Install CrossOver and gCADPlus

Some information on installing CrossOver (a tool that allows Windows applications to run on a Mac) and then installing and testing gCADPlus.

Remember, a free version of most Windows emulators is available to trial, so install one first, then install gCADPlus and run it in demo mode first before purchasing gCADPlus. We want you to be completely comfortable with gCADPlus on your Mac before spending any money.

1. Installing Crossover and install gCADPlus

Use your browser to search for and download and install the demo version of CrossOver on your Mac.

Here is the link to the CrossOver home page ready to download a trial version of CrossOver.

Once installed and activated, the CrossOver icon now shows on the strip at the bottom of the screen. Your icon will look different from the one below as CrossOver 2022 is now at version 21 and sports a different logo.

2. Install gCADPlus – manual installation

YouTube movie How to manually install the metric version of gCADPlus on a Mac that’s running Crossover. This movie shows how to download the gCADPlus setup file and store it in the Mac Finder downloads folder. We then start CrossOver, set up a new CrossOver bottle, and Install the metric version of gCADPlus into a Windows 7 bottle on a Mac running Crossover. Tip: Our advice is to perform these steps without relying on the script that CrossOver provides when you try to install by typing gCAD.. and accepting the script written by CrossOver.

Automated installation of gCADPlus using a script developed by the support folks at CrossOver 

gCADPlus on Macs  This movie shows how to install the gCADPlus under CrossOver using a script. Typing a few characters of the gCADPlus application name allows us to choose between installing the Metric or Imperial version. The install script does the rest. We then start gCADPlus in the demo mode and run one of the supplied template files to set up a new test drawing. Run gCADPlus in demoe mode. This mode is fully functional. The limitation is that you cannot save your work. To remove that limitation, purchase a copy and register gCADPlus on the Help drop-down menu.

gCADPlus on Macs This movie first shows how to install the Imperial (USA) version of gCADPlus into the CrossOver environment. A script file developed by the support staff at CrossOver is used. In the latter part of the movie, we show how to install the metric version of gCADPlus into a Windows 10 bottle. In both cases, we use the trial (demo) version of gCADPlus to get a feel for the way that the software works in our Mac environment.

Tip: These install scripts will install a relatively old version of gCADPlus that’s fine for testing purposes, but it is best to have the latest version of gCADPlus. We recommend removing the automated script based installation and installing gCADPlus manually if you want to test gCADPlus further

Removing gCADPlus from your Mac

gCADPlus on Macs This movie shows how to uninstall gCADPlus.

Remember, a free version of most Windows emulators is available to trial, so install one first, then install gCADPlus and run it in demo mode first before purchasing gCADPlus. We want you to be completely comfortable with gCADPlus on your Mac before spending any money.

About the Crossover trial

Crossover offers a free, fully functional 14-day trial of CrossOver Mac. The free trial of CrossOver Mac takes about one minute to download. Your trial period begins as soon as you launch CrossOver the first time.

When your free trial ends CrossOver will stop working, but any Windows programs like gCADPlus you’ve installed or run during the trial are still there. Once you purchase a CrossOver license you can remove the trial timer and continue using your Windows software on your Mac. If you decide to buy gCADPlus, there is no need to reinstall it, just enter your chosen user name and activation code. These will be contained in an email as soon as you have purchased gCADPlus.

2. Manual installation of  gCADPlus (assuming CrossOver is installed)

Here is the link to a web page to download a copy of the gCADPlus setup file. Choose either zip to 7zip version of gCADPlus. The downloaded setup file will usually be stored in the Mac downloads folder. You can check its location using the Finder tool on the Mac. Make a note of the location; you will need to navigate to that location later.

Install gCADPlus on a Mac under CRossOver

Tip: Make sure that you select the correct version of gCADPlus. We have a version for use in the USA where the base measuring unit is Imperial decimal feet and a metric version where the base unit is mm.

YouTube movie How to manually install the metric version of gCADPlus on a Mac that’s running Crossover. This movie shows how to download the gCADPlus setup file and store it in the Mac Finder downloads folder. We then start CrossOver, set up a new CrossOver bottle, and Install the metric version of gCADPlus into a Windows 7 bottle on a Mac running Crossover. Tip: Our advice is to perform these steps without relying on the script that CrossOver provides when you try to install by typing gCAD.. and accepting the script written by CrossOver.

Make CrossOver active.

Move to the Configure option at the top of the screen.

Select Install Software

Type the name of the application – e.g. gCADPlus Imperial [or metric] v10.8

Select Unlisted application [ it will say gCADPlus Imperial v 10.8 in our movie example, but just make it informative enough for your use]

Select The installer (the gCADPlus setup file) from the Mac Downloads folder.

Select Bottle [think of a bottle as ‘container’ for gCADplus’]

[We use Windows 7, but Windows 10 works. Since gCADPlus is a 32-bit application, choose a 32-bit bottle]

Select Install and Finish and click on the Install option at the bottom right of the screen.

Metric version

gCADPlus on Macs  This movie shows how to download the gCADPlus setup file and store it in the Mac Finder downloads folder. We then set up a new CrossOver ‘bottle’ and Install the metric version of gCADPlus into a Windows 7 bottle on a Mac running Crossover.

USA (Imperial) version

gCADPlus on Macs Here is a small movie showing how to install the USA version of gCADPlus running on Macs using Crossover*.

Activate gCADPlus

We sent you a username (that you selected) and an activation code after purchase.

Tip: If you cannot find the email, please check your email junk or spam folders. Contact us for any issues at info@designcad.com.au or info@gcadplus.com.

Tip: If you have a username and activation code, use these during the installation process. It is also possible to register gCADPlus at a later stage.