Saturday, November 30, 2013

CODEWEAVERS LAUNCHES CROSSOVER 13 FOR LINUX AND MAC

Update includes “Performance Enhanced Graphics,” promising massive improvements to gaming potency Frame rate improvements of 40%, 60%, or even more...
 
SAINT PAUL, Minn (November 12, 2013) — CodeWeavers, Inc., developer of CrossOver software which enables Mac and Linux users to run Windows software on their computers without the need of a Microsoft license, announced today the release of its new software, CrossOver 13.

The centerpiece of release 13 is a dramatic improvement in graphics performance, particularly for games. According to CodeWeavers’ CEO Jeremy White, “Even though it’s been shown in many studies that frame rate isn’t the only measure of game play satisfaction, the truth is that many gamers do measure their success by their frame rate. With Performance Enhanced Graphics, now they can play their games any time the moment’s right.”

The reaction from CodeWeavers beta testers has been euphoric. Though user’s mileage may vary depending on their individual… hardware, frame rate increases of between 40-60% (or more) have been noted on titles such as Torchlight 2. One tester noticed a 2x-3x improvement in StarCraft 2. According to another, "With CrossOver 13, I can re-live all of the greatest moments of my misspent gaming youth, with excellent, near-native performance. I can once again be a nano-augmented resurrected Viking warrior working for the NSA, while mowing down innocent civilians in a four-wheeled death machine! Thanks, CodeWeavers!”

The key to CrossOver 13 is a new series of technical enhancements referred to internally as “The Command Stream.” The Command Stream allows CrossOver’s underlying open-source technology, Wine, to process graphical commands separately from CPU-related commands. “This means there’s no waiting around for the GPU to finish what it’s doing,” said White. “Command Stream passes redraws to the GPU just the way it likes it—hard and fast. And everybody gets instant gratification as a result.”

White cautions that Performance Enhanced Graphics is not yet a magic (blue) pill for every game out there. “I can’t promise you that the Command Stream will work miracles on every title. Every GPU’s needs and physiology are slightly different, and not all of them will react as passionately to the Command Stream as others. But for many titles, even middle-aged titles, we’ve been very pleased by what we’ve seen. Many folks will notice that Performance Enhanced Graphics gives them the confidence they need to be ready to play their favorite games. So, if you haven’t tried CrossOver for a while, now is a great time to give it a whirl again.”

CrossOver 13 is immediately available at www.CodeWeavers.com. Ask your computer doctor if CrossOver 13 is right for you, or download a free trial from www.CodeWeavers.com and try it in the privacy of your own home.

Wondering if your favorite Windows software title will run under CrossOver? Visit c4.codeweavers.com to find out.

About CodeWeavers
Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers focuses on the development of Wine –the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. The company’s goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster and more painless to port Windows software to Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to www.codeweavers.com.

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Announcing CrossOver 13.0.0

Hello all,

I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 13.0.0 for both Mac OS X and Linux.

The focus of CrossOver 13.0.0 is better performance for games. CrossOver 13.0.0 includes our new Performance Enhanced Graphics. With Performance Enhanced Graphics, CrossOver creates a dedicated thread for graphics commands, making better use of the CPU and GPU.  During in-house testing we have seen some frame rates double what they were with earlier versions of CrossOver.

CrossOver 13.0.0 also includes numerous other enhancements for your favorite Windows applications.  This release includes a new version of Wine - the open source Windows API layer that makes your Windows applications run.  On the Mac, CrossOver 13.0.0 includes several fixes to our Mac Driver.  On Linux, we are now shipping multiarch packages on Debian-based distributions, which should make for smoother installation of CrossOver.

A changelog for CrossOver 13.0.0 is shown below.

Mac customers with active support entitlements will be upgraded to Crossover 13 the next time they launch Crossover. Linux users can download the latest version from http://www.codeweavers.com/.

If Crossover asks for registration use your codeweavers.com email address & password to register and unlock Crossover. Email info@codeweavers.com if you need more help.

Thank you all for your support, and we hope you enjoy CrossOver 13.0.0!  

Changelog:
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CrossOver 13.0.0 - 11/12/2013

* Games Support:

 o CrossOver 13 has our new Performance Enhanced Graphics. Games will run faster, with higher frame rates! This is a major overhaul of the 3D graphics processing in CrossOver, and gives significant improvements in many, many popular games.
 o The launcher for Borderlands 2 is working.
 o Both the Gem Store and mouse work with Guild Wars 2.
 o The mouse pointer in Terraria is now accurate when the window is resized or zoomed.
 o Rendering bugs with RIFT on NVIDIA hardware are fixed.
 o Multi-core rendering can now be enabled in Source games.
 o Mirror's Edge now runs under CrossOver.

