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Cataline OS 10.15.x update + other good news!

Cataline OS 10.15.x update + other good news!

Dear fellow Porting Kitters :) I have some great news at the Porting front. It looks like Codeweavers, with their Crossover 19 beta release have tackled the 32-bit/64-bit problem. They found a way to translate the 32-bit processes to 64-bit processes with as far as tested not much performance loss. This awesome news means that Porting Kit will “drive along” with this success when the final Crossover 19 release is there and the Engine is accessible for Porting Kit use. Even when that’s done, there might be some other challenges, but the main thing will be finally there. So if we are lucky we can start the new year with a fully Catalina ready Porting Kit where you can keep playing your 32-bit games in the latest Mac OS. If you can’t wait, you can get Crossover up here…  and use it along with Porting Kit when it’s Catalina ready. So when you want to keep using Porting Kit for the the time being, don’t update  to Catalina yet!! Only brought the good news :)

Other good news, we most likely found the bug causing the main exe found after having played a game for a while. Cause is in most cases that you got a pop-up about updating Wineskin to the latest version and when choosing “yes”, it caused the problem, when choosing no, you could keep playing. We are working on the fix, so in the next Porting kit release (coming really soon) that issue is addressed.  With this fix and others, Porting Kit will be a quite stable again.

Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac

Yes, finally! The long requested Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac from GOG.com is now available in the Porting Kit database split in 2 game installs: Cossacks 2 – Napoleonic Wars and Cossacks 2 – Battle for Europe. Both game works very nice, although it is required to do a one time action (deselect the “videos” in the in-game settings) before starting your first game. I played a few hours without any issues. It’s a really addictive game.

Just remember to not update to Mac OS Catalina yet, because of the 32-bit support drop of Mac OS 10.15. We are still working on a solution.

Game description:
In Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars, lead your 19th century army to glory in this much-anticipated sequel to the internationally acclaimed Cossacks: European Wars. Whether fighting as Napoleon’s highly disciplined “Grande Armée”, the tenacious Russians and their Cossack horseback warriors, the Austrians, Britons, Prussians, or Egyptians, the challenges will be daunting as you master weapons and tactics during a time that redefined modern warfare.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Cossacks 2 Anthology from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac

Capitalism 2 for Mac

I have added past 2 weeks more new game ports then in a whole year :)! So I will making blog posts of them almost daily now. Let’s start with Capitalism 2 for Mac. Added this GOG.com game to Porting Kit a few days ago. Works great! We already had the first Capitalism Plus game in the database, but now with the successor added, the serie is complete.

Just remember to not update to Mac OS Catalina yet, because of the 32-bit support drop of Mac OS 10.15. We are still working on a solution.

Game description:
Create and control the business empire of your dreams. This in-depth strategy game covers almost every aspect of business that could be encountered in the real world. Use marketing, manufacturing, purchasing, importing, retailing, and more to become a corporate CEO. Capitalism II features two new campaigns – The Capitalist Campaign and the Entrepreneur Campaign – plus an in-depth tutorial to make the most complex business strategy a breeze to learn.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Capitalism 2 from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Uplay ports updated to latest version of Uplay for best experience!

With joy I can report that all Uplay game ports has been updated to latest Uplay client for best game experience :) The following game ports has been updated:

 

Jack Keane and Jack Keane 2 added to Portingkit!

If you love adventure games, then I have some good news! As well the GOG.com version of Jack Keane and Jack Keane 2 has been ported to Mac and added to Porting Kit! In both games you play Jack Keane who drops in all kind of adventures. The makers claim: “Never has an adventure been as cinematic, fast-paced and humorous, without breaking any of the iconic point & click gameplay rules.State of the art 3D-graphics, gripping action-sequences and the typical bizarre Jack Keanesque humour will be an absolute delight to all adventure fans.”

About Jack Keane (1):
Jack Keane has on GOG.com a Mac version but only works until 10.10, so it’s way out of date and won’t work on the Mac OS for more then 5 years. So I made this Compatible again up to Mac OS Mojave and works great, even on lower end Mac’s. Yep we are still working on Catalina compatibility, this takes time, so wait with updating with your Mac OS if you still want to keep playing your games!

Go to the Jack Keane Porting Kit page up here…

About Jack Keane 2:
A great graphical animation adventure game! Follow-up of the first game, Jack Keane 2 – The Fire Within, latest Wine versions fixed some shadow problems, so I was able to port this game now with issues. The game does however requires at least a medium to high-end Mac, because of the high end graphics in the game, but again works great :D.

Go to the Jack Keane 2 Porting Kit page up here…

You can also of course search the game in the Porting Kit App database. It will contain at the moment (for 2 weeks) a “New” badge on the game icon as you are used to when a new game gets added in Porting Kit.

