Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coming soon: PlayOnWindows, by the creators of PlayOnLinux!

We are very proud to announce that a new project will soon see the light of day!

Introducing: PlayOnWindows!

Why?

We noticed that some applications work better using Wine that running them directly on Windows. Also, Microsoft no longer offer support for several of their systems (Windows 3.11, 95, 98, 2000... and soon XP). But some of these systems are still in use today (notably in several businesses).
Lastly, performances leave no doubt: applications run much faster using Wine + Windows 98, for instance, than natively under Windows Vista.

And that's why we decided to create PlayOnWindows.

This will allow you, for example, to use Internet Explorer 7 with Windows 95!

Don't believe us?

Here is visual proof!


Although we still have some details to fix, including the install manager, we are hoping to get the beta version out in the coming weeks.

Of course, PoW will be distributed with a GPLv3 license!

As for the list of supported applications, as of now, it is the same as PlayOnLinux.

The PlayOnLinux team will keep in touch very soon regarding the evolution of this new project. We firmly believe it will be the big buzz in the world of software for 2011!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Wineskin Pro 2.0 released with OS X 10.7 Lion support

The Bordeaux Technology Group released Wineskin Pro 2.0 today. Wineskin Pro 2.0 is our initial release of Wineskin for Intel based Mac computers. This release has a custom built Xquartz X11 server that Microsoft Windows Games require to run in full screen mode. We also provide binary Wine builds as well as binary CodeWeavers CrossOver builds from their public source code. Wineskin Pro also comes with Graphical tools to assist you in installing and configuring Wine as well as building your own custom Wine builds from source.

Wineskin Pro 2.0 will run on any Intel Mac computer with OS X 10.5 or higher installed. This released has also been tested on the upcoming OS X 10.7 Lion release.

The cost of Wineskin Pro 2.0 is $29.95 and comes with six months of upgrades and support.

Supported Applications/Games:

At this time we don't offer support on a per Game or per Application basis, the best way to know if a application or game will run with Wineskin Pro is to take a look at the public Wine AppDB at WineHQ. With Wineskin Pro you can have multiple Wine versions installed at one time, so if a new Wine release fixes one Game and breaks another you can still play both of your Games with Wineskin Pro!

About Wineskin Pro:

Wineskin is a tool used to make wrappers to run Windows software on Mac OS X. The wrappers are in the form of a normal Mac Application, which can be double clicked and ran just like its native. They can also be used to make a distributable port of software. You do not need the Windows program's source code, you can attempt to port any program you want.

With Wineskin Pro you will receive basic support for installing and configuring the Wineskin Application. We will also answer questions about installing engines and configuring wrappers, and in the near future provide custom engines that have been tested to work with today's most popular Games.

Unlike other solutions you can have multiple engines (Wine versions) installed at one time, so if your favorite game runs in that engine you don't have to worry about it breaking in a future Wine release.

About Bordeaux:

The Bordeaux Technology Group is a software services and development company specializing in Windows compatibility software. Users of Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris and Mac systems from time to time find themselves in the need to run specialized Windows software. The Bordeaux suite enables access to these programs and data in a seamless and low cost manner without requiring licensing of Microsoft Technology. The Bordeaux Group also provides migration services and support for alternative operating systems specializing in Windows compatibility.

There is a multitude of software developed only for the Windows operating system and even when software vendors port their applications to another platform, generally it lacks features that the Windows version contains. The only solution these developers face is to have access to both systems for testing which leads to increased infrastructure demands, and wasted project resources. If you are vendor interested in supporting your application on Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris or Mac OS X or a software user that needs to run a Windows application on Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris or Mac OS X we can help.

Version 2.0 New Features:

  • Initial Public Release
  • Custom built Xquartz X11 server

We use PayPal as our preferred payment provider, with PayPal you do not need an account to make a transaction simply select to pay via credit card, its very simple and fast.

