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Having Ourselves a Merry Little Release

It’s that time of year again, and no we are not talking about the most magical time of the year, we’re talking about the time for us torelease CrossOver 15. It’s the time of year when the worlds of marketing and development don’t always intersect peacefully. Marketing wants something new to talk to our current, past and future customers. Something that intrigues our technophiles, shutterbugs, news junkies, avid readers, gamers, travel buffs, TV, movie and music lovers to upgrade, renew or purchase the latest version of CrossOver. And we want it now! Or at least by the end of the year.While CrossOver 15 includes the latest version of Wine (Wine 1.8), and while Wine itself is interesting to us, to our customer base or target market it’s dry. A…

Should I Be One with the Force? That's Up to You.

13 November 2015
by Jana SchmidJana Schmid
Five years ago I was interviewing for a marketing position at a little software company in St. Paul, Minnesota. My final interviewquestion in the group interview was, “Star Wars or Star Trek?”“I haven’t seen either,” I confessed. There were looks of blank incomprehension. I think I almost didn’t get the job. Fast forward 5 years, and I have a 4 year old fascinated/obsessed/bonkers/out of this galaxy/over the moons of Tatooine with Star Wars. I am tormented daily by the endless questions about Shiranka, errr I mean Chewbacca, Stormtroopers (what are their names, mommy?) and who is under Darth Vadar’s mask. Or how does Darth Vader eat, is Yoda good, what color light saber does Luke Skywalker have, can we visit the Star Wars toys at Target, who is…

How to Install GardenCAD on Mac

12 November 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
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 walkthrough 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,…

Magic Mirror on the Wall is our 2015 New Website the Fairest of Them All?

13 October 2015
by Jana SchmidJana Schmid
The year was 2012. It was the last time our website was redesigned. It was a time when it was believed that Adobe Flash would survive, it was the death of the fold and typography was really started to explode in the world of web design. It was a time when the most searched company stock was Facebook, the most searched song lyrics was Gangnam Style, Katniss Everdeen was the most popular Halloween costume, the Michael Phelps diet was trending, and the endangered species that Americans were concerned about most was the Braken Bat Cave meshweaver. Diablo 3 was one of the top trending video games, basketball player Jeremy Lin caught the attention of Americans and out of all searches in 2012 Whitney Houston was at the top. ‘How to love’ was the most searched…

How I'm Earning My Beer, part 3

12 October 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
The final piece is getting Wine Test Daily to run automagically. That means, it should run when I'm not here, whenever Wine has been updated. Sure, I can reach over and start all of the tests on each system here at CodeWeavers every day when I appear at work but the fact that I can have my systems setup to do it for me is more than appreciated. It's one of the best features of wt-daily, it checks to see if it needs to run. It stores the last git commit number in a file and whenever it's called, it compares the current git commit with the last one it used. If they are different, wt-daily runs a new set of tests. WineHQ gets commits a little after I arrive at work. I'm happy to manually start the tests but often times losing my Macs for an hour to automatic…

How I'm Earning My Beer, part 2

7 October 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
After completing the first part; Wine's Conformance Tests ran and that was all well and good and fun. There was a flurry of flashes on the screen, various windows were named after various tests, sound played, I rejoiced. It was an exciting accomplishment!But the report did not work. My results did not show up and I was quickly frustrated. This is where I considered giving up.I don't need to have a beer, right?I mean, that's really a simple carrot and nothing else. I wanted to submit the results but if it won't run, it won't run; and it did run but for some reason it didn't report. This is where the community comes in. This is where we often don't realize how many people are around us willing to help. I dropped a hint at my frustrations into chat and…

How I'm Earning My Beer, part 1

2 October 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
I had the pleasure of attending WineConf 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The weather was better than I could have asked for, the food was excellent. The company of thirty five other contributors to Wine was encouraging and appreciated. It's the first WineConf in years and it was well overdue. Everyone's reports are trickling in and we're all scurrying to do the work asked of us to help move the project along. The coming weeks and months should reveal the community is more driven than ever. We've re-united with those who had trickled to Wine-Staging and there's a flurry of updates going to wiki pages, blogs, and articles all around. Not to mention the process changes, thinking around bugs and forums, and so much more. My little piece has to do with…

Epic Marketing Rock Stars We Hear You

Every once in a while you have a blog topic bouncing around in your head, but you lack the inspiration to start it. Well I got it, on Sunday, when I was at the mall with my 2 kids enjoying a beautiful morning full of ice lattes, lemon bread and the Fall's latest fashions.My phone dings. It's Twitter. Someone mentioned me. On CodeWeavers corporate account. The Tweet asked who our target market was, and opined that if it was Apple then we should really work on our newsletter layout. With #servicetweet. Instantly, my blood pressures skyrockets. Did I royally screw up something? Did I put a Linux box on a Mac promotion? Quickly I pull up the 'newsletter,' which is actually an email promotion we're running. You know: to-may-to, to-mah-to. But after a quick…

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