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*Update* future plans Porting Kit!

*Update* future plans Porting Kit!

Hey Guys, here a quick heads up for the plans with Porting Kit coming time (coming 12 months). This also because their might be many questions regarding the 64Bit only transition of Apple of the coming Mac OS and the effect on it on Porting Kit and how further.

Well I can say we are working hard on the future of Porting Kit, to make the past 6/7 years not be in vain with our over a 1000 game ports. Mojave in combination of Porting Kit has some challenges itself as well and requires in many cases to turn on the “unofficial Wineskin” option (using the Porting Kit Preferences –> unofficial Wineskin selectbox). For example Dragon Age Ultimate has some massive performance issues when not using latest Wineskin version (TCCD process is taking lots of  CPU usage).

New updated GUI:
First change will be very soon (timespan weeks), that we change the GUI to a better overview one. The Local library will dissapear as an tab and your ports will be visible on the side, a little bit in the way of GOG Galaxy (picture link) has that implemented. So this saves confusion when you are in local tab or server tab. Now it will be more clear that your installed ports are now on the side bar and the server ports are in the middle/other side.

Linux version of Porting Kit:
Yes, it was whispered in the past, but after the new GUI, this will consume our most attention. A Linux version of Porting Kit. Reason 1, to expand the Porting Kit reach, but even more important, with the future in mind, we need a Linux version to be able to run a Mini Linux version in a Virtual Machine for the smaller 32-bit games. What that means I will explain below. For the Linux version we would gladly receive some help. Are you a Linux programmer? You love Porting Kit? You volunteer to help us out? please contact us (in this case Vitor) using the contact form and help us to make the Linux version ASAP. This would be a great help making the next step possible: Porting Kit Classic (32-bit Virtual Machine)

Porting Kit Classic and Porting Kit Future:
As the subject above already mentions, we gonna split up Porting Kit in 2 versions as it looks like so far. A Porting Kit Classic version which is a very small Virtual Machine with a 32-bit Linux/Porting Kit environment to play the more smaller 32 bit games. Think about titles like: Rollercoaster Tycoon, Heroes 3, Caesar 3, Pharaoh, and tons of other classics. The other Porting Kit will be 64-bit and run the 64bit games and Directx11 in combination with Vulcan (needs some more Wine love for Mac but when 64bit Mac OS will be a fact, this will ready or almost ready). More details on all of this will follow when time will pass.

Other implementations:
Other stuff which is also in the planning, and will be worked out between the projects, is Chat and Network support, so users of Porting Kit can play games with each-other using LAN/WAN support.

So again, if you have Linux programming skills and want to help out, let us know.

Age of Empires 3 Wrapper update!

Here a quick heads-up. With Steam dropping support for WinXP and Porting Kit auto-updating the steam ports, the game didn’t work properly anymore in the Windows 7 Environment port. So I fixed that for Age of Empires 3. So everyone experiencing the issue, trash the old wrapper and reinstall the new one and start the fun! I also checked Age of Empires 2 HD and that one seems still to run fine. Besides that the launcher has some more colors then before :P, it launches fine for me after a clean install.

Get the Age of Empires 3 port up here… or find it on the server tab on Porting Kit.

Steam manual update fix Windows XP to Windows 7.

Steam officially now doesn’t support Windows XP Operating Systems. Of course this is unfortunate, but luckily not a disaster. We already made a fix in Porting Kit fixing this for when you install newly a Steam port in the database. But for the people who already installed a Steam port for quite a while now and are not in de mood for deleting and reinstalling the game in Porting Kit, we have a quick simple instruction to fix this manually.

Instruction steps:
Step 1: Go to Porting Kit on the Local Library tab and right-click the port (make sure you activate the right-click option on your magic mouse or touchpad) and in the menu go to “wineskin tools” –> “Wine Configuration”. Then on the general tab you see that the Windows version is set on “Windows XP”, change that to “Windows 7” and “Apply” and exit the Window. Now you are done and ready.

Launch your Steam app and it will update the Steam application and it should work again. The downside of the Windows 7 OS is that the steam store is not showing properly. We implanted a function to fix that part to activate the “Use wineskin unofficial wrapper” in the preferences of Porting Kit. But that requires a reinstall of the game in Porting Kit. But if you don’t need the store and want to only play the already installed game, then you are good to go.

have fun!

Merry Christmas!

Lot’s of wrapper updates past 2 weeks!

More then 20 Wrapper updates with fixes, extras and adjustments. There is happening a lot at GOG.com lately where they update games and changed DOS versions of the game to SCUMMVM version, which means almost a total new port to get it working again. Besides that they have the habit to change the setup file name often as well which I need to change as well. In short, they keep me busy quite a bit. Below more detailed the changes I’ve done.