Wine 1.3.16 Released

The Wine development release 1.3.16 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • New version of the Gecko engine, based on Firefox 4.
  • Better support for Dwarf debugging information.
  • Improved handling of animated cursors.
  • GnuTLS no longer required on Mac OS X.
  • Improvements to the GDI driver infrastructure.
  • A number of MSI fixes for the .NET installers.
  • Several GdiPlus improvements.
  • 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 1.3.16:

13727 In Circuitmaker 2000 cloned part tries itself to pan down the workspace
15025 HxD crashes on opening disk
17611 Increasing DPI makes displayed text smaller
19068 Slingplayer 1.5 installshield error 1628
19133 Ground Control: mouse moves extremely strange
19337 MSI SQL string comparison operators incorrect...
19426 Radio Manager fails to install some times and some others times not
20037 Sid Meiers Railroads crashes
20664 the MCI devices badly re-enter the player loop.
21738 Garmin Training Center map is rendered incorrectly
22224 CDBurnerXP 4.2+: drive icon lacks transparency
22607 TextPad crashes on exit
22860 Enterprise Architect fails to create a new project or loads an existing one
23213 .NET Framework 1.1 installation fails with builtin msvcr71 (unimplemented function _set_security_error_handler)
23507 AutoCAD 2008: Font size is smaller in properties window
23622 Severe bugs make displaying .chm files a disaster
23651 Spiceworks Crashes during Installation
24844 YoWindow: Shows nothing but black window
24852 KidZui: Shows nothing but white window
24853 CopyTrans Manager: Fails to install
24956 King's Bounty - The Legend: no native mouse pointer
25048 ManyCam: Fails to start
25204 Speed Teacher: Font size is too small
25215 Beat Hazard: GetVolumePathNamesForVolumeNameA function not implemented
25402 Woody Two Legs crashes with unimplemented function msvcr90.dll._wcslwr_s
25485 Telltale's Strong Bad game launcher: login window is broken
25507 Sallambo crashes on main menu
25518 gamestop downloader crashes in is_preserving_whitespace in xmlParseCharData
25646 LibertyKeeper: SSL connection does not work
25693 Opening wine configuration tool for the first time brings up an error window - winemenubuilder
25838 winepath and cmd output garbage (really, escape sequences) before desired output
25998 Wine builtin IE doesn't handle url with port number, like http://0.0.0.0:8000
26000 Builtin IE cannot display ActiveX Controls from ICBC online bank (fixed in gecko)
26162 Visual C++ 2005 Trial install fails
26236 Shell icons and mouse cursor rendered upside down
26305 Majesty 2 fails to start
26310 Return to Mysterious Island: mouse behaves erratically in the menus
26313 Spellforce: zooming in/out with mousewheel doesn't work
26320 Team Fortress 2: side mouse buttons do not work
26328 windows aren't restored after minimizing
26329 TrackMania: reference timer becomes corrupted after a while
26347 Planet Stronghold demo wants msvcr90.dll._get_output_format
26367 Winecfg crashes when selecting Graphics tab
26374 RagTime Solo 5.6.5 installer crashes
26385 HTTP_ParseDay uses "sun" as variable name, which is GCC reserved word on Solaris
26390 Planescape: Torment crashes on startup
26391 Wine buitin IE crash while loading a page with more than THREE ActiveX objects
26393 Temple of Elemental Evil refuses to run
26428 Images are display incorrectly in Enterprise Architect.
26431 Program Zararadio crashes
26433 Freestyle - Street Basketball installer doesn't like wine's msxml3
26447 TrackMania (Nations/United): sometimes textures become black/too dark
26449 Sandlot Games launcher crashes in mshtml (gecko-1.2.0)


Thursday, March 17, 2011

CrossOver Games 10.1.0 has been released

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver Games 10.1.0 for Linux and Mac. This release fixes many known issues with supported games and adds Rift to the list of games that now run with CrossOver Games. This release has also seen allot of fixes to cross tie support, RAR files are now fully supported.

The cost of CrossOver Games is only $39.95 and it comes with six months of upgrades and support. Customers who purchase CrossOver Pro for $69.95 will receive a free version of CrossOver Games with their purchase.

CrossOver Games 10.1.0 Change Log :

  • New games support:
    • Rift now installs and runs.
  • Other changes:
    • Added the ability to install World of Warcraft via the download client. There are some issues with the launcher, but the game runs well when launched via WoW.exe.
    • Some improvements have been made to the Star Trek Online launcher. The game still suffers from performance problems.
    • Added CrossTie support for RAR files.
    • Made several improvements to menu and association handling.


