Installing Readerware on Mac OS X

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Last Updated: December 30, 2015
Keywords: install, mac os x, mac

Beginning with Readerware 3.41 we are introducing new builds for Mac OS X. We now have separate builds for newer versions of Mac OS X and Mac OS X legacy builds for older versions. If you have problems installing Readerware on Mac OS X, please contact support@readerware.com.

 

Why the change?

Readerware is a Java application. When Mac OS X was first introduced Java was a standard part of the operating system. All we had to do was distribute the Readerware programs, everything else you needed was included in OS X. However beginning with Mac OS X 10.7, (Lion), Apple removed Java from OS X. Apple still provide their version of Java for OS X but as a separate install. With the recent release of Mac OS X 10.10, (Yosemite), Apple decided to make it more difficult for the user to install Java. For this reason we have decided to release new versions of Readerware that include the necessary Java runtime files. This means that you have everything you need to run Readerware, no additional software is required. The downside is that the inclusion of Java does make the Readerware downloads much larger.

 

Installing Readerware on Mac OS X 10.7.3+

The new builds will run on Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. They will only run on Intel 64 bit Macs. You can download them from our main Mac OS X download page. You can download the bundle of all three Readerware programs or you can download individual programs. There is separate download for Readerware Client/Server Edition which includes the Readerware server, configuration utility and additional clients like the Readerware Loan Client. If you are running Readerware in client/server mode you need to install the standard Readerware download and the client/server download.

Readerware downloads are Apple disk image files, double click on the downloaded file to open the disk image. To install simply drag the program icons to your Applications folder. If you are upgrading to a new version of Readerware 3, select the Replace option when prompted.

These new self contained builds use the latest Mac OS X look and feel.

 

Installing Readerware Legacy builds

Readerware legacy builds support Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, they will work on both Intel and Power PC machines, on both 32 bit and 64 bit machines. They do require Java to be installed. If you are running Readerware on Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.6, you will already have Java installed as part of the operating system. Users of Mac OS X 10.7 or higher will be prompted to install Java the first time you run a Readerware program. You will only need to do this once. For help installing Apple Java, follow these links: Lion 10,7, Mountain Lion 10.8, Mavericks 10.9, Yosemite 10.10.

As you can see our legacy builds will continue to run on the newer versions of OS X. Users of Mac OS X10.4 through 10.7.3, users with Power PC or Intel 32 bit machines, must use the legacy build. Other users can choose which build to use. The legacy downloads are smaller but because they were designed for older versions of OS X, they continue to use the Aqua look and feel. The self contained builds use the new look and feel.

You can download our Mac OS X legacy builds from the legacy download page.

There are separate downloads for Readerware and for Readerware Client/Server Edition which includes the Readerware server, configuration utility and additional clients like the Readerware Loan Client. If you are running Readerware in client/server mode you need to install the standard Readerware download and the client/server download.

Readerware downloads are Apple disk image files, double click on the downloaded file to open the disk image. To install simply drag the program icons to your Applications folder. If you are upgrading to a new version of Readerware 3, select the Replace option when prompted.

 

Installing Readerware From a Disk Image File

Both versions of Readerware described above are distributed as Apple disk image files, the basic process of installing Readerware from a disk image is the same for both versions.

 

Readerware dosk image files

Here you see two Readerware disk image files in our Downloads folder. The first step is to open the disk image. Double-Click on the disk image icon to open it.

 

You must agree to the license terms, click on the Agree button

 

The contents of the disk image are displayed. To install simply drag the Readerware application icon to the Applications folder shortcut on the right. For example to install Readerware 3 (Books) you would simply drag the Readerware 3 (Books) icon to the Applications folder shortcut.

 

If you are upgrading Readerware you will see the above dialog. Mac OS X is telling you that there is already a Readerware 3 (Books) application in your Applications folder. As we are upgrading Readerware you must click on the Replace button.

Readerware is now installed. You can eject the disk image as it is no longer needed. Go to your Applications folder and double click on the appropriate Readerware icon to launch the program. Once it is running you can add it to the dock for easy access.