Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Run Windows apps on both OS X & Linux with CrossOver 12.5

Don't want to dual-boot your Mac or Linux PC to run one or two Windows apps? Don't want to install a full virtual operating system for them? CodeWeaver's latest version of CrossOver 12.5 may be just what you want.

Most Mac and Linux users think anything Windows can do their operating systems can do better. Often, they're right, but then there comes that day when they really need to run that one special Windows application and then they're stuck.

Run Windows programs from your Linux desktop or Mac? With CrossOver, it's easy.
There are many ways of handling this. Some people keep old Windows PC around; others dual boot their computers; and quite a few run virtual machines (VM)s of Windows on their Linux PCs and Macs. That's all fine, but it's also a fair amount of trouble.

Then, there's CodeWeaver's approach: Use a program, CrossOver, which enables you to install and run the one or two Windows applications you need on your favorite operating system. CrossOver is based on the open-source project Wine, an implementation of the Windows application programming interface (API) on top of the Unix/Linux operating system family. For each application, CrossOver/Wine creates a small Windows virtual machine just for that program.

You actually don't need CrossOver to run Windows applications on Linux or a Mac. You can do it with Wine alone -- if you know precisely what you're doing. What CrossOver gives you is easy, automated installation of Windows applications, and technical support. And in this latest version, the CrossOver interface has been improved so it's easier than ever to install and manage Windows applications.

The latest version -- CrossOver 12.5, which is based on Wine 1.6 -- supports  thousands of Windows programs. These include: Quicken, Adobe Photoshop, various versions of the Microsoft Office suite; and, of course lots and lots of games. On the fun side of computing, CrossOver supports Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and thousands of others.

Not all programs run equally well. Before you invest in buying CrossOver, which runs $59.95, you'll want to take CodeWeavers up on its offer of a free two-week trial to make sure that your particular must-have program will run right with it.

In particular, this latest version offers better support for Microsoft Outlook, Quicken, Internet Explorer 7, and improved compatibility with the Microsoft Office suite. The company has also fixed several crashes and made numerous usability improvements.

This edition also offers a real improvement in its interoperability with Mac OS X. CrossOver 12.5, which will run with Snow Leopard or later, now has the"Mac Driver" technology enabled by default for all applications. The company claims that this brings improved integration with the OS X desktop environment and improves functions such as drag-and-drop, command-tab switching, Dock and Menu Bar integration, and window transparency. In my limited testing with my Mountain Lion-powered Mac Mini, Mac Driver lived up to these claims.

On Linux, CrossOver boasts a new user interface. This makes it much easier to launch your installed Windows applications. I also found it easier in general to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver 12.5. CrossOver isn't perfect. Many Windows applications won't run properly with it. But, many will work with it, and if you only need a couple of Windows apps to make your Linux or Mac computing life complete then CrossOver may well be exactly what you need.

Give it a try and find out for yourself. It won't cost you a thing.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Wine 1.7.5 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.5 is now available.

What's new in this release:
  • Support for registration-free COM using activation contexts.
  • Improved support for simulated bold fonts.
  • Unicode data updated to Unicode 6.3.
  • Better support for typelib registration on 64-bit.
  • 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 1.7.5 (total 30):