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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

All good things must end

Over the past year we have been letting our reader know about a special offer from CodeWeavers to save 25% off CrossOver Pro and Games for Linux and Mac. CrossOver also runs on FreeBSD B.T.W all you need to do is buy a Linux or Mac licence then sign up as a advocate and then go to the nightly builds section and the FreeBSD builds can be found there.

Here is a screenshot of the FreeBSD downloads.


As the title says the 25% off "ComeToTheLight" dealcode, e.g coupon will expire on March 31st 2011. So if you need a copy of CrossOver to emulate Windows on your Linux or Mac computer this is a good time to get it before the "ComeToTheLight" dealcode expires. Just go to CodeWeavers store and add the products you need and then proceed to checkout. In the Checkout section is where you add the dealcode, after adding the dealcode just refresh your cart and the 25% discount will be given.

Update 12/15/2012 : The ComeToTheLight dealcode has expired, you can now use "CxForMe" as your dealcode and save 15% off CrossOver for Mac and Linux.

I hope in the future we will have another dealcode for our readers, but that is still in the works and when we have something finalized ill be sure to post about it. But keep in mind another dealcode hasn't been given at this time, so take advantage of this while you still can. If you can Tweet or post about this on your FaceBook page, Blog or Web Site and let others know to buy now and get a 25% discount you might gain a friend or two. :)

About CrossOver :
CrossOver lets you run Windows software on your Mac or Linux computer. You can think of it as an emulator, but CrossOver's different, because there's no Windows Operating System license required. It's like running Windows on your computer, but without Windows.

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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

PlayOnLinux 3.8.12 has been released

PlayOnLinux 3.8.12 has been released here is some of the changes since the 3.8.11 version.

The following installers have been updated:
- Borderlands (clean-up)
- Bulletstorm (Wine version update)
- Dead Rising 2 (clean-up)
- Dragon Age 2 Demo (Wine version update and bug fix)
- Fallout 3 (installer rewritten from scratch)
- Fallout 3 - DLC (clean-up)
- Fallout 3 Patch 1.07 (installer added)
- Steam (Wine version update)
- The Witcher Patch 1.5 (bug fix)

These installers will no longer work with PoL versions prior to 3.8.12.

Note: Due to a mistake (fixed yesterday), all Wine builds had faulty sound support, so we strongly suggest that you delete and reinstall PoL's Wine builds using the Manage Wine versions option.

Dragon Age 2 now works with PlayOnLinux :

We bring you this day the sequel to one of the best RPGs for PC, Dragon Age 2.

It is actually a role-playing/action game. You are Hawke, a human hailing from the city of Lothering. You can choose the gender and class of you character, before setting out on a journey to the city of Kirkwall. You can always choose your way in the dialogues and the fighting system allows you to switch between strategy and real-time action.




Bulletstorm is also now running with PlayOnLinux :

It's a first-person shooter set in a futuristic and utopic universe. You will be following Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato, members of a paramilitary group working for a futuristic confederation called Dead Echo. Unfortunately, our duo ends up stranded on planet Stygia, home of dangerous mutants.



The latest version of PlayOnLinux is: 3.8.12
To get this version, go to the download page.

winetricks alpha 20110306 has been released

Dan Kegel has released WineTricks 20110306

Another fortnight, another Winetricks.

Version 20110306-alpha has a slightly cleaned up gui,
a handful of bugfixes and sha1sum updates,
eight new games (crysis2_demo_mp, diablo2, dragonage,
masseffect2_demo, penpenxmas, rayman2_demo, sammax301_demo, and secondlife),
one new dll (dinput),
and one new setting (vd=640x480).
It removes ie68, which is no longer needed, now that ie8 works.

It isolates all apps in their own wineprefix by default now, not just games. The option --isolate-games is gone, and a new option --no-isolate was added. And finally, it's not quite as slow at putting up menus.