Specific fixes:

DeusEx (Text adjustment in description)
Heroes of Hamerswatch (Macdriver switch)
Tombraider II (setup file adjustment)
Tombraider III (setup file adjustment)
Super Power 2 (setup file adjustment)
Blood and Gold – Caribbean (Video fix in description + some adjusted info)
Atlantis 3 (setup file adjustment)

GOG.com Games where the Installer setup changed and went from DOS version to SCUMMVM version.
Space Quest I
Space Quest II
Space Quest III
Kings Quest IV
Kings Quest V
Kings Quest VI

Engine update + Mac driver switch
Anno 1701
Anno 1602
Anno 1503
Anno 1404

If you experienced issues with some of these games (Like the DOS update to SCUMVM games I mentioned, then please retry installing them again. Enjoy the games!

Lots of wrapper updates!

Lots of wrapper updates!

There have been lots of game updates on GOG.com lately which in some cases also involves of updated installer files. This may cause some unexpected porting kit messages in the install process which you not may expect normally that it asks to choose your own setup file. So those changes are covered, but hinders the automatic process that Porting Kit automatically opens the setup file for you. So for some of those cases I made an update of these games so Porting Kit will automatically recognize the offline backup setup installer files again. Because of this, I could also look into the ports itself to see if newer engines improve the performances or bug fixes. Below the results.

Enjoy the updates of the game! If you run into installation problems with any game, let us know using the contact form! Then we can fix it. We need you guys for this :) Thanks!

Porting Kit New/updated Badge fixed!

Porting Kit New/updated Badge fixed!

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but Porting Kit normally should show new ports with a “New” badge and updated ports with a “update” badge. This was because of an issue on the PortingKit.com  website disabled and it didn’t upload any new ports as well. This has been addressed and fixed yesterday! So from now on you will see the new updates in the “Latest” section on the “Rankings” tab as well as attended.

Enjoy the site and updates:)!

Porting Kit updates past weeks!

The past 3 weeks development isn’t standing still. We work hard to keep games and the application up-to-date so you will have a better user game experience and to keep the games ported working when games on Mac OS are getting updated. We managed for the people who are already under the wipe of Mojave, to have a quite nice user experience (not perfected yet because of needs of some Wineskin changes) but we are getting further and further. So when you have Mojave accidently installed, then make sure you update to the latest Porting Kit version for the best performance.

Porting Kit 2.9.544 (17/11/2018):

  • Fixed: URL requests error codes now are detected properly
  • Improved: Google Analytics reports now have a timeout of 2 seconds instead of 10
  • Fixed: While creating custom ports, macOS versions compatible with Mac Driver should have it selected by default
  • Improved: Google Analytics reports in case of fail while connecting to the server
  • Fixed: Trailers now should always load properly
  • Added: recommendations for eGPUs
  • Improved: Google Analytics report of connection failure
  • Improved: PK is now prepared to deal with the fact that Mojave doesn’t work well with X11 ports

Update Porting Kit using the Porting Kit top Bar menu –> check for updates!

Some wrapper updates.

Some wrapper updates.

It’s bit busy lately, but there has been a few Wrapper updates done with some fixes and updates. Below the games:

  • Locomotion (fix Mojave and improvements High Sierra and lower )
  • Heroes 3 (installer changed of GOG, updated the port so it gets recognized properly)
  • Heroes IV (installer changed of GOG, updated the port so it gets recognized properly)
  • Heroes V (installer changed of GOG, updated the port so it gets recognized properly)
  • Heroes V DLC (installer changed of GOG, updated the port so it gets recognized properly)
  • Spintires (launch fix and improvements, also works now on my low-end Macbook air.)
  • Spintires Mudrunner (launch fix and improvements, also works now on my low-end Macbook air.)

Check the games out  in Porting Kit when you had/have issues with the port. They should work now or have improvements implemented.

Wrapper updates!

Wrapper updates!

Things change all the time and we try to keep up with all the changes. Sometimes things change while we not know of it, and then your help and informing us is important. So that’s why I could fix a few things. For example I updated Port Royale 2 and Arcanum. below the changes:

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura:
There seems to be an massive update of Arcanum, so I updated the Wrapper and works great now :)

 Port Royal 2
The setup file of Port Royale 2 has been changed by GOG.com so it causes porting Kit to ask for a location of the exe file. I changed the setup file and now Porting Kit will detect the setup file automatically so the GOG.com offline backup installer will automatically start.

Check those updated games out in Porting Kit! Enjoy!

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