PaintTool SAI

Application Details:

Version: 2008-12-25 1.1.0
License: Demo
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0-staging

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What works

Almost everything.  And it's fast.  You can rotate the whole screen like a top.  Installation went smooth.  Since the program is designed to be installed from a single downloaded file, there are no crazy find the CD issues.  No need for any screen shots.  Go to SAI's official site, check out the screen shots there for SAI on windows, that's exactly what it looks like under recent versions of wine.

What does not

Pen pressure and line smoothing. 

Line smoothing is a setting in SAI where it removes the jiggles and shakes from your unsteady hand or cheesy tablet and makes a nice smooth line or curve.  Smoothing works on my XP laptop with both the tablet and the regular (non-waccom) mouse (and it's awesome), but with neither under wine.  Thus it's failure is possibly not from the same root cause as the failure of Pen Pressure, but no matter... it doesn't work.

But... Sai has very, very nice methods of making smooth vector lines other than free hand line fitting.  Thus it can still be used to create nice straight and curved lines.

 Pen pressure is about changing widths and opacities of a line while drawing free hand or of colors when painting.  It works well under XP, and not at all on wine.  

But... Sai has a really good system for changing line widths after the fact for whole or parts of vector lines.  Pen pressure loss is thus less important than it might be otherwise for inking.  Still terrible for painting and sketching purposes though.


What was not tested

I don't think I missed anything.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Would get gold if it supported Pen pressure. question: Has anyone seen any movement on the wintab/pen-pressure support front from Wine in the last half decade or so? So many art programs that ran horribly in Wine only a few years ago now run great, except for pen pressure detection, making all the other gains moot.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jan 22 20205.0-stagingYes Yes NoBronzeYatima Santamorena 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 19 20194.20-stagingYes Yes NoBronzeYatima Santamorena 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Sep 19 20194.16-stagingN/A Yes NoBronzeYatima Santamorena 
ShowDeepin Linux 15.10May 09 20194.7-stagingN/A Yes NoBronzeYatima Santamorena 
ShowLinux Mint 19.0 TaraJul 10 20183.11-stagingYes Yes NoSilverFred Dre 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11846 tablet pressure sensitivity not working in Sai and many other key graphic applications STAGED View
33576 Multiple applications need persistence support for ACL/file security information (storage in extended file attributes)(Paint Tool SAI, Finale Notepad 2012, SmartDeviceMonitor) STAGED View

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HowTo / Notes

Pen pressure

The pen pressure bug IS NOT a driver bug.
Krita works perfectly out of the box and it's using the drivers already shipped with the kernel.


Old SAI1 is ONLY 32-bit.

Drawing Tablets

When submitting a test please ALWAYS write at least your drawing tablet manufacturer!!!