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Watchtower Library

Watchtower Library 2005

Application Details:

Version: 2005
License:
URL: https://www.jw.org/en/online-h...
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

Installs perfectly without any dll overrides. - Maps, pronounciations, search, favourites, syncronization (Norwegian and English) fonts, printout, properties etc. works without dll overrides. - Printing works, at least with CUPS. - Help works better than before, nearly everything is shown correctly. Most of it works without the comctl32.dll override, although somewhat buggy: -the word list boxes do not do their initial paint. -some windows need to be expanded -study window opens kind of minimized (small size), but works fully. Now an icon is created on the desktop.

What does not

Tutorial and Help partly. Tooltiptext needs comctl32.dll to work. Favourites are not displayed correctly, works better now. Context-sensitive help (the error dialog indicates trouble finding the correct part of the help file; the .hlp file name itself seems OK) Help works better than before. The MEPS's dlls are not copied to system32, but by changing the Path in Registry, Wtlib will run.

Workarounds

What was not tested

Nothing I know about

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Works like 0.9.22 - 0.9.24, no improvements to comctl32. Now the Edgy package is OK.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 20 20101.3.0Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20080.9.53.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 20 20070.9.47.Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 27 20070.9.31.Yes Yes BronzeNils-Eric Wilkman 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 26 20070.9.30.Yes Yes BronzeNils-Eric Wilkman 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5898 Tooltip text need comctl32.dll to show well NEW View

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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, 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

Installing WINE

Simple solution: watchtowerlibraryformac.info

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.

READ BEFORE YOU SUBMIT A HELP REQUEST

OFFICIAL SUPPORT FOR WINE+WTLIB

The watchtower society has no official support for wtlib on linux nor apple, as stated in the readme.txt on the installation CD.

You can help yourself a lot by reading the installation suggestions BEFORE asking for help. Reading the Known Issues section you can also save us all some time.

Due to an increasing number of posts on this application page, we have to move some kinds of information, or this page would become too long & difficult to read...

We have a WIKI for putting your installation/setup suggestions into:

http://wiki.jswindle.com/index.php/Wine_Watchtower_Library_2005

The wiki is moderated; see its talk page.

UNOFFICIAL SUPPORT

If you can't make it work following the instructions above, there is a FORUM for dealing with different kinds of [help] requests:

http://yann.barraud.free.fr/forums/index.php

Please note that a forum of this kind is public and off-topic posts may occur. These will be deleted, but are visible until a moderator gets rid of them. Users would likely carefully review any privacy and security information and use discernment before making their own decision whether to visit or log onto other sites.

Rating - please read

The wtlib2005 is gold rating when it will run (read: not crash) without dll overrides.

However, for near-perfect functionality something needs to be done with the tooltiptext, and presentation of Favourites. We believe this has got something to do with comctl32.dll, because the tooltip works fine with a dll ovverride. The Favourites needs some more investigation to find out what's up. We keep hoping development of the builtin comctl32.dll will continue so to not need the XP one. If anyone can help with that one it'd be great.

If these two issues are fixed, we can rate wtlib Platinum in wine.

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