After years of bringing you the very best bridge-related MAC links, we are happy to report that technology has finally come to a place where all platforms are able to access most bridge services online.
ONLINE PLAY SITES
Most online bridge clubs now use a browser-based interface for online play. This is great not only for people with Macs and other operating systems, but also because it does not require users to download software – you can play at the library, or in an internet cafe, and at home you don’t need to worry about updates and viruses. The new term for this kind of functionality is ‘in the cloud’. You can now play bridge ‘in the cloud’. (see footnote).
See our Great Bridge Links Online Play webpage for listings of Online Bridge Clubs.
Casinos, as well, now use browser-based play areas available to people on all platforms. Nya Casino (in Swedish) gives a bit of history for Mac users and offers a list of mac-friendly online casino sites.
BRIDGE SOFTWARE FOR MACS
BRIDGEPRO for Mac OSX 10.5+: After ten years, BridgePro™ has developed a major upgrade for its Macintosh OS X users. We invite you to try version 3.1.2. The ACBL Bridge Bulletin’s editor, Paul Linxwiler said of our interface that it is: “a clean, simple graphical presentation.” That has been further improved. More features and menu items have been added to make an exceptional user-friendly environment. Card play and bidding algorithms have been tweaked. Any questions write: email@example.com www.bridgepro.com
BRIDGE BARON – The most popular bridge playing software available to the Mac is Bridge Baron from Great Game Products which has just released its latest version, 25. Click here to download a free trial version.
APPS for IPHONE, IPAD
Visit our Bridge Apps (not currently available) page to find apps which play on iPhone
Convention card software has always been something lacking for Mac owners. However, these days there are convention card services online where you are able to create your card ‘in the cloud’ and print it out whenever you need it. You can keep various versions and notes as well. Visit our Bridge Bidding page for more information on Convention Cards
FOOTNOTE: IN THE CLOUD
Cloud computing is Internet-based (“cloud”) development and use of computer technology (“computing”). The cloud is a metaphor for the Internet (based on how it is depicted in computer network diagrams) and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals. It is a style of computing in which IT-related capabilities are provided “as a service”, allowing users to access technology-enabled services from the Internet (“in the cloud”) without knowledge of, expertise with, or control over the technology infrastructure that supports them. According to a 2008 paper published by IEEE Internet Computing “Cloud Computing is a paradigm in which information is permanently stored in servers on the Internet and cached temporarily on clients that include desktops, entertainment centers, table computers, notebooks, wall computers, handhelds, sensors, monitors, etc.” (Source: Wikipedia)