications Move from Windows to Mac

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The process of moving a Windows application to a Macintosh is greatly simplified due to a proprietary tool suite developed by SimVisLab. Currently offered as a service, SimVisLab has moved complex graphics applications across platforms in record time while providing the full Mac look and feel.

A military software company, SimVisLab, has developed a set of tools to hasten the process of moving Windows applications to Mac OS X. The firm recently completed the porting of a complex customer 3D laser scanner application from Windows to Mac. The application was heavy with GPU enabled graphics, user interaction and standardized file I/O. The port was up and running in less than a month. Other applications, such as network tools and utilities have been moved quickly and inexpensively.

Although a number of tools have existed for several years to move Windows applications to the Mac, the resulting programs have often looked to users more like Windows operating environments than Macintosh. Ports across platforms have also been time consuming and expensive when the original code was designed and written using Windows functionality, especially MFC. Z Media has taken special care to insure the Mac user experience is maintained in order to reduce training time and increase user acceptance.

"We originally developed this capability for in-house users. About half of our employees use Windows and the other half use Macintosh. It has always been a difficult transition to move applications from the technical users on Windows to our more artistic users on the Mac. Last year, we started offering this service to our clients and have found many of them experience the same frustrations. Now we hope to help our clients the same way we migrated and populated applications in our own firm.", said co-founder J. Hilbert.

About SimVisLab

SimVisLab is a private research firm focused on exotic problems. Active and past projects involve physics based simulation for speciality sensors, sonar, radar, DTV and non-linear dynamics. The research team works on a contract basis for a variety of large and small customers.

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