Let’s start this article with a short introduction of myself. I am a GIS and database specialist. I use a Windows machine to do my work using ArcGIS Pro, Leapfrog Geo, and some other GIS software. But recently, I bought a Macbook Pro M1 which is entirely different from Windows 11. Since there is no Mac version of ArcGIS Pro or Leapfrog Geo, I need to find a way how to use Leapfrog Geo on my Mac. For Intel Mac, we can easily install Windows on Boot Camp but this feature is no longer available in Apple Silicon Mac.
After doing some research and testing, finally I found a workaround for my situation. Now I can run Leapfrog Geo on my Macbook Pro M1. Even if it’s not natively installed on my Macbook but at least it works very well. I use Parallels Desktop to install Windows 11 on my M1 Macbook. Don’t be wrong. Even though it is a virtual machine, my Windows 11 works very well, smoothly, and is responsive.
Thanks to the Coherence feature in Parallels Desktop that allows us to directly open the Windows 11 app from the Mac. I like how Windows 11 integrates and blends with my macOS Ventura. Now my Windows apps look like they run directly on my Macbook. There is no Windows 11 taskbar or desktop shown on my Mac.
See how Leapfrog Geo runs on my M1 Mac
The Windows app icons are shown directly on my Mac Dock. It is simply awesome. Another interesting thing is the fact that I am using Windows 11 ARM installed on Parallels Desktop. It still can run Leapfrog Geo which is x86 software.
How to Run Leapfrog Geo on Macbook M1 (and other Windows software)
I haven’t tried much Windows 11 software on this system but at least Leapfrog Geo works very well. If you want to do the same, you can follow this general guide below.
- Install Parallels Desktop on macOS (Intel or Apple Silicon Mac)
- Create and Install Windows 11 on Parallels Desktop
- Install Leapfrog Geo on Windows 11
- Enable Coherence for a seamless view of the Windows 11 apps on your Mac
You can do this by clicking View | Enter Coherence from the Parallels Desktop menu
With these settings, I can run Leapfrog Geo on my Windows 11. The full acceleration is activated even though I can only get around 50 fps. Not bad, at least I still can do the work on my Mac.
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StephMarch 2, 2023
Hi, I am having this problem constantly by using parallel desktop: IO error writing data file
Are you able to help?
adminMarch 2, 2023
When does that issue happen? Is it when you save files to documents? Or when you start the vm?