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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CodeWeavers 30% off Winter Solstice 2012 Sale on CrossOver Mac and Linux

Save 30% off CrossOver Linux and MAC with Solstice2012 as your dealcode.

This promo code has now expired, you can now use WeaveMe and receive a 25% discount off any CodeWeavers product.

While the big box stores and shopping malls run black Friday sales, and in recent years many of the online retailers have began to have black Monday sales. Leave it up to the wacky folks at Codeweavers to have a 30% off Winter Solstice Sales on CrossOver Mac and Linux.

Why a Winter Solstice sale you might ask, well you see CodeWeavers has their headquarters in Minneapolis St. Paul Minnesota and in Minnesota in the winter you measure snow by the feet and temperatures to the negative. So when the Solstice comes on December 21st, the beginning's of longer days and warmth are surly on the way. And this is a time of mass celebration on the magnitude of world cup winners, or your favorite team winning the super bowl. And in all this mass hysteria a thirty percent off sale was devised so everyone around the world can join in this festive time of the year.

This sale runs from now until December 23rd 2012 and to take advantage of it just use "Solstice20102" as your dealcode in CodeWeavers store at checkout.

This is a good time to purchase CrossOver not only because you will save 30 percent off the normal retail selling price. CrossOver 12.0 was recently released on 12/12/12 with many new features and bug fixes. So this is the perfect time to purchase CrossOver for yourself or as a gift to a family member or friend.

This sale is open to anyone who needs to run Windows Applications and Games on Mac, Linux and FreeBSD. So please help spread the word and post about the "Solstice2012" sale on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, your web site, and don't forget to send a tweet to all your friends and family.

 This promo code has now expired, you can now use WeaveMe and receive a 25% discount off any CodeWeavers product.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New CodeWeavers Dealcodes Save from 10 to 15 percent off CrossOver Now

The folks over at CodeWeavers have given us two new dealcodes. :) A promo code is coupon code that can be used in their online store. The two new promo codes are "WeaveMe" this promo code is good for a 25% discount on CrossOver for Mac and Linux. The second promo code is "Crimbo25" and it will get you a 25% discount on any product in their store.

CodeWeavers Launches CrossOver 12 For Linux And MAC

CODEWEAVERS LAUNCHES CROSSOVER 12
Update includes experimental Mac graphics driver
Internal feud leads to what Marketing Department calls the most boring name ever for a software feature. Marketing weeping tears of bitterness.

 
SAINT PAUL, Minn (December 12, 2012) — 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 12.
CodeWeavers, ever aggressive on the software development front, has also included an experimental Mac graphics driver in CrossOver 12. Prosaically named The Mac Driver by the product’s development team after triumphing over Marketing in closely-watched contest of wills, the new driver will lead to smoother, faster, more native Mac performance as it’s perfected.
“Like our previous versions, CrossOver 12 gives everyone the most-affordable solution for accessing to thousands of Windows applications on Mac and Linux, because with our product, you don’t need a Windows license,” said CEO Jeremy White. “Version 12 continues our steady progress in terms of more Windows applications just working under CrossOver. If you haven’t tried CrossOver recently with your favorite Windows application, it’s worth taking the 5 minutes to give it another look.”
“But what’s even cooler,” White continued “is what our new “The Mac Driver” is going to do for our Mac porting customers. Now that we have The Mac Driver, we’ll be able to move Windows applications over to the Mac platform even more rapidly. It will help us deliver a final ported application that looks, smells, and feels more like a native Mac application than ever before.”
“It is actually a really cool feature,” confirmed Jon Parshall, CodeWeavers’ COO and head of Marketing, “But this just goes to show what happens when you let software developers name something. Next thing you know, they’ll want to rename CrossOver ‘That MacWindows Compatibility Program’ for our next release. If you’ll pardon me, I think I need a drink.”

About “The Mac Driver”
The Mac Driver supplants CrossOver’s current X11 windows driver technology. This new driver format will be an optional feature in CrossOver 12, allowing users to enable/disable it at need for specific applications. It will also allow CodeWeavers to gather useful feedback from its distributed cadre of testers in order to hone its features for future releases.
CrossOver 12 is immediately available at www.CodeWeavers.com
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.

Change Log For CrossOver 12

12.0.0 CrossOver - December 12, 2012
  • Mac OS X:
    • CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future.
    • CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online.
  • Linux:
    • CrossOver Linux now installs a single desktop menu item rather than a multitude of desktop menus. This approach works better with desktop systems such as GNOME 3 and Unity, which usually don't have a hierarchical desktop menu structure.
    • CrossOver now has much better support for window transparency (layered windows) when a compositing window manager is available. (When the Mac Driver is complete, this feature will be available on OS X as well). Many transparent windows will now work that did not before.
      Improvements in this area include:
      • Microsoft Office applications in the Office 2003 and Office 2007 suites will now behave properly when working with embedded pictures or graphics. Previously, rotating or resizing embedded graphics caused the screen to go temporarily black;
      • Game launchers (such as that for Guild Wars 2, for example) which use color-keying to create transparent window areas will display properly rather than being drawn with black borders;
      • ...and many more.
    • We have resolved some issues which caused printers not to appear.
  • Application Support:
    • CrossOver now supports World of Tanks.
    • CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013.
    • CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0.
    • CrossOver Linux now supports Guild Wars 2. Guild Wars 2 will run for many people on CrossOver Mac, but many users will encounter persistent graphics problems. Previously, CodeWeavers had released a specially-built version of CrossOver dedicated to running Guild Wars 2. That is no longer necessary.
    • Improvements to Microsoft Office:
      • Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010.
      • Outlook 2010 will now save passwords.
      • Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007.
      • Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007.
      • PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows.
      • PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides.
      • Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas.
      • Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices.
      • Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks.
      • Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name.
      • Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes.
      • Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open.
    • Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates.
    • Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons.
    • An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved.
    • World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation.
  • CrossOver and Wine:
    • CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15.
    • CrossOver's built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls.
    • CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API.
    • CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others.
    • Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved.
    • DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio.
    • CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

