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All the other negative reviews... EXPLAINED !! ?
on October 7, 2015
Addendum: Edited -This program WILL run on newer MAC OS's all the way up to El Capitan! See Comment at end of Review for details!
This is the LAST Chessmaster Program that will STILL run in MAC OS X --as long as its Ver.10.6.8 'Snow Leopard' --which is the LAST Mac OS that Apple supported the use of the "Shell" Program known as "Rosetta" in, which must be installed to allow Chessmaster (and most other Legacy MAC programs that needed Power PC Processors) to run inside the "Shell" Program known as "Rosetta" When you first try to run Chessmaster (or any other 'legacy' Mac Program) a message will appear saying 'Rosetta' is needed to run that program, would you like to install 'Rosetta' now? Click 'yes' and it will quickly download from Apple and install. On a strange side note about 'Rosetta' is that this program does NOT show up ANYWHERE after its installed! There is NO program "Rosetta" in any directory on the computer, and it does not show up as a running 'process' in any Utility Program! (which means it would be impossible to "uninstall" Rosetta) What I have determined through testing, etc. is that this Rosetta "Shell" Program, which, through Software, is emulating a Power PC environment, to permit Chessmaster to run, is ITSELF consuming a TREMENDOUS amount of Computer Resources, CPU Processing Power, memory. etc. and consequently, when running CHESSMASTER, you SHOULD NOT be RUNNING ANY OTHER PROGRAM simultaneously!!! That's why other reviewers are complaining about crashes, freezes, etc. I tested this program on an early 2009 MacBook Pro with 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Penryn' Processor and 4 Gb RAM (the max supported in that computer) and with several utility programs, was able to determine that Chessmaster / Rosetta were consuming up to 100% of the computing "Processes" --and at least 50% of the processor's 'activity' --causing processor to heat up considerably, often approaching 80* C (176* F), resulting in computer's fans running at MAXIMUM speed of 6,000+ rpm ! ! When I get a chance, I'd like to try this program on an early 2011 Macbook Pro (LAST Model that came with Snow Leopard) which has an even faster Processor and twice as much memory, and see if it runs any better, hopefully not taxing the Faster Processor as much! I am puzzled by some Reviewers that claimed they were able to run this program under MAC "Lion" and "Mountain Lion" -allegedly facilitated by some sort of mysterious "patch" reportedly obtained from some vague source... if legitimate, why isn't this information listed on the Feralinteractive.com support website? (all they have there is the Ver. 1.1.3 'update' download) I would LOVE to be able to run this program under 'Lion' or 'Mountain Lion' -but will believe when the alleged "patch" is forthcoming! Many negative reviewers also complain about the nusance "copy protection" imposed by program not running unless DVD is in the drive... Yes, its annoying, but as some reviewers have noted (admittedly, this is a small consolation), once program launches and is running, you CAN remove the disk from the drive (which I do, to save wear and tear on the drive, which would keep spinning) So, all in all, I like all the tutorials and features available in this program, and am glad I can still run it on some 2011 and earlier Apple Computers with OS 'Snow Leopard' It is a shame there is no comparable Chess Program currently available that will still run on the newer MAC OS's (although a Bear Bones, Scaled Down Chess Program IS included in all the MAC OS's and also in Windows 7)