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Middle Aged to Admiral

15 December 2015
by James RameyJames Ramey
Regardless of what my employees think, I actually have a fairly stressful job. The weight of the world, and what not, resting on my shoulders each and every day. On top of that, I’m getting older (not necessarily wiser), am raising a nine year old daughter (she’s going on 15), and have three dogs (furry little children) all of which hinders my ability to manage said stress. It’s the getting older part that’s really bothering me. When I was a younger lad, I could easily take out my frustrations on any number of video games: Doom, Duke Nukem, and Quake to name a few. BUT NOW… I find that I’m not ‘Call of Duty’ material. That I can’t ‘Fallout’. And I’m certainly not made of ‘Metal Gear’. In fact, I’m finding fewer and fewer…

DirectX 11, Really, James Didn't Lie

10 December 2015  
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
Most interested parties have noticed by now that DirectX 11 support is not included in CrossOver 15. In July, James Ramey, our company President opened up about CodeWeavers dedication to DirectX 11 in an interview with Boiling Steam, after alluding to future support of DirectX11 in his June 2015 blog post.It's best said that Wine is hard but this is tough to make tangible, it's hard to understand how a program that runs on Windows won't just run on Linux or Mac. It seems like a simple concept, I run Microsoft Word here, why can't I run Microsoft Word there? I run Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor here, why can't I run it there? It's explaining the concepts of it all that get lost. It takes being burned a few times to really understand the joy that Wine and…

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…

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