  13699  Wine doesnt show embedded web browser interface on Clarion applications
  17929  Crash when creating a DC
  18465  url.dll FileProtocolHandler does not open URLs in browser.
  22926  Main Steam window disappears when entering Exposé
  24770  Bioshock not work
  25327  Risen - No space between words in Risen
  26900  GetTabbedTextExtent() returns non-zero value when nCount == 0
  27168  chromium-based apps can't load https sites
  27694  wine iexplore can't load (gives a blank page)
  28946  Steam freezes
  29365  Internet Explorer 8 fails to submit a URL to VirusTotal for analysis
  29784  Spotify crashes on startup
  30745 version of Soulbringer crashes on startup (GetModuleHandleExW needs to support GET_MODULE_HANDLE_EX_FLAG_PIN)
  32280  32-bit Visual C++ 2010 Express full installer complains "Unknown Error" with Mono (mscoree CLR v4 shim needs CreateInterface)
  33384  Basic WPF applications using .NET 3.5 WPF fails to handle images (windowscodecs {7543696a-bc8d-46b0-5f81-8d95728972be} = IMILBitmapSource unsupported)
  33799  Wargame: Airland Battle needs msvcr110.dll._libm_sse2_atan_precise
  34432  installer of iTudou needs atl90
  34472  window titlebar names
  34475  Fullscreen Window scaling issue (MacDriver)
  34502  __unDName doesn't use flags UNDNAME_NO_LEADING_UNDERSCORES and UNDNAME_NO_MS_KEYWORDS for "__ptr64"
  34503  __unDName doesn't support flag UNDNAME_NO_THISTYPE
  34648  J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 10 installer 'patchjre' tool crashes due to unbuffered io on redirected stdout pipe
  34677  e-carte bleue la banque postale doesn't work at all
  34707  Miranda crashes on start up
  34719  cabinet_open{,_stream} returns 0 on failure but doesn't compliant to _open interface
  34735  Photoscape: crashes selecting some filters
  34738  PageFault when generating a MD5 Hash
  34757  Tray icons don't attach to the native notification area
  34776  explorer.exe does not start
  34778  IE7 can't install

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Wine 1.7.4 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.4 is now available.

What's new in this release:
  • Support for Cocoa-style full-screen mode in the Mac driver.
  • More preparation work for the Direct3D command stream.
  • A number of Winsock improvements.
  • 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 1.7.4 (total 32):

   2195  WSALookupServiceBegin and WSALookupServiceNext Unimplemented
  16935  BCG Slider thumb doesnt display correctly
  19200  Neverwinter Nights 2 crashes
  21808  URU Complete Chronicles: Black Screen Freeze upon UruExplorer.exe launch
  22865  Split Second foggy, doesn't show most of scene
  23566  Arcanum crash after start.
  23839  Neverwinter Nights 2 can't detect video adapter properly, claiming: "Your video card has less than 128 MB of video memory"
  25037  Microsoft Tinker Doesn't Render, Gameplay not possible
  25779  world of tanks updater: never shows a gui without winetricks ie7
  26384  BabasChess crashed after examining a game for a while
  26683  pixmap error ascTimeTables 2010 version
  26710  Minitroid tech demo does not start
  26761  SIV fails to report the workgroup name
  27358  The Witcher fails to run
  27796  JDK 6 installer fails with error "File name is too long"
  31140  BCG Gantt Demo crashes when large date ranged enter.
  31557  Guild Wars 2 screenshots look bad
  32375  Submit form by code fails
  32984  Java SE Development Kit 7u13 post-install cleanup tool 'remove.exe' crashes
  33232  Amazon MP3 Downloader crashes during download of mp3 files (ntdll/server fd cache doesn't take FILE_APPEND_DATA flag implicit write access into account)
  33495  Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Beta launcher does not register form submissions
  33957 installers break citing XML read issue
  34005  WS2_32.dll.WSASendMsg is unimplemented
  34066  Wine looping endlessly on first run, and when installing Steam
  34209  fullscreen apps won't switch back to resolution after command-tabbing on OS X
  34270  PhotoImpact X3 needs msvcp60.dll.??0ios_base@std@@IAE@XZ
  34421  Unity3D: 3D view fails after hitting play
  34501  __unDName doesn't support thunks with vtordispex
  34506  __unDName doesn't support thunks with vcall
  34593  MS .Net 2.0 x64 installer fails under XP mode (works under win2k3)
  34623  NCsoft's Aion (MMORPG) crashes on startup (WinLicense software protection, avoid forwarding some msvcr80 API to msvcrt)
  34651  'INFINITY' and 'NAN' undeclared

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Wine 1.7.3 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.3 is now available.

