Archive for September 2021

Back as port in Porting Kit: Septerra Core – Legacy of the Creator!

Back in Porting Kit as Port Septerra Core – Legacy of the Creator! Yeah, since Catalina, this game is for Mac anymore on GOG.com, so we made the port back available again. And yes, it’s working Catalina 10.15 and Big Sur 11 and up. Have fun!

***Because this game has an old Mac version 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 Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Septerra Core – Legacy of the Creator “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!

You can find the GOG.com source in the game port when you search the game in Porting Kit on the library tab or check out the game page on the Porting Kit website up here…

Steam Winetrick issue…Steam fails to install (Resolved)!

Update 13:15: Steam Install issue resolved!
From now on the Steam install should now work again. Please note that you might need to restart Porting Kit for changes to go in effect!

Thanks for bearing with us past hours :)

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A quick update here. It seems that steam ports doesn’t install properly at the moment (when you install a steam port for the first time). The Steam Winetrick seems to be broken (happened to appear last night).  You in that case get a message when installing a steam port in the end as in the screenshot below. When you installed a steam port in the close past, it might be that the the Steam Winetrick is already cached, and you don’t have this issue.

We are working to to fix it, might take this day to have this issue resolved.

Porting Kit and game ports runs on Monterey 12.0 Public Beta.

Here a quick update on the recent situation regarding Monterey 12.0 and Porting Kit and the game ports. And we have good news! I tested Porting Kit with some games in Monterey 12.0 public beta, and everything (so far) is working as attended. I tested the Porting Kit application including some games I already installed earlier on Big Sur 11. 5 and those are still working out of the box. So that’s good to know. Secondly, I tested some game installations and these will now run as well. Tested the Pharaoh Installation and that one worked as attend. Also tested a Steam install and login and running a game. All works fine. I still need to check improvements on the M1 Apple Silicon Mac.

Games tested and all working so far:
– Pharaoh Gold
– The Guild Gold
– C&C Tiberian Sun
– C&C Red Alert 2 (DVD)
– C&C Red Alert 3 (Steam)
– Company of Heroes (Steam)
– Jewel Quest 2 and Jewel Quest 3.

So these are great perspectives for the official release of the Monterey 12.0 Mac OS. That all works fine at first sight doesn’t mean that there might be a sporadic port which needs some attention, but the last Mac OS version change (Catalina 10.15 to Big Sur 11) didn’t gave (luckily) not much trouble as well.  Let’s hope this will be kept that way. We had precociously a block on Porting Kit on Mac OS Monterey 12.0m but removed them yesterday.  So everyone who has the public beta of Monterey 12 (minimum Beta 5), can now test and use Porting Kit on it.

Anstoss 3: Der Fußballmanager for Mac

On request! Anstoss 3: Der Fußballmanager for Mac has been added to Porting Kit! The game works very nicely and has been tested on my intel based Macbook Pro 2019. Please note that Anstoss 3: Der Fußballmanager is only available in German. While the rules of football/soccer remain universal, knowing the language of the four-time World Cup winners might be very useful to finish the game.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Anstoss 3: Der Fußballmanager “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:
As with its predecessors, Anstoss 3 focuses on entertainment, intricate management gameplay and all the realism and excitement of club football. Featuring real 3D simulations, deep management gameplay, and an assortment of options for post-match windfall, such as a stadium expansion, Anstoss 3 is the football management fan’s dream.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Anstoss 3: Der Fußballmanager for Mac

Thrillville: Off the Rails GOG port!

As you may know, GOG.com added recently Thrillville: Off the Rails to their game catalog. This was a good opportunity to add the GOG.com source of the game into Porting Kit as well. So here we are! If you purchased Thrillville: Off the Rails on GOG.com you will now be able to install and play the game DRM free out of the box :) Have fun!

You can find the GOG.com source in the game port when you search the game in Porting Kit on the library tab or check out the game page on the Porting Kit website up here…

Star Trek Voyager – Elite Force for Mac

Another Star Trek game just released on GOG.com added to Porting Kit: Star Trek Voyager – Elite Force for Mac! Tested it on my intel based Macbook Pro with AMD Radeon GFX card and works perfectly in the 1024×768 resolution. Somehow cannot choose a widescreen resolution which fits properly and thus makes a small window instead. So 1024×768 for my Macbook is best way to go for now unless I find a config ini somewhere where you can adjust the resolution manually.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Star Trek Voyager – Elite Force “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:
One blast from destruction, the U.S.S. Voyager is mysteriously transported into a hull space infested with danger. As part of Voyager’s elite Hazard Team, you must defend it from a host of scavenging aliens, then infiltrate a Borg Cube and derelict vessels to eradicate your deadly foes. The Quake III Arena™ engine powers the dynamic gameplay as you fight for survival through 40 ultra-intense single-player missions and 16 multiplayer arenas. It’s first-person shooter action that won’t quit. But, be prepared-if Voyager is destroyed, humanity won’t be far behind…

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Release Porting Kit 4.2.29

We just now released Porting Kit 4.2.29. There are some import fixes in it which made us rush the update now then waiting a couple of weeks. There is for example an important timeout build in when a specific Winetrick file source is unavailable.  Instead of hanging for a long while, it will now choose another file location. Also a more common bug should be fixed regarding: “There is no Windows Program configured to open this type of file” should be fixed as well.