CodeWeavers CrossOver 12 for Linux MAC and FreeBSD

CrossOver 12.0 runs Windows apps on Mac and Linux --without Windows
Improved Outlook support, Quicken 2011, more Windows apps. Give your Mac or Linux system ActiveX in Internet Explorer, launched directly from the Finder or Applications Menu.
CrossOver runs Left4Dead, Warcraft, Steam, Spore, and many other Games on your Mac or Linux system

Starts at only $40 (and no need to buy Windows!) Free trial from CodeWeavers.
Click here for more.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to install DirectX in Linux using Wine

Would you like to play the latest and greatest Windows games? Sure. In Linux? Sure. Now comes the tricky question, how exactly do you do that? Linux uses OpenGL, whereas most Windows games rely on DirectX. No problem. That's what Wine is made for.
I've mentioned Wine in my Linux gaming mega howto, as one of the tools that allow you to run Windows games in Linux, for whatever reason you may want to do so. The results may vary and may not be perfect, but you can still manage a handsome array of games easily.
What prompted me to try running one of the Windows heavyweight games on Linux was the pure simple hardware limitation. The game in question was Tropico 3, a fabulous dictatorship simulation with some pretty hefty requirements, including 2GB of RAM and at least 256MB Nvidia 6600GT card. As it turns out, my two older Athlons both running Windows and equipped with Nvidia 6600GT and 7600GT cards were not exactly tailored for this game. But if you recall, I've just recently bought myself a shiny new laptop, with the powerful Nvidia 9600GS card with 512MB VRAM. So I figured, what the hell, it's worth a try.
What I did was install DirectX 9.0c in Linux using Wine and then installed Tropico 3. Lo and behold, it works, beautifully. I can play the game with details set to high without any problems or glitches, everything runs smoothly and even the sound quality is great.



In this article, you will learn how to install DirectX using Wine. It's not simple, but it's not difficult either. And then, the world's your oyster. I hope you will enjoy this guide, plus you get a few dandy Tropico 3 screenshots. A full review will come later.
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Install Wine

This is simple. Just open the package manager and install the software.

Configure DirectX libraries

This is the most complicated step of all. But do not worry, you get everything, step by step.
Launch Wine configuration. You can either do it via the Application menu in your distro, Wine > Configure Wine or by running winecfg from the command line. Once the main menu opens, click on the Libraries tab.
WINE
This tab allows you to specify the behavior of different DLLs and override the possible defaults. To get DirectX running, you will need a long list of DLLs listed. The first step is to click on the New override dropdown box icon and expand the list. Search for the d3d8 DLL. Once found, click Add.
Choose library
It will be added to the Existing overrides list like this: d3d8 (builtin,native).
This is not what we need. Therefore, you must select the DLL in the list and click Edit. Then, change the configuration to builtin only.
Edit
There's a very long list of DLLs and specifying them manually would be a torture. Luckily, you can hack the Wine registry directly and add the desired overrides as a list into the file, without going through the manual process of specifying each one using the GUI.
To edit the registry, open the file in text editor (e.g. gedit):
gedit ~/.wine/user.reg
In the file, look for the section labeled DllOverrides:
Registry
In this section, you can copy & paste the entire list of DLL overrides required. You can find the entire list in this great article. Copy the entire selection, save the file and exit. The next time you launch Wine configuration, the overrides will be loaded.
Eventually, you'll see something like this:
Libraries
This is the first step. Now, we need to setup some core files.

Setup core files

These files may or may not be required, but it does not hurt to have them anyway. The two files in question are mscoree.dll and streamci.dll. The first is a module containing .NET Framework functions, the second is a library used to install streaming hardware devices.
You can copy these files from your Windows installations, if you have some, or download them from the web. A good online source that offers these file is DLL-files.com.
Download the two files and copy them to the Wine system32 folder.
cp mscoree.dll ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/
cp streamci.dll ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/
The next step is to download the DirectX 9.0c redistributable package.

Download DirectX 9.0c

You need the redistributable package, because the installation won't handle the online installer well. Once the file is downloaded, run the executable with Wine.
wine directx_9c_redist.exe
This will start a wizard, which will ask you to accept the license and extract the files to a folder. Choose any folder and extract the files there.
License
Path

Install DirectX 9.0c

Navigate to the folder and run the actual DirectX setup:
wine dxsetup.exe
Begin install
Ready
The installer should complete without any problems. It will ask you to reboot, but you do not need to do that.

Test DirectX 9.0c

Now, let's test. Go to the system32 folder (inside the .wine folder) and run dxdiag.exe.
wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/dxdiag.exe
If everything went as it should, you should have DirectX setup and enabled. You can ignore most of the device and driver information, since we're doing a rather decent hack here.
Good
Display

Setup Direct Music

If you also want to have enhanced sound effects and whatnot, you will need another driver. The file in question is called gm.dls and you can find it listed on several websites, available for download. Again, use discretion when downloading files like this. Make sure they are digitally signed by Microsoft, with the proper size and hash value. Likewise, checking these files against Jotti or VirusTotal may not hurt.
You can find the file here (direct download). Copy the file to system32/drivers:
cp gm.dls ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/drivers/
After doing this, rerun dxdiag and check the Music tab.

Setup additional files

Your games may also require additional DLLs that are not found above. You will discover this only after installing them and running them, which is the step below. If you have already found online references that mention additional DLLs are needed for your games, then you can install them before trying the game, saving yourself time.
For example, Tropico 3 requires d3dx9_41.dll, without which the game start will fail. The above subset includes only d3dx9_24.dll and d3dx9_36.dll, but not the latest one. No worries, head to DLL-files.com and download the missing item(s).

