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DXVK version de-reversal to fix Intel Iris GFX card issues for Age of Empires 2 DE and Skyrim SE. (Resolved!)

Update: Resolved. MoltenVK version is set back to 1.1.1

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It seems that a MoltenVK version reversal from 1.1.1 to 1.1.0 a couple of weeks back, had more negative impact than good. We did the reversal to fix a “freeze” bug in Witcher 3. But this indirectly caused issues for Intel Iris cards for the 64bit games of Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition and Skyrim Special Edition. So the fix (reversal) did more harm than good. So we gonna de-reverse that change so Intel Iris users won’t have these issues anymore and we will make a workaround for Witcher 3 gamers.

We hope to de-reversal happen today. So check this blog update for the process of the de-reversal so you know when you can reinstall your game. Also good to note is that we are also looking in even a newer version of MoltenVK (1.2.1) but first things first ;)

Alpha Centauri port back in Porting Kit

On request! Alpha Centauri seems not been supported officially for Mac anymore above 10.14.x. So I made the game available again in Porting Kit which makes it compatible again with 10.15.x and higher. I also made 2 shortcuts in the Porting Kit menu where you can choose to launch the main game or the Alien Crossfire expansion. The game works very well as the native of GOG.com does. Enjoy this classic!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Alpha Centauri 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:
Mankind begins its most monumental task – the colonization of space. A crew of internationally renowned scientists and security strategists, with wide-ranging convictions and diverse ethics, embarks on a mission that will change the world. One Planet. Seven unique factions. Which will you lead? Each faction has its own agenda, each leader a final goal. You must play to each strength and exploit each hidden weakness in your quest to rule the future.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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Trine for Mac

Great news for the Trine lovers! We added the 10.15.x and higher supported version of  Trine (Original version) into Porting Kit! This is not the enchanted version, but the Original/classic version which is also included in the GOG.com version of the installation. I tested the game for a while and it works great! So if you own the game from the past and want to give it another go on your recent Mac OS, then Porting Kit is the way to go!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Trine 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:
Trine is a physics-based action game where three characters combine their powers to devise clever solutions to challenges created by hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics where each character’s different abilities and tactics can be used to invent new ways to overcome obstacles and save the kingdom!

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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Trine for Mac

Trine for Mac

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.

We want to make everything as ad free as possible, so please help us finance everything around Porting Kit by becoming a Patron or donate or by buying games using the affiliate links in the port descriptions. We are very grateful for any support.

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