Sunday, March 8, 2009

New PlayOnLinux Helper Plugin adds winetricks integration

NSLW posted on the PlayOnLinux forums about the new helper plugin he wrote. I have posted this news here in the hopes that PlayOnLinux users will download and help test the plugin. The feature list is impressive for a first release, with some testing and input im sure it will only improve over time...

I wrote a application which makes PlayOnLinux more ergonomically usable. The program can be freely redistributed and executed. It is written in GTK and it meets the needs of the PlayOnLinux community.

http://www.playonlinux.com/en/topic-1801-winetricks_integration.html
http://www.playonlinux.com/en/topic-2058-further_to_suggestions_re_already_installed_games.html

I know, it may still contain bugs and therefore it only shows basic information if executed from the terminal which may help me to further debug it. I'm currently using PlayOnLinux 3.4 from the generic package on Fedora 10 and the application works for me. The application starts in Ubuntu 8.04 but I didn't tested it yet.

To install PlayOnLinux Helper copy the "POL Helper" directory to your "/home/YourUsernameHere/.PlayOnLinux/plugins/" directory and then you can easily run it from the PlayOnLinux menu. (see download link below)

Features list:

1) Create or Edit PlayOnLinux scripts
  • You can add already installed applications.
  • You can easily define the Command-line.
  • You can correct paths in PlayOnLinux script if you were installing not in the default directory.
2) Change icons of PlayOnLinux scripts
  • You can add and change the icon for unsupported applications.
  • You don't have to worry about the size of the icon as the script will automatically re-size it to right size.
  • You chose from the directory where wine throws all icons.
  • You've got icon preview during choosing.
  • Current supported formats are .png .xpm .ico
3) Rename PlayOnLinux scripts
  • You can easily rename PlayOnLinux scripts without searching through POL directories.
  • You don't have to worry about assigned icon as it will be carried along.
4) Create shortcuts on your desktop and in the menu for PlayOnLinux script
  • You can easily add shortcuts for PlayOnLinux scripts.
  • You don't have to worry about icons, because if there was any, it will be automatically assigned to that shortcut.
5) Easily use WineTricks with PlayOnLinux prefixes
  • You can (and have to if you want to use this feature) easily download WineTricks from "http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks"
  • You can easily use WineTricks (created and maintained by Dan Kegel) on all PlayOnLinux prefixes.
  • You don't have to worry about WineTricks and the version of Wine assigned to the prefix (it is vital thing for e.g. gecko package)
The file is on the file share server and it's name is "POL Helper.zip" you can download it from here.


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