This FAQ answers questions related to the usage of the WineHQ Application Database.
- 1 What is the Application Database?
- 2 What are the benefits of this Application Database?
- 3 How does a new application get added to the database?
- 4 How can I submit screenshots?
- 5 How can I submit how-to's?
- 6 How do I become an Application Database maintainer?
- 7 What is the difference between a super maintainer and a maintainer?
- 8 Is there any way to encourage work on my favorite application?
- 9 What is meant by the term vendor?
- 10 Contacting Us
What is the Application Database?
The Application Database is a repository for Windows application compatibility information with Wine. In particular it provides the following information: (See the Visual FoxPro entry for an example)
- Whether a given application works at all with Wine.
- If it is partially working, then which areas of the application have problems.
- How to install and get that application working best.
And if the Windows application you want most to use with Wine does notwork, it lets you vote for it to bring it to the attention of Wine developers.
What are the benefits of this Application Database?
The Application database benefits both Wine developers and users. It lets Wine developers know which applications the community most wants to see working. And it lets Wine user know beforehand if their application will work in Wine, and also what are the tricks to get it working best.
How does a new application get added to the database?
Any registered user can submit an application. Use the Submit App link in the AppDB sidebar to add an entry; it will be processed by an admin before becoming visible to all users. You can make changes to your queued entries by visiting the Your Queued Items page.
For more info on submitting new applications, new versions, and even test results to AppDB, see the AppDB Test Results Guidelines
How can I submit screenshots?
We love to hear from our users. Send those helpful screenshots by clicking on any screenshot image you will see in the specific version page of the application you want to add a screenshot for. If you are not a maintainer, your screenshot will be reviewed and will then be added to the database.
How can I submit how-to's?
If you are not a maintainer, you can't create new official How-to's. So the best way to proceed is to post your How-to as a comment in the specific version page of the application of interest. A maintainer might then choose to add your How-to as an official How-to for this database entry.
How do I become an Application Database maintainer?
Pretty much anyone supporting Wine is welcome (begged?) to be an application maintainer. Simply click on the button you will find in the application overview or specific version page to send your request. An administrator will then review your proposal and add you to the maintainer's team for this application or version. Once we have a community of maintainers, we hope that community will further refine the policies and procedures.
What is the difference between a super maintainer and a maintainer?
A super maintainer maintains an application and all its versions. A maintainer maintains only one specific version of an application.
Is there any way to encourage work on my favorite application?
If an application that's important to you could still work better in Wine, but you don't want to become a developer, that's ok. AppDB includes a voting feature to give registered users a fair say in the project's priorities, without burdening contributors. For more information, see the AppDB Voting Help page.
What is meant by the term vendor?
The vendor is the developer of an application.
If you have more questions or comments please contact us on our forums.