Paint Shop Pro

This is version 9 of Paint Shop Pro.

Wine compatibility

Attention: the trial version crashes after the nag screen, use registered version instead.

What works:

  1. Installing application from vendor-supplied package
  2. File open/save/convert
  3. Program preferences dialog
  4. Filters*
  5. Vector tools
  6. Undo/redo*
  7. Editing tools, unless specified below
*with workaround/special configuration. see below.

What doesn't work:

  1. Text tool
  2. Display of file open/save dialogs
  3. "Open With" functionality, E.G. after associating a filetype with PSP9

Application Details:

Version: 9.x
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.20

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

- Install (Maintainter's note: still requires winetricks)
- File new/open/browse/save/export (JPEG)
- Printing
- Toolbars and their customization
- Undo/Redo*
- Cut/Copy/Paste
- Crop/Resize/Rotate
- Text Tool
- Brushes
- Filters*
- Layers

What does not

- Temp folder creation*
- drag&drop from samba share (from local filesystem OK)
- Navigate button (below before/after images) in filter/export dialogs
- sometimes filter dialogs and application freezes for few minutes
- TWAIN Source Selection


What was not tested

- Effects
- every Filter
- Masks/vector objects/Paths
- GIF/PNG exporting
- WIA (Windows Image Acquisition)
- Uninstall

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

* PSP9 cannot create temp file folder for the filters and undo. Once you create manually the required folder, these features work fine. There is no need for complex startup-script. The folder is created under "Temp Files" (see PSP's Preferences->File Locations ...) and its name consists of JSC + five numbers + _username, eg. JSC82997_arnie. The number part varies between installations, but stays same between program runs. You can find the folder name for example using 'strace'. At first find PSP's PID with ps -e | grep Paint (or System Monitor, if being on Ubuntu). Then run strace -p 2>&1 | grep "JSC" and start drawing something. You should see some garbage from where you could parse the correct path, eg: /home/arnie/.wine/dosdevices/c:/windows/temp/Temp Files/JSC82997_arnie/

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 19 20141.7.20Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Sep 14 20151.6.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowFedora 16 x86May 03 20121.5.2No, but has workaround Yes Silveran anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 20 20101.1.36Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Dec 24 20081.1.11Yes Yes Bronzekerin 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10532 Paint Shop Pro 9: Open dialog box buttons are a mess CLOSED FIXED View
17875 GetTempFileName with unique != 0 broken CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

Native alternatives for non-windows platforms

There are some good alternatives to this application that might exist for your platform. You'll find a list on the main page of this application.

Restoring save/tool/filter functionality

2013-05-03 Admin note: this howto does not appear to have been updated in a long time, and may no longer be valid. It is being kept here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update it. 

Although the file open/save dialogs are not fully functional, opening files may be accomplished using the "Browse" feature and the open/save dialogs remain somewhat usable by "feel" (read: rampant, blind clicking.)

In order for most filters, the undo/redo system, and brushes to work you will need to apply the following workaround, adapted from: :

1) Create a file named mkdir.mawk in your ~/My PSP9 Files/ directory, and paste the following section (enclosed in comments) inside.

##Begin mkdir.mawk contents
$0 ~ /JSC/ {
if ($0 ~ /not found in/ && $0 ~ /wine_nt_to_unix_file_name/) {
temp_len=index(temp, ".tmp")+3;
dirname=substr($0,13+index($0, "not found in ")) "/" temp_parts[1];
print "Creating temporary directory:", dirname;

system("mkdir \"" dirname "\"") }

##End mkdir.mawk contents

Save the file, and create a second file in your home directory called runpsp9 - and paste the following inside:

##Begin loader script

sh -c 'env WINEDEBUG="+file" WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine" \
wine "C:\\Program Files\\Jasc Software Inc\\Paint Shop Pro 9\\Paint Shop Pro 9.exe" 2>&1 | \
awk -f ~/My\ PSP9\ Files/mkdir.mawk'

##End loader script

Save the file, and - in a terminal - run:

$ chmod +x runpsp9
$ chmod 775 runpsp9

and then, as root:

# mv runpsp9 /usr/bin/runpsp9
# chown root:root /usr/bin/runpsp9

Thereafter, you can run Paint Shop Pro 9 by simply executing runpsp9 from your terminal or Run Application box - or by creating a menu entry for it.


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