@georgeb, I’m glad to read that CrossOver solved the issue for you.
I was about to buy a Mac this year, but when I read of 32-bits support being dropped I changed my mind, because I was going to work with/on many legacy application that are only available as 32-bit apps.
In the Downloads » Mac OS and Linux page it states:
Currently the software does not run under the new Mac OSX Catalina because it does not allow 32Bit software anymore! Two things are to be solved, Pro Motion must become a 64Bit application which is planned to be done with 2020. The Wine authors must create a compatible 64Bit version. They are already working hard on it.
So it looks like the real problem right now is the lack of a 64-bit version of Wine, not so much the lack of a 64-bit version of PM NG.
If my understanding is correct, when Wine x64 will be released it should also support running 32-bit apps (just like CrossOver) for it should re-introduce 32-bit drivers implemented in x64 — I’m asking confirmation for this, for when this happens I might consider again buying a Mac myself, but not before.
So, any feedback on the various ways that PM NG can be run on Catalina is much appreciated.
Question: does Catalina natively support mounting virtual machines (like VMWare Workstation Player and VirtualBox)? If a full Win OS could be mounted on the hypervisor, PMNG should be usable since Win x64 editions always support running 32-bit apps natively — after all, the x86-64 architecure is designed to support 32-bit under “legacy mode/protected” and “long mode/compatiblity”, it’s just Apple that arbitrarily decided to deny macOS users from using the full power of their hardware.
Using a VM with Win OS could be an alternative solution, although it would still require a full license for Windows (and the VM hypervisor, if macOS doesn’t provide/have a free one).