* Mac OS X:

 o Input Managers will no longer cause Windows applications running under CrossOver to crash.
 o When you Command-Tab out of a full-screen program and then back, CrossOver will restore that program's display resolution setting.
 o CrossOver uses accelerated OpenGL in all cases.
 o Added support for Mac-style full-screen windows.
 o Enhanced the system tray icon support to handle right-clicks and middle-clicks.
 o Fix a bug which could cause CrossOver to display two mouse cursors in some applications.
 o Lots of window management fixes.
 o Fixed scrolling going diagonal when it shouldn't.
 o Fixed certain programs (e.g. Quicken 2013) failing to launch when using certain keyboard layouts (e.g. US International PC).
 o Fixed a bug where the select-bottle section of the Software Installer window would say Please Wait forever.
 o Improved icon extraction from Windows executables.
 
* Linux:

 o Architecture specifications have been removed from our package installer filenames. That is, our package installers filenames no longer include the 'i386' specifier. This is purely a cosmetic change in the filenames we ship - some customers were confused, believing they needed a different installer for 64-bit machines, which is not true after the switch to multiarch.
 o Files saved with Microsoft Office are no longer marked as 'executable,' meaning they can be opened by clicking on them in Nautilus or other file browsers.

* Application Support:

 o Project 2010 will run faster.
 o Macros function much better in Microsoft Excel.
 o Access 2000 user interaction is smoother on OS X.
 o The system tray for QQ is functional now on OS X.
 o Kayak Foundry will load files again.
 o Fixed a crash in the Chinese version of Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Wine 1.7.7 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.7 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • Support for configuring remote shares using Samba's NetAPI library.
  • Multiple keyboard layouts support in the Mac driver.
  • Improved embedding support through XEMBED.
  • Support for arrays in VBScript.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Bugs fixed in 1.7.7 (total 49):

   9853  Splinter Cell: CT crashes with an unahandled exception
  14752  Blood 2 (v. 2.1): mouse input not working
  15808  wine's system tray should not wake the cpu when idle
  15868  Tomb Raider underworld demo big troubles
  16121  Word 2003/2007 Bold Face Type Bug
  17037  mountmgr.sys: Wine does not recognise empty DVD-ROMs
  18394  Touhou 9 - Phantasmagoria of Flower View, patching from 1.00 to 1.50a breaks the game
  18763  Program error window for DVD Profiler (with no obvious error)
  20068  Monster Jam: No textures
  21400  PowerPoint 2007 never displays slides 2 or 3 in normal view when paging down
  21561  Frontpage 2003 crashes when adding URL or exiting the program
  21739  Mouse in Nostale not working
  21884  Resident Evil 2: no sound and annoying dialog window
  24849  toolbar buttons in .chm file viewer are not working
  24960  BioEdit crashes with "setup_exception_record stack overflow"
  25635  Every single line is underlined in Dreamweaver codeview
  25877  Mirror does not render properly in Sims 3 sim customization scene
  25923  UltraNitroRacers: Fails to launch with built-in quartz
  25924  UltraNitroRacers: Graphics garbled
  26475  Homefront (Steam) crashes at launch
  26641  CivCity Rome 1.1: text and graphics missing
  26702  Desert Gunner crashes in the main menu
  26860  Tomb Raider Underworld crashes on startup
  27925  IBExpert cease work from 1.3.25
  28862  cannot download watchtower library 2010
  28888  Alt-tabbing from windowed Kanon makes it think alt is held down
  29691  Anno 1404 addon 2.1 update installer after clicking the next-button crashes
  31025  vbscript doesn't support arrays
  31347  Windows Performance Toolkit "xperf.exe" tool for Windows on ARM (WoA) needs KERNEL32.dll.ResolveDelayLoadedAPI
  32734  Caesar IV crashes at launch
  32970  Installing Microsoft Fix it 50356 fails
  33668  Physx 9.12.1031 : Installation fails in 64-bit WINEPREFIX
  33695  Mafia 2 - Failed to create a vertex buffer object
  34034  Locale settings broke shader program generator.
  34055  Textures missing in Age of Empires II: Steam
  34458  No line wrapping in Tweet Attacks Pro
  34637  WinLaunch 0.4.6.1 (OSX Style free Launcher) needs IShellDispatch5 (.NET shell32 COM interop XP vs. Vista)
  34669  Odorik.cz app - crash: Page fault on read access to 0x001809c8
  34786  Dungeons & Dragons Online (ddo) fails to open data files with 1.7.4+
  34811  Crash when copy by ctrl+c or in-app copy, cmd+c works fine (using MacDriver) on OS X Mavericks
  34840  Internet Chess Club (ICC) Dasher 1.5.x fails to run due to unimplemented HTMLBodyElement_put_scroll stub
  34894  Version 1.7.6 Compile Failure - Ubuntu 12.04
  34908  TERA Online patcher fails to start
  34911  WinLaunch 0.4.6.1 (OSX Style free Launcher) needs windowscodecs.dll.IPropertyBag2_Write_Proxy
  34912  GEOVIA Surpac 6.x (geology and mine planning software) needs scrrun IFileSystem3::BuildPath
  34948  Chessmaster 10th Edition: title bar covers part of the player login window (Mac OS X only bug)
  34949  Chessmaster 10th Edition: no graphics in the menu, you can't run the game (Mac OS X only bug)
  34968  Freespace becomes unresponsive and showing only black screen
  34969  wininet: In Trackmania Nations Forever new online user registration fails

