Archive for May 2021

New video tutorial about: “What is Porting Kit?”.

Because we regularly we get questions about what Porting Kit does and is, we made a video introduction about it. Watch it below. It shows the link between Porting Kit and Wineskin and the opensource code Wine. It’s just over a minute long :)

Patrician 3 wrapper update

Great news! With the latest Mac OS update and usage of newest engines, Patrician 3 had a bug regarding a black screen after it minimized to the dock and re-opening. In the past after alt+tabbing ia few times the window in some cases it returned good again, but lately with the latest Wine Engines(which is required for Catalina and Big Sur) it didn’t work anymore. This has now been addressed and fixed :)

You can find the updated port in the Porting Kit game library. If you don’t see the “updated” badge in the database, then please restart Porting Kit or refresh the database using the refresh button.

Changes:
– Alt+tab and black screen bug has been fixed.

Find the game page up here…

Porting Kit 4 Beta process and more news and updates

Porting Kit 4 Beta process and more news and updates

An update of the process of the development Porting Kit 4 Beta. It has been een rough way since the 64bit only Mac OS update and Catalina 10.15x and Big Sur 11.x, introduction of Apple Silicon and more. We were forced to abandon Porting Kit 3 and move to the early stage Porting Kit 4.0 which still had and has bugs and some issues. But with some bumps in the road Porting Kit is and will be more and more stable.

We implemented the start of Apple Silicon Support. We added D3d11 support (64bit only at the moment) which made it possible to bring some very cool and popular DirectX 11 games to Porting Kit like Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition and Witcher 3 and Skyrim SE. We brought meanwhile most of Porting Kit 3 functionality to PK4. The App is Apple signed and noterised, which means it is safe and secure and can be easily installed and used. And much much more.

At the side line Gcenx has been working hard on improving Wineskin to version: 2.9.0.8. with loads of changes and fixes. This wineskin version will automatically applied in the experimental version of Porting Kit and will shortly be applied on the main/official branche as well. Besides that, the engines has been improved and contains some extra fixes including the one for the GOG.com installers (fixes the error messages at the end).

Coming update of the main/official PK4 of next week will contain a lot of fixes and improvements which are already applied on the experimental branche.

A quick overflight of short term Porting Kit plans/implementation:
– WSI3 files implementation. This makes the installer very intelligent to apply all kind of extra steps. Think about, specific settings for specific videocards, extra
settings, etc.
– Re-implementation of the forums + Ranking of games. It’s almost ready to be implemented.
– New Engine CX21 with better support for D3D11 and Apple Silicon etc.

Long Term plans:
– Linux support
– Chat function
– Multiplayer support within Porting Kit with each other.
– VIP options and support.

So here is the top of the iceberg which is coming up! Exciting times and great perspective for Porting Kit now and in the Future!

More Wrapper updates!

We moved a lot of files from the file hosting “Mediafire” to the main site of paulthetall.com because or the direct download links somehow didn’t work or “Mediafire” has been blocked in some countries so this makes the install fail as well. Below the list of games (most of them free) which should work work properly now in any country! You can find all those updated games in your Porting Kit game library and will contain an “updated” badge. If you don’t see it, restart the Porting Kit app.

  • Civilization 2
  • Stranded 2
  • Wings of Fury 2
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Outlaws
  • BlueMSX (App)
  • Sid Meiers Civilization 3 Complete
  • Age of Empires
  • Mini Golf Maniaks
  • Alien Breed – Obliteration
  • Cedric and the revolution
  • Sim Tower (Mojave and High Sierra Only)
  • Roll em up Pinball
  • Zack Mckracken Remake
  • Netstorm – Islands at War
  • Battletanks 2
  • Kings Quest I remake
  • OnEscapee
  • Ferrari Virtual Race

You can find the specific game pages also on the Portingkit.com website up here…

Some game port updates

Some game port updates

Some more wrapper updates. Most of them related that the game didn’t work on Intel Iris videocards others related to Mac OS 10.15.x and Big Sur. if you run into bugs with a specific game, then please let us know so we can fix it.

The Legend of Heroes – Trails in the Sky SC
The Legend of Heroes – Trails in the Sky
The Legend of Heroes – Trails in the Sky the 3rd
Tropico + Paradise Island
Tropico 2 – Pirate Cove
Perimeter
Perimeter – Emperor’s Testament
Sherlock Holmes – Secret of the Silver Earring
Tomb Raider The Angel of Darkness
Gemcraft – Frostborn Wrath
System Shock 2

Check out the game pages on Portingkit.com

LEGO Star Wars – The Clone Wars for Mac

Last post we ported LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, but now we also added LEGO Star Wars – The Clone Wars into porting Kit!  You own the game on GOG.com? Then download the offline backup setup files and install it in Porting Kit and start the fun!!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the LEGO Star Wars – The Clone Wars “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
 The beloved and critically acclaimed LEGO® Star Wars™ franchise is back. LEGO Star Wars III:The Clone Wars, combines the epic stories and iconic characters from the Star Wars universe and hit animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ with all new gameplay features.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for Mac