Updating may take a long while (depending on high traffic even an hour). Alternatively you can select the autoupdate feature and then all will be done in the background anyways. When you have no patience, then you download latest version from the Porting Kit Website manually :)

Changes Since 4.2.20
– Adding option to enable esync in WSI files
If the destination path is invalid, the user shouldn’t be able to proceed
– Added button to edit description of local apps
– When creating custom ports in experimental mode, the user should be able to select between
installing with standard options, or with advanced options, using the WSI editor
– When exporting WSI files, the user should be able to edit the WSI file
– WSI1 files should be loaded from the server properly
– Custom properties should never be undefined
– Local apps should only store the relevant data
Trying to identify bug “Cannot read property ‘type’ of undefined”
– If the master wrapper fails to download, PK should wait 3 seconds until it tries again
– macOS hidden files shouldn’t be suggested when creating new ports
– Added option to terminate native apps
“There is no Windows Program configured to open this type of file” issue fixed
– Adding workaround to the description editor to avoid issues with the underline button
– Steam wrappers should be identified accordingly when adding new ports to the server
– Adding default description to new server apps
Winetricks download should always work properly
– If Desktop access is removed after it was granted, PK should still work
– Downloads should have a 10 second timeout in case nothing is downloaded

Star Trek – Elite Force II for Mac

Another Star Trek game just released on GOG.com added to Porting Kit: Star Trek – Elite Force II for Mac! Tested it on my intel based Macbook Pro with AMD Radeon GFX card and works perfectly in the 1024×768 resolution. Somehow cannot choose a widescreen resolution which fits properly and thus makes a small window instead. So 1024×768 for my Macbook is best way to go for now unless I find a config ini somewhere where you can adjust the resolution manually.

I also (meanwhile) tested it on my M1 apple Silicon Mac Mini with external monitor and there it works as well including widescreen on 1600×1200 resolution.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Star Trek – Elite Force II “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 alien invaders show no mercy, and neither should you. Hack, blast and vaporize your way into the heart of galactic evil with devastating firepower. Battle through the ravaged hulk of a massive starship, protect an alien colony under siege, face the unknown on a treacherous volcanic planetoid and assault a host of insidious alien strongholds. Where diplomacy fails, the Hazard Team thrives.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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Star Trek - Elite Force II for Mac

All ports are now updated to WISI3!

All ports are now updated to WISI3!

You may have noticed the past days and a while back, that there were hundreds of port updates in the Porting Kit database. In these updates the game description was updated, ports got updated to the latest Wine Engines, and when updating, the port was also upgraded to a new Script version (WSI3). This new script version is much more advanced, then it’s predecessors. With this script we can let it do all kind of actions before and after installations and even do actions depending on GFX cards! This is very important to make Porting Kit an advanced application which will configure ports for you fitting the best for your configuration. The possibilities are massive and will be further implemented on the game ports through time.

But that’s not all, now we made all ports WSI3, all ports should be Linux ready (compatible) as well! What  does this mean? Well, with this update, the long announced Linux version (or even Windows version?) of Porting Kit will finally coming very soon!

The update is also the final breath of Porting Kit 3. Although everyone should got a message that they need to update to Porting Kit 4 , will now see a completely empty game library, because Porting Kit 3 cannot read/handle WSI3 files. Users of Porting Kit 3 should have seen the decline of ports in the database there past days, and now it’s completely empty. An upgrade to Porting Kit 4 is a must now to be able to install new ports.

More news of new features and options, and about the Linux version will follow soon!

Star Trek – Bridge Commander for Mac

Just released last week, and already in Porting Kit: Star Trek – Bridge Commander for Mac! Yes, we got some e-mails when the release was announced of a bunch of Star Strek games on GOG.com. So we requested the games from GOG, and today I am proud to announce the first and high demanded one: Star Trek – Bridge Commander. I tested the game and it works great on my Intel based Macbook Pro. I will test the game on Apple Silicon as well, but when writing this, this still needs to be tested. Meanwhile, all Intel based Macs, can play this already :) Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Star Trek – Bridge Commander “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:
Command the bridge like never before. Command from the captain’s chair, interacting with your 3-D crew and overseeing the bridge from a first-person perspective. Prepare to face the consequences of your decisions as you issue orders affecting the course of the game.

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.