Install and test your games!

Time to try your games. In my case, Tropico 3 installed without any problems, followed by the 1.04 patch, which solves lots of issues in the original game. Starting the game without the d3dx9_41.dll resulted in a failure, but once I copied the missing item into the system32 folder, everything worked fine.
The game runs smoothly even on high level - considering the hacks we just did, this is impressive. The sound quality is great. The game is stable. It's really a pleasure. A real blast!
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What more, you can make things faster even more!

Tweaks

Wine prints lots of debugging messages to the console, slowing things down a bit. You can definitely improve the performance by prepending a Wine debug environment variable to the wine command line, allowing yourself even more Frames Per Second (FPS) in your games.
Just run the game executable like this:
WINEDEBUG=-all wine
Example:
WINEDEBUG=-all wine Tropico3.exe

Conclusion

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Monday, November 5, 2012

CrossOver 11.3 has been released for Linux and MAC

CodeWeavers today released CrossOver 11.3.0 for Linux and Mac this is a service update with many bug fixes and translation updates. CrossOver lets Linux and Mac computer users run many of today's most popular Windows software without the need to duel boot or the need of a Windows license. The full change log for this release is provided below.

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.


11.3.0 CrossOver XI - November 5, 2012
  • Mac OS X:
    • Complete translations for:
      • Czech,
      • Spanish,
      • Japanese,
      • Polish,
      • Portuguese (Brazil), and
      • Chinese (China).
    • Fix for font rendering in Civilization IV.
  • Linux:
    • Complete translations for:
      • Czech,
      • Spanish,
      • Japanese,
      • Lithuanian,
      • Polish,
      • Portuguese (Brazil),
      • Swedish, and
      • Chinese (China).
    • Fix a bug on Ubuntu 12.04 where Excel files would fail to launch.

    Note to Red Hat Enterprise 5 users: CrossOver 11.3.0 is the last version of CrossOver which will work with RHEL5. The X11 libraries in RHEL5 are sufficiently old that future versions of CrossOver will not work in RHEL5. An upgrade to RHEL6 or newer will be necessary to use future versions of CrossOver. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Crossover Mac Review Mac OS X Windows Emulator

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of CodeWeavers flagship product ‘Crossover Mac’ this week. The software is designed to allow applications from other platforms, primarily Windows, to run seamlessly on Mac OS X without the need for emulators or dual booting the computer which requires a restart and wasted hard disk space.
To say that the software achieves this is an understatement to say the least. During the testing of the program, I found all aspects of it to be pretty much flawless.
The first element of the program that needed testing, was naturally the installation and setup. As with the majority of OS X software, installation was simply a process of drag and drop into the applications folder. Registering the software was a breeze too. I simply had to register on the CodeWeavers website and then register the software using the same details.

Monday, June 25, 2012

CodeWeavers CrossOver 11.2.0 for Linux and MAC has been released

CodeWeavers today released CrossOver 11.2.0 for Linux and Mac this is a service update with many bug fixes and game support updates. CrossOver lets Linux and Mac computer users run many of today's most popular Windows software without the need to duel boot or the need of a Windows license. The full change log for this release is provided below.

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.


11.2.0 CrossOver XI - June 25, 2012
  • Mac OS X:
    • Support for OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion.
    • Signed code to work with Mountain Lion's 'Gatekeeper' feature.
    • Bug fix for a crash when typing with Chinese Pinyin input on Mac OS X 10.7.
    • Fix for certain graphical glitches where small black rectangles would appear in certain applications.
    • Improve font discovery.
    • Prevent an occasional hang while updating CrossTie profiles.
    • Fix a crash in Civilization IV and V in windowed mode.
    • Fix an issue where applications could appear frozen after being minimized into the Dock, even though they were still running.
    • Fix an error opening documents with parentheses '()' in their filenames.
  • Other Enhancements:
    • Added support for Microsoft Visio 2010.
    • Added support for Microsoft Project 2010.
    • Integration of Wine 1.4.1, which includes many, many bug fixes and improvements over Wine 1.4.0, as well as improved translations for many languages.
    • Bug fix for microphone detection for Rosetta Stone 3.
    • Fix a crash for certain files PowerPoint 2010.
    • Improvements to Japanese input when running Internet Explorer 7.
    • Improvements to graphics card detection.
    • Allow for graphics driver detection in CrossTie files.
    • Better installation notes during CrossTie installations.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wine 1.4 Released

The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 1.4 is now available.

This release represents 20 months of development effort and over 16,000 individual changes. The main highlights are the new DIB graphics engine, a redesigned audio stack, and full support for bidirectional text and character shaping.

It also contains a lot of improvements across the board, as well as support for many new applications, notably Microsoft Office 2010. See the release notes below for a summary of the major changes.

This release is dedicated to the memory of Gé (Greg) van Geldorp, who passed away in May 2011. Greg single-handedly designed, built, and maintained the Wine Testbot, which has become a cornerstone of our development process. The high quality of this release owes a lot to his work. He is greatly missed by us all.

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

CODEWEAVERS LAUNCHES CROSSOVER XI THE COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR MAC AND LINUX USERS SEEKING TO RUN WINDOWS SOFTWARE

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (March 6, 2012) — Seeking simplification in an increasingly complicated world, CodeWeavers, Inc. announced today the release of its new software CrossOver XI. In one package, CrossOver XI enables all Mac and Linux PC users the ability run Windows software and games without the need for a Windows operating system license.

CrossOver XI replaces all previous versions of CodeWeavers’ CrossOver software.“No more CrossOver Games; so long CrossOver Pro (and Impersonator, and Bundle, and Platinum, and…), One download of CrossOver XI gives everyone in our universe immediate access to thousands of Windows applications otherwise unavailable without a Microsoft license,” said Jeremy White. “So, whether you’re a Mac user wanting to play Wizard 101, a Linux user needing Microsoft Office 2010, or someone who really misses the ‘90s and is nostalgic for WordPerfect 3.1, CrossOver XI is for you.”

