Running 32-Bit Saga on a Mac with WINE
capability has been the most requested addition to MDL, due to the number
of students/professionals who work on a Mac PC. Installation and
setup is described.
Preliminary Reading (in
OceanTeacher, unless otherwise indicated):
"Software to run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X"
[from the website]
PlayOnMac - Package for running Saga and other Windows
applications on a Mac; includes WINE and automatically installs the helper
Saga - Not
yet installed. See below for special instructions
"The best way to run SAGA on
Mac is via BOOTCAMP
but only if users have it already installed, since otherwise sufficient free
space on the hard disk as well as the installation of Windows software
become necessary. However, if available to the user, [it is] certainly the
best option to run SAGA or any other Windows program. An alternative
is Parallels, an
application to run Windows programs parallel to Mac applications. Free trial
exists but installation of Windows software is here also necessary.
Thus, short-term WINE is the best solution to run SAGA on Mac, even if not
always entirely stable. Snow Leopard of Lion required for PlayonMac
(compatibility with Mountain Lion not yet tested)."
CLICK ON ANY
SMALL-SCALE FIGURE TO SEE A LARGER VERSION
|1. Open WINE: Figure showing
the webpage of WINE applications (link above), where you have to select
|2. Third Party Tools: Scroll
down to 3rd Party Tools and select "Our Wiki Page".
|3. Link to PlayOnMac: Figure
shows layout of webpage. Scroll down to PlayOnMac.
NOTE: None of the
other applications have proven to work yet but of course can be tested out
if you wish. Please let us know if you have good results
|4. Download PlayOnMac:
Select DOWNLOAD to save PlayOnMac_4.1.9.dmg to an appropriate location on
your computer. [Of course you may find a later version.]
program on your computer.
|5. Download of Saga 1: On
the SAGA website
SOFTWARE > SAG>DOWNLOADS .
Go into the SAGA - 2.0 folder and then the SAGA 2.0.8 folder in order to
download the saga_2.0.8_win32_setup.exe file. It must be this
specific file, not a zip file or the 64-bit file. See following two panels
for guidance. [You might find a later version than 2.0.8, but you must
use the latest version that does have a SETUP.EXE file.]
|6. Downloading Saga
not install Saga yet.
|7. Downloading Saga
not install Saga yet.
|8. Saga Installation 1:
Open the PlayOnMac application and click on +INSTALL A PROGRAM on the right
side of the application panel
| 9. Saga Installation 2:
Click on INSTALL A NON-LISTED PROGRAM in the bottom left corner of the new
|10. Saga Installation 3:
First time users let PlayOnMac automatically install XQUARTZ on your Mac (it
will ask you for that). Otherwise without it Saga and other programs will
|11. Saga Installation 4:
Follow installation instructions to CREATE a new virtual drive (give it any
name you like). Once that virtual drive is created you can browse your
computer to find saga_2.0.8_win32_setup.exe (most likely in your
download folder). Choose it and continue following PlayOnMac
installation instructions. It should install it without problem.
CREATE a shortcut for Saga (GUI) once it asks you for that if you want
(that way you can have the Saga icon on your desktop or in your applications
folder). Otherwise you will not find the icons anywhere but in panel of
PlayOnMac once that is opened, meaning the application has to run.
You can run the Saga GUI once opening the PlayOnMac application by just
clicking on the application name/icon and clicking on RUN at the right side
of the applications panel.
|12. Dealing with
Problems: IF Saga refuses to open and PlayOnMac reports you a problem,
first thing to do is to select the application that is causing the problem
in the general PlayOnMac screen and click DEBUG in the right side panel.
Most times Saga will open again after that. Otherwise stay persistent in
trying to run the program. It might take 10 crashes/tries until it reopens,
try restarting the computer also.
- WINE and Saga work on Mac but are not stable, so for short courses I
recommend not closing Saga at all once opened the first time and also not
to shut down your computer for the duration of your course if you
encounter regular crashes.
- Files saved in or for Saga can be stored anywhere on your computer and
you can access them.
- If you want to delete a virtual drive you created (unnecessary ones
that maybe don't even hold an application) you can click configure in the
main PlayOnMac top panel and remove whatever virtual drive you don't want
anymore. Be aware though, deleting a virtual drive also deletes the
application stored "on" it. Each application installed through
PlayOnMac requires the creation of a new virtual drive.