Saturday, August 20, 2016

CodeWeavers CrossOver Android preview will be released next week here are the rulz

First of all, thank you to everyone that has written in asking to be part of the upcoming Technology Preview for CrossOver Android. Literally, thousands of people from around the globe have inquired about when this technology will be released and when they can start testing it for CodeWeavers. To that, I am very happy to announce that we have all intentions of releasing the Technology Preview of CrossOver Android before the end of August. While the actual release date is a surprise (to all of us), our developers have assured us that we’ll have *something* to give to our many Android enthusiasts before the end of this month. TO THAT POINT, I think I need to set some expectations for everyone that participates in our Technology Preview.

Rules for the Technology Preview:

1.) Be cool. First off, don’t be a jerk. Yes, this is harsh, but it is very true. It’s a Technology Preview, not a final product. It’s a utility for
running a very select number of Microsoft Windows applications (to start), not for running every Windows application. I know in this day and age of anonymous rage that it’s easy to be all hateful via e-mail and social media. Just remember, CrossOver Android is a Technology Preview that was provided to you for free. Keep this in mind when you test the software.

2.) Be realistic. Many users would like to run latest games and applications like Overwatch and/or Office 2016 on a Chromebook. But, let’s be realistic. First rule of thumb is that if the application is not supported in CrossOver Linux, it will not be supported (out of the box) on CrossOver Android. If you need to know what applications are supported in CrossOver Linux, you can find them here in our Compatibility Center.

3.) Be positive. This type of development is really, really, really hard. It’s taken us nearly three years to get to the point where we are today with CrossOver Android. I know that many users will be disappointed that our Technology Preview is not a finished product, but it takes time, effort, energy, and money to deliver a finished product. All the work you see in CrossOver Android has been self-funded by CodeWeavers. So, I would ask you to be positive about CrossOver Android and see the potential of where this technology *could* go in the future.

4.) Be patient. We may have several Technology Previews before the final product is released. To that point, we hope our testers will hang in there with us as we work to improve CrossOver Android. The product will continue to improve; and as it does, the end user experience (which is very important to us) will continue to get better and better and better. We also expect that more and more and more applications and games will be supported. Our goal is to get to a final product by the time ChromeOS fully supports Android applications on all Intel based Chromebooks.

5.) Be a tester. We expect your feedback on the product. Let us know what works. Let us know what isn't working. Let us know what you did to ‘break’ support for an application (so we can do the same thing and work to fix the problem). The more information you can provide the more we can go about fixing *your* application and/or game.

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The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.17 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.17 is now available for Linux and Mac

What's new in this release:
  • Better exception handling on 64-bit.
  • Various improvements in joystick support.
  • Some more stream support in the C++ runtime.
  • Font embedding improvements.
  • More metafile support in GDI+.
  • 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 1.9.17 (total 53):

