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A few google ads on Paulthetall.com

A few google ads on Paulthetall.com

To keep everything running and financed, we put some google ads on the Paulthetall.com website blog. We try to make it as little intrusive as possible and we will also finetune it the coming time. The ads will only be shown on the paulthetall.com blog and not on the portingkit.com website and will also not be visible in the Porting Kit news tab. So if you want everything add free, read the blog news in the Porting Kit 4 news tab.

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Nebuchadnezzar for Mac

You loved the old fashioned Pharaoh Gold , Caesar 3,  Zeus + Poseidon and Emperor Rise of the Middle Kingdom (yes we have all of these also in our port database)? Then good news for you! Nebuchadnezzar is a recently released new game with the same kinda gameplay (old fashioned) as those games! Game works great, so really recommend this one if you love the old classics above!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Nebuchadnezzar 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:
Nebuchadnezzar is a classic isometric city builder game inviting players to experience the mysterious history and culture of ancient Mesopotamia. In the campaign, players get to rule over influential historical cities filled with magnificent monuments.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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Nebuchadnezzar for Mac

Nebuchadnezzar for Mac

Latest update issues Porting Kit 4. Update keeps hanging. (resolved)

Update has been reverted. and will now be investigated. So issue resolved for now. Will be tested before new update.

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Another quick heads up. There seems to be something going on with the latest update. It keeps hanging in the update part. Do this work around the issue:

Turn off the wifi/internet then launch Porting Kit, go to the library tab and turn wifi on again. Then refresh. Then you see all the ports and functionality is back again.

We are taking action on this bug asap. Keep an eye on this blog for updates. We are working on top priority for a proper update screen where you can see the process and see all the changes what have been done since the last update. Thanks for bearing with us.

DLC installer not implemented yet. Is on High Priority list.

As you all may know, Porting Kit 4 is now the main (only) app which is supported and maintained. Porting Kit 3 has been decommissioned because it was too much work to maintain both Applications in the massive speed things are changing in the Mac environment. With this move to Porting Kit 4, a couple of features has not been implemented yet which were in PK3. The most important one, is the DLC installer (the icons in the database with a green glow). Especially the “Diablo 2 LOD Expansion” is a heavy used DLC where the installation is not going as attended (ends in main exe not found). We are aware of this and have this on the highest priority list to be implemented.

In the meanwhile we have this resolved by using a workaround, using the MOD/patch installer (under the main game port)  which you can access under “more” –> advanced tools –> Mod/patch. When you installed the DLC, you can using the extra custom exe creator, create a shortcut to the Porting Kit library so you can launch it straight from your Porting local library. The custom exe creator can also be found in the “more” –> advanced tools section. We hope to give you a workaround using these steps for the time being until we have implemented the feature in Porting Kit 4.

Some issues with a few Winetricks again: “ERROR: Cannot read property ‘downloads’ of undefined” (Resolved).

[Resolved by Porting Kit update 4.1.6] When you don’t have that version, then restart Porting Kit, it will then auto update.

[update] Problem found, new porting Kit update will be released in a few hours.

Here a quick heads up. If you experience an error: “ERROR: Cannot read property ‘downloads’ of undefined” while installing a specific port, then you may know we are working on it to resolve it. We hope for a fix for this issue asap and only a bunch of games are effected, so most games aren’t. If you experience the issue, then keep watch on this blog post, when it is resolved. We hope tomorrow and it may come with an update of Porting Kit. That update will also include some extra features which were already planned.

So keep a close watch on this blog post when it’s fixed when you experience this error.

Porting Kit 3 will be fased out, download link will removed. Porting Kit 4 will be primary.

Porting Kit 4 is developing more and more, but maintaining 2 apps with all changes going on is hard to keep up. That’s why all urge you to use Porting Kit 4 instead of Porting Kit 3. At the moment Porting Kit 3 is having flaws because of recent development of moved Engines. This causes some issues like “download source website seems to be offline” which you don’t experience if you have PK4.  So this is what we gonna do. As for tonight, the Porting Kit 3 download link will be removed. For the people who still have/use Porting Kit 3 we going to prepare an update which updates/replace the application with Porting Kit 4 in the near future. This will move all PK3 users to PK4 on a friendly way.

