Adobe InDesign

InDesign CS6 (8.0) (codenamed Athos): 23 April 2012

Application Details:

Version: 8.0 (CS6)
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0.2

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What works

  • Normal, preview, bleed and slug modes.
  • Hiding/showing guides, special characters – all good.
  • Working with pages and master pages. 
  • Working with frames, layers, paragraph and character styles. 
  • Creating and setting up table of contents. 
  • Creating custom workspaces (see the note â„– 4 below). 
  • Using templates, importing styles. 
  • Exporting to ‘interactive’ PDF.

What does not

Note 1.
If you install not under Program Files, but under a custom folder anywhere under your ‘/’, create ‘/adobeTemp’
# mkdir -m777 /adobeTemp
because the installer will try to create it itself, but will fail, because you run wine with a regular user rights.

Note 2.
Installer may throw an error at the end
of installation, but actually completes it – you just have to wait for a
couple of minutes, while it finished writing the log file, compress it,
then it will copy prepared installation on the place you chose during
the installation. Just remember, that if after the error you will not
see the InDesign folder growing up for 1 GiB, don’t despair and check in
two–three minutes.

Note 3.
Exporting to PDF for ‘print’ does not
work, but for ‘interactive’ does, under one condition, THAT YOU HAVE NOT
.wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts intact – feel free to drop your custom fonts
there, but don’t remove anything. I know, that as good designers you
won’t use the default, but keep all this M*******t and Adobe goods in

Note 4.
Setting up tab in docked panels is somewhat tricky, but possible.
I explain the problem. Usually you see, that after you spawn a floating
panel, you can’t attach it as a tab to a docked panel. While turning
panels on and off from the main menu → windows you see, how turning off
one panel (actually a tab on your screen) closes whole docked panel
(which may have other tabs!) and that may lead you to a conclusion, that
tabs that may sit together have to be from the same section of main
menu → windows. That’s wrong, you can attach whatever you want
Now the tips.

Hold the floating panel title above the panel you want to dock it into.
Grab floating panel by its title.
Slo-o-owly start to move it down.
must see a highlighted line, showing you, that you may attach the panel
above the one you aim to place it into. Keep dragging your floating
panel down.
Eventually™ you must see, that the bar on which the
tabs are, is highlighted in blue. Now drop the floating panel – it will
become a tab.
Adjust the position of the tab on the bar by dragging it.
only have one chance to spawn the blue highlight, if you missed it or
spend more than 10 seconds on it already, relese the left mouse button
and try again.
I got best results with getting the blue
highlight with dragging FROM TOP TO BOTTOM and aiming with the middle of
the title of the floating panel to a middle of any tab – try every tab.
Keep panels expanded in the dock.

Note 5.
There is no solution to the ant-sized
buttons, but you may at least increase DPI in winecfg to get font
previews at a comprehensible size. I use 130+, if you work hard with Id,
you’ll get accustomed very quickly.


winetricks atmlib corefonts gdiplus msxml3 vcrun2005 vcrun2008 vcrun2010 d3dx9 flash

What was not tested

  • Working with images, interactive elements.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Unknown
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 19.10 "Eoan" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 10 20194.0.2Yes Yes YesSilverFranco 
ShowArch LinuxApr 03 20194.5No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverSean 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64May 26 20172.3Yes Yes YesGoldBaustein 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1Jan 01 20171.9.24Yes Yes GoldCraig 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 07 20151.7.54Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
9043 Adobe InDesign CS (3.0) tryout hangs on startup CLOSED FIXED View
31483 Adobe InDesign CS6 crashes on File -> Save (missing 'atmlib.dll', Adobe Type Manager, Windows NT OpenType/Type 1 API Library) CLOSED DUPLICATE View
42981 Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6 - pressing down when a menu is open switches to the next menu NEW View

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