Changes since 20110222:

  • Update disk space & time install requirements
  • diablo2: waiting for updater window isn't enough, you have to wait for it to say it's finished!
  • Cope with empty USERNAME, which happens when using startx.
  • hegemony_gold: updated sha1sum
  • Added 'folder' verb to open current wineprefix with xdg-open
  • Show title of installed app rather than absolute path in comment at top, give example of how to install all prereqs
  • firefox: update to 3.6.15, fix system menu.
  • corefonts: Trebuc filenames have mixed case. Fixes bug winezeug-203.
  • Install apps and benchmarks into their own prefixes, too. Show prefix name uniformly in window title. Move ie to dlls, call dlls 'Windows
  • dlls or components'.
  • Add option --no-isolate-games, make --isolate-games the default
  • annihilate: actually ask permission before annihilating the wineprefix.
  • gta_vc: ported, updated.
  • Better fix for bug winezeug-25, should fix new bug winezeug-229
  • w_download: fix progress indicator gui for locales that use , as a decimal separator. Pointed out by kmiksi. Fixes bug winezeug-232.
  • Add a paragraph at the top about what tools this script uses.
  • Cleaned up comments at top. Moved version ID to very top.
  • vc2005trial: update workarounds for wine-1.3.15
  • Last changeset was missing wildcards on two patterns
  • Speed up common case of w_pathconv -u 3x by writing it in shell. Suggestion by Christian Storgaard.
  • rayman2_demo: new verb. Based on a patch by Shannon.
  • Make --optout take effect earlier.
  • winetricks_stats_init: always quote W_CACHE
  • dinput: new verb by Shannon, for winehq bug 21159
  • vd=640x480: new verb, by Shannon
  • diablo2: ported and updated. (Next up: diablo2bc, battle chest version.)
  • crysis2_demo_mp: fix non-q mode, use SetWinDelay to simplify. Patch by Phil.
  • W_CACHE_WIN should just be a drive letter and colon in wine penpenxmas: new verb (based on a patch by Manpreet Sangha)
  • crysis2_demo_mp: new verb by Austin
  • sammax301_demo: new verb by Phil
  • secondlife: ported and updated
  • w_download: autohotkey's download server doesn't like curl's user agent, so use a more common one
  • masseffect2_demo: partly fix windows install. (Clicks still not working.)
  • w_mount: Port support for windows mounts of iso volumes.
  • winetricks_read_volume_name: hexdump is not portable, use od instead
  • w_read_key: create directory before storing key
  • sims3: update to latest version, mention drm problem as showstopper
  • masseffect2: mark as broken drm.
  • masseffect2, masseffect2_demo: move workaround descriptions into
  • w_workaround arg.
  • masseffect2_demo: port verb
  • firefox4: updated to beta12
  • dragonage: ported verb. Flickers terribly in movies for me :-(
  • osmos_demo: bug 24416 fixed in 1.3.8
  • w_warn: in -q mode, time out after 5 seconds.
  • Get rid of debug print.
  • sims3: if we want menus to work, we have to install dotnet20.
  • Move sudo detect after gui detect; fixes running winetricks-alpha from system menu
  • ie68: no longer needed, now that ie8 works
  • w_warn: text passed to zenity must be escaped
  • ie8: make -q not fail install test.
  • Fix --gui option, which was ignored because variable was reset after option was processed
  • winetricks_set_wineprefix: Comment out debug print
  • annihilate: only delete .desktop files.
  • Use localized name for Desktop directory.
  • Move silent option to top level menu
  • ie8: set TabProcGrowth=0 to avoid hang. Fixes winezeug bug 159. Thanks to MatthiasLichter.
  • Fix running on cygwin (W_DRIVE_C was wrong)

Download url:
http://winetricks.org/winetricks-alpha

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Introduction to Bordeaux 2011.03 for Linux FreeBSD and PC BSD

The upcoming Bordeaux for Linux and BSD 2011.03 release will see a major shift in how the program is written and the new features that will be available to current and future Bordeaux customers. This is a brief introduction to explain some of the many planned features that will be available in the upcoming Bordeaux 2011.03 release.

