Sunday, December 16, 2012

CodeWeavers Launches CrossOver 12 For Linux And MAC

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

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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

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.

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