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Red Alert 2 + C&C Renegade Wrapper update!

As promised! The Red Alert 2 and C&C Renegade update with Activation.dll fix! As mentioned in the previous post about the Origin Activation.dll fix which included the fix for the rest of the Origin games in the Porting Kit, now those last 2 games which are included in the C&C Ultimate edition (only about $8), which also includes C&C 3 + Kanes Wrath, Red Alert 3 + Uprising and C&C Generals!

Red Alert 2 I have added some extra notes (to add a couple of files for best performance) and played 3 levels without issues in 800×600 resolution. Also Renegade works just awesome (native Windows). Enjoy!

Origin Activation.dll final fix!!

Ladies and Gentlemen attention please! Finally, yes finally we implanted a decent fix for the Origin activation DLL issues. In the past we needed to use specific patches to workaround that issue and even then there were some people where it still caused problems. However!! There is finally an official fix for this problem (a pre-loader) which fixes this issue once and for all! I nice extra with the new engine, is that the crash after install is fixed as well! I will test and update all Origin games this weekend and coming week. I already did the update for the games:

The rest will follow shortly. Red Alert 2 and C&C renegade have a regression in the latest Wine versions, so that still needs to be fixed before I will update these Engines. This means the games still work using the old fashioned patches, but the engine with pre-loader will follow shortly as well!


Fallout New Vegas and Elder Scrolls Oblivion Sources added to Porting Kit!

As promised we would add the Source of Fallout 3 GOTY and Fallout New Vegas Ultimate and The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion as soon as we could. And the status is that we Added Fallout New Vegas Ultimate and The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion so far and we only need to do the last one Fallout 3 GOTY which we still want to add this week. But there is more cool stuff on the road ahead, so have a close look at the blog!

Go to the game pages here… and here…

New Macs in Apple Store!

Awesome new. Finally, finally Apple starts to get brains. They got rid of the Intel HD GFX cards in the iMac’s and the starter models gets an Intel Iris (which is not that bad) and basic systems are getting 2 GB VRAM AMD Radeon cards!! Yes! Gaming is finally getting affordable for the people who don’t have a big purse! I am waiting on Black Friday!

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display
Now starting at $1299
iMac features powerful new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics that make a spectacle of everything you see. The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is loaded with up to 8GB of dedicated VRAM. And the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display ignites with up to 4GB. Both deliver visual effects and 3D graphics that exhibit raw power in its most polished form. On top of that, you get advanced video editing capabilities. Now you can edit multicam projects in Final Cut Pro X with up to five streams of full-resolution 4K video.

Check out the apple store… for the details

Anno 2070 is back + other Uplay games!

Great news! In the latest Wine Staging, the games who earlier didn’t start anymore (Rayman Legends, Flashback, Anno 2070 and Rainbow Six Vegas 2, are now working again! I updated these ports with the Wine staging 2.8 engine and now things finally are starting getting back to normal for Uplay. Of course there are still some client bugs like: Images of game covers or loading for ages and when starting an install it may take up to 5 minutes before the install/download starts, but hey, it’s a one time action (downloading/install) only ;) We hope to get those Uplay client bugs soon fixed as well.

Go quickly to the game page of Anno 2070 up here…

Porting Kit 2.6 released!

Hey, hey, hey! Here is VitorMM! I’m here to talk with you about the new Porting Kit version: Porting Kit 2.6!! That may seem too soon since the last version was PK 2.5.61, however that’s a very special release. There were some small changes since 2.5.45, but PK 2.6 brings many changes!

1- As one of the most important changes, PK now has a requirements list, which check if your PK version is updated enough to use a certain feature. In that way, we are going to avoid problems with outdated PK versions, and created ports will always have the minimum needed to work.

2- Another improvement is that the DRM scripts now come from our server instead of being hardcoded in PK. In that way, we are capable of updating them in real time, and keeping ports that depend of DRMs always working. That should give an end to PK updates focused in making Origin or Uplay ports work again.

3- Also, PK 2.6 and its next versions have the intention of replacing Porting Center, so the Porting Kit now can also be used by WSI Developers to upload ports, now in the new extension, the WSI2. Eventually, Porting Center will be dropped, and the Porting Kit will be our only application. Only PK 2.6+ is capable of downloading and installing WSI2 files, but they will give us much more possibilities to improve PK ports.

4- And at last, PK 2.5.61 and PK 2.6 are the first PK versions to use our fourth server API, giving us more possibilities when showing the server list, so as soon as we can release Porting Kit Legacy 2.6, the oldest server API still active (our second) will be dropped, so every Porting Kit version before 2.4.205 will stop working. That also applies to our third server API, but that one should be kept for a longer time, giving everybody time to update.

For the basic instructions for the Portingkit installation go here…

Get the free Portingkit if you don’t own it yet up here…

And in case you use macOS 10.6 or 10.7, get the Legacy version instead, right here…

Mass Effect Wrapper update!

Great news! The Mass Effect port got an update this weekend. I managed to fix the cut off conversations in the game :). Besides that I managed to get Mass Effect 2 working as well, so you can expect a release of that port as well! The WSI in Porting Kit is updated now, so if you install (or re-install when you already have the game installed) then the fix will be implanted!

– Fixed in-game cut-off conversations

Check the game page here… 

Porting Kit update 2.5.45

Porting Kit has regulaire updates with all kind of small fixes features. Most of the time we only put news posts on big releases or important bug fixes, and this time it’s because of important bug fixes. Because for the ones noticed, steam wrappers had some serious error messages, because of Winetricks and installer downloads which failed. This is fixed in the latest version, so make sure to update your Porting Kit to latest version! You can do that manually in the Porting Kit top menu. Tip to select the automatic update select box in preferences to always go with the flow :)

Important fixes:

  • Fixed: Debug mode now is only runnable for Wineskin ports (which is the only case where it works)
  • Fixed: Checksum errors shouldn’t appear if a file is only available in WebArchive
  • Fixed: Most Uplay ports should work again
  • Improved: PK should try to download a DRM installer three times before giving up

If you want to see the whole list of changes the past time, check here… SSL Secure! SSL Secure!

Two days ago the website looked really messed up for almost a day, this time the cause was some cache issues, because now is officially SSL secure! Yes, this to show the is save for all visitors :) If you still see the website messed up, then please clear your browser cache to see the website properly. In Firefox, Safari and Chrome you will notice the green “secure lock” now in front of the web-adres.

Enjoy browsing the secure website!

Crossover 16.2.0 released for Mac & Linux!

Crossover 16.2.0 released for Mac & Linux!

Crossover users attention please! There is a new update (v16.2.0) of Crossover waiting for you guys (Linux and Mac users). For the ones who don’t know, Codeweavers (the developers of Crossover) are the biggest contributors of the “Wine” project and makes it possible you can enjoy the Windows games in Porting Kit and Crossover.  Support the project by getting a copy of Crossover. Below you can find the important changes of version 16.2.0! Enjoy the new release!

  • Application Support:
    • CrossOver now supports Outlook 2013.
    • Bugs with Quicken updates have been fixed.
    • Connection issues with Outlook 2010 have been fixed.
    • Bugs activating Office 2013 in some circumstances have been fixed.
  • Wine Update:
    • CrossOver 16.2.0 includes the final release of Wine 2.0.
  • Performance Enhancements and Other Improvements:
    • We have made improvements to our Performance Enhanced Graphics which should improve performance with a variety of games.
    • Windowing behavior on macOS will be faster and more reliable in some circumstances, including cases where productivity-style applications make use of OpenGL.
    • Bugs with copy / paste have been fixed on macOS.

Check out the whole change log up here…