Category: Main Multimedia Graphics Graphics Editing PaintTool SAI sai2-20220105-32bit

PaintTool SAI

Installer, Demo and Paid version.

Application Details:

Version: sai2-20220105-32bit
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.0-rc2-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Both Demo and Paid version tested. Demo tested first, then upgraded after tests to paid version.

Thus far, everything functions normally after extensive testing and a few work-arounds.

  1. Saving and exporting files
  2. Opening new files and files from recent list
  3. All filtering features work such as hue/saturation/blur
  4. All layer functionality works, such as creating/editing new layers, folders, adding layers/folders into existing folders
  5. All tools/brushes work, including their presets and configurations, creating/editing tools and tool groups
  6. Color swatches/palettes work properly and save
  7. Preview pane works properly
  8. View/Window options all work properly.
  9. All canvas size/rotation/resolution functions work properly.
  10. All Selection functions work properly.
  11. Pen pressure works properly.
  12. All options function/save properly.

What does not

On start-up, Sai shows a "Discharge at recovery point" warning. This can be ignored.


A few necessary work-arounds. These modifications were made for the demo version before upgrading, but should work on both.

Tested with Windows 10 32bit as the global configuration for Wine.

If you get a "Discharge at recovery point" warning when first using Sai, ignore this warning. 

  1. Open sai2.ini from Sai's directory and make these modifications:
    1. Make sure this setting is set to "yes": AlwaysUseTabletPcApi = yes
    2. Set this to "yes": AvoidWacomBug = yes
  2. Open Sai and go to Other > Options
    1. Go to Pen Tablet (Usually the default option page)
    2. Select "Use Windows API"
    3. Restart Sai
    4. You should now have Pen Pressure (Tested with several Wacom tablets, currently using an Intuos3)

Updating license to Paid, a few notes.

Once you've got pen pressure to work and the program is ready to go, you can update your license to a paid license. I chose to do these steps in this order since the program tends to be sensitive to changes. 

Once you've added your .slc license file, Sai will open without any license warnings, and the window position will change from its last recent position. If you have multiple monitors, it may appear cut off or a portion of the window missing. On your keyboard press Ctrl + Superkey + Left arrow key until the window is restored and completely visible. Then maximize the window. Now go to File > Exist to close the program. If you close the program by the window buttons, it will not save the window's position. Exiting through the File Menu will. For whatever reason when Sai is first booted up with a new license, the window position is reset, and is reset arbitrarily despite your resolution or monitor settings.

Another thing to note. If you open menus or have a menu item selected, it will stay focused and hovered over all other windows, even if you minimize Sai. If you click away from the menus, sometimes they will not disappear. This is an environment bug with Wine and Sai. Simply press the Esc key to exit them. If you exit a menu, but everything is unresponsive, press the Esc key once more to remove the focus away from the selected menu's title or button. Any focusing or window focusing issues are solved by pressing the Esc key or even pressing Ctrl + N to pop up a New Canvas window prompt, and will refocus. A small, but not terribly inconvenient, bug. 

What was not tested

Unless specified, all of the programs functions and features were tested. Testing by an experienced Paint Tool Sai user.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint 20.2 "Uma"Jan 19 20227.0-rc2-stagingYes Yes YesGoldRaphial Hebert 

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