Archive for December 2019

News update Porting Kit and Catalina

So far so good. We are working hard to make it happen. Codeweavers (Crossover) managed to have it working already as mentioned in an earlier post. We are working hard with the help of Dean (Wineskin developer) to get 32bit-to-64bit conversion made possible by Ken Thomas from Codeweavers work in Wineskin. We hope to have some stuff ready in the beginning of the year.

But that is not all, Vitor is working hard to get Porting Kit completely rewritten again in “Electron” which will make it cross-platform (also Linux or even Windows!). It will fix also a lot of bugs which has been in the old app PK3.0. The new Portingkit will be called PK4.0 and have instead of specific icons, a more steam like view. Below a little preview screenshot from the GUI (in early stage).

Again we are working hard to make Porting Kit ready for the future and multi-platform :) I keep you posted and have a great new year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Paulthetall/Porting Kit team wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

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Crossover 19 has been official released and is Catalina compatible!

Yes! Great news! Crossover 19 has been released and available for the public, and it is Catalina ready! Thanks to one specific coder (Ken Thomas) Codeweavers managed to make 32-bit processes work in a 64-bit only environment. Which means you can still play your 32-bit games (which is 99% of the Porting Kit database) on your Mac! That’s awesome news. Besides that the Steam fix is included in their release, so you can also have your proper Steam client visible again! So if you can’t wait get Crossover, when you don’t have it yet. Porting Kit and Crossover are 2 applications which shouldn’t miss on your Mac :)  If you already have Crossover, you can update/download it from your Crossover account.

About the Catalina support for Porting Kit. Now the source is available (yeah we have a good relation with Codeweavers), we can apply the 64-bit fix as well in Porting Kit. However, we are hands short with coders, and as you have read in the previous post, if you want Porting Kit to speed up in development and you have knowledge about programming, then please check the “requirements” on the mentioned blog post and help us to make Porting Kit a better app even more! The plan/hope, is to have a Catalina ready Porting Kit in begin next year.

If you can’t wait, get Crossover meanwhile. You need more info about Crossover? Check this page…

Porting Kit developers needed!

Porting Kit developers needed!

We want you! Yes that’s right. To make Porting Kit more and more a free professional app, we need really your help. You love coding and want to help the Mac community to play more Windows games, Windows apps, or even games/apps which aren’t even possible to run on Windows anymore? Then we need you! We are only a few guys who invest their limited time and efforts into an amazing app to serve all Mac users to be able to play their favorite Windows games and apps on your Mac.

What do we seek? Someone who has skills for:
– Electron
– AngularJS
– LESS ( (LESS is the new of a CSS derived language)

If you have skills for 1 or multiple above and invest your talent into Porting Kit, then please contact Vitor using out contact form in Porting Kit.

What do we offer?
– A few more friends :D
– Ability to grow in your skills :)
– a physical or financial token of appreciation once in a while.
– A never ending gratitude  of an enormous group of Mac users who love to play their games/apps on their Mac

Please contact us when interested and want to invest in an amazing app with tons of potential. Many many thanks in advance!

GOG.com Wintersale and Wastland 2 free for 48 hours!

GOG.com Wintersale and Wastland 2 free for 48 hours!

GOG.com’s Wintersale has started!! This does not only mean games for a bargain, but also the game Wasteland 2 free of charge for 48 hours!

See press release below:

It doesn’t matter if you can see the white caps of snow outside or if you are spending the holidays in a tropical paradise, the time has come for the annual Winter Sale on GOG.COM! Along with it, arrives a sleigh of great offers for DRM-free games, completion bundles, and freebies!

Start your visit on the front page by claiming a free copy of Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut Digital Classic Edition. It’s the successful sequel to the first-ever post-apocalyptic tactical RPG created by now legendary game designer Chris Avellone. The game comes with a serial key for the original Wasteland from 1988 as a bonus goodie, so you get two games with just one click. This giveaway lasts until December 13th, 2 PM UTC.

