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CrossOver 15.1.0 on Ubuntu 16.04

2 May 2016  
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
Ubuntu's latest release, Xenial Xerus, has been out since April 21.The latest long term stable release has been working for our testing purposes since the day it dropped but we had to get CrossOver 15.1.0 installed first. In this release, the Ubuntu Software Center is gone. It has been replaced by GNOME Software.While this will be a positive change for the distribution, it seems Ubuntu Software has a few hiccups. While the Ubuntu Desktop Team works to resolve these problems, we would like to make sure our customers can install CrossOver.Please download the trial version of CrossOver before starting these steps. Or, if you already have an account, please login and download CrossOver.The easiest way to get CrossOver installed with Ubuntu 16.04 is a little…

Marketing Sells Souls as an Excuse for Blog Neglect

27 April 2016
by Jana SchmidJana Schmid
The year was 2015. It was the year “Content was King!” And the CodeWeavers Marketing Department had our most successful year blogging in company history. Thirty-one blog posts to be exact. We cranked those babies out: Technology issues, lying salesmen, marketing rock stars, sexist Google data. You name it: we blogged it.That was then. This is now. We’re now into the second quarter of 2016 and we have shamefully only produced one blog. And we’ve been shamed by this. And introspective. And, as a result of much internal self-examination, professional therapy, personal development and not a little drinking, we’ve come to a conclusion. The blog neglect isn’t really our fault. It’s Satan’s fault! Our writers block flows from the very same source…

Once in a Quadrennial Subscription Opportunity

With Leap Day upon us, many, many, many marketers are taking the opportunity of this quadrennial bonus day to exploit uniqueproducts offerings using puns, frogs and anything in-between to market to the masses. You’ve seen ‘em:Leap into savingsHoppy Leap DayFebruary +1Celebrate Leap Year with 29% OffJust For You! An Extra Day29 for $29February 29 = 29% OffAnd my personal favorite (besides the one I wrote):This year you have one extra day to drink wine.The marketing department at CodeWeavers is no different. We are known for our soul urns, eyes of darkness, black hearts, crooked morals and bendable ethics. We too have risen to the calling of pushing mass consumerism on Leap Day. ? We're not frogging around - 29% Off CrossOverNot only that, but we are…

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,…

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