Reference and research tool for Watchtower Society publications from 1970 up to and including 2011.
Please note that Watchtower Library is localized (released in a lot different Languages) but it should work exactly the same way.
Watchtower Library is only available for bapized Jehovah's Witnesses according to the License Agreement.
For more information about Jehovah's Witnesses and the publisher "The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society" please refer jw.org.
Old test results
The test results you have selected are very old and may not represent the current state of Wine.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
All is working. Out-of-box experience.
What does not
Nothing I know about.
What was not tested
Nothing I know about.
All is working. Out-of-box experience.
However, it has still the same minor problems like in previous Wine versions. Shadows stay in text when keep with mouse on the sentences long. Same minor text glitches as before. Sometimes freeze and crashing, when many backwards and forwards using history of searching, tooltip and navigation. Generally speaking fine, but....
What should I include when I submit a new test result?
Whether the install process went fine, or if not, what went wrong
Whether the program starts without any tweaks/modifications, or if not, what needs fixing/tweaking.
If the program runs, does the following work, or if not, what has to be done to fix/tweak it?
Search and navigation through the library
Tooltips (rest the mouse over a link)
Special characters like in Hebrew, and the */M signs in the Bible
Toolbar buttons just above the publications tree on the left, do they look good/ do they work?
Print (you obviously need to have a working printer setup in Linux first, wine will pick up CUPS printers at least. You can add cups-PDF printer if you have no physical printer)
Word list box
pronunciation (if you have a sound card and language version you are testing have this feature)
Synchronisation (if you have multiple languages installed)
did I forget something? just edit this note.
Before asking for help,
Please make sure that you have followed the HOWTO instructions first (see above).
Also, make sure that your wine version is 1.1.22 or greater. In order to find out your wine version, open terminal and execute the following: wine --version. If your wine version is lower than 1.1.22, please, refer HOWTO for instructions on how to update wine.
If Watchtower Library code't work and you have updated your wine installation, you might need to remove .wine directory from home directory and re-install Watchtower Library in order to make it work.
If you are still here, feel free to ask for help, but when doing so, please, provide the following information:
Your linux distribution and its version (For example: Ubuntu 9.10 or Ubuntu Karmic. If you don't know what version you're running, try lsb_release -a in a terminal)
Your wine version (wine --version in a terminal)
Which language version of Watchtower Library you are trying to install
What does not work, and what have you done in order to fix it
Any error messages you get
How to: quick guide on Watchtower Library installation
Get the actual version of wine (Watchtower Library 2010 requires wine 1.3.11 or greater. Older Watchtower Library versions require 1.1.22 or greater, 1.2 or greater is recommended. Most modern linux distributions already have it in their repositories, so you just have to install "wine" package)
Insert WTLib disc and run Setup.exe. If it won't work, do this:
Installer would create working shortcuts on your desktop (on some systems in home folder), and in Applications > Wine menu. Use these to run Watchtower Library. You may delete *.lnk files (if there are any), since these are of no use.
Tooltip shadows stay after tooltips disappeared
This issue appears on some video cards with Compiz enabled. The workaround is in disabling fade animation for wine tooltips. To do this:
install Compiz configuration tool. In most distributions it is in package named compizconfig-settings-manager.
After you install it, run it (executable file named ccsm).
Then go to Animations, open Close animations tab and double-click line that starts with Fade.
Click plus sign in pop-up window,
In new window select Window Class as Type, enter Wine as Value, select And as Relation and check Invert.
Click Add button and you're done.
Watchtower Library 2010 does not work in wine 1.3.27 and greater
While this bug is not fixed you can fix it yourself. You need to remove a manifest for built-in version of MS runtime library. You can do this by executing the following code in terminal:
Watchtower Library 2010 does not work in wine prior to 1.3.11
You need wine 1.3.11 or greater in order to run Watchtower Library 2010.
OR, install the iphlpapi fix, DEB package (debian, ubuntu, mint etc) - RPM package (redhat, fedora, centos etc). You can then setup and run wtlib without upgrading wine to 1.3.11+.
Black blocks in interface and text on Intel video cards
If you use Intel graphics and experience blacked out text and interface items in Watchtower Library, (that is, experience bug 24998), you can fix it with following steps:
Run wine regedit
Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/X11 Driver. Create it if it does not exist
Create new String value (using context menu on right part of interface) named ClientSideWithRender and set its value to N
Close (restart) all wine applications
Permissions problem with Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04)
In Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04) and derivative distributions you may face problem where Setup.exe on the CD is not executable, and you can't set it executable, since CD is read-only. There are two possible solutions:
Use wine /cdrom/Setup.exe command mentioned above, or
Copy all files from CD to your hard drive, mark Setup.exe as executable (right-click the file → Properties → Permissions) and then execute Setup.exe from there.
