Analytic Solver Desktop won't work with Excel for Mac.
Analytic Solver Cloud will work with Excel for Mac, but an Office 365 subscription is required.
Learn Why. If you are using a Mac, your best option is Analytic Solver Cloud. Students: Learn about free Office 365 subscriptions. If for some reason you can't get an Office 365 subscription, you still have options:
If you can't use Analytic Solver Cloud, the best option for using our software on a Mac is to install Microsoft Windows, either in a dual-boot setup on your hard disk, or running under VM (virtual machine) software such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels. This is recommended for students who for some reason cannot use an Office 365 subscription -- it is the only way to use Analytic Solver Desktop for Windows on a Mac desktop or laptop, since this software won't run directly under Mac OSX. (But an Office 365 subscription and Analytic Solver Cloud is better!)
Any of Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 is sufficient. Once Windows is installed, you can install Microsoft Office (or just Excel) 2019, 2016, 2013, or 2010. You can then download and run any of our Setup.exe programs to install our software. Used this way, a Mac or MacBook makes an excellent computer for Frontline Solvers -- we often run our software on MacBooks in this way at our company.
You can use the Solver included in Excel for Mac to define and solve basic optimization problems. But you won't be able to use Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis, solve optimization problems involving uncertainty and risk, or use the forecasting, data mining or text mining features of Analytic Solver Cloud, Analytic Solver Desktop or AnalyticSolver.com. You can define a basic optimization model using Solver in Excel for Mac, save the workbook, open that workbook in AnalyticSolver.com (see below), and solve it there and extend it further.
The basic Excel Solver is included when you install Microsoft Excel 2011 or later for Mac. This has been true since Excel 2011 Service Pack 1 (Version 14.1.0). You do not have to (and should not try to) download Solver from this website. If you are still using Excel 2008 for Mac, we strongly recommend an upgrade to Excel 2011 or later. But if you absolutely cannot do this, you can download Solver for Excel 2008 here.
An Office 365 subscription is better -- but if for some reason you can't get or use one, and you can't use Office for Windows on a Mac or the basic Solver for Excel for Mac (as described above), your remaining option is to open a web browser to AnalyticSolver.com, our older cloud-based analytics platform. Please note that we are phasing out AnalyticSolver.com in 2020, in favor of Analytic Solver Cloud.
If you're a student, AnalyticSolver.com is designed to enable you to complete all of your class exercises, and even use a textbook that has screen shots and instructions using our software in Excel for Windows, on your Mac. It has essentially all the features, and the same user interface as Analytic Solver Cloud and Desktop, with a Ribbon that has the same tabs and icons, and a Task Pane on right with the same tabs and most of the same options. It offers a spreadsheet-like grid that works much like Excel, and you can open Excel workbooks (with extension .xlsx) and save models to Excel workbooks.
At AnalyticSolver.com, just click the Login button at the top right, and enter the same email address and password you used to register on Solver.com. If you cannot login this way, just register at www.solver.com/student or analyticsolver.com/student (registering again won't hurt). Registering on either site gives you an account on both sites. This assumes that your instructor has given you a Textbook Code and Course Code to register -- if he/she hasn't done this, ask him/her to call us at 775-831-0300 x141 and speak to our Academic Liason.
Two strong hints: (i) READ THE HELP on differences between Excel and the AnalyticSolver.com spreadsheet, and other minor differences in the analytics software, at AnalyticSolver.com/Home/About. (ii) If you already registered without a Textbook Code and Course Code, your license may expire on AnalyticSolver.com. To remedy this, get the Textbook Code and Course Code from your instructor, go to AnalyticSolver.com, click the Login button to login, then type https://analyticsolver.com/student in the browser address bar. This displays a short form where you can add your Graduation Date, Textbook Code and Course Code and click the Register button.