Wine 1.6 RC1 Arrives, to Everyone's Surprise, with a Huge Number of Changes

The final version of Wine is just around the corner

On June 7, Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of the Wine app, which brought assorted bug fixes and improvements.

As usual, the number of new features and bug fixes in the development version of Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is quite large, even if we don’t take the important changes into account.

The developers have decided to jump from the 1.5 development branch to 1.6. The current development version is an RC, which means that the next stable version will be in the 1.6 branch.

Highlights of Wine 1.6 RC1:

• PrintDlgEx*has been removed, which affects multiple applications such as Notepad, vfp 9, Google Chrome, BibleWorks 6, and more;

• Magic MP3 tagger can now read directories/mp3-files;

• Adobe InDesign CS2 no longer crashes on startup;

• Photomatix 2.4 no longer crashes if the user tries to calculate the average between pictures;

• The Xfire registration dialog now works properly;

• Symantec LiveUpdate 3.1 now installs in NT mode;

• Wine now detects the Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series;

• The Citavi 3.4 no longer crashes at startup;

• The VB6 Application CMDcenter no longer fails with the "Run-time error '13': Type mismatch";

• The incorrect behavior of "for" command, in command line, has been corrected;

• The PAF5 help viewer (Gecko) print function no longer produces blank page(s).

Wine 1.6 RC1 also brings bug fixes for the following Windows games and tools: Williams Pinball Classic, Braid, Splinter Cell Conviction, World of Goo, Duke Nukem Forever, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, Civilization IV, Evil Genius, Samsung Kies, web installer, SNES9x, RootsMagic4, and more.

More details about this release can be found in the official changelog.

Download Wine 1.6 RC1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.

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