Friday, November 13, 2015

How to Install GardenCAD on Mac with CrossOver

We are asked about Windows software running in CrossOver all the time. The range of programs varies so much that it's always questionable on what it might take to get the application running. Most of the time, it's easy.

Recently, we received a request for a second look at GardenCAD and it's big brother, gCADPlus. To our surprise, the team for gCADPlus checked us out a few years ago and put together a handy walk-through for our product.

What they didn't know, we've made it easier than ever to install an unsupported program, like GardenCAD. To be clear, an unsupported program is a Windows program that has not been regularly tested by a member of the CodeWeavers team. Before we get too far, let's talk about what it takes to install an unsupported program.

First, open CrossOver (on your Mac today):

CrossOver Opening Screen
After you click on "Install a Windows Application", search for your application:

Search for gCAD
When your application doesn't show up, it's some "Other Application" that CrossOver doesn't know about... and that's okay. More applications than ever run in CrossOver.

There's no reason to give up here, make the selection of "Other Application" and open the next section of CrossOver, Select an Installer and click "Choose Installer File":

Choose Installer File...
Show CrossOver where your installer file is, highlight it and click, "Use this Installer":

Use This Installer
CrossOver will look like this:

CrossOver and gCADplus
Click Install!

For gCADplus, the installer starts, completes and gCADplus launches!

gCADplus Launches
And, it does things:

gCADplus in CrossOver
It really is that easy!

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Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux with CodeWeavers CrossOver

Microsoft Office 2013 (code named Office 15) is a version of Microsoft Office, a productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. It is the successor to Microsoft Office 2010 and the predecessor to Microsoft Office 2016. It includes extended file format support, user interface updates and support for touch among its new features. Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 and x64 systems and requires Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or a later version of either. A version of Office 2013 comes included on Windows RT devices. Mainstream support ends on April 10, 2018. Extended support ends on April 11, 2023.

Development on this version of Microsoft Office was started in 2010 and ended on October 11, 2012, when Microsoft Office 2013 was released to manufacturing. Microsoft released Office 2013 to general availability on January 29, 2013. This version includes new features such as integration support for online services (including OneDrive,, Skype, Yammer and Flickr), improved format support for Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) and support for multi-touch interfaces.

Microsoft Office 2013 comes in twelve different editions, including three editions for retail outlets, two editions for volume licensing channel, five subscription-based editions available through Microsoft Office 365 program, the web application edition known as Office Web Apps and the Office RT edition made for tablets and mobile devices. Office Web Apps are available free of charge on the web although enterprises may obtain on-premises installations for a price. Microsoft Office applications may be obtained individually; this includes Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project and Microsoft SharePoint Designer which are not included in any of the twelve editions.

In the upcoming release of CodeWeavers CrossOver Linux 15 we will see many new and exciting changes over the current CrossOver 14 edition that's available now. Don't get me wrong CrossOver 14 is a nice release and runs many productivity applications and games that we care about today.

CrossOver Linux 15 is a whole new ball game, it will come with Microsoft Office 2013 functionality, the beginnings of DirectX 10 and 11 support, a newly refreshed and modern Graphical User Interface (GUI) and incorporate just over a full years worth of Wine from WineHQ changes into the release. And most likely will ship with the upcoming Wine 1.8 stable release or a variant of that release.

Not only will we get a newly updated Graphical User Interface (GUI) we will also get a totally new version of Wine with many DirectX 10 and 11 enhancements. So the day of playing DirectX 10 and 11 games on Linux is soon approaching. I can only imagine the effects on work productivity as we will be like children in a candy store once again.

So on to the main article, this isn't a how-to or user guide but simply a news post. CrossOver 15 is still under extremely heavy development and testing. This news post is to inform everyone of a small sample of whats soon coming our way.

Specs :

Distro : Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 LTS
CrossOver Release : 15.0 pre release build
Microsoft Office : Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013

You can go to MSDN and download Microsoft Office Professional Plus and get a free 60 day trial here. After you have registered and got the download it's time to run the install with CrossOver Linux 15 on your Linux Computer. Keep in mind this will install and run on any of the popular modern Linux distributions, Ubuntu is in no way a requirement.

CodeWeavers CrossOver 15 Software Installer

CodeWeavers CrossOver 15 Software Installer Office 2013

Starting the Office 2013 install on Linux

Microsoft Office Professional Plus License Agreement

Choose your Office 2013 installation

Office 2013 install has finished

Now the real fun begins, time to run Microsoft word 2013 for the first time on Linux.

Microsoft Word 2013 is now running on Linux, Thank You CodeWeavers!

PowerPoint 2013 running on Linux with CrossOver Linux.

Hello from PowerPoint 2013 on Linux with CrossOver Linux.

Microsoft Excel 2013 on Linux with CrossOver Linux.

Microsoft Outlook 2013 on Linux with CrossOver Linux.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 on Linux with CrossOver Linux.

Wow, was that fun or what? and this is just a small sample of what's to come in the upcoming CrossOver Linux 15 release. If you want to help support future Wine development and CodeWeavers just go over to CodeWeavers online store and pick up your copy of CrossOver for Mac or Linux. When you use promo code ( TOM23 ) you will receive a instant 20% discount and help support future development. I know you want to play some DirectX 10 and 11 games on your Linux or Mac computer.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WineHQ Wine 1.7.54 Released

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.7.54 is now available.