Starting at $39.95, CrossOver XI is the most affordable software solution on the market to run your Windows applications on Mac and Linux. Sure, some solutions appear to be free or available at a comparable price, but they require you to purchase a copy of a Windows license, which can cost upwards of $100, before you can run any Windows applications. CrossOver does not. We repeat, CrossOver XI does not require you to purchase a Windows license.

“The only thing not simple about CrossOver XI is how we pronounce the name of the product,” White continued. “Should customers pronounce us as ‘CrossOver Ex-Eye,’ or as ‘CrossOver Eleven,’ or perhaps ‘CrossOver Exy,’ or as I like to refer to it, ‘CrossOver Zigh’? Considering we’re all about open source here, we’ll leave it to our customers to decide.”

CrossOver XI is immediately available at www.CodeWeavers.com

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.

11.0.0 CrossOver XI - March 6, 2012

  • CrossOver Application Changes:
    • CrossOver is now a single product which includes the functionality of both the CrossOver Games and CrossOver Pro lines.
    • CrossOver has an improved registration method which means that, after CrossOver XI, you will no longer have to re-register when you upgrade to a new "dot-release" version of CrossOver.
    • Improved naming conventions for bottles.
    • Improved handling for published bottles.
    • Translations updates.
    • Improved file association handling.
    • CrossOver's Linux MojoSetup installer now includes a silent option (add --noprompt during installation).
    • Missing packages on Linux installations give more informative error messages.
    • CrossOver gives an error message if it is unable to create a package on Linux systems.
    • The CrossOver functions of bottle creation, a simulated reboot and bottle initialization now display progress bars.
    • Added a close button to the installation window.
    • Resolved a FreeBSD/CrossOver registration issue.
    • Accents are now accepted in bottle names.
    • Resolved an issue whereby html tags would sometimes appear in inappropriate places in the CrossOver interface.
  • CrossOver and Wine:
    • CrossOver now includes Wine 1.4, the latest stable Wine release. A few of the many benefits of Wine 1.4 are detailed below.
    • A new DIB (Device Independent Bitmap) engine, which brings:
      • better support for such things as themes on Firefox.
      • faster drawing in certain situations.
    • Improved mouse handling on Linux with XInput2, meaning mouse-controlled games work considerably better.
    • Improved C++ runtime.
    • Audio support improvements.
    • uDisk support.
    • A wide variety of other improvements brought by the more than 11,438 improvements to Wine with this release.
  • Other CrossOver Changes:
    • Improvements to the icon extraction for Windows applications, meaning fewer apps get a default 'fallback' icon (like the Wine bottle which used to appear for some things).
    • Distribution on the Mac is now via a zip file rather than a dmg.
    • CrossOver on the Mac will now offer to move itself to the /Applications folder if it is not already there.
    • CrossOver Mac now ships with quartz-wm, so users should not have to install Apple's X11.app in most cases. (quartz-wm also fixes some bugs on Lion with maximizing windows)
    • CrossOver on Mac OS X now has user-controlled auto-updates.
    • CrossOver on Linux has higher resolution icons for some applications.
    • Kioclient now used on KDE systems where applicable.
    • The X11 logo no longer appears at the top of windowed applications on the Mac.
    • CrossOver will select Python 2.x on systems that have Python 3.x and 2.x instead of crashing.
    • Bidi (right to left text) support is greatly improved.
    • Added support for RAR file handling.
    • CrossOver is no longer confused by spaces in the name of an installer.
    • Improvements in the manner in which Steam games are installed.
    • Improved disk detection when Japanese characters exist in the name of the disk.
    • Documented sound workarounds for older versions of PulseAudio.
    • CrossOver's 'Install Software' list now displays the date on which a particular application was last 'ranked' with a medal.
  • Application Support:
    • As part of our merge of CrossOver Games and CrossOver Pro, CrossOver now supports both all the applications which previously ran under CrossOver Pro and all the games which previously ran under CrossOver Games.
    • In addition, we now support the following new applications:
      • Microsoft Office 2010.
      • Quicken 2012.
    • CrossOver also supports the following components:
      • .Net 1.1 Service Pack 1
      • .Net 2.0 Service Pack 1
      • .Net 2.0 Service Pack 2
      • .Net 3.0
      • .Net 3.5
      • .Net 3.5 Service Pack 1
    • Internet Explorer 6 accepts the addition of trusted sites.
    • In Internet Explorer 7 various sites show improvement in loading and rendering.
    • Improvements to Microsoft Office:
      • Improvements to emf and meta file rendering (affects inserted and embedded images).
      • Visio 2000 improved installation.
      • Word 2000 outline style text is now rendered properly.
      • Word 2000 images in a document are now printed properly.
      • Word 2000 clipart redraws properly when a document is scrolled.
      • Office 2002 installation improved.
      • Office 2002 registration no longer hangs.
      • Visio 2002 installation improved.
      • Word 2002 drawing objects no longer refresh 5 to 20 times when edited.
      • Word 2002 no longer locks up when a large document is printed to a file or printer.
      • Word 2002 clipart redraws properly when a document is scrolled.
      • Office 2003 Compatibility Pack for Office 2007 now saves in Office 2007 formats.
      • Office 2003 Service Pack 3 now installs reliably and no longer needs the Office 2003 installation CD present.
      • Excel 2003 macro improvements.
      • Outlook 2003 email rendering improvements.
      • Outlook 2003 signed messages are handled better.
      • Project 2003 Service Pack 3 now installs reliably and no longer needs the Project 2003 installation CD present.
      • Project 2003 associations are fixed.
      • PowerPoint 2003 slides draw in half the time.
      • PowerPoint 2003 no longer displays a strange white box over the "Open File" dialog box.
      • Visio 2003 Service Pack 3 now installs reliably and no longer needs the Visio 2003 installation CD present.
      • Visio 2003 drawing speed has increased dramatically.
      • Word 2003 now draws WordArt properly.
      • Office 2007 no longer relies on msxml3 for installation.
      • Office 2007 installations can now be altered after an install to add or remove features.
      • Office 2007 activation wizard now asks for registration on each launch if it was not initially registered.
      • Office 2007 no longer displays a delay during installation.
      • Office 2007 Service Pack 2 now applies to more Office 2007 versions.
      • Excel 2007 macro improvements.
      • Outlook 2007 can now open long links.
      • Outlook 2007 receives icons in Outlook Today.
      • Outlook 2007 does not crash when a password is saved.
      • Outlook 2007 now connects to Gmail and other IMAP accounts on the Mac.
      • Outlook 2007 maintains a more reliable connection with Exchange Servers.
      • Outlook 2007 no longer reports errors after a Service Pack has been applied.
      • Outlook 2007 signed messages are handled better.
      • Outlook 2007 temporary internet files no longer grow endlessly.
      • PowerPoint 2007 no longer displays an error when opening a document with embedded fonts.
      • Word 2007 the thesaurus now works.
      • Word 2007 can now copy and paste an image and text at the same time.
      • Word 2007 tab stops appear reliably.
      • Word 2007 can now create a chart from a table.
      • Word 2007 can download and install templates after Service Pack 2 is applied.
      • Word 2007 no longer crashes when printing documents with OpenType (.otf) fonts.
    • PIA Pro now prints reliably.
    • Quicken 2009 no longer crashes when 'Bank of' is selected.
    • Quicken 2011 no longer crashes when checks are printed.
    • DirectX 9 installation improved.
    • Left 4 Dead & Left 4 Dead 2 now display the menu after completing a campaign consistently.
    • In Guild Wars, right clicking no longer takes focus away from the game.
    • Perfect World International interface problem resolved.
    • The Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine installation process has improved.
    • Skyrim graphics fix for ATI cards.
    • In StarCraft II the mouse remains within the boundaries of the window.
    • Star Trek Online no longer crashes in heavily populated areas.
    • Steam GUI no longer gets 'stuck' to the mouse.

