Watchtower Library

Reference and research tool for Watchtower Society publications from 1970 up to and including 2014.

Application Details:

Version: 2014
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.17

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

Was able to test the printer, Audio play back of word and name pronunciation, favorites, Single and Double columns, Search function works fine. Able to go into the properties and change fonts, highlight colors etc.

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Additional Comments

You must delete any of the old versions of wine compleatly. Then install using the apt-get install in terminal mode do not use synaptic for the install. Only other thing needed to install was "Winetricks" to install the corefonts, I used synaptic for this.

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ShowLinux Mint 19.0 TaraOct 01 20183.17Yes Yes NoPlatinumJosh Ross 
CurrentLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64Mar 14 20161.9.5Yes Yes GoldDave Carlson 
ShowFedora 23 x86_64Dec 29 20151.8Yes Yes PlatinumNils-Eric Wilkman 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 16 20151.7.44Yes Yes PlatinumIgor Tarasov 
ShowUbuntu 14.10 "Utopic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 24 20151.7.38Yes Yes PlatinumLeonard 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

How to: Qu­ick guide on Watchtower Library installation

Common problems

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:

  1. install Compiz configuration tool. In most distributions it is in package named compizconfig-settings-manager.
  2. After you install it, run it (executable file named ccsm).
  3. Then go to Animations, open Close animations tab and double-click line that starts with Fade.
  4. Click plus sign in pop-up window,
  5. In new window select Window Class as Type, enter Wine as Value, select And as Relation and check Invert.
  6. Click Add button and you're done.

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:

  1. Run wine regedit
  2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/X11 Driver. Create it if it does not exist
  3. Create new String value (using context menu on right part of interface) named ClientSideWithRender and set its value to N
  4. Close (restart) all wine applications

Broken fonts

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):
    winetricks corefonts

Problems with XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment 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 OS X 10.7.3 "Lion"

There are some initial issues with using the Watchtower Library in Mac. The first issue is

Installing WINE

Simple solution:

Or, you could follow the guide in the WINE wiki about installing Macports (MacOSX Installation). It is recommended that once you have installed MacPorts you need to configure it (How to install & configure Macports)

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"
end tell

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:
19, 20).

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:

xclip -o | tr "\n" " " | xclip -selection clipboard -i

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...

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)
  • Maps/graphics
  • Word list box
  • Add Favourites
  • Open Favourites
  • Settings
  • 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.


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Questions about this windows program.
by Cory on Wednesday July 5th 2017, 11:54
1) Where is the program anywhere on the given URL (ie. (that is on this page)?

2) Does wine do Windows Store apps?

3) Does this program require the Internet after installing and before running?

4) What is the file size of this program?

5) How many witnesses does it take to see that there is no reason this program should be #14 on the Top 25 AppDB list?
by Ken Sharp on Friday April 24th 2015, 14:55
The HOWTO is a ridiculous jumble of outdated nonsense. If someone can update then please feel free to do so, otherwise I will do so at a later date.
Installing WT LIB 2014 - PlayOnLinux
by Wayne Sherman on Thursday February 5th 2015, 20:59
For those that want an easy way to install WT Lib and and easy way to manage Wine versions, I recommend using PlayOnLinux. It is in both Ubuntu and Debian repositories.

It includes "Watchtower Library" in its list of install wizards, and it lets you easily manage multiple versions of Wine to run programs under. The install wizard hasn't been updated for 2014 WT Library yet, so it doesn't yet automatically install the latest version of Wine.

Here is how to install WT Library 2014 using PlayOnLinux:

1) Install PlayOnLinux from your distros repo.
2) Run PlayOnLinux and wait for it to update itself.
3) Select "Tools" | "Manage Wine versions" and select Wine 1.7.35 on the x86 tab and click the right arrow to install it.
4) Back in the main program window, select "+ Install"
5) Type "Watchtower" in the search box.
6) Select "Watchtower Library" and go through the install wizard.
7) After install, go back to the main PlayOnLinux window
8) Select "Configure"
9) Click on "Watchtower Library" in the left list and select Wine Version 1.7.35 on the right in the drop down list. Close the window.
10) Run WT Library from the main PlayOnLinux Window, or run it from the Desktop Shortcut it created.
by Ken Sharp on Friday April 24th 2015, 14:06
Do NOT submit test results for PlayOnLinux - they will be deleted.
RE: Installing WT LIB 2014 - PlayOnLinux
by Peter on Wednesday November 25th 2015, 14:36
I know it's a bit late as the new version will be out shortly, but I finally got around to installing the 2014 Watchtower Library and it works just fine. Thanks again for helping us linux users out.
RE: Installing WT LIB 2014 - PlayOnLinux
by Brian on Tuesday April 12th 2016, 3:07
Hi Wayne, I used your step by step instructions to install WTLIB15E.
Works great thank you.
Do you have any tips on how to add the WTLIB15F (French) version.
I don't seem to get this one quite right, the program only gives an option to use the 'system' version of wine. I installed the latest one for the English DVD, but it does not offer me an option to use it for the French one now. I did create a virtual disk for the French apart from the English one, so I don't think that gives a conflict.
Hope you can help. Brian. p.s. I am still a newbie, only been using Linux Mint for about a week now.
RE: Installing WT LIB 2014 - PlayOnLinux
by zkubota on Monday June 13th 2016, 1:21
Thanks for the instructions! I just installed WTLib 2015 English
using PlayOnLinux version 4.2.2 .
I selected version 1.7.35, at first it only displayed text squares, but worked after installing MS fonts under the PlayOnLinux "configure" menu.