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Crossover comes with 21.2.0 update!

Great news! Codeweavers, the developer company who sells Crossover, released a new update of their product! Version 21.2.0! See the changes below:

This new release offers both improvements from upstream Wine and important fixes for a variety of issues.

CrossOver 21.2 includes over 300 updates to wined3d from upstream Wine. We also included dozens of changes from Wine 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 and updated to Wine Mono 7.0.

Audio now works on both Mac and Linux for Halo: Master Chief Collection. We also fixed an issue with a recent Steam update that was causing some connections to take a very long time.

On macOS, we fixed a long-standing issue with mouse control in Unity games. We also included fixes for the latest Rockstar Games Launcher and Quicken updates that caused those applications to stop working on M1 machines.

If you own Crossover you will automatically receive the update. If you haven’t tried Crossover yet, then surely try it out with the 14 days trial. Codeweavers is also a sponsor of Porting Kit and of the whole wine project with sharing over 50.000 patches! Including support of 32->64 bit and the Macdriver and lots other things.

Oh, and yes, there will be a new CX21.2.0 engine coming to Porting Kit as well, but as always, that comes a bit later, we hope if all goes wel next week.

So if you love their work or mine, consider to buy Crossover and use the code: bridgeover25 to get 25% discount on top! If you don’t have Crossover 21 yet, then get Crossover now up here..

Crossover 21.1.0 Released!

A bit late, because it was released already on Monday, but here the news after all: Crossover 21.1.0 has hit the streets! And with it some very good news. It has a lot of fixes for games: Like Dragon Age Origin, Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 + 2 (for M1 Apple Silicon), SimCity 4 and much more and also much better support for M1 Apple Silicon. See the changelog below:

Our big reveal for this release is much-awaited support for Grand Theft Auto V (including GTA Online) on both macOS and Linux. Starting with CrossOver 21.1, you can now run Grand Theft Auto V via either the standalone Rockstar Games Launcher or Steam.

This release is also the first to offer official support for the newly released macOS Monterey. We also added support for several games that previously did not run on macOS and fixed an issue for certain launchers that were not working on macOS with CrossOver 21 (including MicroTik The Dude)

CrossOver 21.1 includes several other fixes, including ones for the recent updates to Ubisoft Connect and Quicken that caused problems running them in CrossOver. Additionally, this release includes improvements to wined3d and an update to Wine Mono 6.3.

We hoping to get the CX21.1.0 engine to Porting Kit soon as well, but this might take another week.  If you can’t wait and you don’t have Crossover 21 yet, then get Crossover now up here..! And use the “Bridgeover25” discount code of 25% off!

CX21.1.0 is coming soon!

CX21.1.0 is coming soon!

Back after 2 weeks of recovering of corona (luckily I wasn’t too sick) :) Although we are still busy on a good CX21 engine…(the CX21 one we have, is still not optimal), now CX21.1.0 is coming soon! This one is much better then the CX21 one and has a lot of bug fixes and has also much better M1 Apple Silicon support! I tested the beta of CX21.1.0 and I also got Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2 running on my Apple Silicon, and Dragon Age Origin is back working in there as well. And that’s only a few I mention. The CX21.1.0 will also be the default Engine for all games for Apple Silicon Macs for the best support.

So, lots of cool things to look forward to. We expect the CX21.1.0 be released by Code weavers next week, and in Porting Kit a few weeks later. If you can’t wait? Get Crossover now up here..! And use the “portingover” discount code of 25% off!

Crossover 21 released!

Yes, great news! Crossover 21 has been released! Crossover is an application similar as Porting Kit but then commercial (Paid application) and has a big team of developers and offer paid support for their product. Crossover is a product of Codeweavers which contributes a lot to the Wine project. In short, a great product and ran by very cool guys! :) Crossover is priced 59,- and comes with 12 months of support of updates and phone support. With Promocode “Portingover” you will get 30% off! So take advantage of that code :)

Crossover 21 makes now use of  Wine 6.0 and has loads of improvements and fixes for games and better support for M1 Apple Silicon. It also includes fixes for Ubisoft games like Anno 2070, Rayman Origin/Legends, Assassin Creed series and more! When we created a CX21 Engine for Porting Kit these ports will be fixed and new ones will be added as well!

Check out the full change log below.

21.0.0 CrossOver – August 3, 2021

  • Core Technology Improvements:
    • CrossOver 21 includes Wine 6.0, with 8,300 improvements, and selected patches from recent Wine with benefits to many popular applications.
    • Update to DXVK v 1.7.
    • CrossOver now ships Wine Mono.
  • macOS:
    • Added support for Dark Mode.
    • Vulkan WineD3D backend now on by default for D3D10/11 games.
    • Skyrim SE now runs on m1 with WineD3D.

We are using the opensource code of Crossover to make Wineskin engines to use in Porting Kit. We are working hard to get a working patched engine to Porting Kit to make use of the the new engine as well to use for new specific games and upgrade old ones for fixes and improvements. When we have it finished this will be announced again on the blog. Meanwhile if you want to play with Crossover already, then you can get Crossover 21 from their website.

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Beta 2 of Crossover 21 released and what are the findings so far…

Beta 2 of Crossover 21 released and what are the findings so far...

As mentioned earlier and some probably have heard by mail replies as well, I am very busy with testing the Beta of CX21 and reporting bugs to get solved. The CX21 will be the new engine we can use in the near future when released, including some extra patching to solve some extra stuff like the Origin Client. But you may wonder what we are experiencing thus far in the latest Beta release of Crossover 21. We will tell you in the next coming paragraphs.

