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Is ASAP Utilities also available for the Apple Mac?

Date: June 28, 2005 (last updated on August 16, 2012)
reference id: QA0038


Is ASAP Utilities also available for the Apple Macintosh versions of Excel?


Unfortunately, not there isn't, we don't have a special edition for the Mac editions of MS Excel. But you can use a workaround to use ASAP Utilities on your Apple Mac.
At this moment we're concentrating all our energy on making ASAP Utilities better for the Windows versions of Excel since (by far) the most people are using the windows version. To be able to use ASAP Utilities on the Mac version of Excel some re-programming is needed and for Mac Office version 2008 we even need to completely rewrite ASAP Utilities.

If anybody has statistics on how many people are using the Mac version of Excel I would like to know these. I'm also curious about the future plans of Microsoft with the Mac version of Excel.

Perhaps in the future there will be a version of ASAP Utilities that will work with the Mac version of Excel but it is nearly at the bottom of our to-do list right now. Furthermore the future of VBA (the programming language most macros and ASAP Utilities uses) was for a long time uncertain for the next versions of MS Excel for the Mac (vbaexpress.com/forum/..). In version 2008 it was completely removed by Microsoft which caused all normal Excel macros not to work. Fortunately in Mac Excel 2011 Microsoft has brought it back.

mac-office-excel-2008.pngMicrosoft had dropped vba-macros in  Mac Office 2008

Support for VBA in the Mac OS X version of Microsoft Office was dropped with the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, in favor of AppleScript. Microsoft, however, has also clearly stated that they have no plans to remove VBA from the Windows version of Office.

Removing VBA support requires a complete rewrite of ASAP Utilities in a new programming language and that is not something we have planned to do in a near future.

Support for VBA (standard Excel macros) is back in Mac Office 2011

Microsoft Excel 2011 for MacGood news, MS has brought back the support for macros written in VBA (the default for macros) in Mac Office 2011.

ZDnet: VBA to make its triumphant return to Excel 2011 for Mac
Macworld.com: Microsoft to bring back Visual Basic in Office for Mac

Unfortunately still not fully compatible with the Excel for Windows

The latest version of Mac Office still doesn't supports COM add-ins. ASAP Utilities consists of two type of add-ins. The first is a common "Excel Add-in" (ASAP Utilities.xla), the second is "COM Add-in" (ASAP_Utilities.dll), which is faster then a general Excel Add-in and less easy to crack and for these reasons contains nearly all of the macros. Unfortunately this second type of add-in still isn't supported by the Mac edition of Excel.

The two parts of ASAP Utilities

System Requirements

Detailed information about the system requirements of ASAP Utilities.

Workaround to run Windows (and ASAP Utilities) on your Mac

From the Apple website:

Your Mac can run Windows too"Have a Windows application you need to use once in a while? No problem. Every new Mac lets you install and run Windows at native speeds, using a built-in utility called Boot Camp.

Setup is simple and safe for your Mac files. After you’ve completed the installation, you can boot up your Mac using either Mac OS X or Windows. (That’s why it’s called Boot Camp.) Or if you want to run Windows and Mac applications at the same time — without rebooting — you can install Windows using VMware or Parallels software."

Parallels Desktop for Mac
VMWare Fusion
Virtual Box
Apple Boot Camp support page

With one of these workarounds you are able to run the Windows version of Excel. And then you can benefit from all the tools in ASAP Utilities to help you otherwise perhaps with the tedious and time-consuming tasks.

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