Adobe Creative Suite (installer only)

Adobe Creative Suite 4, released on Oct. 15, 2008

Application Details:

Version: CS4
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2.1

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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only installer was tested...

What does not

adobe acrobat pro cs4 can't be installed.

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Additional Comments

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Installer only.

remove current wine and current .wine directory,
download wine 1.1.17 and install
download winetricks and execute chmod +x winetricks
LANG=C winetricks ie6
mkdir /home/username/dvd1
mkdir /home/username/dvd2
mkdir /home/username/dvd3
mkdir /home/username/dvd4

mount iso to /home/username/dvd1 (you can use gmountiso)
mount iso to /home/username/dvd2
mount iso to /home/username/dvd3
mount iso to /home/username/dvd4

LANG=C winecfg -> Drivers -> Add -> D: Path -> /home/username/dvd1  OK
LANG=C wine autorun.exe

during installation, inserting to new dvd:
winecfg -> Drivers -> select D: -> Path browse to dvd2, dvd3 or dvd4 OK

Install Done
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
Successfully installed:
Adobe after effects cs4
Adobe bridge cs4
Adobe contribute cs4
Adobe dreamweaver cs4
Adobe flash cs4
Adobe indesign cs4
Adobe media encoder cs4 additional exporter
Adobe premiere pro cs4
Adobe soundbooth cs4
pixel bender toolkit
Adobe AIR
Adobe after effects cs4 template proj. & footage
Adobe cs4 american eng. speech analysis
Adobe device central cs4
Adobe drive cs4
Adobe encore cs4
Adobe fireworks cs4
Adobe illustrator cs4
Adobe media encoder cs4
Adobe media player
Adobe photoshop cs4
Adobe premiere pro cs4 functional content
Adobe version cue cs4 server

Admin note: rating changed to conform to rating definitions
selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 13 20101.2.1Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 27 20101.2No, but has workaround Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 20 20091.1.19No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 27 20091.1.17Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowSabayon Linux 3.5Mar 25 20091.1.16Yes Yes BronzeJake 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
18070 Multiple apps need separate msi custom action server process due to COM/MTA and/or isolation issues (Adobe CS3/CS4, Flash, Windows SDK 2008, Strawberry Perl, MS Office 2010) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO successfully install cs4

CS4 can be installed with wine but it requires a few tricks. ­

You will need either a wine from 1.1.17 or before, or a wine from git with b8965ee7c90a687af4c84ad0ede73b1df901e16c reverted and this patch applied.

Run the commands below in order:

wget http://winezeug.googlecode.c­om/svn/trunk/winetricks chmod +x winetricks sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005sp1 ie6 mdac28 jet40 winxp wine setup.exe

Acrobat 9 needs to be selected not to install for the installation to work correctly. If anything goes wrong, the installation files will usually reside in Program Files/Common Files/Adobe, along with a setup log that is usually useless.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Photoshop works
by Damien Mahoney on Thursday December 3rd 2009, 8:46
Congratulations to everyone involved in making this work. At least for Photoshop CS4 anyway. Bridge and Flash don't work for me.

I'm running OpenSuse 11.1 on a 32bit install with git and wine 1.1.16-1.1 compiled from source.

when installing the git patch I got hunk #2 and #3 failed but it doesn't seem to affect the running of photoshop

also I got a reem of "fixme"s when installing winetricks. That doesn't seem to matter either.

Now I'll have to get it working on a 64bit install.

I guess the next step for this project would be to get windows SP3 installable by wine.
ie6 problem
by dado_eyad on Wednesday November 11th 2009, 5:18
every time i'm trying to intall ie6 through winetricks it says that i should close all programs.
i can't seem to get it installed.
any ideas.

by Jasper St. Pierre on Friday November 6th 2009, 18:29
I voted, but we won't get anywhere with a simple poll. It would require significant effort on the parts of Adobe. They know of Linux, they use it in their workplace, they have Flash for it. They all want it, it's just that 35 votes in a poll doesn't support the millions of Creative Suite licensees.

