Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mariner Software 50% off summer sale is going on now

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“One of the best blog editors we’ve seen.”

MacWorld Magazine

"Really like this app a lot and always looking forward the next revision with its new features. I have been happily using MacJournal since the beginning. Sometimes I even get up to using it half of the days which is a lot for me."

Howard R. Lieberman
Chairman CEO
Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

"This is a thank you for a superb product. I am writing more than I have done for quite some time. It is journal writing and getting my thoughts down in words. I love that I can specify different types of journals and make sub journals. It is so easy and everything is in one place. This is so wonderful and everything is dated. I really appreciate the convenience and ease of using MacJournal. Later I may take a look at your stuff for writers. Thanks again."

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MacJournal user

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New WineHQ 64 bit Wine OS X binary packages available

This is a updated post to the original post located here, the link in the original doesn't point to the latest 64 bit WineHQ Wine and Wine-Staging binary builds for Apple OS X this article updates the download links to the latest builds.

Hi all,

Recently there were multiple requests to provide experimental OS X 64 bit packages. I decided to give it a try and updated our build system and cross compiling tool-chain during the last days. Luckily the whole idea turned out to be less difficult than I thought, and I can now present you the first 64-bit Wine packages for testing. It would be great to have some testers to find out if I made a mistake during the packaging and to evaluate how good the OS X 64 bit support already works, despite the GS segment / TEB problem.

You can find the latest test packages at I didn't use the WineHQ url because those packages are really in a very early stage, so I would like to have some more testers first before we push it to the users. The pkg installer will now provide you with an option to enable 64 bit support. The files of the 32-bit and 64-bit build are merged during the installation depending on your choice. Please test both options to ensure that a pure 32-bit build also still works as expected.

The wine devel package is a pure Wine build without any additional patches applied, while the staging package contains a small hack to work around at least some of the GS segment issues (it fixed 64 bit VLC and TS3 for me). If you stumble upon any differences between both packages (besides the staged bugs), feel free to tell them to me. This way I can find out how much the hack breaks ;-). Anyway, I am looking forward to your feedback.

Michael Müller

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Status update for Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux with CodeWeavers CrossOver

Back on November 12th 2015 I posted about Microsoft Office 2013 running on Linux with CodeWeavers upcoming CrossOver 15 release. Unfortunately, I got a little ahead of myself and thought Office 2013 would be supported by now. But due to the complexity of supporting such a large piece of software like a office suite it's taken a little longer then what I expected.

Here is a quick overview of Microsoft Office 2013 status on Linux once again.

  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.

So, What has changed sense November 2015? Office 2013 can now log into MSN and download templates just like on Windows. DirectWrite has also seen many improvements over the past six months. It looks like most of the UI bugs have been fixed now. The installation and overall stability will have improved and I would hazard to say the registration has improved.

Carom Wills the Quality Assurance representative at CodeWeavers posted a few days back a screen-shot of Word 2013 logged into MSN, just look at the top right corner and you will see Cody Weaver as the user.

 Specs :

Distro : Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 LTS
CrossOver Release : 15.2 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.

Word 2013 on Linux with CrossOver

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.12 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.12 is now available for Linux and Mac.

What's new in this release:
  • Bug fix update of the Mono engine.
  • Initial version of a taskbar in desktop mode.
  • Fixes for right-to-left languages in Uniscribe.
  • More Shader Model 4 support in Direct3D.
  • Better metafile support in RichEdit.
  • 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 1.9.12 (total 20):

  11898  Dance eJay Demo 7 crashes due to unimplemented interface relating to devenum
  20977  Bad hlp table rendering
  23954  Threads not allocated to multiple processors.
  26965  Dragon Age 2 demo - sound in cutscenes is muffled
  31971  mspaint.exe from windows 8 wants ntdll.WinSqmStartSession
  34557  Lemmings Revolution: can't rotate playing field
  34897  Lego Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition (.NET 4.0 app) needs msctf DocumentMgrSource_AdviseSink implementation
  37096  Problems with DC Universe Online and Virtual Desktops
  39896  Robot animations glitch in main lobby of Lego Mindstorms EV3 software
  40380  Wine should take dosbox's configuration instead of creating a new one
  40497  "Trainz: A New Era" needs msvcr120.dll.?__ExceptionPtrToBool@@YA_NPEBX@Z
  40593  wininet:http test regression (failure & timeout)
  40624  Source games make wined3d to attach incomplete texture to FBO (WINED3DFMT_NULL)
  40660  latest update Sega Genesis & Mega Drive update no longer running after May 18, 2016 update
  40662  CAPS key Not Working !!
  40691  DVDFab pre-check FabCheck.exe executable fails, needs setupapi.dll.CM_Get_DevNode_Status
  40709  iexplore crashes when proxy enabled
  40711  Splinter Cell: Blacklist crashes at launch (needs GetVoiceDetails implementation)
  40727  ddraw tests broken with warn+heap
  40745  Python 3.5.1 interpreter crashes, needs _set_thread_local_invalid_parameter_handler

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