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Porting Kit 4.0.65 released!

After the fix of Porting Kit 4.0.65 (see last post about that) we are delighted to announce another Porting Kit 4 Beta version (4.0.66).  Besides some cosmetic fixes it also contains a few updated  FAQ items, it has a few extra features. I will discuss the “Custom EXE creator” option and the “Theme chooser” in preferences.

Custom Exe Creator:
When you in Porting Kit 4.0.66 right-click on a local installed port (on the left) then you have an option to create a “Custom Exe”. What is a Custom exe? Well, for example when a specific game has a specific config .exe or you want to set a specific exe for a Mod you installed, then you may want that short-cut in the Porting Kit. You can do that simply by right-clicking the specific port and choose the “custom exe” option, then name it, and then select the specific exe you want to use. After clicking ok, the exe has been added into Porting Kit.

Theme chooser:
Yes it now possible to choose your theme as well in Porting Kit 4! Choose from the classic “Blue Galaxy” theme or the “Boxer Dark Shelf” or “Boxer Classic Shelf” theme. Click on the top bar using the Porting Kit menu, and choose “preferences” and then select your choice. Enjoy!

New Changes in 4.0.66:

  • Fixing Preferences window
  • Server app icons should be cached for better performance
  • Analytics step updated
  • FAQ updated
  • Refresh button in News tab should work properly
  • Reading local WSI files should work properly
  • Added right-click menu option to create new custom EXE (shortcut)
  • Fixed link colors
  • Underlines should appear in app descriptions
  • Now it’s possible to disable wrapper updates on PK’s userData.json file
  • Added Antivirus startup window

Check the new change log page of Pk 4 up here…

Porting Kit 4.0.65 update issue (visual bug) Resolved!

Problems are resolved. If you still have an issue with a black screen when you launch Porting Kit 4 Beta, then please re-download Porting Kit 4 beta from the Porting.com download page which is version 4.0.62 and this will properly update to 4.0.66.

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A quick heads up. There has been released a new version of Porting Kit 4: .0.65, which contains besides some new cool stuff, a bug that you cannot see the library anymore. We are working on the issue and expecting a fix today. Sorry for the inconvenience.

You can launch the ports meanwhile manually by going to the folder of the games username/apps/games folder and double-click the port icon.

 

Metro Last Light Redux for Mac

Awesome news! Yes, Metro Last Light Redux was free for 2 days a few days back. I told you to grab it for the moment I would port it to Mac, and you know what? Today is the day :D I tested it even on Big Sur and it works pretty well as you can also see in the video tutorial below. I would recommend though a medium to high end Mac to have the best game experience with better video settings. Enjoy the video below with some gameplay and the game itself :)

We always recommend having besides Porting Kit also Crossover as alternative. Crossover is more advanced, supports DX11 and has phone support other features. Crossover makes Porting Kit possible and when purchasing Crossover using the links here you support us with out work with Porting Kit. Get it here…

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Metro Last Light Redux “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:
Metro: Last Light Redux is the definitive version of the critically acclaimed ‘Metro: Last Light’, rebuilt in the latest and greatest iteration of the 4A Engine for Next Gen. Newcomers will get the chance to experience one of the finest story-driven shooters of all time; an epic adventure combining gripping survival horror, exploration and tactical combat and stealth.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

About a 100 port fixes and adjustments!

About a 100 port fixes and adjustments!

Yes, that’s right, after getting some input about about a change in the register naming in Wine about “DirectDrawRendering” we had to make changes for many dozens of ports. This have been done yesterday including a lot of cosmetic and other changes in the ports. These changes were especially important for older games like, Pharaoh, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, some Star Wars Ports and many others. So if you experienced issues in running these games, then please reinstall the games again using your “offline backup setup files” from your GOG.com game library.

All the ports which have been updated will have an “updated” badge. So please check if the game you recently installed and didn’t work, is working now after the change. Don’t hesitate to sent an e-mail when you have issues with running a game using the existing ports in the Porting Kit database.

Close Combat – The Longest Day for Mac

Yes, it’s there: Close Combat – The Longest Day for the Mac! Past days I have been busy adding more Close Combat games of the series and finetuning the existing ones. This remake/enhanced version of Close Combat 5 – Invasion of Normandy, will bring you a better and good working version which can be played also on Mac OS Catalina 10.15 and Big Sur 11.x. I tested it also on Big Sur 11.1 and worked just great. Have fun with this amazing classic! Oh, and Close Combat – The Longest Day is until the 4th of January with 75% discount!!!

