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Syberia 2 for Mac

You probably read the news about the free Syberia game for 48 hours. It looks like the Native Mac version has been removed of Syberia 2. So I added the Syberia 2 port to Porting Kit! The game is also available in Crossover with a Crosstie.

Install is simple:
1. Get Porting Kit if you don’t have it yet or Crossover.
2. Then buy/download the GOG.com setup file from Syberia 2 from GOG into your download folder.
3. Then when you own Crossover use this CrossTie or when you use Porting Kit search the game on 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!

Game description:
An unlikely pair, young Kate Walker and old, eccentric Hans Voralberg now set off on a journey together, in search of the last of the fabled Syberian mammoths at the heart of a long-forgotten universe. The surreal quest Hans began alone several years ago will come to a final close as he and Kate face obstacles far more dangerous than ever before, testing their courage and determination. Far and beyond, a mystical Syberia awaits their arrival.

Go to the game page for more info up here…

Syberia 2 for Mac

 

Syberia for Free for 48 hours on GOG.com!

You like free games? Well to celebrate the release of Syberia 3 – The Complete Journey, GOG.com offers the first Syberia game of the series for free! The cool thing is that the game is for Mac as well. So no porting kit is required in this case. However! Be fast, the gift started yesterday already and ends on November 11th! If you like the Syberia series, we ported Syberia 2 as well to Mac up here...

Game Description:
Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems to be a fairly straightforward assignment. Just a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to New York. Little did she imagine, when embarking on this task, that her life would be turned upside down

Get this free game quickly up here…

The future of Wine on Mac….Wine dead on Mac in 18 months?

The future of Wine on Mac....Wine dead on Mac in 18 months?

I see you thinking, wine dead in 18 months? Yeah, it’s a very very good possibility (not joking here…) “What does that mean? How come? ” Well, it’s the decision of Apple, “no more compromise”….to go over to 64 bit only. That will start in High Sierra 10.13x (yeah where we are in now and where we already ran into bumps), and most likely end in 64bit only next year already!!. “Hey wait, you guys mentioned that you are working on 64-bit Wine app?”.  Yep that’s correct, but that doesn’t solve the fact that the games are still 32-bit, and Apple won’t accept 32-bit processes. This can’t be fixed by using a 64-bit Engine and creating a 64-bit Wineskin app unfortunately.

“So all is lost?” Well we have little hope on a specific project called “hangover” which Codeweavers (yeah from Crossover) and the wine community started up to find a way to keep Wine working on Mac (64bit) using ARM Emulator (an emulator between the windows app and the real CPU that we can put in any mode) which is a building block and would still need a lot of work (if even proven “workable/not too slow”) to be useful on the new Mac OS. There are maybe a few similar options, but also requires “emulation/virtualization” which means slow. So in short, there needs to come a solution (and I mean fast) but the “possible” (hope/pray)  alternatives takes a lot of time to implant. Alexandre Julliart isn’t really mourning about that (and he shouldn’t), because Apple seems to be lost at this moment. It looks like everyone needs to adapt to the changes they make, we (wine(skin) community) had already to adapt 3 times already because of OS updates in the past years, and now it looks like they are about to give the final blow.

“So now what?” Well, thought about alternative solutions as well, and fell back to the same kind of solutions as Codeweavers comes with (emulation/virtualization) but then again you can even better put also VM’s and bootcamp on your system, and that’s not what we want.

So we are building hard on a Linux version of Porting Kit, so not all years we put in Porting Kit and into all the game ports, are lost. In that way we can still continue our vision on Linux, although  in that case it will end for Mac in OS 10.13x or maybe even 10.14x. It’s not what we want, but Apple leaves is in that case no choice to abandon the sinking ship. For me if it comes that far that there is no solution for the 32-bit support drop, I will move over to Linux as well and we keep Porting Kit supported for Mac until OSX 10.14 and not above. Before it comes that far, let’s first hope there will be a solution in these 18 months after all…

GOG.com Halloween sale up to 90% off!

GOG.com Halloween sale up to 90% off!

It seems GOG.com opened up a Halloween sale lasting to November 2nd with 200+ deals with discounts up to 90%! Halloween I don’t care about, but the discounts I do :)! So I will mention a couple of interesting Native Mac games and some Windows games for we have a port in Crossover/Porting Kit. Let’s start with some Native Mac games! Victor Fran (75%) Anomaly Warzone Earth (80% off) Hallow Knight (-35%). There are also great bundles up to 85%, its just too much to mention, simply check out the sale on the  GOG.com homepage.

Then also tons of awesome Windows games for we have a port in Crossover and Porting Kit! I will mention only a couple of the many many games with massive discounts. Starting with the Sherlock Bundle (85% off!) The Guild Bundle (80% discount) Dungeon & Dragons BundleBlack Mirror Bundle (-80%),  Broken Sword Bundle (80% off) and many many more!