XIII for Mac

A few weeks back XIII has been released again on GOG.com. So I  re-created the game port for XIII again in Porting Kit.

Just remember to not update to Catalina yet, because of the 32-bit support drop of Mac OS 10.15. We are still working on a solution.

Game description:
Would you like to play something with tough puzzles and laughing-out-loud humour? What about something full of funny characters, featuring mind-bending plots and brain-teasing puzzles?
Help the King regain his sanity after he got turned into a raving lunatic, save the kidnapped prince and interview Queen Xina and King Bodd who have been fighting for years. You will be confronted by surprise after surprise and will have to face the most unexpected enemies. Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun for everyone.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from XIII from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

New GOG.com versions of game ports + more Wrapper fixes.

New GOG.com versions of game ports + more Wrapper fixes.

The past week I have done a lot of game fixes and new game ports. I will mention first some game port fixes and new GOG.com versions of existing game ports. Lets start with the game fixes shall we?

Seven Kingdoms ==> Fixed launch issue. Gave a white window and didn’t launch anymore because the game didn’t work with the Mac display driver.
Dark Reign + Expansion ==> fixed the “Main exe couldn’t be found”
Diablo + Hellfire ==> Launching of game more stable.

Then we have a bunch of GOG.com versions of existing Game ports:
Secret Files – Tunguska
Secret Files 2
Secret Files 3
Lost Horizon
Hitman IV –  Bloodmoney

These new GOG.com games are tested and optimized for Mojave. Enjoy the GOG.com version of the games.

Steam client issues after Steam update + workaround

I love GOG.com, why? It has offline installers. Yes they have GOG Galaxy, but they offer the offline setup files where we work with in Porting Kit. The Advantage? Not dependent on cliënt updates. Well, that exactly happened again with the Steam client. They change stuff which breaks things and voila, stuff is not working properly again. There has been 3 more times in the past where we had to do massive changes to make Steam games working properly again in Porting Kit.

The problem (now):
When you update your Steam client for an existing steam game port or installing a new Steam game port, you will be able to login, but the Steam window content will be black/or white… Menu’s are available, but the window content is black/white. As well for your library, the Steam Store, and other tabs.

The Workaround:
Luckily we found a few workarounds for this issue.  We start with the easiest one for the ones who have already a game installed and did the steam update. When you launch Steam you see in your top bar of your Mac screen a Steam bar icon. Right click it and select the game to launch it.

Or you can also use: “Small mode” using the “view” tab. Then it shows your library with the games you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The second solution counts also for new installed games:
It takes a bit extra effort, but this solution is allround. Go to te local port in porting kit after installation or when installed already. Then click “more” => “Wineskin tools” ==> “launch wineskin” => “advanced” ==> and there you find the info mentioned in the screenshot below until the text “sandbox”. The last part “-Applaunch xxxxx” is the part you need to add extra. For Age of Empires 2 HD for example that is “-applaunch 221380” (without quotes). You can find the app ID for your game in your browser when you go to the specific steam page for example: https://store.steampowered.com/app/221380/Age_of_Empires_II_2013/

So use the App ID number of the specific game to add the -applaunch flag. Make sure there is a space between the “sandbox” and the  “-applaunch” as mentioned in the screenshot. This last fix will result that when you launch the game/steam the first time, it will automatically come with the notification to install it. Accept it, and let it install the game. When installed, you can use the first fix mentioned using the Steam icon in top bar to launch it, or close steam and start it again using the play button. When you launch Steam, when the game is already installed, it will start the game instantly. When this issue is addressed in Wine, we will apply the fix in all the Steam game ports as well. We keep you informed!

Company of Heroes, Patrician 3 and some more wrapper updates!

Because of a few notifications I got about Company of Heroes, I  addressed the problem, and the game is fully functional again :) Besides that there are a few other fixes; for Patrician 3 and  Star Wars JK – Dark Forces 2.

Company of Heroes:
– Fixed the “directx” error you got when launching the game.

Patrician 3 and Star Wars JK – Dark Forces 2:
Fixed the install issues which occurred because of the recent change of the “setup/installer name” by GOG.com.

 

Portingkit website technical issues! (Resolved!)

Edit: The Portingkit website is back online again and the Portingkit application should work properly again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Here a quick heads-up.  The portingkit.com website experiences some technical issues (ERROR 403 – Forbidden) since yesterday evening. We are working on the problem as we speak. The technical issues will also be experienced when installing new games from the database of the Porting kit application. So installing new games needs to wait until the problems are fixed.

In short, we keep you posted and hold on! :)

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