We always recommend having besides Porting Kit also Crossover as alternative. Crossover is more advanced, supports DX11 and has phone support other features. Crossover makes Porting Kit possible and when purchasing Crossover using the links here you support us with out work with Porting Kit. Get it here…

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Close Combat – The Longest Day “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:
Close Combat – The Longest Day is a highly enhanced rebuild of the critically acclaimed Close Combat Invasion Normandy, originally developed by Atomic Games. Take command of either the Allied Expeditionary Force or Germany’s Wehrmacht. You will either carry out the world’s largest amphibious invasion to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation or defend Hitler’s Atlantic Wall!

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Homefront back in Porting Kit

Great news! Back from the past and re-added to Porting Kit: Homefront! Yes, thats right, and I tested it on my Macbook Pro 2019 with even the latest Big Sur 11.1.0 and it works great! Another cool thing is, that the game is at the moment just 97 cents = not even a euro on Kinguin!! So get the game cheap, install the Steam Port and login into the Steam and install and play the game! Happy gaming with this classic :)

We always recommend having besides Porting Kit also Crossover as alternative. Crossover is more advanced, supports DX11 and has phone support other features. Crossover makes Porting Kit possible and when purchasing Crossover using the links here you support us with out work with Porting Kit. Get it here…

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Homefront  “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:
A once proud America has fallen, her infrastructure shattered and military in disarray. Crippled by a devastating EMP strike, the USA is powerless to resist the ever expanding occupation of a savage, nuclear armed Greater Korean Republic. Abandoned by her former allies, the United States is a bleak landscape of walled towns and abandoned suburbs. This is a police state where high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles. A once-free people are now prisoners… or collaborators… or revolutionaries.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

The Witcher – Enhanced Edition added to Porting Kit

On Request added to Porting Kit: The Witcher: Enhanced Edition! As you already may know the developers dropped support on Catalina 10.15.x and Big Sur 11.x, but with Porting Kit you can play the game on Catalina and Big Sur. Tested the game on Big Sur and works great :) So if you own the game already simply download the offline backup setup installer files and install it using Porting Kit and Start the fun! And if you don’t own the game yet, then its on sale on GOG.com with 85% discount up here…!!! Enjoy this classic!

We always recommend having besides Porting Kit also Crossover as alternative. Crossover is more advanced, supports DX11 and has phone support other features. Crossover makes Porting Kit possible and when purchasing Crossover using the links here you support us with out work with Porting Kit. Get it here…

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the The Witcher: Enhanced “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:
Your name is Gerald of Rivia and you are a pitcher, that means you kill monsters for a living. You were given special training to be the best at what you do and your body has been enhanced with potent elixirs to help you do it. Suffering from amnesia you remember nothing of your past. Karen Morhen, the last remaining keep of the pitchers, was attacked by a mysterious organization, just as you were starting to lick your wounds there.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Porting Kit 4.0.61 (register) bug installing games (resolved).

Update!! Porting Kit 4.0.62 has been released and put on minimum version to function. All problems regarding register should be fixed now :)
If you installed a port today or yesterday which didn’t work. Please trash the old install/Icon/Port and reinstall it. It should work properly now.

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Here a quick heads up. Porting Kit 4.0.61 (4.0.61) has an issue with setting the register. If you have trouble with installing and running a game today (update was this morning) then please wait installing the desired game until later today when we release a new update. The bug will cause in most cases the game not to run.

We will keep you posted  on the blog.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. COP and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky wrapper updates.

Someone mentioned to us that there was an issue with the games: STALKER Call of Pripyat  and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky. The games wouldn’t launch anymore after install. After investigation, it seems that the ports had still the Directx9 Winetrick which has been decommissioned, and needed to be replaced with the “d3dx9” and “directmusic” Winetrick. After this had been done the games now run as attended again. So if you have issues with these games recently in the past with Porting Kit, then please reinstall these games again from the database. You will notice the icons contain an “updated” badge (for coming 2 weeks).

Changes:
– Fixed a Winetrick issue with Directx9 (replaced with d3dx9 and directmusic)

Check out the game pages here… and here…

 

Ground Control 2 re-added to Porting Kit

Great news! We re-added Ground Control 2 after Support for Catalina has been dropped. You can play Ground Control 2 back in Porting Kit on Catalina 10.15.x and Big Sur 11.x. Tested it and works great :) Enjoy this classic!

We always recommend having besides Porting Kit also Crossover as alternative. Crossover is more advanced, supports DX11 and has phone support other features. Crossover makes Porting Kit possible and when purchasing Crossover using the links here you support us with out work with Porting Kit. Get it here…

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the Ground Control 2 “offline backup setup” file(s) into your (root) download folder.
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:
The year is now 2741 and you find yourself at the centre of a war between the Northern Star Alliance and the vicious Terran Empire. Having lost the war in space, the NSA retreats to their home world and forces the Terran Empire to engage in a savage war of attrition on the ground. At your disposal are huge combat dropships, battle-hardened infantry, armoured vehicles, powerful tanks and an assortment of air units.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…