The first major change is the Bordeaux 2011.03 GUI has been rewritten from scratch in Gambas, and requires the Gambas 2.15.2 runtime libraries or higher to be installed to function correctly. You can easily install Gambas in Linux from Synaptic or Yum or by going to the Gambas site and downloading a binary or the source code. Gambas for FreeBSD and PC-BSD can be installed through a ports install. If you have PC-BSD you will need to install ports if you haven't already done so.

Here is a quick overview of the upcoming changes :

  • We now have 45 Games and Benchmarks that can be easily installed via Bordeaux.
  • Cellars e.g wineprefixes can now be easily made from a GUI Cellar maker.
  • Winetricks has been split up into categories, so its easier to find what you want quickly.
  • You can now explore a Cellar with the built in Explorer. In the future we will add the ability to run a application or game directly from the explorer.
  • We now have a built in update manager, updates will be simple and easy.
  • You can now delete, backup, import and export Cellars to different machines with ease. Or just backup and restore on your stand alone computer.
  • Unsupported applications can be easily installed and configured.
This introduction is just a overview of the many options Bordeaux 2011.03 and beyond will have, one area not covered here is the planned font configuration options that we are currently working on.

Pricing for Bordeaux 2011.03 will remain the same at only $20.00 per licence. At this time Bordeaux is on sale for 50% off and this sale will end when we ship the upcoming 2011.03 release. So if you want to get Bordeaux while its still on sale and upgrade to 2011.03 once it has been released this is the best time to do it. Also, keep in mind you get six months of upgrades with your purchase.

Screenshots and descriptions :

This is the new Bordeaux Splash Screen that shows when you first start Bordeaux.


The software tab is the default view when Bordeaux starts, from here you can select the default applications to install. Just select a application and then next to proceed. In this screenshot you can only see about half of the default applications. A full list will be provided when we ship Bordeaux 2011.03


After you select the application you want to install and then next you are taken to the setup page. where you can select the default install or even modify the install if you wish.


Next is the Games Tab where we have benchmarks and Games with default installs, you can also modify the default install and make changes if you wish. At this time we have 45 Games and Benchmarks listed and plan to add more in the future.


In the Multimedia Tab you can install Multimedia components like video codecs and Microsoft DirectX into a Cellar.


In the Dlls Tab we have a large range of Microsoft Dlls that can be installed into a Cellar as well as color profiles.


In the Fonts Tab you can install a large range of Windows fonts into a Cellar.


In the Development Tab we have Microsoft Windows Development tools that can be installed into a default Cellar or a Cellar of your choice.


It is now drop dead simple to install unsupported applications or games in Wine with Bordeaux. You can install components into a cellar and then install the application or game into that same cellar. Select the Windows version, and name the cellar to your liking. After your Application or Game is installed just go to the Manage Wine Tab and you can easily make additional changes via regedit or winecfg.


After you install some of the supported applications or games you can select the top Wine Cellar tab and then view the cellar. From here you can delete, clone or backup a Cellar.


You can go to the Explorer tab and explore a cellar's contents. just double click on the Cellar you wish to explore.



You can also clone or backup a cellar, and then export it to another PC or restore it at a later date. Import copies the backup to the backup folder import + restore imports backup and restores to a cellar. Export allows you to save/download and move backups elsewhere.



The manage Wine tab list all the builtin Wine tools so you can modify a Cellar to your liking, run regedit and tweak the registry settings, or winecfg and set the most common settings. You can run any of the builtin tools or games from the cellar of your choice, just select the Cellar from the drop down menu.


Here is a screenshot of the drop down menu and the programs that I currently have installed with Bordeaux 2011.03 at this time.


This is a screenshot of the About tab, where you can see a full changelog or check for updates.


In the future upgrading Bordeaux will be as simple as a couple mouse clicks. When new updates are available all you have to do is check and then install the update and your set. It's that simple...


When your ready to exit Bordeaux you can do a full exit or keep Bordeaux in the system tray for easy access. If you choose the system tray, just click the Bordeaux icon and Bordeaux will be ready for use instantly.


Please keep in mind this is just a brief overview of Bordeaux 2011.03 and more features are planned for this release and future releases. If you would like to support this release please consider making a purchase or donation today.