M1 Apple Silicon Support:
Maybe one of the most important things is Apple Silicon Support for games. We found that this has been improved a lot. Games like, Skyrim SE (without too many glitches), Monkey Island 4, Dungeon Keeper 2, and many more where we don’t know off (because we cannot test thousands of games in such a short notice) are now starting to work. We see also big steps forwards in other games, like that it first in CX20 didn’t launch at all, but now it launches but has some slowness issues or crashes. But there is process, as you know what I mean.

More games which stopped working in Catalina are working again as well!
We have tremendous good news! A bunch of games which stopped working in Catalina 64bit. Start working again in CX21! An important Xaudio bug has been resolved, making a lot of Ubisoft games work again, like Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends, Assassin Creed 2, Assassin Creed revelations , Anno 2070 and more. These popular games suffered under this bug in Catalina 10.15 and up, but is now fixed in CX21.

But thats not all, also Steam bugs are solved and working better and faster (no big delays anymore) and more games are working better (like Tomb Raider 2 and Tombraider 4) including improved Directx11 support in 64bit games. Yes, a lot of joy is coming!

Still a lot to do:
Although we certainly won’t complain about CX21, there is still a lot to do. Especially for M1 Apple Silicon support we have a long road to go. It’s improving but we aren’t there yet. But we are happy to see Wine development is going the good way, also for M1 Apple Silicon. I will in the coming time do more videos (Porting Diaries) regarding M1 Apple silicon gaming, to show what is all possible already :)

We are now in the second beta, so I expect only a couple of weeks for the real release. Then we will add some extra patches which will have some better compatibility and then, on the end of the road there we hope to have also the Origin Client back in business again which means all the C&C games, and many others are back playable again in Porting Kit. In short, there are a lot of cool things happing and we hope to have this all in place in a month or so.

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.

New Crossover version is in Beta which means CX21 Engine is coming within weeks!

New Crossover version is in Beta which means CX21 Engine is coming within weeks!

Crossover CX21 is in beta mode, this means that in not too long (weeks) we will have access to a newer engine!! Yes and newer engine means better support, fixes and especially great news for Apple Silicon Macs which will get better support! We are looking forward to the new release an I am working at the moment very hard to submit bugs which are CX19 and CX20 to be addressed and fixed in CX21. I know for sure already that Monkey Island 4 and Empire Earth for example will work on Apple Silicon on CX21, but this only one of the few I tested!

Testing, testing, testing. Because its so important to have a good working CX21 engine I am spending a lot of time doing bug reports at Crossover (Promocode 30% “Portingover”) in the beta, so updating WSI2 files to WSI3 will be postponed for those couple of weeks. Lets hope we will have an awesome working CX21 with as much game compatibility as possible!

Crossover 20.0.4 has been released!

Crossover got an update to 20.0.4 if you own Crossover then you can update it and it has a few fixes and features. See the changes below. Codeweavers is an important partner which contributes a lot to the Wine project and also makes Porting Kit possible. Because Codeweavers has a good relationship with us we can also offer a promo-code “Portingover” with a nice 30% discount for Mac and Linux.
20.0.4 CrossOver – January 27, 2021

  • Bug fixes for all platforms:
    • A bottle which was registered exactly on a release date no longer shows as unregistered.
    • Office 2010 bottles activated with old versions of CrossOver no longer need reactivation.
  • macOS:
    • Fix an interaction with our password dialog and the Big Sur key chain.
    • Bluetooth Xbox One controller support for Intel macs.
    • Work around an Apple Silicon bug that prevents some older games from working when they request a 640×480 mode.
    • Prevent a crash on Big Sur when clicking on a Cross Tie file.

If you don’t own Crossover yet, you can get it up here…

Crossover 20 released!

Great news! Crossover 20 is out! It has a lot of improvements (Wine 5,0) and even promises Directx11 support! This is something Porting Kit cannot offer yet because Crossover uses DXVK 1.5.2 including with some aditional patches which Porting Kit does not have (yet). I am not sure which Directx11 games work, but you will find out yourself soon enough. So even if you only want to support the Wine project, I really recommend you Crossover 20 the rest is a massive bonus. They have a total new branding as well. Check out the change log below.

20.0.0 CrossOver – October 13, 2020

  • Core Technology Improvements:
    • Allow application ranking within CrossOver.
    • CrossOver 20 includes Wine 5.0, with 3,400 improvements, and selected patches from recent Wine with benefits to many popular applications.
    • Revise branding and visual appearance.
  • Chrome OS:
    • Dedicated support for Chrome OS using containers.
  • macOS:
    • Support Big Sur (macOS 11).
    • Improve support for Steam and Steam games.
    • Support for DirectX 11 games.
  • Linux:
    • Allow CrossOver to upgrade itself.
    • Refresh distribution support.

Get Crossover with 30% Discount using the “portingover” promocode up here… 

Jagged Alliance 2 and Jagged Alliance Wildfire for Mac (Catalina OS)

After a time of testing of existing ports and handling with issues with Porting Kit within Catalina 10.15.x OS. I can finally focus on some new game ports. So yesterday I added Jagged Alliance 2 and Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire to the Porting Kit which is Catalina Compatible. The old version is not compatible anymore and was malfunctioning. That’s why I made these ports available again in Porting Kit. I tested both games for a bit and works brilliantly :)

Game description:
Jagged Alliance 2 features: perfect blend of strategy, roleplaying and tactical combat; dozen of new weapons; 150+ individual in-game characters; realistic combat physics; and more than 10,000 lines of digitalized speech. The only thing missing is YOU. 

For Catalina users: Make sure SIP is disabled and that the Porting Kit app is located in your Apps/Application folder. If you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being

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

Go to the Jagged Alliance 2 game pages for more info up here… and here…

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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…