Make sure you don’t miss any sales up here… and buy your wishlisted games cheap :)

Pizza Connection 2 for Mac

Pizza Connection 2 for Mac has been added to the Porting Kit database!It’s your empire… Take control! The game has it all! the depth of gameplay will have you on the edge of your seat for hours on-end. Build, manage, strategize and conquer the competition with the richest gameplay tycoon product ever offered! Game works great!

Game description:
They all make a difference in the ultimate success of your franchise but watch out, there is evil lurking around every corner and these gangsters want a piece of the pie with shady deals and they aren’t afraid to use blackmail!

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 Pizza Connection 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!

Go to the Pizza Connection 2 game page for more info up here…

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Descent 3 for Mac

Descent 3 for Mac has been added to the Porting Kit database! Are you able to reveal the dark conspiracy threatening not only you but also the world you know? Don’t you wanna know who stands behind the intrigue in which you were involved in Descent 3? Then relax your mind and body before the next battle begins. Game works great!

Game description:
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Descent universe, filled with new friends and old enemies, as the plot twists and turns with each daring mission. Prepare yourself for an explosive new 3D action experience with that will turn you world INSIDE… OUT!

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 Descent 3 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!

Go to the Decent 3 game page for more info up here…

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descent 3 for Mac

Lighthouse – The Dark Being for Mac

In the Lighthouse – The Dark Being you pass through a shimmering portal into a world teeming with invention, discovery… and evil. An exotic parallel universe is terrorized by a dark being. Alien technology, unearthly treachery, and brain-twisting danger skulk around every craggy cliff and corner. Relive this classic! You can get this DRM free Windows game on GOG.com which you can install in Porting Kit to play it on your Mac. Have fun!

Game description:
Pass through a shimmering portal into a world teeming with invention, discovery… and evil. An exotic parallel universe is terrorized by a dark being. Alien technology, unearthly treachery, and brain-twisting danger skulk around every craggy cliff and corner. You are summoned on a rescue mission; lives and worlds hang in the balance. Do you have the courage and imagination to leave your world and enter the unknown?

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 Lighthouse – The Dark Being 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!

Go to the Lighthouse – The dark being game page for more info up here…

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Heart of China for Mac

You like old school adventures? Heart of China for Mac is in that case good news! From the breathtaking splendor of 1930 Asia, three strangers are about to set forste on and adventure that will span an entire continent. She is daughter of a ruthless American land baron, facing death somewhere in the lush mountains of central China. He is a down-on-his-luck pilot with only three days to rescue her.Relive this classic! You can get this DRM free Windows game on GOG.com which you can install in Porting Kit to play it on your Mac. Have fun!

Game description Heart of China for Mac:
Together they will travel the crowded streets of Hong Kong, cross the blinding snowfields of the Himalayas and ride the fabled Orient Express… all on a journey of life, love and death that could only begin in the Heart of China. Their guide to freedom is a shadowy master of stealth and cunning from a far away land.

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 Heart of China 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!

Go to the Heart of China game page for more info up here…

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Heart of China for Mac

Massive update action from Old wrappers from “X11” to “Mac driver”

Massive update action from Old wrappers from "X11" to "Mac driver"

Because of compatibility with Mojave and coming Catalina, there needs to be a Massive update of old ports to newer engines and change from “X11” screen handling to “Mac Driver”. This has some Pro’s and Cons, and that’s why I need to need your input as well. As you may have noticed I Have done the past week a Massive update action with over a 150 ports and I am only half underway, changing the input from x11 to Mac Driver + rechecking the setup file name (if changed) and the description (mentioning the “offline backup setup installer” for GOG.com games).

Where do I need your help?
Because of the massive update of the games database to Mac driver, I cannot test all games again. That would take ages, and my time is already limited. Most games should work just fine with the update or even better (to much better)! But some games will have regressions as well (performance issues or even don’t launch). That part I need to know. If you run into issues (with a new port installation) that the game doesn’t run anymore, or has regressions, please let me know using contact form. Then I can take a look and do an update of that specific game (if I can fix it).

Other news is that we making last changes before a new update of Porting Kit with some fixes. Catalina OS support in Porting Kit is still in Progress and we are waiting for Codeweavers for their Catalina ready public Wine release.

Thanks again making Portingkit a better place.