Getting Genie Scout to work with Mac

Installing Genie Scout with WineBottler is easy and fast

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    As mentioned, Genie Scout 2011 works under Mac if set up with WineBottler (Download link), which is a free program. It takes about 5 minutes to set up, but you have to do 1-2 things right during installation so here's a quick guide:

    Step 1
    Open WineBottler and select "Create Custom Prefixes", then press "select File" and select the Genie Scout installer ".exe"-file from where you unpacked it to. Under "prefix template" be sure you have selected "new prefix". It should look like this:
    Correct setup

    Step 2
    Press "Install", enter a name and select the location for the app that WineBottler will create, press "Save" and the WineBottler install window will start working.

    Step 3
    Let it work until the Genie Scout Setup window appears, it shouldn't take more than about half a minute. Press "Next" through the different options, until you get the "Install" button and let it install.

    IMPORTANT: When it's done installing untick "Launch Application" before pressing "Finish".

    Step 4
    The WineBottler install window will prompt you to "Select Startfile". It's set to "iexplore.exe" by default, instead choose "FMGenieScout.exe" from the list and press OK. Close WineBottler and open the app that you created. You will probably get an error message stating that the program is corrupted and you should download the correct version from fmscout.com. Press OK and the program will launch and work just fine.

    You're done :)

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    Notes:

    1) Genie Scout comes up with the error message after communicating with the Genie Scout website, if you block the program with Little Snitch it won't come up with the error message, but I don't know if this interferes with the ads in the program so it's not recommended to do so. It seems that it's this error message or the fact that the Genie Scout installation package seems to point towards iexplore.exe as the main executable that could be the problem when trying to run with CrossOver or DarWine.

    2) If Genie Scout hangs when reaching "Loading Language Data" or doesn't launch at all, make sure to close down X11 and all assorted background processes before you launch the app again. In Activity Monitor you can sort the background processes by PID and they will usually be those with higher numbers. You will have to close down all files with names such as "wine", "Xquartz", "wineserver" "xinit" etc. There's usually about 10 processes running in the background that aren't always closed down properly and closing them all manually is a drag, but it beats having to reboot the computer to get it to work again.

    3) Some people have problems with not having the correct options in the drop-down menu in step 4. This standalone app might solve your problem, just download, unzip and launch:

    File name: Standalone Genie Scout update b128.zip File size: 74.08 MB

    This post was edited by dane0 (2011-02-17 23:41, 4 years ago)
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    Thanks for this guide mate, good job!

    I edited your text to make it slightly more readable.
    I hope you don't mind :)


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    Everything goes well until step 4 for me. When the "select startfile" pops up the options given to me in the list are "iexplore.exe" and "winefile". There is no "FMGenieScout.exe" on the list.

    Is there something I did wrong?

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    Seems pretty strange to me. I just redid the entire process on my girlfriend's MacBook and everything worked without a hitch. Try rebooting your system and redoing the process, as these virtualization programs are rather finicky and sometimes things will just go wrong for no apparent reason.

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    # Keto : Everything goes well until step 4 for me. When the "select startfile" pops up the options given to me in the list are "iexplore.exe" and "winefile". There is no "FMGenieScout.exe" on the list.

    Is there something I did wrong?

    I've got exactly the same issue here. There is just no option to select FMGenieScout.exe. Just WineFile (which I picked and it doesn't work) and iexplore.exe


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    I'll copy/paste a similar guide by dan-erik that he posted as a comment on our GS11 download page. I didn't check if it's the exact same process, but I'm including it anyway.

    Here's a step by step guide to make a working Mac OS X app.

    1) Download Winebottler and install from http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/
    2) Download and unpack the Genie Scout installer
    3) Double click on the GS exe file and open it with Winebottler
    4) Choose "Convert to simple..."
    5) Click "Install" in the next window.
    6) Name the app "FM genie scout" or similar and choose to install it in your program folder
    7) The GS installer will open. Just follow the steps and install in the default directory.
    8) UNCLICK THE LAUNCH APPLICATION IN THE LAST STEP OF THE INSTALLER!
    9) In the select Startfile choose the FMGenieScout.exe
    10) Open Genie scout and fully enjoy FM 2011 :).

    I had to make a full install to make it work.


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    I tried selecting the iexplore.exe file aswell, but that doesn't work either :/
    It doesn't seem like a very plausible scenario, but I might've overseen something, so here is a screenshot..


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    For those of you with trouble getting it installed properly, this file might make it work for you. Just unpack and run the app.

    Standalone Genie Scout app for Mac

    It's basically just an application package with both the Wine framework and the Genie Scout program installed so that it runs independently of the host machine and it's WineBottler/Wine installation. While it should work, it takes up a lot of space and might infringe on what is allowed to do with the program. If that is the case please remove the link...

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    # dane0 : For those of you with trouble getting it installed properly, this file might make it work for you. Just unpack and run the app.

    Standalone Genie Scout app for Mac

    It's basically just an application package with both the Wine framework and the Genie Scout program installed so that it runs independently of the host machine and it's WineBottler/Wine installation. While it should work, it takes up a lot of space and might infringe on what is allowed to do with the program. If that is the case please remove the link...

    Woo it works :D (Graphics aren't as good as on the windows version, but that doesn't really matter :P)


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    Anyone else get an error halfway through installing in step 2?

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    # heyhowie : Anyone else get an error halfway through installing in step 2?

    What kind of error?

    I got an error at first but I solved it by making a full install of Genie.

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    Yeah, what was the error you got? If you can't get it to work at all, try following the link for the "Standalone" Genie Scout, which could help you...

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    Hey dane0,

    would you be able to upload another one of those standalone genie scout apps for the new patch? :)
    I just can't get it to work through wine :S


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    Sorry, been way too busy with university to even take a look at my computer for the last couple of days. Will do one tomorrow afternoon, as I have a bit of free time there...


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