Although Intuiface Composer requires the Windows operating system and the in-venue Player does not support macOS, there are a couple of options for using a Mac and Intuiface together:
- (for modern, M-series Macs) Use virtual machine software
- (for older, Intel-based Macs) Use Apple Boot Camp
With today's ARM-based Macs - aka the M-series - the use of virtual machine software is the best solution for running the Windows operating system - and thus Composer and/or Player - on a Mac. A bonus of this approach is it enables you to use all of your Mac-based software at the same time as Intuiface.
Here is a good summary of the virtual machine options for the Mac as of August 2023. The most popular options are:
Regardless of the virtual machine solution you choose, we suggest allotting at least 3.5GB of RAM and a good percentage of the CPU core to the virtual machine.
- The above virtual machine references are not formal endorsements. They are simply popular options listed for your convenience.
- In our experience, touch-enabled displays connected to the Mac can be accessed by the Windows OS through virtualization software
If, when adding a custom-built interface asset, you encounter the error “Error reading interface Asset… Unexpected Error”, follow these steps
- Check whether the path of your experience is listed in Composer's title bar as "\psf....\myExperience.ifx"
- If no, contact Technical Support
- If yes, you will need to disable "Shared Profile". Continue to the next step.
- Open the Virtual Machine menu or Alt-click / Option-click the Parallels icon in the Mac menu bar (in the Crystal view mode) and click Configure.
- In the Virtual Machine Configuration window, click Options and select Sharing in the sidebar.
- Uncheck the "Mirror Mac and Windows user folders" box.
The configuration panel may be different depending on the Parallels version.
- Restart the virtual machine
- Open your experience.
- If the path of your experience in the title bar of Composer still contains "\psf....\myExperience.ifx" then, in Composer, choose the Save As option and create a new experience with a Windows-compliant path (e.g. C:\User...myExperience.ifx). Use this new experience.
Option 2: (for older, Intel-based Macs) Use Apple Boot Camp
Run Intuiface on an Intel-based Mac by creating a Windows partition using Boot Camp.
- Boot Camp is no-cost software from Apple that enables Windows to run natively on a Mac. It requires that only one OS be run at a time, meaning Windows can't run side-by-side with the MacOS. However, performance will be excellent.
- Intuiface's minimum system requirements are sufficient to work with Boot Camp.
- Apple does not support the use of Boot Camp on M-series (i.e. ARM-based) Macs.