If you see squares instead of text in Watchtower Library on the first run, go to settings (press f2) and change font settings, choosing any font you like. If you see broken characters in interface, you may need to install MS truetype core fonts for web package. To do this
Install msttcorefonts package using your packaging system. If it fails:
Install it using winetricks (this will affect your wine installation only, fonts won't be available for non-wine applications):
Problems with XFCE, LXDE, Enlightment and others
XFCE and some other DE ignore path parameter for desktop and menu launchers. As result, Watchtower Library prior to 2011 does not start when you click these. The simple solution is to change "Command" parameter in launcher to
wine start wtlibrary.exe
Watchtower Library for Mac OSX 10.7.3 "Lion"
There are some initial issues with using the Watchtower Library in Mac. The first issue is
Do not install WINE but rather install wine-devel sudo ports install wine-devel for the latest WINE version.
You should also update X11, the default version is 2.3.2 which doesn't display all of the images in the Watchtower Library. The website XQuartz MacOS Forge contains the latest XQuartz (2.6.2). Once XQuartz has been updated you can run the Watchtower Library out-of-the-box with no issues.
To set up an application to run the Watchtower Library from the dock, go to Applications -> Utilities -> AppleScript Editor
Once in the editor copy & paste the following script:
tell application "Terminal"
do script "/opt/local/bin/wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\\ Files/Watchtower/Watchtower\\ Library\\ 2010/E/WTLibrary.exe"
Click on run to make sure it works and then click on compile if successful and then save the script as an application filetype (Leave startup screen unchecked). Once saved as an application drag it into the dock.
Missing DLL File Errors
WINE in Mac doesn't seem to look for the DLL files in the same way it normally does. The DLL files it is referring to (Such as uresearch21u.dll) are located in the "MEPS Platform 2.3" folder in the Watchtower directory. However WINE searches for them in the /drive_c/windows/system32 directory. Just copy and paste the contents of the "MEPS Platform 2.3" folder to the "system32" folder to resolve the issue.
Broken "Fetch from clipboard" function
If you copy multiline-text and a reference happens to be divided between two lines, the results can be a bit odd. This seems to be by design; wtlib seems to read the clipboard contents line by line.
For example, if an article reads:
hechos recientes son más que los de antes" (Rev. 2:
Then wtlib will extract Revelation chapter 2, the entire chapter. This is due to wtlib reading just one line at a time. Now, in linux you can install xclip and run this command after having copied, say for example an entire article:
The command translates \newlines to spaces. If you do that before going Edit - Fetch from clipboard in wtlib, the correct references are extracted :D (Just Rev. 2:19, 20 in the example above).
You could even stick the command in a script and launch that from a button on your panel, or something.
I don't know how to do this in windows, but could be AutoIt would be a start...
Install Tip for netbooks users
An easy way to install WTLibrary in a nebook when you don't have a CD/DVD drive. This assumes you have at least one Computer with an optical drive.
Copy CD contents to Flash card or USB stick
Install Watchtower Library, using these moved files, running Setup.exe
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by David B on Saturday December 15th 2012, 13:18
I am also using 64-bit Mageia 2 KDE with 64-bit WINE 1.4.1. Was having the same (or similar) page fault and crash as I did in Fedora above. I didn't want to upgrade WINE above the current version that Mageia 2 is using
I had already installed 64-bit WINE (wine64) along with wine32 (to support 32-bit Windows programs), wine32-gecko, wine64-gecko, and lib64wineffects1 (a KDE 4 core library). What was missing was libkwineffects1. After installing libkwineffects1 (a KDE 4 core library) I experienced no more crashes.
by Peter Wilson on Wednesday May 9th 2012, 13:06
Hi i am new to all of this but would appreciate help. I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and wl works fine with wine. On my wife's however (Acer Aspire one netbook) the install crashed and now i cant uninstall either. She just has icons on desktop for wl which dont work! any ideas of how i can uninstall and try again?
WT Library 2006 with NEW Data.
by Kevin on Sunday February 12th 2012, 17:35
I know I could get laughed off this page cause I don't shuffle around on ice, But I have a bunch of people who I've been loading Current data into an install of the old(2006) version of Watchtower Library by just copying over the RS_DATA file and renaming it.
This would be on Windows XP and 7. It works, but there are some bugs. Mostly if you click the Bible Icon it throws an error and closes the program. You can click on citations and they preview and open. Has anyone messed with this and figured out a fix???
The C.O. was here last week and He begged for this to work..
I tried running it on WIN7 x64 and it had even more issues.
I'm an EX-Novell Network Admin who has been taken hostage by Actve Directory....
by Peter on Tuesday January 10th 2012, 9:56
...so good. WTLB 2011 runs good on Ubuntu 10.04 with wine 1.3.31. I haven't come across any issues, at least yet. However, I have turned off wine updates and will stick with my current wine at least until I upgrade (if ever) to 12.04.