E-sword on a Mac computer has been possible for quite some time, thanks to the makers of WINE, an open source port of windows dynamic link library binaries and other code necessary to run Windows programs on a Mac. I have made the graphic to the left for those of you who have followed my tutorial for installing e-Sword on a Mac computer running any version of OSX 10.6 or higher (Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion) and the companion tutorial for creating an Applescript App for launching e-Sword. WINE is able to be run on any Intel based Mac, including all late model MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
If you are a new Mac user, who has previously used Windows and would like to have e-Sword on the Mac you have two options. Follow my tutorial to get e-Sword up and running on your Mac, or pay CodeWeavers for their proprietary implementation of the WINE engine for creating “crossties” which are virtual Windows machines for running e-Sword and other programs.
As an update to those articles, you can also install Winebottler which installs both Wine and Winebottler. The Wine App lets you double click on a .msi or .exe file in Finder and open it automatically with WINE. The Winebottler App allows you to create as many “virtual Windows machines”, known as bottles, as you’d like. I prefer to install and compile it on my machine using MacPorts, but if you find the tutorial a bit to confusing or hard to follow, just install Winebottler then double click your .exe file and it should install the application for you. Then, just click the Wine glass symbol in the menu bar , click DOS prompt, then type in
Still, if you want a truly native Mac bible study app which is truly powerful and is the best for in depth bible study, turn no further than to Accordance. For a review of Accordance 9, their older version, check out my review. Accordance is now up to version 10.1 and is available in Apple’s Apps Store. I have several modules, including Apostolic Pentecostal Accordance Modules available for free on my site. Click on the previous hyperlink, or click on Accordance in the menu bar above.
Also, as an addendum, if you are getting blank white boxes where the text of the bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc… should be then, in terminal, type winecfg, and press return, and when the GUI for Wine Config pops up, choose the Libraries tab, then in the “New override for library” box type oleaut32, click add, then click the oleaut32 in the existing overrides, click edit, choose builtin (WINE). Do the exact same steps for riched20 as well.