Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Limited post for awhile due to lifes many challenges

I'm not sure if most of my readers know that I live in the Philippines, but that's where Ive called home for the past five years. Two years ago our family's house was destroyed in Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan De Oro City. And this past week Typhoon Haiyan caused wide spread devastation across the Philippines and as a result I've got to move my family once again because the house that were currently in has major problems with the roofing and cracks in the walls. The cracks were caused by last months 7.2 earthquake centered in Bohol.

If you would like to donate your pocket change to me you can send it to my paypal account.

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CodeWeavers releases CrossOver 12.5.1 for Linux and Mac

 CodeWeavers recently released CrossOver 12.5.1 with some minor updates and bug fixes.The full changelog is provided below.

CrossOver Changelog :

12.5.1 CrossOver - October 16, 2013
  • Linux:
    • CrossOver now ships multiarch packages for Debian-based distributions. The non-multiarch Debian packages are legacy and no longer shipped. CrossOver 12.5.0 is the last version of CrossOver where non-multiarch Debian packages are available. Users of non-multiarch aware Debian distributions can still use our Mojo installer.
    • Items in the main menu of the CrossOver GUI can now be specified in a CrossTie file.
    • A bug which caused the plugin editor to fail to launch has been fixed.
    • Further work around a GNOME / Nautilus bug that prevented using desktop shortcuts to open files.
  • Other Improvements:
    • Fixed a font problem with Office 2010 bullet points.
    • Fixed a problem which caused CrossOver to fail to download installers from certain URLs.
    • Fixed a problem which caused bottles which were created prior and used until the trial expired to fail to launch.
  • Mac OS X:
    • Improved the names of application installers as shown in the Mac menu bar.
    • Fixed a problem in which mouse activity would sometimes cause unwanted diagonal movement of the mouse pointer.
    • Fixed a problem minimizing Visio 2010.
    • Fixed a problem which caused BibleWorks to fail to launch.
    • Fixed a problem which caused Shin Megami Tensei to fail to launch.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Wine 1.7.6 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.6 is now available.

What's new in this release:
  • Rewrite of the BiDi algorithm for full Unicode 6.3 support.
  • Support for Video Mixing Renderer version 7.
  • Better handling of window resizes in the Mac driver.
  • 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 1.7.6 (total 30):

  10928  FindActCtxSectionGuid not implemented for NHL games
  12067  Multiple applications fail due to user32 OpenInputDesktop stub (TeamViewer, QQ International, Inspect tool from Windows Platform SDK)
  13554  Touhou 7.5: Immaterial and Missing Power (IaMP) - config.exe (16 bit app) silently fails (missing comctl32.dll dependency)
  15738  Max Payne 2: Ingame windows rendered incorrect with nvts pipe
  21709  Pikachu Volleyball's window isn't positioned correctly in a virtual desktop
  23884  Bioshock 1.0 crashes at startup
  24611  Install Shield fails on 64bit multilib wine if WINEPREFIX was created by 64bit wine
  25095  Battlefield Bad Company 2: crashes when loading level
  25340  Multiple apps need support for COM server information from PE manifest a.k.a registration/registry-free COM (Exact Audio Copy (EAC), AliWangWang ...)
  26581  Split Second crashes when changing screen resolution
  31293  Multiple .NET apps need GdipPrivateAddFontFile (MTGO v3 launcher, Harmony Practice 3)
  32585  Post Apocalyptic Mayhem crashes on start
  32654  Visual Studio 2010 needs windowscodecs WICSetEncoderFormat_Proxy
  32658  Certain games on Steam crash on start in xinput1_3 (in-game overlay enabled)
  33551  Dragon age 2 : Graphic bug when saving, loading or entering new area
  34051  Low FPS with winemac driver in Unreal Tournament GOTY
  34271  Artemis 2.0 crashes when loading the splash screen
  34387  TreeSize Free: help window won't open
  34754  Heidisql & Beyond Compare: crashes when trying to copy and paste inside the program
  34793  Battle City Remake crashes
  34797  TM2013 can't install
  34800  Notepad++: crashes launching the plugin manager
  34801  Music stopped working in The Witcher
  34804  Installation of Windows Installer Cleanup utility fails due to wshom:WshShell3_ExpandEnvironmentStrings being a stub
  34810  The winspool.drv:info test crashes on Windows 8
  34812  lotro close with gamer error 201
  34816  Xmlhttprequest referer is not set
  34844  SmartFTP Client needs shlwapi.PathUnExpandEnvStringsA/W implementation
  34853  Multiple .NET 3.x/4.x apps need Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration WMI class
  34856  No sound in Mass Effect 2/3

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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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