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Platform preferences? September 5, 2011

Posted by gbsoftware in Uncategorized.
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PCAD has always been a PC-based software system. (Well, at least as long as there have been PCs. Earlier versions ran on DEC mainframes and minicomputers, if there’s anyone out there old enough to remember them.) We started PC work on DOS, and migrated to Windows many years ago.

From time to time, we’re asked if PCAD can run on other platforms. The answer, in theory, is yes. There is nothing in the underlying processing that PCAD performs that is tied to Windows. As a practical matter, however, the user interface is dependent on the underlying operating system, which means that moving to some other platform (Linux, MacOS, etc.) could require a fair amount of new development. Supporting multiple platforms is also usually more costly than supporting only one.

All that said, we’re interested in finding out if there’s significant demand for PCAD on other platforms. The obvious targets would be the Apple Mac and (one or more flavors of) Linux. It’s also possible to imagine a web-based version of PCAD, though that raises many thorny issues of privacy and data protection that are potentially simpler in a single-machine environment.

Right now, we’re not sure that there’s a good story about PCAD on a smartphone (or on a tablet), other than possibly though a web-based implementation accessed through a browser – but perhaps we’re not thinking it through clearly.

Let us know, either in comments here or in email to our support or info addresses, if you would license a version of PCAD for the Mac or Linux, if you would use a web-based version of PCAD, or if you see a way that the functionality would be useful to you on a phone/tablet. Thanks for the input!



1. Amy Anderson - December 21, 2015

I’m so glad to have found your blog. I’m working on a dissertation on hope, and one of my readers strongly suggested analyzing my narrative data with PCAD. I’ve only just now found the PCAD 2000 information, so I’m hoping I can make PCAD 3 work on the more recent versions of Windows. The earliest version I have access to is Windows 7.

gbsoftware - December 21, 2015

PCAD3 works on most any version of Windows – I can’t guarantee Windows 3.0, 3.1 and other very early versions, but it does work on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.

We’re in the process of shifting to make PCAD3 the official release and PCAD2000 a previous version. We hope to have this shift completed by the end of the year. Both versions are currently available on the download page – the difference will mostly be a matter updated documentation and dates.

Feel free to email info@gb-software.com if you have questions or need more information, and thanks for your interest in PCAD.

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