Wine 1.4-rc6 Released

The Wine development release 1.4-rc6 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

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 1.4-rc6:

3325 Time Adjuster's toolbar stays always on top
4084 SonicStage 3.1 installer fails with 'Windows version not supported'
5897 PixelFormat_DD2WineD3D Unknown Pixelformat
8166 notepad does fully not display long (>32K) one-line files
8495 missing graphic objects in Re-volt
10176 rFactor Dedicated not working anymore after update
11430 Applications based on CodeJock Software ToolkitPro fail with division by zero
12212 DeusEx: running at big resolutions result in screen shift&crop
12739 Improper drawing of radio buttons
13248 Multiple Error MessageBoxes in Incomedia Website X5 installer
13792 Abomination: The Nemesis Project Crashes at startup
14769 Firefox 3 window size isn't restored after returning from fullscreen (dogfood)
16189 Google Earth install fails (service related)
17564 7-zip file manager interface selection problem
17723 Audiosurf: unable to fill textfields
18569 TeamViewer: App doesn't start, probably heap corruption
19106 Touhou Fuujinroku ~ Mountain of Faith: Stage backgrounds aren't always rendered properly
19159 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars hangs at splash screen
21019 Igor pro "Help brower" has no window decorations
21745 Magic Workstation: icons and some text appear upside-down
21981 Igor Pro: Drop-down menu only works when arrow key is pressed
21984 Glumbuster crashes on load
22216 Problem with freopen("CONOUT$", "w", stdout);
22359 Wolfenstein water displays strange rays
22414 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - full screen window does not take focus
22558 Harbinger (demo) graphical issue: green artefacts around objects
22703 Running Galcon Fusion demo gives error message
22842 Can't select screen mode / resolution on PSOBB and PSU
22987 Irfan view - "Can't paste image from clipboard !"
24259 World of Warcraft in Windowed/Maximized OpenGL mode takes 100% cpu
24267 Touhou 12.3 Hisoutensoku: Don't draw some sprites.
24695 Saira crashes when fullscreen mode is selected
25164 Sound dies on video in binkplay 1.0 after mouse has been moved outside window/video paused
25324 GL_INVALID_OPERATION (0x502) on x86_64 installations.
25447 Men of War does not let me select anti-aliasing options
26416 Fullscreen problems with Phantasy Star Online
26613 painkiller redemption steam mouse wheel not working
26872 Cannot create new profile in Dawn of War demo
27220 Internet Explorer 8 always show error message on startup
27293 PSO:BB - Cannot type a character name during character creation
27609 GTA Vice City hangs in initial menu
28087 foobar 2000: Crashes when editing tags (with configured media library)
28598 ArchiCAD 12: crashes when creating a new file or open an existing one
28801 stack_set_frame_internal passes undefined value into SymSetContext()?
29167 Star Wars: The Old Republic launcher locks up on icon highlighting
29689 Crash wincfg on graphics tab with LC_ALL=ja_JP
29869 Re-Volt is missing an HUD element
29883 Games created with RPG Tkool VX Ace (Japanese version of RPG Maker VX Ace): can not write save data (Save*.rvdata2)
29949 PAF (Personal Ancestral File) help viewer unhandled page fault
29981 Galactic Civilizations 2 is unplayable due to possible severe memory leak
29992 Rally Trophy: crashes on startup when Logitech G25 plugged in
30038 Detect CPU speed by using sysctl "hw.clockrate" instead of "dev.cpu.0.freq"
30040 comctl32/monthcal test fails on leap years?
30053 Finale 2012 font spacing is too wide