On Request someone requested the GOG.com version of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga to be ported again, because it’s not supported anymore in the Mac store. So we did that :) LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is now back available in the database as game Port, and can be installed again and played on High Sierra 10.13+ (yes, also on Mac OS Catalina 10.15.x and Big Sur 11.x) as we speak. You own the game on GOG.com? Then download the offline backup setup files and install it in Porting Kit and start the fun!!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
Play through a fun Star Wars galaxy that combines the endless customization of LEGO with the epic story from all six episodes of Star Wars. This is the definitive LEGO Star Wars comprising the first two games and expanding them with new characters, enhanced visuals, and more bonus levels than you can shake a lightsaber at. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a family-friendly game, which is both funny and challenging. Pick and choose your characters wisely to engage in combat, solve puzzles and work together as a team to defeat the dark side.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Omerta City of Gangsters added to Porting Kit for Mac 10.13.x and Higher.

Omerta City of Gangsters is a strategic real-time gameplay for planning coups, expanding your territory, extorting the competition, and bribing the authorities. Lead your henchmen into elaborately planned turn-based tactical combat as you pull off bank heists, robberies, street battles, and more!  Game works great on my Intel Macbook pro :)

***Because this game has an old Mac version (for Mojave and Below) on GOG, you have to change “System” to Windows on your GOG Account download page, otherwise you will download old Mac game files instead of the Windows “Offline backup setup files” which are required for Porting Kit.***

Basic Porting Kit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Omerta City of Gangsters offline backup setup file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the notes of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click: Install
4. Porting Kit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click: play
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
Omerta: City of Gangsters puts you into the boots of a fresh-from-the-boat immigrant with dreams of the big life. Work your way up the criminal hierarchy of 1920’s Atlantic City, starting with small jobs, recruiting new gang members and expanding your empire by taking territory from other mobsters. Establish your own crime syndicate and become the de facto ruler of Atlantic City!

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Imperium Romanum for Mac

Imperium Romanum Gold features incredible attention to detail and is packed with a variety of new, gameplay-enhancing features, such as a complete overhaul of the graphic engine and many of authentic historical buildings like the world-famous Circus Maximus or Gladiator schools!  Imperium Romanum Gold (now available on GOG.com) is an great city builder game in the time of the Roman Empire. Game works great on my Intel Macbook pro :)

Basic Porting Kit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Imperium Romanum Gold offline backup setup file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the notes of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click: Install
4. Porting Kit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click: play
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
The city builder strategy game Imperium Romanum is set in the time-honoured Roman Empire. As governor of a Roman province, you will devise a strategy to build a well organised, prosperous and commanding settlement. Its fortune very much lies in your own hands.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Porting Kit 4.1.27 Released!

Great news Porting Kit had another update! We are planing to lower the amount of updates and do an update once or twice per month now. You can always add yourself to the experimental branche if you want to get the latest updates using the porting Kit preferences. Porting Kit 4 is still in beta and is getting more and more a stable and is getting more and more cool features and fixes :) So I will just name a couple important ones.

Usage of specific custom engines:
We added a custom engine which has a fix for all the GOG.com installers which end in a few (un-important) errors. But now this is fixed it looks much better of course and professional.

Scroll cache/load improvement:
Not only this saves us bandwidth (downloading in icons), but this also improves performance while scrolling and searching.

Ports in troubleshoot state are shown with a maintenance wheel badge:
As mentioned in the title, game ports which are in maintenance mode has a badge now to be easily recognized. When the port is greyed out, then the only source is in maintenance mode, if it still has color, then there is an alternative source available (for example Steam or GOG) .

Changes from 4.1.22->4.1.27:

  • Returning the end event to the original location, and adding success event
  • Event of port installation end should only be sent if the port was installed successfully
  • Uncaught exceptions in installer window now should be catch
  • Commenting reference to unexisting file
  • Uncaught exceptions should be sent to Analytics
  • Implemented Analytics to catch application errors
  • Removed ‘Downloading update’ message from non-deprecated PK versions
  • Fixing search bar along with infinite scroll
  • Computer specifications window improved
  • Organizing the use of dialogs
  • App icons should only be loaded as the user scrolls
  • Replaced many of the alerts with system alerts
  • Added compatibility validation to dependencies
  • Compatibility and recommendation rules should come from the server
  • Games in troubleshooting state should be visible from the library
  • If the server config is not available, but you have a backup config, PK should work normally
  • If a wrapper if force killed during a wrapper installation, the installation shouldn’t hang
  • Refactor of the Wineskin version handling
  • Engines now can be replaced by a server config

Checkout the total change log up here…