CodeWeavers Blogs

20 June 2014 by Caron WillsCaron Wills

Coffee Perks

There are great perks in most respectable work places that the employees of that company come to enjoy. CodeWeavers is no exception to this and over the years I have been witness to many offerings. We adjust as the needs change and as the whimsy of our fearless leaders moves. From time to time we joke about carwashes and xp points becoming the basis for a pay scale. The truth is, the comforts we have in our small company are great. We know each other well, we get along and we share varied but common tastes. One of those is coffee. All day long. Not everyone in the office is a coffee drinker. Some prefer tea or beer or water or other such "things". Then, there are those of us who are avid coffee drinkers and because both the CEO and President are…

22 April 2014 by Caron WillsCaron Wills

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Microsoft Office 2010 via CrossOver 13.1.3

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS released on April 17, 2014. with it are a slew of new features. The release comes nine days after the end of Windows XP and is perhaps one of the shining alternatives people are considering... but what about all of those Office products one might still need? Today we'll take a look at how easy it is to setup Microsoft Office 2010 with CrossOver 13.1.3. This entry assumes everyone has gotten here: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is installed and is up to date: Head out to our website and download a trial of CrossOver: Then, double click the download to open with the Ubuntu Software Center: Once installed, launch CrossOver by locating the icon: Or by opening a terminal and launching it with…

8 April 2014 by Caron WillsCaron Wills

Using Microsoft Command Line Switches with CrossOver

Most Microsoft Applications have a series of command line switches that can be used to make life easier in various scenarios. Today we're going to apply once such command line switch to Microsoft Visio 2010 via CrossOver. While this topic will be Mac-centric, a few instructions for our Linux users will be provided so they can accomplish the same task. Let's set this up right. I'm using Microsoft Visio 2010 to make a flow chart: (with apologies, I'm not a Visio power-user by any stretch of the imagination) When something outside of CrossOver happens... I need to see some of my other windows... or I had an external monitor attached and was working with Visio 2010 on that monitor... or I stepped away and my…

3 April 2014 by Caron WillsCaron Wills

Submitting an Application to the Compatibility Center

We have a chat channel and we answer questions there regularly. There are some very amazing people that sit in that channel and help answer questions. In the last month, two of those people have mentioned that we (the staff here at CodeWeavers), should blog about things more often. Thinking foolishly that there was some strange barrier around this I asked what we would blog about. The quick answer was... how to do things with our product and with our website; that we should answer questions. So I asked for the first question, and though the temptation was to only give the simple answer, I decided I had better make good on it. The question: "Can we add new programs to the Application Database?" And the simple answer is: Yes. The…

21 May 2013 by James RameyJames Ramey

Learning From the Seat of a Tank

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot; I mean two – to – three hours a day, every day, since the end of March inside the tank simulation of World of Tanks (WoT). Over 2,500 battles– 1234 wins, 1234 losses, and 39 draws to be exact.  Over the course game play, I’ve managed to learn a few lessons that will no doubt help me in my presidency of CodeWeavers.  It is in that spirit of sharing that I present my Top 10 Lessons from Inside a Tank (and to provide billable hours to the CEO for all the time I’ve spent in battling during work hours): 1.    Idiots Die Quickly – Within seconds of the battle starting.  , there are early tank casualties. Usually, the casualties are the direct result of running headfirst…

20 March 2013 by James RameyJames Ramey

Hail the King..

I am now coming up on my two month anniversary of being named President of CodeWeavers.  It’s been an interesting five year journey to arrive at this ‘summit’ in my career.  Maybe ‘summit’ and ‘career’ are overly optimistic terms for describing the 16 years I’ve given to various companies within the technology industry, but they somewhat reflect where I am today.For those that do not know, I’m James B. Ramey.  I grew up in North Dakota; attended college in Minnesota; and now call Minneapolis (actually one of the suburbs) my home.  My career started in selling computer networking solutions to financial institutions; moved to providing Internet security solutions to quick serve restaurants; and now landed me in software…

10 December 2012 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

Numerology for fun and profit

We have had a major battle inside our walls over the past few years over version numbers. We shipped our first CrossOver branded product over 11 years ago. Lately I've been expressing the concern that we're going to get sick of just adding 1 to the version number. CrossOver 26 sounds lame to my ears, and who ever bought version 13 of a program? So we had a big battle over how to handle this. We discussed new names for the product. We discussed renaming the company. We discussed using animal names (imagine CrossOver Timber Wolf). We discussed following the Adobe model and make it CrossOver WS 1 (Wine Suite). Or maybe make it X1 (this is your hint to look at the logo presentation of CrossOver 11). In the end, as we were discussing the 'science'…

26 October 2012 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

Civic duty and marketing stunts

The single most effective marketing effort of our history was the Lame Duck giveaway of 2008. The single most stressful event in our company's history, and the source for most nervous disorders and anger in our employees, was the Lame Duck giveaway of 2008. So it is with hope and fear that I am happy to announce that we're going to try it again. You can see how well the staff took the message by watching this video. Enabling the whole world to try CrossOver for free is the best way we can imagine to spread the word about CrossOver goodness. We have come a long way in the past four years; Wine is now capable of running most Windows applications, and we are improving its quality constantly. We hope this effort encourages more folks to give…

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