But that’s not all. With all the changes in Wine Engines, Mac OS, Apple Silicon, we cannot keep supporting older Mac OS’es. What does that mean? Porting Kit 4 is optimized for Mac OS 10.13.x and higher but still a lot (but decreasing number) of games will work on 10.11+, but to play more popular games it is required to upgrade to 10.13.x and up. Mac OS has been changed too much the past year to be able to support older Mac OS ’es. Fortunately there is a Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra Patcher (3rd party software, read their instructions and compatibility carefully), which can upgrade a lot of early 2008 Macs to High Sierra after all. Check the link to see if your Mac is compatible to be upgraded to 10.13 High Sierra so you can experience the best Porting Kit support.

We hope you all move to Porting Kit 4 as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Download Porting Kit 4 up here…

The Surge for Mac

Awesome news!! The Surge for Mac has been to Porting Kit. This amazing popular game works awesome on my Macbook Pro 2019. I can imagine, this game requires a medium to high-end Mac to play this in high settings. But in my tests it runs pretty cool :) It gives glitches on Apple Silicon, so for now (until update) it won’t work for M1 Apple Silicon Macs.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the The Surge 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:
Welcome to CREO, the megacorporation saving our world! A catastrophic event has knocked you out during the first day on the job… you wake up equipped with a heavy-grade exoskeleton, in a destroyed section of the complex. Robots gone haywire, insane augmented co-workers and rogue AI – everything wants you dead.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

The Surge for Mac

The Surge for Mac on my Macbook Pro 2019

Some Winetricks issues! We are working on it! (Resolved by PK4 update)

Some Winetricks issues! We are working on it! (Resolved by PK4 update)

Update: And totally fixed now in Porting Kit 4 :) The fix will be implemented on Porting Kit 3 as well in a new update. IF you are on Mac OS Mojave/Catalina/Big Sur and you still have Porting Kit 3, we encourage you to go to Porting Kit 4 beta as soon as possible. Download it from the porting Kit website here…

Update: Seems it’s not completely fixed yet. seems there are multiple directx9 versions which are used in winetricks. We are adding these in the backup server, so we expect a full fix later today.

Update: Fallback is in place!! It took a day longer then we wanted, but finally the issue in Winetricks has been addressed and we created a fallback that, if something like this happens again we aren’t dependent on a third party. The backup option required an update of PK4 and has been pushed a few hours back.

So if you read this, and didn’t saw an update yet. Restart Porting Kit and go to library tab for the update.Then!! Install the ports again which you want.

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A quick heads up. We are working on an Winetrick issue (directx) at the moment. Some winetricks require directx and somehow that doesn’t download which ends in the failure of a Winetrick. Tricks like:
Directplay
Directmusic
dsound
d3dx9
etc.

This ends an installation of a port prematurely. We are aware of the issue and working on the problem. So if you run into port installation failures, then don’t panic, we are working on the issue, keep a close eye on the blog when it should be fixed and then when green light retry the installation of the port. The issue counts only for the people who never did a directx9 trick in the past. IF you did with another game you are safe because every Winetrick gets cached.

We hope to have this fixed today.

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…

King of Dragon Pass for Mac

Back from the past, King of Dragon Pass has been back into the Porting Kit database. On request we returned the game port to Porting Kit because the native version doesn’t work on Catalina 10.15.x and Big Sur 11.x and up. Play this classic on your Mac on your latest Mac OS :) Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the King of Dragon Pass 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:
King of Dragon Pass is a game like no other. It combines strategy, adventure, RPG, and civilization sim, but it focuses mostly on storytelling. Each turn the game offers you with a choice to make and the progress of the story depends solely on your decisions. The difference between right and wrong is seldom obvious, but whatever action you take, be ready to face its consequences later. There are virtually limitless ways the story can unfold, so each play-through—whether it’s a quick game or an extended campaign—promises new adventures and plot twists! 

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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