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Using Apple hardware (a MAC) with On Center's Products - OST QB DPC OASIS OTK OFC

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Does On Center Software permit/support running its products on Apple products such as MACs, iPads, and iPhones?


Yes, but that "yes" is qualified. The level to which On Center supports our products on MACs varies with the product and version of that product you are using. None of On Center's desktop products can be installed directly within MAC OSX, you must be running Windows on a MAC.

There are two ways to run Windows on a MAC:

  • Bootcamp - this is a separate partition from the MAC operating system (MAC OSX) on which a stand-alone installation of Windows is running. This allows the user to run Windows or MAC OSX but not both at the same time. Because this is a just a regular installation of Windows, as long as your version of Windows is supported, you are good to go and can install any On Center Software products you own.
  • Parallels (or any other virtualization product) - this allows a MAC OSX user to run a virtualized installation of Windows within the MAC OSX environment. This is not a stand-alone installation of Windows, it is sort of like running Windows within a window, so to speak. If you install the products in this environment, the version of the software you install dictates how you can license it.

Although a MAC that supports running Windows in a virtual environment or in Bootcamp should be able to run On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, or Digital Production Control, we do not test our products in this environment and cannot guarantee that your specific MAC provides a suitable environment. We test our products on native Windows machines only. Newer MACs use processors that are not compatible with Windows anymore and do not support running Windows in Bootcamp. These machines (powered by "M1" and newer chips) may not be able to run Windows in Parallels either. You may not be able to install OST, QB, or DPC on a MAC powered by an M1 (or newer) chip. Please contact Parallel's directly for more information

iPads, iPods, and iPhones run an operating system that is not compatible with Windows applications such as On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, Digital Production Control. All Classic products (OST, QB, DPC) are Windows-based products and must be installed in a Windows environment.

The following applies to installing On Center products in a virtual environment (such as Parallels for MAC) on an Apple Computer running MAC OSX.


The version of the Classic products you install on your MAC dictates how you can license your product(s).

Products released after 1/1/2018, such as On-Screen Takeoff/Digital Production Control version 3.95 and higher and Quick Bid version 4.97 and higher can be licensed using local or license manager licenses. The environment where Windows is running is no longer considered as there are other safeguards to prevent unauthorized distribution of licenses. On Center may update previous (lower numerically) versions of some products to utility the new Cloud-based licensing system. Check each product's Release Notes by clicking on a product button above to view the product information page where you can view current and previous version information.

Products released prior to 12/31/2017, such as On-Screen Takeoff/Digital Production Control version and lower and Quick Bid version and earlier cannot use "local" licenses when installed in any virtual environment. To license these versions in any virtual environment, you will need to use a network (license manager) license. Enterprise License Manager (ELM) is only supported on Windows machines, the system requirements vary a little, based on whether you are installing the license manager on a physical server or on a virtual Windows server. Review the System Requirements for your licensing system before you try to use older versions of On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, or Digital Production Control on a MAC.

Enterprise License Manager (ELM) cannot be installed on a MAC or in a virtualized environment running on a MAC. If you are using an older version of a Classic product, you must have a physical windows machine running within your network on which you can install ELM.

Tablet PCs

In the market for something similar to the iPad for use with On Center's Classic line of products? Check out our FAQ Using Tablet PCs with On Center's Products FAQ. Most new Windows 10 tablets are fully capable of running On Center Software, including On-Screen Takeoff/Digital Production Control, and Quick Bid - just make sure they support installing an application from outside the Microsoft Storeā„¢.

Product documentation (user guides) describes functionality in the latest version of each major release and may not match the functionality in the version you are using. Please check the Product Information and Downloads pages by clicking one of the product buttons above.

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