SppDb on Macs

We run SppDb happily on our iMac using CrossOver Version 18.0. The figure below shows the database running on a Mac with the High Sierra operating system. We have reduced the size of the SppDb window to enable the Mac desktop to show clearly and to show that other applications can be used while SppDb is running.

SppDb running

Tip: Unfortunately, we have experienced a problem running SppDb on Macs with later versions of CrossOver – v19 and on. We have reported this to the folks at CrossOver and they agree with our findings but have not been able to provide a fix.


As an alternative, you might try installing PlayOnMac software. It is free of charge and SppDb appears to run properly as shown below.


The large screen Mac enables us to run our CAD software (gCADPlus) and SppDb together. The figure below shows SppDb on the left and gCADPlus on the right, both running under CrossOver.

Using SppDb, we can search for a particular species to meet a need in developing CAD designs and save much time because the path to the image file can be copied directly into the insert raster tool in gCADPlus.

If you would like to try this combination on your Mac, download SppDb (it’s free from the download page of this site) and a trial copy of Crossover. Install CrossOver first, then SppDb.

We have also run SppDb successfully under Ubuntu and Parallels.