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Wine 1.6.1 Released

The Wine maintenance release 1.6.1 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • Translation updates.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

 Bugs fixed in 1.6.1 (total 58):

   2770  Powerbullet Presenter 1.44: Powerbullet.dll registration fails (Armadillo v4.x software protection fails at checkpoint L5, error 0x17)
   4473  WSAStartup not needed before socket() call
  18744  Mp3Tag: Column headers in list view incorrectly redrawn
  23839  Neverwinter Nights 2 can't detect video adapter properly, claiming: "Your video card has less than 128 MB of video memory"
  25754  Excel Workbook with Macros Is not Running : Getting Crashed.
  25994  Process Hacker 2.x needs ntdll.dll.NtCreateKeyedEvent
  27052  winedbg and its man page should use "wpid" consistently for Windows' process ID
  28423  ImmGetDescriptionW() from imm32 crashes with certain parameters
  28664  qedit/mediadet test crashes on FreeBSD9
  29448  GameShield/SoftwareShield protected apps/games won't start (SetCurrentDirectoryA calling W API causes detours recursion)
  30485  MeGUI 2112 crashes after first update / restart (application XML settings can't be fully deserialized due to oleaut32 VarDecRound being a semi-stub)
  30797  wine(1) man page should mention running built-in programs like explorer.exe
  31487  kernel32.dll.InitOnceExecuteOnce needed for several MS installer (Office2013 / Windows Essentials 2012 / .NET Framework 4.5 / Skydrive / ARM Applications)
  31773  Torchlight 2 shadows are rendered incorrectly on some areas
  32922  iTunes 7 needs msvcr80.dll._wmktemp_s
  33378  measuring/painting strings needs better tests
  33523  .NET Framework 3.5 WPF 3.x apps need windowscodecsext.dll.DllGetClassObject
  33657  Garena didn't start with ADMINISTRATOR privileges
  33693  Spin Tires tech demo needs msvcr90.dll.wctomb_s
  33794  Arabic Entry Box Has Big Errors .
  33872  Pando (installer of LOL) can't load FAQ
  33890  Anno 1602 (demo): crash during startup
  34005  WS2_32.dll.WSASendMsg is unimplemented
  34013  Altium Designer 10 and its installer crash in InternetQueryOptionW
  34077  Sins of a Solar Empire Font Size Regression
  34102  It is not drawn when specify 0 for the width and height in GdipDrawString.
  34110  MS Excel 2010 escape/unescape problem in sheet names
  34142  Nullsoft installer appearance is broken
  34162  CGDirectPaletteRef has been deprecated so winemac.drv can't be compiled in Mavericks.
  34177  -pipe makes mingw-g++ work unreliably
  34188  crash when creating a new wineprefix with winemac.drv
  34190  number.c could not compile due to "dtoa" naming conflict in Cygwin
  34191  cabarc.c could not compile
  34209  fullscreen apps won't switch back to resolution after command-tabbing on OS X
  34211  strncpy C library function doesn't compliant C standard.
  34245  WMI query "select * from win32_Directory" via WMI crashes
  34275  Louisiana Adventure Demo fails with 'OLE error 80004001' (HTMLStyleSheet_GetIDsOfNames is a stub)
  34305  League of Legends 3.10.13_07_26_19_59: page fault in read_map()
  34329  Wine 1.6 fails to build with bison 3.0
  34353  The Ur-Quan Masters fails to start
  34381  Rectangle rotation problem using GM_ADVANCED graphicmode
  34399  .NET 3.x/4.x WPF based installers/apps require windowscodecs.dll ComponentFactory_CreateBitmapFromHBITMAP implementation
  34401  QuiteRSS WinRT/ARM port needs msvcr110.dll.fabsf
  34417  Everquest character models invisible
  34418  regression: Finale NotePad 2012 installer splash screen appears as black box
  34442  Multiple applications ported to WinRT/ARM require msvcr110.dll.?before@type_info@@QBA_NABV1@@Z (Halite torrent client)
  34463  thai2english loads ok but crashes on startup
  34464  Jagged Alliance 2 fails to start (becomes unresponsive after startup)
  34486  __unDName cannot demangle a string and shows error
  34496  winhttp POST fails
  34514  an odd regression on an old video card
  34521  make: *** [dlls/msxml3] Error 2
  34550  RTX server crashes at start
  34564  RTX Server fail to import user template database with builtin msvcp60
  34567  qq 2012 installer crashes at 100%
  34570  Game crash because of improperly cloning MMIOINFO struct in MMIO_Open
  34571  EasiSlides v4 crashes when clicking a folder listbox item (GdipFillPath failure)
  34583  LINE (Powered by Naver) 3.2.0.76: Cannot work after Installation

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Limited post for awhile due to lifes many challenges

I'm not sure if most of my readers know that I live in the Philippines, but that's where Ive called home for the past five years. Two years ago our family's house was destroyed in Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan De Oro City. And this past week Typhoon Haiyan caused wide spread devastation across the Philippines and as a result ive got to move my family once again because the house that were currently in has major problems with the roofing and cracks in the walls. The cracks were caused by last months 7.2 earthquake centered in Bohol.

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