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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…

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,…

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…

Two Weeks in CrossOver: Wine 1.7.48 now on board

12 August 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
This week we spent quality time with World of Tanks to test how well it runs across Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan. We performed a framerate check on various systems with several graphics cards and verified room for improvement in performance. This work has been given to Wargaming along with a fix for a beautiful LED light experience on Intel graphics cards. We retested Vanguard Princess with the latest version of the unofficial xbox driver on El Capitan. We verified that our implementation work for winmm remains functional and that gameplay proceeds as expected on Yosemite and El Capitan. We confirmed that Neverwinter Nights 2 servers have been shut down. While this is not surprising, it will come as a disappointment to…

Two Weeks in CrossOver: Microsoft Office 2013 can be tested in Wine

28 July 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
The last two and a half weeks of testing were heavily occupied with attention to World of Tanks and World of Warships. With World of Tanks we began by triaging a crash that started with the 9.9 update. We fixed the issue quickly and sent a new build to Wargaming. We followed this with a fix for a severe drop in framerates with the 9.9 update. A fix for the framerate issue and a mouse offset issue is on it's way to Wargaming now. We continue work on a rendering issue that lights up the garage as though it were decorated with blue LED lights on Intel based systems. For World of Warships we spent a majority of the time working with the black screen a user would be met with upon login. The problem is related to Wine Bug number 35397. With more testing…

Two Weeks in CrossOver: Microsoft Office 2013 installs and launches

13 July 2015  
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
It's been another busy two weeks in Testing Land:We spent time reading through and updating our Fedora documentation to ensure we mention dnf instead of yum, where appropriate. During this review we consolidated some of our Linux sound troubleshooting pages and flagged out-of-date pages so they will no longer show up in Google searches. Our bi-weekly testing cycle with Wine 1.7.46 did not reveal any new regressions within CrossOver. We retested bugs with Excellerate and created a basic CrossTie for the application. The developer of Virtual DJ Studio 7 stopped by our site to leave feedback: His words inspired us to create a CrossTie of Virtual DJ Studio and try it out on El Capitan. For CrossOver 15 development, we added the extension .cxlog to all log…

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