What's new in this release:
  • New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 24.
  • Preparation work for the Direct3D command stream.
  • Window management fixes in the Mac driver.
  • Support for IPHLPAPI functions on Android.
  • 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 1.7.3 (total 48):

   4473  WSAStartup not needed before socket() call
  13901  Some buttons are hidden by a strange coloured band
  23272  FFFTP: shows only the first line of the Japanese legend.
  24016  League of Legends news missing in main window
  24175  Resident Evil 5 benchmark: crashes in fullscreen
  24431  League of Legends standalone client crashes on clicking 'Play'
  24761  ProteoWizard 2.x 'msconvert' tool fails/hangs sometimes during processing of mass spec data files in RAW format
  25519  gmax crashes in ole32.RegisterDragDrop when you click on Materials Navigator icon on toolbar
  26252  Falcon 4.0 Allied Force and FreeFalcon 5.0 do not detect hardware rendering devices
  26297  Suddenly no sound, loose of sound in games
  26332  Adobe AIR : Pandora One : Can't move window
  26823  Wildlife Park 3 Demo crashes on start
  27036  League of Legends store crashes with an assertion
  28423  ImmGetDescriptionW() from imm32 crashes with certain parameters
  29315  World of Warcraft (WoW) Launcher.exe  does not run
  30205  Unity Editor is unable to move project files
  30289  builtin iexplore can not load gmail, complaining requires ActiveX controls to be enabled
  30485  MeGUI 2112 crashes after first update / restart (application XML settings can't be fully deserialized due to oleaut32 VarDecRound being a semi-stub)
  30585  League of Legends crashes after Champion Select
  30789  World of Warcraft : Unhandled exception: page fault on execute access to 0x84654ac8 in 32-bit code (0x84654ac8).
  30815  Can't create winsock on Proteus ISIS for remote controll through mplabX
  31186  Star Wars: The Old Republic: Launcher display incorrectly, can't launch game
  31235  League of Legends minimap corrupted
  31545  Mouse cursor behaves as if it is drunk
  31659  Cutscenes (videos) in Jade Empire are black and white (grayscale)
  32164  RebelBetting + dotnet35sp1 crashes
  32168  RebelBetting will not talk to proxy
  32567  Crysis Wreckage (Wars mod?) doesn't start without MS-vcrun2005
  34252  Silverlight accelerated graphics cause a D3D critical section lockup
  34399  .NET 3.x/4.x WPF based installers/apps require windowscodecs.dll ComponentFactory_CreateBitmapFromHBITMAP implementation
  34416  The Testament of Sherlock Holmes dark player model, textures disappearing and appear
  34417  Everquest character models invisible
  34418  regression: Finale NotePad 2012 installer splash screen appears as black box
  34455  NCsoft's Aion (MMORPG) fails to load "CrySystem.dll" (WinLicense software protection, avoid forwarding some msvcrt API to ntdll)
  34463  thai2english loads ok but crashes on startup
  34470  NCsoft's Aion (MMORPG) fails to load "CrySystem.dll" (WinLicense software protection, avoid forwarding some msvcp80 API to msvcp90)
  34496  winhttp POST fails
  34514  an odd regression on an old video card
  34521  make: *** [dlls/msxml3] Error 2
  34542  Kega Fusion 3.64 - Slow directx performance
  34550  RTX server crashes at start
  34552  RTX Server needs unimplemented msvcp60.dll.??6?$basic_ostream@GU?$char_traits@G@std@@@std@@QAEAAV01@G@Z
  34564  RTX Server fail to import user template database with builtin msvcp60
  34567  qq 2012 installer crashes at 100%
  34570  Game crash because of improperly cloning MMIOINFO struct in MMIO_Open
  34571  EasiSlides v4 crashes when clicking a folder listbox item (GdipFillPath failure)
  34580  strtoul behaves incorrectly with negative numbers.
  34583  LINE (Powered by Naver) Cannot work after Installation

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