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wine 1.4-rc5 Released

The Wine development release 1.4-rc5 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

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 1.4-rc5:

5485 Command and Conquer Generals (and Zero Hour) hang on splash screen
8871 No text displayed in Bloodrayne2
11133 Shade: Wrath of Angels Demo - no graphics drawn in game
13156 ETO_OPAQUE and clear style are not transparent on a bitmap
14075 Beyond Divinity: screen corruption
15397 gdi32: path.c fails to build with gcc 4.2, -Werror -O3
16557 print preview broken
17201 No add-ins loadable in Office 2003 PowerPoint
18975 RealMYST crashes on launch
19531 Earthworm Jim: sound crackles, stutters and repeats.
20202 Everquest 1 (eqgame.exe) crashes right before character enters world
20333 Azteca and Diamond Drop 2 crash
20783 TradeTiger does not show the login window correctly
21293 Comanche 3 freezes after a mission
21577 MYOB: Cannot add custom logo to template
22187 Alice 2.2 fails with "can't create Java VM"
22269 Cry of the Infected demo fails with "runtime error 7018"
22838 Corel Draw 11 not loading
25153 Windows Live Essentials beta (webc variant) doesn't detect .NET Framework 3.0 installation (Mono/Registry)
25214 MS Office PowerPoint 2007 freezes when right-click on top bar
26878 No sound in Sim City 3000 Unlimited
26918 Atlantis II crashes when changing screen resolution
27254 Astro Avenger crashes on launch (with built-in d3dxof.dll)
27971 Installation of FooBar.msi using msiexec fails with /qb switch (unattended with basic UI)
28066 Sound stops after some time (restarting sound in game usually possible)
28404 Incoming Forces: visual glitches
28579 Comanche 3 menu is unusable because of graphic issues
28618 BC Kings refuses to start without DirectSound hardware acceleration
28620 Assassin's Creed: eagle's eye graphic glitch with postprocessing enabled
28859 SDP Downloader: access violations when deleting url
29750 Spotify crashes when searching song or artist with the search box
29767 ellipse_first_quadrant() runs into dead loop for large width and height because of negative overflow
29904 Perfect World: Latest Descent patch crashes Launcher window
29905 Microsoft Visual Studio 2008: attaching to process fails with "unknown error: 0x80070003" (support of "Session" namespace for named objects needed)
29919 PanzerKiller hangs with a black screen on start
29939 MS Paint's bucket fill tool doesn't work
29967 Cyberboard Player hangs when opening a game
29988 Wordpad crashes on opening the printer setup dialog


Friday, February 24, 2012

CodeWeavers CrossOverNow 30% off sale to end this Sunday

CodeWeavers CrossOverNow 30% off sale will end this Sunday, so this is the time to get a discount while it's still available. CrossOver enables you to install Windows applications and games on Intel-based Macs and Linux. CodeWeavers also has unsupported builds for FreeBSD and Solaris. To get the FreeBSD or Solaris build you will need to buy a Linux license and then go to your downloads and select the unsupported tab.

Update 02/06/2015 : The CrossOverNow dealcode has expired, you can now use "WeaveMe" as your dealcode and save 25% off CrossOver. 

If you need to run Microsoft Outlook or Quicken on Linux or Mac CrossOver is your path to doing this without the need to reboot or run Microsoft Windows in a Virtual Machine. CrossOver Games has support for many of todays most popular 3D games, so when your not working you can play your favorite Game on your Operating System of choice.

To take advantage of this sale just enter WeaveMe in the dealcode section of CodeWeavers store and then update your purchase and you will see your 25% discount.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bordeaux 2.0.10 for Linux Released

The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.10 for Linux today. Bordeaux 2.0.10 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of small bugs. With this release we have updated winetricks, fixed a bug in the Bordeaux GUI, fixed a bug in the Cellar manager and made other small bug fixes.

We bundle our own Wine build and many tools and libraries that Wine depends upon. With this release we bundle Wine 1.2, Cabextract, DIB Engine, Pulse Audio, Mozilla Gecko, Unzip, Wget and other support libraries and tools.

The cost of Bordeaux 2.0.10 is only $4.99 at this time. Anyone who has purchased Bordeaux in the past six months is entitled to a free upgrade. Bordeaux comes with six months of upgrades and support and of course a 30-day money back guarantee.

Supported Applications/Games:

  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Microsoft Office 2000
  • Microsoft Office 97
  • Microsoft Office Visio 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project 2003
  • Adobe Photoshop 6
  • Adobe Image Ready 3
  • Adobe Photoshop 7
  • Adobe Image Ready 7
  • Adobe Photoshop CS
  • Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
  • FireFox 3.6.8 and multimedia plug ins
  • Apple Safari 5.0 Web Browser
  • Steam and Steam based Games
  • Google SketchUp 7.1
  • VLC 1.1.0
  • Apple QuickTime 6.5.2 Player
  • IrfanView 4.27 (Image files only)
  • Winetricks support

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, Solaris 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 2.0.10 New Features:

  • Fixes to the Cellar manager
  • Fixed a bug in the GUI
  • Updated winetricks
  • Minor bug fixes

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.

Bordeaux 2.0.10 press release


Wine Translators wanted

Wine's translation status page shows only 12 complete translations. We'd like to do better for 1.4.

Luckily, starting with 1.4 Wine uses PO files, thus making translations easier than ever before. So check out how to get started and help us make Wine usable in your country.




