CrossOver 19 is progressing well and is now in beta!

Hi folks,

It's been two weeks; we feel we owe everyone an update on our efforts to support 32 bit Windows applications on macOS Catalina, despite Apple's decision to terminate support for 32 bit applications.

I'm happy to announce that we have released the first beta version of CrossOver 19 on Friday, November 15, 2019 to our community of advocates and beta testers.  Further, our alpha testing and other internal testing has gone well, so I am confident that we will have a final product ready before the end of the year.

Since our last update, we've made a range of improvements.  The biggest one is adding back in better support for older versions of macOS.  Fun fact:  CrossOver now includes 3 versions of Wine.  We include an old fashioned 32 bit build ('classic Wine') suitable for use on macOS versions before Catalina.  We also include a 64 bit build, which provides support for 64 bit applications; we've been providing that for several years now.  And then, finally, the 32 bit on 64 build ('new Wine'), which we use to make '32' bit bottles on Catalina.

We've also made a number of improvements to our support for Microsoft Office which we're happy to bring to our Linux customers.

If you are a customer that is running Catalina and you have an existing CrossOver install, please contact us to ask for access to this build.

If you are not running Catalina, or do not have any CrossOver installation, we recommend you stick with 18.5 for now. Now that our beta process is underway, we are on track to have a production quality version of CrossOver 19 before the end of the year. We recommend that you wait for the production release if you can.

Cheers,

Jeremy

>>> Announcing a First Alpha Build for CrossOver 19 for macOS Catalina

>>> Quick Catalina Update — October 25, 2019

>>> CrossOver for Catalina Progress — October 3, 2019

>>> So We Don't Have a Solution for Catalina...Yet

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Ian Sliwinski
Ian Sliwinski
Posted 2019-11-18 09:52
A [new Wine] that will support 32-bit on 64-bit macOS - very interesting ....

Please post more information on this as you can.

Could be of some interest for WG Game Center Mac Wrapper users and mods for World of Tanks as many of the mods are 32-bit including XVM.
Jay Jennings
Jay Jennings
Posted 2019-11-18 10:33
I would be very interested on how the 32 inside a 64 wrapper works... Any technical articles to read about the process?
Alwin Garside
Alwin Garside
Posted 2019-11-18 11:09
Jay Jennings Posted:
I would be very interested on how the 32 inside a 64 wrapper works... Any technical articles to read about the process?


They posted a bunch of technical posts about this on their blog. 😊
Scott Dresser
Scott Dresser
Posted 2019-11-18 12:03
Can we run version 19 on Mojave (as 64-bit) to see how our apps will run before migrating to Catalina?
Dean
Dean
Posted 2019-11-18 12:10
Scott Dresser Posted:
Can we run version 19 on Mojave (as 64-bit) to see how our apps will run before migrating to Catalina?


I didn’t try too hard but CrossOver19 on macOS Mojave doesn’t run the same binary as on macOS Catalina.

So instead I downloaded the macOS Catalina installer and ran that installing onto an external USB-3.0 SSD (a laptop SSD connected to an old Seagate USB-3.0 controller)
And booted from to do my testing and I’ll say I’m amazed at how well it’s working so far.

Edit;
Actually it’s not possible to run wine32on64 on macOS Mojave, it’s making use of something that was added into macOS Catalina specifically.
M.A.
M.A.
Posted 2019-11-18 15:13
> We include an old fashioned 32 bit build ('classic Wine') suitable for use on macOS versions before Catalina.

Out of curiousity, is this intended to be a temporary approach until the 32-bit on 64 builds have reached a similar level of stability and compatibility to 'classic Wine' ? Or are there other advantages to continue using native 32-bit support where it's still available?
John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson
Posted 2019-11-20 07:54
Can't wait, I run Money Manager 2000 and have not been able to upgrade MAC software for several months now.
Michael Luntz
Michael Luntz
Posted 2019-11-20 08:10
Thanks for keeping us up to date on your progress. I am looking forward to finally updating my OS to Catalina.
Shawn Joseph
Shawn Joseph
Posted 2019-11-25 01:38
Will this new Catalina wrapper make it to the next version of Wine at some point?
Bachsau
Bachsau
Posted 2019-12-03 18:00
What does this mean for 32-bit applications in 64-bit bottles? In many cases 64-bit applications have installers or subcomponents that are 32-bit.
Dean
Dean
Posted 2019-12-03 18:34
Shawn Joseph Posted:
Will this new Catalina wrapper make it to the next version of Wine at some point?


It won’t make it into upstream wine before wine-5.0, maybe a 5.x release or wine-6.0.

Bachsau Posted:
What does this mean for 32-bit applications in 64-bit bottles? In many cases 64-bit applications have installers or subcomponents that are 32-bit.


CodeWeavers are well aware of this, CrossOver19 on macOS Catalina runs 32Bit Windows binaries including wow64 prefixes or as CrossOver calls them bottles.
Weijian Meng
Weijian Meng
Posted 2019-12-09 03:06
Is it possible to run the beta until the public release it out please? 😋
Oscar van Vliet
Oscar van Vliet
Posted 2019-12-09 16:25
Any chance we can get more information? For example, I would be very interested to see more of the WineConf 2019 presentations, but no videos that touch on this have been posted yet..
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