  13272  Scrapland crashes on startup due to IDirectDrawStreamSample::GetSurface method stub
  15824  Microsoft Chat's comic mode graphical glitches
  18018  Gun Metal is unresponsive to joystick
  18095  VisualFEA's Toolbar is broken (does no line wrapping)
  20080  Perfect Cherry Blossom controls go crazy
  22491  Total Commander: Pressing the "Program information" button opens multiple windows instead of just one
  26365  Geneforge 1 - text gets cut away
  26762  Shadow Vault has display errors
  29961  ADO.NET query on a Jet database fails.
  30844  VirtualDJ Home Free crashes after sitting idle for a few minutes.
  31693  CAPCOM games using gamepad start with axes X/Y pressed up/left
  32362  Multiple DirectX9 games need D3D11CreateDevice implementation with D3D_FEATURE_LEVEL_9_x support (Ghost Recon: Future Soldier)
  32774  Multiple games (Lucius, X Rebirth) don't expect blending to be enabled by RS_EDGEANTIALIAS
  34281  PlotSoft PDFill 10 fails on startup, reports 'No Fonts found under: C:\\windows\\Fonts' (at least one font name in registry must contain 'truetype' token)
  34286  dinput doesn't report DIDOI_ASPECT* for joystick axes
  36421  valgrind shows some leaks in oledb32/tests/database.c
  36625  can't set text background color in richedit
  36850  Fury 3 does not recognize Gamepad/Joystick
  36859  Don't Starve 2.4.0 does not start: Missing Shader 'shaders/font.ksh'.
  37518  Huge Drop Performance Alan Wake, Alan Wake American Nightmare, Shadow Warrior 2013
  37847  Shantae - Risky's Revenge has glitchy graphics
  37954  Test application using old MSVC++ iostream library crashes on startup ('msvcirt.??0ostrstream@@QAE@XZ' takes one argument)
  38276  IsDialogMessage(NULL,...) must always return FALSE
  38726  valgrind shows uninitialized memory in qcap/tests/smartteefilter.c
  39506  King Arthur II demo crashes with unimplemented function d3dx10_43.dll.D3DX10CreateEffectPoolFromFileW
  39541  Rollercoaster Tycoon - X Error of failed request:  BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation)
  40384  dinput8:dinput regression caused by new compiler
  40385  usp10:usp10 regression caused by new cross-compiler
  40411  Regedit.exe /e only exports HKLM
  40665  'INFINITY' undeclared (In function 'test_effect_preshader_ops')
  40710  Multiple games crashes with unimplemented function d3dx11_43.dll.D3DX11CreateTextureFromMemory
  40846  Dead by Daylight: Crash on start, needs D3DX11CompileFromFileW
  40848  S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat Benchmark needs d3dx10_43.dll.D3DX10CreateDeviceAndSwapChain
  40989  Adventure Lamp needs ntdll.NtSuspendProcess
  41002  Worms 2 (GOG version) fails to start, crashes with a Visual C++ runtime error
  41025  Worms 2 in-game audio no longer works
  41061  Unimplemented function msvcp140.dll._Mtx_init_in_situ needed by
  41066  Unhandled page fault in RtlWow64EnableFsRedirectionEx when passed bad *old_value pointer
  41067  Spellforce 2 - Demons of the Past needs d3dx9_34.dll.D3DXFillVolumeTextureTX
  41072  GOG Galaxy fails to start without setting ucrtbase to (native, builtin)
  41074  Unimplemented function msvcp140.dll.__crtInitializeCriticalSectionEx needed by
  41078  Unimplemented function msvcp140.dll.__crtCreateEventExW needed by
  41079  Hauppauge Capture crashes on unimplemented function cfgmgr32.dll.CM_Get_Version
  41084  Unimplemented function msvcp140.dll.__crtCreateSemaphoreExW needed by
  41088  Bug on Startup Buhl Tax2016 on Wine Windows7
  41089  Regression bug: E-Sword Search now showing a black dialog.
  41103  Fails to parse Extended Properties since it has quotes around its value.
  41109  8-bit Armies launches with a very small window
  41111  CPU-Z driver needs hal.dll.WRITE_PORT_UCHAR
  41125  unimplemented function inetcomm.dll.MimeOleObjectFromMoniker
  41128  Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer (AoM: Cards of Destiny) doesn't stretch fullscreen properly
  41132  Specific font files can cause Steam to crash unexpectedly
  41140  gcc6: comctl32 build warnings

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

MacGourmet Deluxe is the toptenreviews Gold Award winner

The top performers in our review are MacGourmet Deluxe, the Gold Award winner; Cook'n Recipe Organizer, the Silver Award winner; and Computer Cuisine Deluxe, the Bronze Award winner. Here’s more on choosing a program to meet your needs, along with details on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 products.

 If you're like most cooks, you probably already have a system worked out for storing recipes on your computer. Since you can find most recipes you want online, investing in recipe software may seem unnecessary. However, Mac cookbook software has a wealth of tools that go beyond what even the most organized cooks could do on their own.

Some of these recipe organizers come with hundreds or even thousands of preinstalled recipes or give you exclusive access to a vast library of recipes online. Most Mac recipe software also lets you import and export recipes that you find online or have in your personal recipe files. The ability to import and store them all in one place is an enormous convenience. You can plan out meals by the day, week or month and get nutritional information about each recipe with the click of a button.
While this lineup focuses exclusively on the best Mac recipe software we found, if you use a PC or want to access recipes through your Android device, our cookbook and recipe software reviews may be more helpful. For more information, check out our articles on cookbook and recipe software.

