Parallels, Fusion, Northstar Access, Crossover for IE to run MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Palm Breeze Realty, LLC

Does anyone have any experience with any of these programs to run Internet Explorer and MLXchange by MarketLinx for your MLS system?

If you're a user of MLXchange by MarketLinx, I'd like to chat with you. My MLS program which is web-based only runs on IE and I'm using a Mac .

Anyone out there?

Comments (5)

shannon Ackley

I have used Parallels and VM Fusion to run IE but not for the MLS. I'm a designer who wandered over from the staging boards. I have to run IE in order to use Hunter Douglas' online ordering system and found Parallels and VM Fusion to be a bit kludgy. I went back to using Apple's Bootcamp on my partitioned drive because I found using Windows runs more smoothly and the restarting seemed to take less time than go back and forth on the virtual desktop.

May 12, 2008 01:04 PM
Lisa Curt
Palm Breeze Realty, LLC - Nokomis, FL

Seems my MLS will only run with IE SP2 or higher....Crossover only supports IE I had to uninstall I'm looking at Northstar Acess which is similar to Crossover in that I won't have to install XP on my Mac or run Boot Camp....

I'll keep you posted.

May 16, 2008 01:37 PM
Tracy Hare

I tried Crossover, and it won't do Paragon 4. Fusion does everything though. It runs Windows XP or Vista in a window on your OS X desktop, or full screen on any of your monitors. Performs just like you're running windows, you can even drag pdf files and photos and such from one operating system into the other with ease. Best of all, windows runs much faster and more reliably on my Mac. It suspends and recovers windows much faster than the hibernation feature of windows itself. I've got a shortcut on my OS X desktop that starts Fusion, Opens XP, Opens IE7, and takes me straight to Paragon 4 login in under 15 seconds.

Until the MLS vendors get some programming ability, this is a great fix.

Jun 21, 2008 07:53 AM
Lisa Curt
Palm Breeze Realty, LLC - Nokomis, FL

Update.....I gave up on the Crossover experience because it wouldn't accomodate IE SP2, so I couldn't run my MLXchange on it. After some investigation I came across a site linked from Apple where the real estate agent used Northstar Access to access a web based internet explorer and I subscribed. I like it because it does what I need...which is to access IE via a web server without putting any windows programs on my Mac. I can also access my Point2 website this way because that only runs with IE. Next is to download the Zipform Mac Connect and I think I'll be fully up and runnlng with my Mac for real estate.


Sep 03, 2008 08:56 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

I have switched from Parallels to Bootcamp and I gained some performance back from my MacBook Pro.  The only downside I have experienced is the need for restarting when switching from OS mode to Windows mode.  

Dec 27, 2009 02:56 AM