Got a mac? Want estimating software for a mac?

All HBXL software packages have been written for PC’s but that does not mean you will have problems using HBXL estimating software for a Mac.

If you are a Mac User and want to know how to run HBXL software there are certain things you need to be aware of, including that you need to run a virtual Windows environment and with certain packages, you also need Microsoft Office.estimating software for a mac


To run our any of our programs such as our estimating software for a Mac there are several requirements that you have to setup.

  1. Firstly you need to have either Bootcamp, Parallels or VMware Fusion. These are environments which will allow you to run Windows on your Mac. Bootcamp is included free with some Macs, but you have to reboot your Mac to switch between Mac OS and Windows. Parallels and Fusion allow you to run Windows at the same time as Mac OS so you can just switch between the two without having to reboot.
  2. Secondly you will need MS Windows installed on your MAC. This can be Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 10. Please check the memory requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and 10. You need a MAC with an absolute minimum of 4GB of RAM. However, we recommend a minimum of 8GB to run our software effectively . This will allow you to partition 4GB of RAM for Windows to utilise.
  3. Note: Before installing Windows 7, 8  or 10 on your MAC, we recommend that you double check that you have a compatible version of Bootcamp (v3.1 or later), Parallels (v5.0 or later) or Fusion (v3.0 or later). Some earlier versions may not be compatible with Windows 7,8 or 10. With Parallels, they often release newer versions of their software which have more features and support older versions more effectively. For example Parallels v13 is needed for Windows 10 with the Creator update (the 2017 edition of Windows 10).
  4. The third requirement is for users of EstimatorXpress only. This programme uses Microsoft Office software applications and therefore requires any user to have fully working copies of MS Word and MS Excel which are both bundled in Microsoft Office. You must be running MS Office 2007 version or later, and this must be a 32bit Edition.  This must be a version of Microsoft Office that is installed onto Windows.

Note: If you have a Macintosh version of Microsoft Office this will not work as you need to have a true PC copy of Microsoft Office running in the Windows environment.

Please note that HBXL are only qualified to offer support for our own HBXL products. We therefore do not offer support on the setup of operating systems (whether PC or MAC). And/or virtual environments through use of products such as Bootcamp, Parallels or Fusion.