Furcadia For Mac OS Xversion 1.2.0-029
Furcadia now has an installer for Macintosh computers.
If you are updating an existing installation, please follow the instructions for upgrading Furcadia for OS X, instead.
- Step 1: Download Furcadia for Mac OS X, using the link at the top of this page
- Step 2: Double click the .dmg file and a window will appear containing Furcadia.mpkg. Next, double click this file to launch the installer.
- Step 3: The installer might say you don't have X11 installed, so follow the instructions below on what to do in this case.
- Step 4: Walk through the installer, reading everything along the way. It's important stuff!
- Step 5: Once installed, you can open Applications and locate Furcadia.app. Double click that to start the launch process. Don't worry if it appears to do nothing. The first time you run Furcadia for Mac OS X, it can take up to 2 minutes to build caches. This will only take this long once!
- Step 6: The character selection screen will appear, and will be empty at this point. Click "create a new character", even if you have an existing character. This will create your character's .ini file.
- Step 7: You will be prompted to run the Furcadia Auto-Configuration utility. Run this and step through it, configuring it to your requirements. Please note: It's possible you will not be able to click next on this window right away. If this happens, click the red dot at the top left of the screen and then click "No" - after that, all the buttons will work
- Step 8: Next, the character selection screen will reappear. Choose "create a new character" again to launch Furcadia and set up your character.
- Step 9: There is no easy way to import your existing .ini file, if you have one - We're working on this for the future, so for now, step through character customization and if you have an existing character, enter the existing characters username and password. Otherwise, just enter the password and character you would like
- Step 10: Furcadia will now launch and log you in! Any time you launch Furcadia.app from now on, it will allow you to select your existing character from the list.
What you should know
- The basics
Furcadia for Mac OS X is a single Mac OS X application which contains the windows Furcadia application and all the necessary technical bits to make it work properly on your Macintosh computer.
- What about mFurc?
Due to time constraints by the developer, mFurc is no longer developed or maintained. But there is good news!
Raz has spent some time figuring out a way to build the windows Furcadia client into a Mac OS X Application! Furcadia for Mac OS X is exactly the same as the windows Furcadia client. This means you can create alts, upload dreams, watch fireworks, and enjoy all the other features your windows counterparts have been enjoying over the last few years!
- What do I need to run Furcadia for Mac OS X?
Furcadia for Mac OS X requires an Intel Macintosh, running OS X 10.4 or higher. Don't worry though - that covers every single Intel Macintosh, so any Mac that was bought in the last 3 years or so should be covered. You also need X11 installed. This might sound confusing, but by default your Mac will already have this - Unless you choose not to install it. The Furcadia for Mac OS X installer will tell you if you don't have it, and will also tell you where to get it if it's needed!
You can find full technical specifications below.
- How big is Furcadia for Mac OS X?
Because of the number of libraries bundled into Furcadia for Mac OS X to make it run properly, the installer is around 80MB, and the application takes up about 305MB when installed, and another 305MB or so of user data. For this reason, Furcadia for Mac OS X will only install if you have 750MB of free space.
- Okay, so I installed everything. How do I run Dream Editor/DragonSpeak editor etc?
Furcadia for OS X stores all its applications inside your local profile area. You can run any of Furcadia's applications manually by opening Finder, then clicking through the following folders: [Your user name], Library, Application Support, Wine, prefixes, Furcadia, drive_c, Program Files, Furcadia. Inside there, you can double click any .exe file to launch it. The first time you do, you will see a "Change Prefix" window appear. You can safely close this window, as it purely for advanced users.
- The technical details
Furcadia for Mac OS X is an application which contains the usual windows Furcadia client, along with Wine and various required libraries to give you the full Furcadia client running on your Mac, without the need for a virtual machine, or BootCamp installed. Furcadia for Mac OS X contains its own bundled version of Wine which ensures a consistent experience across any Mac.
Furcadia for Mac OS X is a collection of open source projects, along with the Furcadia client. It contains a bundled version of Wine, which is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1, or (at your option) any later version. You can find out more about wine at http://www.winehq.org. The build of wine bundled with Furcadia for Mac OS X is completely standalone and is the only part of Furcadia for Mac OS X which is licensed under the GNU Lesser GPL license. The Furcadia client and all its applications are not open source, and are licensed in accordance to the user agreement you agree to before installation.
- An Intel based Macintosh: You can find this out by clicking the apple icon at the top left of your screen, and "About this Mac". If you see "Intel" written somewhere under Processor, you're good to go!
- At least 750MB of free space: Because Furcadia for Mac OS X contains all the libraries needed to act like a Windows platform, it needs a little more space than the usual client
- X, X11 or XQuartz: You probably have this, but the installer will tell you if you don't. Follow the instructions below if you are unable to install
I don't have X11!
Not to worry! X11 (known as XQuartz for OS X) is freely available for all Macintosh computers, but where you get it from depends on the version of Mac OS X you are running.
Click the Apple logo at the top left of your screen and choose "About this Mac". A popup will appear which will state "Version 10.x.x". You can ignore the last, ".x", but you need to know if you're on 10.4.x, 10.5.x or 10.6.x.
Follow the instructions for the version you are running.
- 10.4.x: If you have your Mac OS X Tiger installation CD handy, you can follow the instructions provided here to install X11. If you don't have the CD, you can download X11 here. Once installed, you should run Apple's Software Update to get the latest update from Apple.
- 10.5.x: You should download the latest version of XQuartz direct from the XQuartz website, here.
- 10.6.x: You currently must have the Mac OS X Snow Leopard installation DVD in order to install X11 on Snow Leopard, as it is not provided anywhere else. XQuartz will, from its next release, provide a downloadable version of this.
- 10.7.x: X11 is included with Mac OS X Lion.
Furcadia for Mac OS X will generally share the same bugs as its Windows counterpart, with a few exceptions. Known bugs are listed here.
- Window Focus: You are likely to notice a few issues regarding windows not being in focus - this means you can't type or click on a window, despite it being visible. The biggest of these bugs is with the Furcadia Auto Configuration utility. If you are unable to click the "Next" button, just click the Red dot at the top left of the window, and it will ask you to confirm it you want to close it. From here, you can click no and carry on as usual. If you notice this issue with Pounce windows, just click on the main Furcadia for OS X window and then try again.
- Music Playback: The wine library which ships with Furcadia for Mac OS X does not support the playback of .mid midi files. This means you can't listen to midi music playback in dreams, or midi sounds. However, the majority of sounds in Furcadia are .wav and play fine.
- Window Resizing: Furcadia for Mac OS X's Wine build allows every window to be resized. Unfortunately, with the main Furcadia client, this means you are able to resize or maximize the window, but Furcadia will not actually resize with the window. This will leave white space around the edge of the client.
Updating: The Furcadia for OS X installer is designed to install all the relevant libraries and the environment for the Windows Furcadia client. For this reason, you will not have to download the client again when updates occur, only download the latest Furcadia update exe file and run it. Further information on this will be available before the next update.
If you notice any other bugs, please visit the tech support forums at http://forums.furcadia.com
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