Is there an app that will let Macs run PC programs, games, etc? This would be a boon for all us users. Not like Parallel. Just programs not large apps like Works kinds.
Fortunately for the Mac users, the Adware and Spyware industry is still, as of 2005
Bordeaux is a option see : http://www.bordeauxgroup.com/ Bordeaux runs on Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, PC-BSD and OpenSolaris. Bordeaux only cost $20.00 and comes with six months of upgrades. Bordeaux also has Pulse Audio support built in thier custom wine build. We also have the un supported DIB engine built in and much more.
Bordeaux Store : http://www.bordeauxgroup.com/store/bordeaux-software
I have tried Parallels and Boot Camp and was disappointed with both. Just got VM Fusion and find it to work brilliantly.
When I want to run a pc game or program I'll check Crossover. It is the simplest way of running pc stuff on the mac that I know of. One can do a search and see if the program/game works through Crossover before trying it.
I'll second the comment on Crossover, $39. 30 test version available. I run MS Office 2007 and some games too, even the old Sonic the Hedgehog.
Since you said you didn't want to use Parallels, I'm assuming you don't want to use Virtual machines at all.
The best free option is called WineBottler(as mentioned by the Fruitgeek the Mac Blogger). It's basically a simpler version of WINE for OS X. You can find it at http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/
Another option is crossover. Crossover is a program that uses WINE as its base, but improves upon WINE's functionality in OS X. You can purchase the program from Codeweavers. There are 2 OS X versions, one for applications and one specifically designed for Games. http://www.codeweavers.com/
Wine is the best. However, wine itself can be difficult to install on a Mac. So, I recommend Wine Bottler. Wine Bottler is a prepackaged installer for Wine, it is the exact same software and more. (http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/)- It does not work on all Win apps, but it is free and easy.
Also, you could run Win 7 in virtual box (virtualbox.org, free) which is like Parallels and VMWare Fusion. The latter two cost money, and all three of these require a copy of Windows- more money if you don't have one already.
Also, if you have a copy of Windows, you can use BootCamp on your Mac- launch the utility, partition your hard drive, and install this one. This is perhaps the most inconvenient of them all because you need a copy of Windows and you must reboot your computer (you can't run OS X @ the same time).
I have an article on my blog (it's very popular) about these different methods. Please read it (http://fruitgeek.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/run-exe-files-on-a-mac/).
I hope this helps.
try parallel desktop
If you don't want to reboot your computer every time you want to use a Windows program, you could try Wine, which is free. Here's a tutorial on how to install and use it.
the best way is to install a windows through bootcamp, so that all the graphic card memory is dedicated to the game. no lack of stuff.
some games r available for mac too..
If you are using games, this is best, but if you are just using lightweight niche programs/freeware, Wine or VirtualBox should be suffiecient (see my other FruitGeek the Mac blogger comment below)