Sunday, April 4, 2010

CodeWeavers boosts Mac-Windows compatibility

CodeWeavers released Version 9.0 of CrossOver, the software that lets Windows applications run on Mac OS X without requiring a copy of Windows.

The update features a new user interface, a new easier application installer and an online installation database with what the company calls “recipes” or C4 Profiles. Users will be able to contribute to this recipe store, which over time should boost the number of applications supported by CrossOver.
On MacWindows, John Rizzo said CrossOver 9.0 improves support for a number of Windows applications.

It improves in running Internet Explorer, particularly Internet Explorer 7. The company said that improvements to Microsoft Office for Windows were “major,” adding support for Excel Macros, which are not current supported in Office 2008 for Mac. Word for Windows clipart now works, and Outlook is more stable. CrossOver 9 also adds limited support for Quicken 2010.
CrossOver ranks its compatibility like the Olympics. The company says that Gold runs on an everyday basis with good results, and only minor bugs; Silver runs well enough to be usable but in its testing, it finds that these applications have bugs that prevent them from running “flawlessly;” and Bronze applications that “install and run, and that can accomplish some portion of their fundamental mission.”

However, Bronze applications generally have enough bugs that we recommend that our customers use them with caution. Save early/save often, and don’t be surprised if there are some bumps along the way.

In its Compatibility Center, the company lists 670 Gold applications.
CrossOver requires an Intel-based Mac. The Standard version of the product costs $39.95; the Pro version costs $69.95.

Putty for Mac
Putty for Mac

Developed by CodeWeavers

Developed by CodeWeavers, CrossOver Games is a commercial, game-optimized version of the Wine project, whose goal is to allow non-Windows systems to run Windows software without installing the OS. CrossOver Games is not an emulator, and it needs to run on an Intel Mac; it won’t work on a PowerPC-based machine.

Like any gaming environment, it benefits from more horsepower; we tested it on a MacBook Pro maxed out with 4GB of RAM. While looking through CodeWeavers’ list of supported games, Valve’s titles stood out as ones that Mac gamers have been yearning for. Our tests focused on Portal and Half-Life 2.
Installing CrossOver Games was easy, but game installation was fraught with more difficulty than we would’ve liked. We had our install disc ready, and everything seemed to be going well, but after the installation completed, we couldn’t find the installed games in CrossOver’s menu. We had to quit and relaunch CrossOver Games for the titles to appear.

But once we launched Steam, Valve’s gaming client, it immediately started downloading updates to the installed games, and generally behaved as it should have. The only other significant glitch was that it took some work to figure out how to run games in windowed, rather than full-screen, mode. It turns out that for most of Valve’s games, you have to set the in-game preference and then quit and relaunch CrossOver Games to make the change take effect.

The strongest game by far is the hidden picture and item mixing game with Miracle Max. Each stage is a two-fold affair. You must first find all the ingredients he requests from various rooms around his shop. Most hidden item games suffer from using grainy, blurry rooms filled with equally grainy items to obscure them.

This game features a well-drawn and crisply animated room, that just happen to be very cluttered. It works very well overall. The mixing portion involves taking potion ingredients to combine and form a potion that matches the one in the book in front of you. It starts out simple and then quickly layers on all types of mixing things to consider and becomes a pretty engaging little game.

Putty for Mac
Putty for Mac

Install Windows Applications in Linux (Ubuntu Debian Fedora Madriva Gentoo) with Crossover 9.0

CodeWeavers latest version of CrossOver for Linux and Mac has been released. . CrossOver 9.0 (codenamed Snow Mallard) is a commercial software that helps installing Windows applications via Wine easily for Linux users. It is a well tested software. But it is not a free software. CrossOver costs $39.95 for the standard version, or $69.95 for the pro version. But it is worth for your money.

The new CrossOver Linux 9 UI

CrossOver 9 has a very good user interface. It help you to install your windows applications in a few clicks. CrossOver also downloads and installs any needed frameworks, fonts, and plugins. It has a feature "Community Supported Applications" , this will help you to install unsupported windows applications with the help of a growing community support.

Putty for Mac
Putty for Mac

Friday, April 2, 2010

MicroOLAP Database Designer for PostgreSQL with enhanced WineHQ support released

MicroOLAP Database Designer for PostgreSQL is an easy CASE tool with intuitive graphical interface allowing you to build a clear and effective database structure visually, see the complete picture (diagram) representing all the tables, references between them, views, stored procedures and other objects. Then you can easily generate a physical database on a server, modify it according to any changes you made to the diagram using fast ALTER statements.

Full changelog:

[!] WineHQ support enhanced
[+] DEFERRABLE clause now proccessed for FOREIGN KEY by SQL Reverse Engineering
[*] SQL Reverse Engineering: function now created if specified in CREATE TRIGGER and "Create nonexistent references object" checked
[-] "After changing interface language Object Tree View not refreshed immediatly" bug fixed
[-] "Cannot add object through Object Tree View popup menu after interface lanuage changed" bug fixed
[-] "Cannot delete all tablespaces from model" bug fixed
[-] "Cannot save Begin and End Scripts using Database Editor" bug fixed
[-] "Command 'wine PgMDD.exe' fails in the shell" bug fixed
[-] "Modify Database duplicates FOREIGN KEYs sometimes" bug fixed
[-] "Width for stored routines calculated wrong sometimes" bug fixed

You're welcome to download the latest release from our website at:

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