Language Translation Consistency Spelling
DoneFuzzyTodo ErrorsIgnored ErrorsIgnored
ar 59 (1%) 289 2792 0 0 17 0
bg 541 (17%) 424 2175 2 0 11 0
ca 3039 (96%) 2 99 10 61 147 3
cs 745 (23%) 497 1898 14 5 38 0
da 2106 (67%) 434 600 55 12 343 0
de 3140 (100%) 0 0 0 139 28 1403
el 171 (5%) 243 2726 14 0 12 0
en_US 3140 (100%) 0 0 0 0 121 0
eo 385 (12%) 441 2314 5 0 129 0
es 1209 (38%) 655 1276 21 22 72 0
fa 50 (1%) 289 2801 0 0 21 0
fi 2579 (82%) 0 561 0 45 1 830
fr 3131 (99%) 8 1 0 140 54 79
he 1600 (50%) 503 1037 16 176 24 0
hi 10 (0%) 74 3056 0 0 6 0
hu 2911 (92%) 85 144 98 6 632 0
it 3140 (100%) 0 0 36 61 242 0
ja 3014 (95%) 0 126 161 50 n/a n/a
ko 3139 (99%) 0 1 82 34 n/a n/a
lt 3140 (100%) 0 0 6 40 113 0
ml 9 (0%) 74 3057 0 0 4 0
nb_NO 2557 (81%) 396 187 45 13 317 0
nl 3004 (95%) 97 39 17 164 742 0
or 9 (0%) 74 3057 0 0 7 0
pa 9 (0%) 74 3057 0 0 4 0
pl 3136 (99%) 0 4 46 15 97 0
pt_BR 3140 (100%) 0 0 27 88 171 0
pt_PT 2459 (78%) 403 278 42 47 193 0
rm 22 (0%) 174 2944 0 0 n/a n/a
ro 2247 (71%) 300 593 106 22 120 0
ru 3107 (98%) 6 27 41 7 220 0
sk 223 (7%) 282 2635 12 0 11 0
sl 3140 (100%) 0 0 31 53 232 0
sr_RS@cyrillic 825 (26%) 636 1679 5 1 n/a n/a
sr_RS@latin 851 (27%) 650 1639 15 3 n/a n/a
sv 2678 (85%) 224 238 94 48 538 0
te 9 (0%) 74 3057 0 0 3 0
th 226 (7%) 302 2612 1 0 n/a n/a
tr 1066 (33%) 608 1466 51 6 n/a n/a
uk 2446 (77%) 205 489 28 10 115 0
wa 145 (4%) 233 2762 0 1 n/a n/a
zh_CN 1211 (38%) 447 1482 50 1 n/a n/a
zh_TW 1058 (33%) 505 1577 52 1 n/a n/a
Total 14 (32%) 6 (13%) 23 1183 1271 4785 2315

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CodeWeavers CrossOverNow 30% off sale

Codeweavers offers downloads of its Crossover Games for $39.95 and Crossover Professional for $69.95 but if you apply coupon code "CrossOverNow" this will drop CrossOver Games to $27.96 And Crossover Professional to $48.96 That's 30% off the normal retail selling price.

Update 02/06/2015 : The CrossOverNow dealcode has expired, you can now use "WeaveMe" as your dealcode and save 25% off CrossOver.

CrossOver enables you to install Windows applications and games on Intel-based Macs and Linux. CodeWeavers also has unsupported builds for FreeBSD and Solaris. To get the FreeBSD or Solaris build you will need to buy a Linux license and then go to your downloads and select the unsupported tab.

The new and improved CodeWeavers CrossOver version 11.0.0 will soon be released, So if you need a Windows Application or Games to run on Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD or Solaris this is your chance to get it at 30% off the normal selling price. All you need to do is purchase CrossOver 10 now and in a couple short weeks CrossOver 11 will be released then simply update to version 11 when it's released. Below is a screenshot of CX 11 thats now in active beta testing.

CrossOver 11 contains many fixes to existing applications, and just generally makes the product better. As of this writing CrossOver 11 has been merged with the upcoming Wine 1.4 release and contains many improvements for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Quicken, PhotoShop and many other supported and none supported applications.
To get CrossOver at 30% off the normal selling price just enter the code into the special deals section in the store and then click on update and see your 30% off discount.

Special Deals

If you have received a code for a special deal, enter it here, then update your shopping cart. If the deal specifies that there is a second item, you will need to add that to the cart in order to get the deal.

Keep in mind this sale is for one week only and will end on 02/26/12 so take advantage of it while you can. 

Update 02/06/2015 : The CrossOverNow dealcode has expired, you can now use "WeaveMe" as your dealcode and save 25% off CrossOver. 

Here is a screenshot of the upcoming Crossover Professional 11.0 (UI) user interface.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

PlayOnLinux 4.0.14 has been released

Hi everybody

Sorry for being late, I don't have a lot of free time at the moment. Here's PlayOnLinux 4.0.14 changelog.


Language files updated

Thank you to everybody for helping us to translate PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac
If you want to help us to translate the program, you can go to launchpad.

New features

- Wine version windows remade. It's a lot more adapted to small screens
- Ability to choose icon size in main windows
- Size and windows position is saved when PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac is closed
- wine 0.9.x support (wineprefixcreate)
- New plugin : PlayOnLinux Vault.
- Added POL_Wine_X11Drv (Bug 543)

Bugs fixed

- Slow connexion on IPV6 machines ("PlayOnLinux's website isn't available"), increased timeout.
- Register link on login window goes to the good website (Linux or Mac)
- Default size of main window is changed, so that we can see the whole toolbar.
- Bug fixed in python detection
- Bug fixed into POL_Wine_wineboot
- Bug fixed into POL_Wine_OverrideDLL
- Bug fixed into POL_LoadVar_ProgramFiles
- Bug #429 fixed : Unable to use PlayOnLinux Offline
- Messenger is fixed
- Bug report is fixed
- Code is cleaned


- Click here to download PlayOnLinux 4.0.14
- Click here to download PlayOnLinux 4.0.14

If you want to try CrossOver Games you can apply "WeaveMe" as your dealcode in CodeWeavers store and save 25% off any product!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wine 1.4-rc4 Released

The Wine development release 1.4-rc4 is now available.

