Lismore Software Systems has updated Blue Label PowerEmulator (BLPE), an application that lets Mac users run PC applications, to version 1.7. It’s designed for Mac OS 8 and 9 and hasn’t been made native for Mac OS X.
The update adds a new user interface complied within Apple guidelines; a Configuration Manager for working with various PC operating systems; more supported printers, including USB and network printers; and a Family License that lets users buy just one license for all Macs at home.
“BLPE 1.7 incorporates very simple graphical user interface, enabling anyone to easily learn its functions,” Alexander Grechishkin, CEO of Lismore Software Systems, told MacCentral. “This version supports such Apple technologies as Appearance Aware Interface, Navigation Services, Control Strip, which makes BLPE easier to use.”
Blue Label PowerEmulator can be launched during your Mac’s startup. BLPE has effective virtual memory and extensions management, plus it lets you quit all applications, including the Finder, Grechishkin said.
BLPE contains the MS-DOS compatible operating system. You can run DOS applications immediately after the BLPE installation.
“We don’t supply our emulator with any other operating system like Windows, because it will sharply increase its price,” Grechishkin said. “However, you can easily install many popular PC operating systems with BLPE that works on original PCs. The most optimal usage of Blue Label PowerEmulator is to run the applications, which don’t have severe system requirements. For example, it might be an educational program, home and business software, an Internet application, etc.”
BLPE 1.7 is available immediately from the Lismore online store for US$35 per copy with discounts for site licenses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. The price includes the Family License and free support. All registered users of any previous Blue Label PowerEmulator versions can update to version 1.7 for free.
BLPE runs on any Mac G3 or G4 system running Mac OS 8.x-9.x. You’ll need at least 64MB of available memory (128MB is recommended), and a minimum of 100MB of free hard disk space.