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Artemis on Mac the easy way - with PlayOnMac

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This guide is meant as a complement to the most excellent How to run Artemis on the Mac by MobileMacTech.  For anyone who finds that tutorial intimidating or too involved, this is the guide for you.  (I've tested this process on three Macs running Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion, and it seems very reliable.)  This is really easy and YOU ONLY HAVE TO DO THIS ONCE!



Artemis is a Windows program.  It's surprisingly easy to install on a Mac, though.


First, you need to download a program called PlayOnMac that will let you run Windows programs on your Mac.  (If you're interested, it's basically a fancy GUI for the Wine project that does most of the work for you.)

Download PlayOnMac link:  http://repository.playonmac.com/PlayOnMac/PlayOnMac_4.1.8.dmg.


Double-click on the downloaded .dmg file to open the disk image.  Drag PlayOnMac from the disk image to your Applications folder.

Eject the disk image and then delete the downloaded .dmg file.


Open PlayOnMac from your Applications folder.  Don't do anything yet!  After a moment it should ask if this is your first time. Say yes, then go through the next few screens to download and install XQuartz (this will require a reboot) and some fonts from Microsoft (this will not).  Super easy stuff.


After you get back to the main PlayOnMac screen, click the Install (plus sign) icon.  Allow the install screen to load and then click on "Install a non-listed program" in the bottom left corner.  The manual installation wizard will open.


Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive."  Next.  Name the virtual drive Artemis.  Next.  Don't select anything.  Next.  Wait a while.  Click the "Browse" button.  Select the Artemis .exe file that you either bought or were given.  Next.


Now the Artemis installer will appear.  Next.  Next.  Install.  Finish.  Select Artemis.exe.  Next.  Name the shortcut "Artemis".  Next.  Select "I don't want to make another shortcut."  Next.


Next the following in the "Display" settings tab after clicking "Configure":

  • GLSL Support: disabled
  • Offscreen rendering mode: fbo


\\\\\YOU ARE DONE!!\\\\\\


Now you can quit PlayOnMac, go to your Desktop, and run Artemis just like any other application.  Happy spacing!



P.S.  I like to move the shortcut from my Desktop to my Applications folder so it feels even more like a native Mac app.  :P


Updating Artemis using PlayOnMac

Updating from the 1.65 install to the 1.661 update was easy enough.  Just start the 'Install a program' process again, select 'Install a non-listed program', and when the wizard comes up, select the 'Edit or update an existing application' option instead of 'Install a program in a new virtual drive', and select the Artemis drive you created earlier.


Further discussion here:



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