What's new in this release:
  • Implementation of the TransmitFile function.
  • More implementation of the Web Services DLL.
  • Improved video decoding.
  • Alternative for the deprecated prelink tool.
  • Major Turkish translation update.
  • 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 1.7.54 (total 51):

   5048  Multiple applications and games need support for ws2_32 SIO_GET_EXTENSION_FUNCTION_POINTER TransmitFile (WSAID_TRANSMITFILE)
  12336  Paint.NET 3.22 window rendering broken
  19525  Poison Ivy does not work correctly because RtlGetCompressionWorkSpaceSize and friends are only stubs
  21012  MSWT Kart 2004 does not work (TGA images misinterpreted as ICO files in OleLoadPicture)
  21076  Defense Grid: The Awakening does not draw the models properly
  22806  Paint.NET 3.36 fails to start without native gdiplus
  22879  IVONA Voices/Reader (SAPI TTS) 1.0.16 crashes on startup
  22907  CamStudio displays an error when record button is pressed  (ICOpen with fccHandler = 0 is not supported)
  24031  Word Perfect Lightning 1.0 beta installer does not display text in first dialog
  26344  Protel Advanced PCB Design System v2.5 (win16 app) crashes on startup
  26621  KidStarter Shell installer needs 'HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon' registry key present
  27595  HyperCam 2.x crashes on startup (when lpbiOutput is NULL it has to be filled by the codec based on lpbiInput)
  30703  Pepakura Viewer crashes on startup: dib init failed, failed to create rendering context
  31442  Guild Wars 2 freezes on text input fields
  32325  Assassin's Creed III crashes on startup (ID3D11Device::QueryInterface doesn't support IDXGIDevice1, '{77db970f-6276-48ba-ba28-070143b4392c}')
  32620  Warcraft Voice Chat cannot capture voice.
  32707  Adobe Shockwave 12.1 installer:  hangs during installation
  32895  Serious Sam HD: TSE crashes randomly in the campaign && when picking up backpacks
  33893  Midnight Nowhere demo shows black screen
  33965  WordPerfect 10 (Corel Office 2002) crashes when trying to create a table
  34079  OneDrive for Business C2R (click-to-run) client reports server error ('rpcrt4.RpcMgmtIsServerListening' must check if binding handle refers to remote server)
  34574  Kega Fusion 3.64 - Fullscreen not working anymore
  34898  Evernote 5.0.3 crashes when synchronizing notes with main gui from separate note editor window
  35023  Paint.NET 3.22 crashes on startup, reporting "Property cannot be found" (no metadata reader/properties present for Png)
  35792  rmxftmpl.h differs on some architectures
  35872  Pinball Science crashed on starting
  36301  valgrind shows an invalid read (bstr) in msxml3/tests/saxreader.c
  36560  valgrind shows an invalid read in d3drm/tests/d3drm.c
  36794  valgrind shows an invalid free for comctl32/tests/listview.c
  36827  The horror game Mad Father won't work
  36895  You Don’t Know Jack V1 XL: Scaling/moving text shown as solid coloured blocks
  37351  American Mcgee's Alice No Audio
  37930  Photoshop CS6: dragging layers leaves a trail of garbage
  37980  Word Viewer 2007 fails to open *.docx files with Windows version set to Vista or later (Word Converter local COM server requires WebDAV client API 'DavClnt.dll')
  38131  Java SE Runtime Environment 5.0u16 web installer 'patchjre.exe' tool crashes
  38242  Granny In Paradise Demo fails to start, reports 'Failed to load encrypted EXE' (ReflexiveArcade Wrapper DRM scheme)
  38533  opengl32/tests/opengl.c hangs under valgrind (i965/mesa)
  38655  Galactic Civilizations III Fails to start (D3DCompiler_46 Failed to load)
  38745  EZCastPro 1.4 crashes on unimplemented function USER32.dll.GetDisplayConfigBufferSizes
  39171  Creatures: White pixels are black.
  39296  Setup dialog windows needs to drag for capture
  39339  Adventure games from Daedalic Ent. (Night of the Rabbit, Edna & Harvey, A New Beginning) have no in-game audio and freeze on new game start - XAudio2_7
  39357  Do not see the audio equipment , and there is no sound in the game Blade & Soul
  39395  Wolfram Research Mathematica 10.2 needs kernel32.dll.GetPhysicallyInstalledSystemMemory
  39400  Eleusis demo needs XAudio2 class '{a90bc001-e897-e897-7439-435500000000}'
  39449  __finally being called too many times (Unwind consolidate callback needs special wrapper function to skip stack frames)
  39462  GImageX v2.1.1 (gui for ImageX tool from Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit) needs WIMGAPI.DLL
  39473  Some of PropVariantCopy tests results are masked by faulty logic
  39478  Call of Duty: United Offensive demo crashes at launch
  39480  Sniper Elite V2 demo needs IDXGIFactory1 interface '{770aae78-f26f-4dba-a829-253c83d1b387}'
  39488  explorer.exe (and other applications) crash on start after drive z: (/) got deleted

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CodeWeavers is now on VOAT

I just setup a voat subverse for CodeWeavers if you want to come join the conversation and see how a proper Reddit should be managed VOAT is the place to be.

CodeWeavers sells a proprietary version of Wine called CrossOver for running Windows applications and games on Mac OS X, Linux and Android.

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