What's new in this release:

  • Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

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 1.4-rc4:

9728 Image and icons corrupts in ShutterFly 2.2
10872 World In Conflict silently exits on start
13017 Photoshop CS2, info window - missing info.
13359 Adobe Reader 8 plugin crashes on EULA in Firefox 3 [dogfood]
13832 Circuitmaker schematic does not print to a printer
14376 Duelpro's "Yu-gi-oh News" window unresponsive
14648 SigmaPlot (9,10 and 11) y-axis title rotated and shifted
15574 PhotoShop CS2: Photoshop Save As.. dialog ignores filename input on jpegs and names them ".jpg" (Workaround exists)
15848 PokerTracker hangs on start up
17345 So Blonde: Crashes when pick up some items
17885 Focus frame too big in fable
18436 Crash in winevdm for some 16-bit programs
19691 Visual C++ 2005 Express: can't uninstall or reinstall
19885 America's Army 3.0 fails to start
20110 Visual C++ 2005 Express SP1 install fails
21013 Table of contents is unusable in Wine's CHM viewer application
21217 Menu item for "Visual C++ 2005 Express Command Prompt" busted
21326 "Sticky" right click in MS Paint
21719 Cannot install Adobe Photoshop CS2 due to msi_cabextract failure
22996 Altium Designer print preview displays inverted text in schematic views
24204 wine notepad crashes: BadLength (poly request too large or internal Xlib length error)
24583 Visual Studio 2008 (VC9) installer crashes
24751 Santa Clause in Trouble does not start
26697 F-22 Raptor freezes when loading a mission
27246 Control panel items description truncated
27355 SumatraPDF 1.6: tooltips leave black rectangles when disappearing
27381 Fallout New Vegas hangs by save - backtrace
27402 Clifford's Thinking Adventures: mouse pointer goes wacky or disappears entirely
27750 No dynamic shadows with pixel shaders enabled in Tomb Raider: Anniversary
28388 winmm/midi.ok deadlocks and crashes occasionally?
28413 Sound play in games and programs causes brief "pauses"
28638 Magic the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Sound only works in Emulated mode
28706 Test Drive Unlimited: No ingame sound
28914 Crimzon Clover 1.01 shows only black screen
29035 winmm player deadlocks after failing to launch a concurrent one
29382 Internet Explorer 8's developer tools window hangs after changing document mode
29488 BurnPlot sporadically fails to start with an X error (invalid Window parameter)
29584 World of Warcraft 64bit client hangs at world load
29667 Dragon Age: Origins DVD authenticity checks fail (DVD_LAYER_DESCRIPTOR big endian values need to be converted host endianness before being returned to caller)
29686 ElsterFormular's setup wants at least MSI installer version 3.1 on x86_64
29704 Team Fortress 2 - total black screen when displaying Jarate effect
29722 win3.x app fail to display the printer settings dialog
29800 Gangsters 2 Demo (German): No aperture effect in the main menu
29828 Trackbar control doesn't show tick marks when TBS_AUTOTICKS is used
29839 ALSA driver cannot enumerate software (slave) devices from .asoundrc
29855 Bomb Squad 2 display wrong
29879 Wine's help viewer crashes on a particular CHM file
29886 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005: "attach to process" crashes IDE (marshalling/unmarshalling of GUID struct -> VT_CARRAY type)
29887 FarCry 1.4 crashed while use mouse wheel
29898 IE6's back/forward buttons show the history dropdown menu - real dropdown arrows missing






Thursday, February 16, 2012

How to install Microsoft Office 2010 on Linux with Wine

I installed MS Office Professional 2010 on my Ubuntu computers and it's working fluently.
It is a nerve breaking experience for a Linux new bee to work with open-office for documentation works than their favourite MS Office. New interface and new formats of open office makes them reluctant to take it as a first choice. So this post is for those who are tired of rebooting your system to make small changes in the documentations.
Now you don’t want to reboot your system to get windows™ and MS Office™ to work on your documents. You can do it from any linux distribution with wine.

To help further Wine development please consider purchasing a copy of CrossOver from CodeWeavers.

You can use ( WeaveMe ) as your Promo Code in CodeWeavers store you will save 25% off CrossOver for Mac or Linux!


1. Install Wine 1.3.35 beta through PPA.

Code:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
Code:
sudo apt-get update
Code:
sudo apt-get install wine1.3
2. Now start a new wine prefix or rename the hidden folder .wine in your Home directory (if you had Wine installed before).

From winetricks,

Choose "Select the default wineprefix" then "Install a windows DLL or component" and from there install the dotnet20 and msxml6, following the instructions.
Again from "Select the default wineprefix" choose "install a font" and select the corefonts.

From winetricks and "Select the default wineprefix" choose run "winecfg". From there go to tab "Libraries" and click on *msxml6 then "Edit" and choose "Native (windows)".

3. Run the MS Office 2010 Professional x86 installer you have.
I used an .exe file. On Wine website they used an .iso mounted (MS Office Pro Plus x86 2010). Choose to install only Word, Excell and Powerpoint.
I used a valid key and the online activation worked perfectly.

During the installation the installer was hang for a while but finally it completed the installation.



4. On winecfg as instructed above to the tab "Libraries" and from "new override for library" click the small arrow and choose to "Add" riched20 and gdiplus. Then click on both, "Edit" and as above change their override to "Native (windows)".

5. Final steps.
Open Word, Excell and Powerpoint to see if they work. Then go to each one to File-options-Trust Center->Trust Center Settings, lower the security to none in every option and uncheck the Enable Protected View options. Word and Excell are working perfectly, the only problem is with Powerpoint which is not very dependable.

Screenshots :