Sunday, November 9, 2008

PAF on OS X instructions, improved


Yuck.
Although it looks like lots of folks have gotten PAF to run on OS X (intel Macs), the fonts are driving people crazy.

So I played with it for a few minutes. I thought it'd be tolerable, but after a few minutes with it, I have to agree it's a sanity bender.


It looks like a few folks smarter than me have figured out how to make it work, so here's the updated process that seems to get the fonts right. I also try to help out those whose first install didn't work so well:

  1. darwine.pngDownload Darwine (direct link). Darwine (homepage) is a project that tries to mimic the Windows OS for a Windows .exe program. It doesn't work terribly well for most stuff, but it does seem to work for PAF.

    (Different from my last instructions: this is a newer version of Darwine than the one you installed last time; if you installed it before, just quit Darwine if it's running and drag the Darwine folder out of your applications folder to the trash before continuing.)


  2. Install Darwine. Just like every other Mac app out there, double-click the .dmg file, open up the disk image that mounts, and drag the Darwine folder into your Applications folder

  3. Download PAF installer. This is a Windows application that installs the PAF5 application.

    (Different from my last instructions: this is the "all languages" version, which contains a unicode font that you need.)


  4. Install PAF. Open up the Darwine folder (/Applications/Darwine), and drag the PAF5 Setup .exe file you just downloaded onto the WineHelper.app.

    If you previously installed PAF using my earlier instructions, run this program once and click "Remove" when it asks you what you want to do. This will remove the app from the first time around. Then, you should run the PAF installer again, and continue from here.

    Select "English" for the language, then when it asks which "components" to install, select "English" and the "International Unicode Font".

    When the IntallShield asks you where to put PAF, press the "Browse" button, and browse to "Z:\Applications", then change it to read "Z:\Applications\PAF5.2". Don't worry if the PAF5.2 folder doesn't exist, the installer will create it.

    Continue with installation. Also, don't worry if it complains about not being able to find WordPad or NotePad.
  5. Run. To run PAF, go to /Applications/PAF5.2, and drag PAF5.exe to /Applications/Darwine/WineHelper.app.



Much better.
See how much nicer that looks?

I should mention that PAF's future isn't entirely certain. They may be building a web-based PAF, but that's not clear from the vague statements posted to wikipedia and here. If you have money $99 lying around, you might do better to go with Reunion 9 which does more, and which gets tremendous reviews.

Enjoy!

7 comments:

BJ said...

Bryan, thanks very much for getting that information out. I really appreciate it.

JoAnna Rothe said...

Can you help me.... What does this mean?

err:module:attach_process_dlls "gdi32.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"Z:\\Users\\homehome\\Desktop\\PAF5AllLangs.exe" failed, status c0000005
€¥ìø€fiQø¢fi¬@úÃÑ@öÆ—@err:module:attach_process_dlls "gdi32.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"Z:\\Users\\homehome\\Desktop\\PAF5AllLangs.exe" failed, status c0000005

This is what I get when I put PAF5 into the winehelper application.

JoAnna Rothe said...

Can you help me.... What does this mean?

err:module:attach_process_dlls "gdi32.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"Z:\\Users\\homehome\\Desktop\\PAF5AllLangs.exe" failed, status c0000005
€¥ìø€fiQø¢fi¬@úÃÑ@öÆ—@err:module:attach_process_dlls "gdi32.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"Z:\\Users\\homehome\\Desktop\\PAF5AllLangs.exe" failed, status c0000005

This is what I get when I put PAF5 into the winehelper application.

bryan said...

Wow, I have no idea. Are you using an intel Mac?

Andrea said...

I was so excited to try this out and be able to finally use PAF on our iMac, Leopard OS. Everything gets up and running just fine, but I've got those wacky sized fonts! I installed it once, checking the "English" and "Unicode" boxes and then removed PAF and reinstolled it checking just the "Unicode" box. Still wacky fonts. And suggestions?

Andrea said...

Update to previous comment:
So I messed around most of the morning and found a solution! The Darwine download you lik to is version 1.0. I read somewhere that installing Darwine 1.1.6 might fix the problem, so I tried it and it worked!

You can find this download here:
http://darwine.good-day.net/

I think this has to do with working on Intel Macs...?Hope this helps someone.

DadGuy said...

For reference if anyone needs it, crossover 8.0.1 works great running PAF 5 in it as well. It's a commercial application, but has worked well for me.

Does anyone read this thing?

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