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Q: Emulation of a MAC browser from a PC to check website view ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Emulation of a MAC browser from a PC to check website view
Category: Computers > Programming
Asked by: margi-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 25 Dec 2003 11:26 PST
Expires: 24 Jan 2004 11:26 PST
Question ID: 290243
Is there a way to emulate a MAC GUI from a PC so that I can see how a
website looks from a MAC? If so, please simply direct me to a program
download area (open source preferred, or free/share ware if possible.)

Margi - ga
Subject: Re: Emulation of a MAC browser from a PC to check website view
Answered By: haversian-ga on 25 Dec 2003 13:01 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello mardi-ga,

There are several approaches you could take here.  The easiest, and
the one I am most familiar with, is to emulate the mac OS on your
Windows (or Linux) computer.   There is a company ( ) that provides a software M680x0 CPU and
emulates the mac OS.  Last I checked, there was complete emulation for
system 6, and partial (though it worked for everything I tried)
emulation of 7/8.  This allows you to simply install the software you
want to use, and it will work just as it would on a real mac.

The other approach is to emulate just the hardware (CPU, BIOS, memory,
I/O devices, etc.) and run a real copy of whichever mac OS you want. 
Since Apple's BIOS code is non-public, you must have access to an
actual mac to run a piece of software on to get a copy of this code. 
You also need a copy of the macOS.  The most popular is Basilisk,
which allows you to run any macOS up to 8.1, with recent ROM images. 
See the Basilisk homepage for more information.

I hope this helps,


Search terms:

MacOS emulation
m68k emulation

Useful links:
The Google Directory - macOS emulators:
Ardi, inc.

Basilisk homepage
margi-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Thanks. This is the same info I found doing google searches. I was
really simply looking for something that would simulate/emulate what a
website would look like on a mac -- I don't want to run a variety of
software, and I'm concerned about possibly jeopardizing the stability
of my system by making changes to any critical areas. I guess our best
bet is still to pay someone to review the sites before they go live
(which is what we've been doing since we are a PC shop - sometimes the
alignment is off, or the tables look odd, other than that they usually
turn out OK on the MAC.) As a side note to anyone reading this,
Basilisk may not be an option since you still need a copy of MacOS and
a Macintosh ROM image to use it, and the folks have been out
of commission since this summer, so be careful if you install it since
tech support is unlikely.

Here's a new application idea ... website developers on any platform
could send a URL to an ASP service, and that ASP service would access
the domain from a variety of browsers and platforms and return to the
user a report of screenshots/captures from each browser type. I used
to keep MACs and PCs in our environment, but with things changing so
rapidly, we had to make a choice of which platform we would maintain.
If we didn't have so many other business services, I would've stayed
with MAC...


Subject: Re: Emulation of a MAC browser from a PC to check website view
From: jpennington-ga on 15 Aug 2004 09:28 PDT
Browser Cam does exactly that.

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