And remember, when spending $15 or more, you a get a free treat: Tales from the Borderland! Happy shopping!

Go to the whole sale up here…

Important Porting Kit update!

Important Porting Kit update!

Because of a website problem with Portingkit.com , there was an update necessary which caused the Porting Kit to disfunction. WSI file didn’t install anymore. So we were forced to update the porting kit as well with a fix. So this results into a message in your Porting Kit that you need to update PK in order to use the app properly.

The exact message is: “Your Porting Kit version is too outdated for downloading ports from the Porting Kit database. In order to install apps from the server tab properly, update the Porting Kit.”

Update the app by “check for updates” using the porting kit menu in top bar menu. Sorry for the inconvenience!

News about High Sierra Compatible Wineskin ports GOG.com.

News about High Sierra Compatible Wineskin ports GOG.com.

As promised, more news about the High Sierra non-compatible Wineskin ports on GOG.com. I received the good news from GOG, that they will update their game ports (about 25+ games) which are at the moment not compatible for High Sierra. The “initial-tentative-don’t-hold-us-to-it ETA” could be before end of the month :) I added before the news was out already 9 High Sierra+ compatible game ports into Porting Kit, so you can play those games in High Sierra. The games are: Nox, Mob Rule Classic, Space Colony HD, Shell Shock 2Icewind Dale 2 Complete, Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition, The Temple of Elemental Evil, and Lords of Realms 1 + 2. The Porting Kit ports will still be available if you want to use it instead of the Mac ports of GOG.com and ready for the near future.

Yes near future, because the GOG.com update will hold the dam for Wineskin only for a while, because when 10.14 arrives all apps needs to be 64bit and wineskin will be most likely at its end because development stopped ages ago. However! There is good news from us. We are building a new Wineskin like app which we will call “Prism” which will have a total new framework and 64bit and adapted to Porting Kit, loads of new and cool features and of course free for personal use :)

Banished Wrapper update with “music fix”!

Here another quick heads up! We updated the Banished (32bit) wrapper with a Music Fix. As you may know the recent port of course had sounds, but no music. This has been fixed now as well. Enjoy Banished in it’s full glory now, with sound and music! How to update? Trash or backup/move the old wrapper out of the applications\games folder and download the 32 bit Banished  GOG setup file into your download folder. Then in Porting Kit search the updated game on the server tab and install and play!

What’s new:
– Music fix!

Check out the game page on porting kit up here…

Star Wars – Battlefront 2 Wrapper update!

I got some mails from people who tried to install Star Wars Battlefront 2, into Porting Kit, but it didn’t work anymore because first the setup was not automatically recognized + main exe path was changed + a new dll was required. All of this has to do with a recent update of the game on GOG.com. They released new installers with multiplayer support using GOG Galaxy (which is not available yet in Porting kit) and changed the setup files of the “Battle Front 2 Classic XP/Vista (no multiplayer)” version (which is supported in Porting Kit).

So, to play the game in Porting Kit you need to download the “Battle Front 2 Classic XP/Vista” setup files (not the ones for multiplayer) and let porting Kit install it and start the fun. We are looking to the Multiplayer Galaxy support version, but until then use the one mentioned above.

Changed:
– Fixed auto-detect GOG setup file
– Updated main path .exe
– Fixed startup issue (extra binkw32.dll required)

Go to the game page on Portingkit.com up here…

Porting Kit 2.9.0 released!

We made a new release of Porting Kit which contains 2 dozens of changes and improvements. One of the most important and the one with the most impact is the new installer wizard feature! Yes thats right, with every install of a game there is install wizard which shows clear instructions and information about the installation, so installations will be even more a walk in the park!

Another cool improvements is that the Gecko/Mono windows will be closed automatically in the game installs, and lots of other bug fixes and small improvements for High Sierra as well.

Check out all the changes in the release notes here…

Some more news and Gwent fixed!

Ok, there is a lot going on at the moment considering High Sierra, so sorry for some days without blogposts. We found out that the open beta release of High Sierra 10.13 is a complete mess :P also for PK. So absolutely don’t update to High Sierra yet. It looks like thinks are fixed in 10.13.1 (beta). So at least wait for 10.13.1 and out green light to update.

Next to that we are working hard on an upgraded Wineskin which will be called Wineskin Navy. Which will be contain some important extras which is needed to fix for example killing the Pre-loader processes properly in the Winestaging engines and will through time be revamped and improved more and more fitting for Porting Kit.

Meanwhile we found a fix for Gwent (thanks for tip BTL) and updated the wrapper.

Go to the Gwent game page up here…

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