Pro Motion NG is created with software development systems designed to be used on Microsoft Windows systems.
However there is a great project called “Wine” (https://www.winehq.org/). The authors did an awesome job creating an adapter that allows Windows applications to run on Mac OS and Linux systems.
Before you buy the software please check thoroughly if the application runs to your satisfaction on your specific system! When you have no license key then the Free Edition mode is active. This suites well to check typical app functions and behavior.
We did our best to provide maximum compatibility with Wine. There are few small issues and limitations as described below but they shouldn’t hurt.
Although Wine can be installed as a separate application to run different Windows programs we decided to create special packages that include Wine and Pro Motion NG as a single application. So you can download and start the application without any extra installations.
If you have the commercial version of Wine, CrossOver by CodeWeavers for Mac OS or Linux, then you can use the normal Windows installation package and install it there.
|App package for Mac OS 7.2.7, 2020-08-23
Download and uncompress the ZIP archive. Move the app to your application folder or desktop. For the first start of every new version please click with your right mouse button on the app icon and use “open”. Depending on your security settings you might get a warning because the application was not downloaded from the app store.
If you are downloading an update you must replace the current version. The application configuration will be kept.
Currently the software does not run under the new Mac OSX Catalina because Pro Motion NG is a 32Bit software and with Catalina Apple abandoned 32Bit support. A 64 Bit version of Pro Motion will be done but is still not available.
CrossOver already supports Catalina and you can run Pro Motion NG with that software, but you have to purchase a license. With this you can also run other Windows software on a Mac.
|Debian package for Linux 7.2.7, 2020-08-23
After download just double click on the file to install it.
Tarball package for Linux 7.2.7, 2020-08-23
The Wine wrapper system for Linux was created by Adamhm and is adapted from the Wine wrappers that have been made for a number of GOG games, which can be found here: https://www.gog.com/forum/general/adamhms_linux_wine_wrappers_news_faq_discussion
Mac OS App Package
The Mac OSX App package has been created with WineBottler, a great tool to build ready to use Mac OS app packages based on Windows installation packages.
Limitations and Things to know
Below you will find some known limitations when running Pro Motion NG on Mac OSX or Linux. If you find additional problems then please post them at the forum pages.
There are a lot of Linux flavors around and we can not check the compatibility with all packages and settings. When testing we used Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and Ubuntu 16/18.
Requirement for 32Bit
At the moment Pro Motion NG is only available as 32Bit application.
As of Ubuntu 19.10 there is currently no official support for 32Bit apps (as of 2019-12-21), although Canonical said they wanted to continue this for certain libraries, see Community process for 32-bit compatibility.
Luckily the 32Bit support (also called multiarch support) can be enabled by using the packages from Ubuntu 19.04. If you do the following commands on Ubuntu 19.10 then you can install and use Pro Motion NG as well as other 32Bit apps:
sudo apt install ./multiarch-support_2.29-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
Default Skin and Dark Skin
Pro Motion NG comes with two skin flavors which display either based on either standard Windows desktop color scheme or an individual Dark Theme.
The default skin uses coloring and button styles as known from Windows XP which is the default desktop mode of Wine. The dark skin can be used, too but is not fully functional. Drop down boxes, menus, system dialogs (file open/save etc.) and the main window title bar are not using the dark skin. If this does not bother you then you can enable the dark skin manually in File/Preferences…<
We hope that this glitch can be fixed soon by the Wine project developers.
Microsoft AVI files
The Microsoft video files can not be loaded or saved. Although there is basic support for this within Wine it just does not make sense to use this file type on Mac or Linux.
Pro Motion NG comes with a Windows help system file (pmotion.chm). It is not reliably handled by Wine, although there are systems where it seems to work. By default all help pages are opened online at the web site, e.g. when you press the F1 key to get context sensitive help for a dialog. You might want to find a CHM file viewer for your system on your own and open the CHM file with it if the online resources are not to your satisfaction.
If you use CrossOver by CodeWeavers then the built in help file works normally.
Pen pressure support
At the moment the pen pressure can not be used. We will try to find a solution for this in the future but at the moment it is not known if this is reliably possible.
Typically Pro Motion NG allows you to place the single app windows where you want them to have, even outside of the main window, e.g. on a second display. Due to different effects on Mac OSX and Linux the initial setting is to use embedded windows instead. They can only be placed within the main application window.
If this bothers you please go to File/Preferences section Compatibility and deactivate “Embed Windows”.
On some Linux systems you may then see a separate task entry for each of the application windows. Unity combines these entries under the task icon, but other systems like Mint Cinnamon will have a separate entry in the task bar.
Weirdly the about box with the built in credits scroller does not show on some Ubuntu systems. Hit the ESC key to close it once you opened it but it’s not visible.
Mac OS – Cmd Key
Shortcuts that use the “Alt” key must be executed with the Cmd key instead. This is how Wine decided to translate this key into the Apple world, for whatever reason. Some research showed that the Ctrl key should better be mapped to Cmd. If you feel the same then please leave a note in the forum space. Maybe we can change the behavior in the app bundle itself. Aside from that you might want to try Karabiner, am Mac OS keyboard customizer.