Mac Recipe Software: What to Look For


A recipe software package should have all the essentials, such as tools that let you import, organize and manage your recipes. It should also have extras to accommodate your family's specific needs. If you're cooking for several people, you'll want a program that automatically adjusts the ingredients based on the number of people. You'll also want software that helps you with shopping lists so you don't have to make multiple trips to the store. We selected recipe management software that lets you easily import recipes into your database and effectively organize and file them.
Although many people cite cooking as a favorite pastime, it can be a hassle to attend to all of the small details in the kitchen, both prior to and during cooking. You want software that acts as an electronic organizer, putting your favorite recipes at your fingertips and allowing you to focus on preparing food, not finding recipes. As we used and evaluated the software featured in our reviews, we found some vital criteria for choosing the best Mac recipe software.

Recipe Manager
The best recipe programs offer a plethora of options for documenting and editing items in the recipe database. First, programs should include preinstalled recipes to get you started. Each Mac recipe manager should have numerous fields for various information, such as the recipe source, cooking notes or variations, food and beverage pairings, substitutions, serving size adjustments, and preference and difficulty ratings.
Finding the right recipe for the right occasion can be a daunting task if you have hundreds or even thousands of dishes saved on your Mac. Make sure the program you purchase has great search options that let you find recipes quickly. These include the ability to search by title, keyword or ingredient, but also more specific searches such as cooking method, preparation time and rating.
Convenience Tools
You want to be equipped with all the tools you need to make the cooking experience as seamless as possible. Searching through a box of 8 x 5 index cards for the right recipe is as obsolete as card catalogs at the local library. But this software goes beyond mere electronic convenience. The best Mac recipe software lets you sync your PC recipe files with an iPhone app, so when you import recipes you find online, they automatically transfer to your iPhone. You can adjust serving sizes in real time on your mobile device as you prepare food if you're using a new recipe with a big group. Mac recipe software should also make it easy to share recipes online, print them off individually or collect them in book form.
Recipe software requires a specific type of user interface to be useful in the kitchen. You don't want to get flour or sauce on your Mac while you prepare your favorite meals, so look for programs that have a cooking view, or hands-free options. For when you're not cooking, make sure the program has an easy-to-use interface that makes recipe creation, meal planning and any other task simple and intuitive.
Menu Planner
The best recipe software for Mac allows you to create menu plans weeks or even months in advance so you can stay organized and maintain a healthy diet. Many programs also allow you to create shopping lists, which is convenient because it lets you keep track of your inventory. It also streamlines the shopping process, reducing the time spent figuring out what you need from the store. It all but eliminates extra trips to the store because you forgot important ingredients. Also look for programs that can tell you the nutritional value of recipes and individual ingredients. If you're short on time, many programs give you suggestions of dishes you can make with what you have on hand.
Help & Support
Resources to answer your questions are a vital part of any software package. Most programs provide access to resources such as communication with other users via online forums, which is very useful. Also look for programs that offer email support, online manuals, how-to sections and video tutorials.

Mac Recipe Software: Our Verdict and Recommendations


We identified the best cookbook and recipe software for Macs on the market. The best options are MacGourmet Deluxe, Cook'n Recipe Organizer and Computer Cuisine Deluxe. Each has a lot to offer in terms of keeping your library of recipes organized and up to date. MacGourmet has stellar cooking tools that let you plan meals weeks in advance and generate advanced shopping lists. Cook'n Recipe Organizer provides excellent help with setting nutritional values and serving sizes for your family, and it goes beyond lists to offer shopping strategies. Computer Cuisine Deluxe has more than 1,000 preloaded recipes and an attractive, easy-to-navigate user interface.

When choosing cookbook and recipe software for your Mac, first decide what your needs are. If you are a gourmet cook, you may want features that allow you to edit recipes and change serving sizes. However, if you don't cook for many people, you may find that more basic Mac recipe software suits you best. One such basic software package is Paprika Recipe Manager, an inexpensive program that doesn't come with preloaded recipes but lets you add your own recipes quickly and easily.
Mac recipe software makes recipe collection a simple and painless task. The best recipe software for Mac combines extensive recipe management tools, effective meal-planning capabilities, a simple user interface and great support options. Our Mac recipe software reviews help you narrow down your choices and find the program that works best for you.

PROS / MacGourmet Deluxe has an excellent menu planner that allows you to plan your meals weeks in advance.

CONS / The number of preloaded recipes is somewhat limited.

VERDICT / MacGourmet is the best Mac recipe software we reviewed because of its exceptional features and easy-to-use interface.

MacGourmet Deluxe is among the best-known recipe programs on the market. It offers an impressive combination of tools such as smart lists and detailed search options. MacGourmet's advanced features and ease of use make it our top choice among the Mac recipe software we reviewed and winner of our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.