First, Linux is a free community-supported OS. Which means that most people who use Creative Suite Linux are looking for a free edition, or to pirate it. I wouldn't certainly pay for Adobe's apps even if they have Linux editions, their prices are extremely expensive. Adobe has stated in several places that they have separate codebases and development teams for Windows and Mac on most of their old apps like Illustrator and Photoshop. The added development effort would be huge and not worth the payoff in terms of Adobe.

I think it would be excellent for Adobe to open-source the Flash Player as a first step. I've contributed to the Tamarin VM. The documentation on AVM2 is terrible, but having the option to have the full rendering engine and architecture would be awesome. There's nothing to lose for Adobe, if they believe Flash is the future, as it's certainly losing steam with HTML5 and AJAX and V8 and SquirrelFish Extreme and TraceMonkey.

The best short-term option for Adobe would be to contribute to Wine and make sure CS5 works for Wine, so they can target Linux and Windows with one codebase.
  • RE: by Jasper St. Pierre on Friday November 6th 2009, 18:29
  • RE: by quim kaos on Saturday November 7th 2009, 4:20

by Paul dH on Friday November 6th 2009, 10:31
CS5 for Linux??

Give a comment and your vote.

Don't forget to spread the link to other places, so we will get more votes.


Thanks, Paul
  • RE: by quim kaos on Friday November 6th 2009, 10:38
    • RE: by Paul dH on Friday November 6th 2009, 11:11

by quim kaos on Thursday November 5th 2009, 17:24
were can i get and instal 1.1.16? i can only find 1.0.1 and the latest version...

and how do i patch wine with git with commit b8965ee7c90a687af4c84ad0ede73b1df901e16c? can some one point me to the right direction?

by Jasper St. Pierre on Thursday October 29th 2009, 17:42
You need 1.1.16 or latest git with a recent patch applied (I'll get to updating the tutorial soon, I understand the MSI patch is out of date).
by Lyon Beckers on Wednesday September 2nd 2009, 16:46
Wine 1.1.28 with commit b8965ee7c90a687af4c84ad0ede73b1df901e16c reverted and the other patch applied and all the winetricks done. I'm receiving the "Setup has encountered an error" message.
  • RE: 1.1.28 by Jasper St. Pierre on Wednesday September 2nd 2009, 18:36
by Laurence Jeloudev on Monday August 17th 2009, 4:26
i was wondering if there was a way to install cs4 master collection on wine i keep getting error and bug once i get to suite shared configuration in the install and it stops
  • RE: cs4 by Laurence Jeloudev on Monday August 17th 2009, 6:33
    • RE: cs4 by Jasper St. Pierre on Sunday August 30th 2009, 19:07
CS4 photoshop runs fine on wine 1.1.19
by Gip on Thursday July 9th 2009, 1:50
I followed the setup steps in wine 1.1.16 and then updated wine to 1.1.19. CS4 Photoshop work good, can handle my raw files well and accepts plugins to. I'm waiting for reports that 1.1.25 will leave me with cs4 running fine as i don't want to upgrade blind here.

Bridge runs but screen refreshes are not good until you hover your mouse over the black part of the screen.

Opening Camera raw works fine with all options.

Device central opens up fine but does not accept quit and you end up with a window not being updated.

Opening photoshop from bridge did not work well as it would not start

Open photoshop and then go to bridge works ok.
tasted on sabayon 4 and wine 1.1.16
by Jake on Wednesday March 25th 2009, 12:41
dreamweaver runs great, photoshop crashed when i selected text tool, and flash crashed at splash screen.
Did not install everything else
wine 1.1.13
by Donkyhotay on Friday January 16th 2009, 17:49
Just tested this program with wine 1.1.13 and did not notice any difference in the way the application ran.