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InDesign CS (codenamed Dragontail) and InDesign CS Page Maker Edition (3.0): October 2003

Marks the integration of the Adobe InDesign name into the Creative Suite, bringing with in a slew of interactive capabilities. InDesign can now use Photoshop to edit pictures, Acrobat to create and distribute PDFs, and many other Creative Suite applications to enhance its design abilities.

Application Details:

Version: 3.0 (CS)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.4

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Test Results

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What works

Installation using the packaged installer runs and seems to complete successfully, but leaves a large trail of fixmes and a few errors on the console. All the requisite files are placed in their proper locations, however. All installation configuration options (language, EULA, user info, serial) are fully editable and selectable as expected. All in all, the installer works as expected.

On launching, the splash screen shows and scrolls progress through "Calling late initializers...", which is one of the last loading steps before launching the main window. At this point, everything goes terribly wrong under normal conditions. The app fails with a stack overflow and must be killed.

However, launching the application with WINEDLLOVERRIDES="ole32,oleaut32,rpcrt4=n" allows for the main app to come up, load through the splash, and run. Functionality is limited, but most operations allow some success - basic box, line, and text creation work as expected, as do simple color operations and file saving. PostScript printing also works nicely.

What does not

Opening a file. This is the most obvious failure of the application when run as described above - it dies immediately with a stack trace on the console. "Open Recent" works well if a file has been created before and saved, however.

The help system (launched via F1) also dies with a nice message about a problem, and would I please rerun the installer? Nothing is written to the console at this point.

Selecting a printer other than the PostScript default printer fails. For reference, the printers on the test system are connected via USB and installed and managed with CUPS v1.2.12. This, also, is handled with an InDesign error message, and nothing appears on the console.


What was not tested

A lot of advanced editing features, like applying effects, placing photos, text wrap, extensive font changing, gradients, having multiple files open, copy and paste of graphic elements, etc.

Also not tested was integration with other parts of the Creative Suite (importing to Photoshop, exporting to Acrobat, etc.).

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Additional Comments

My Wine setup has native DCOM installed as per the instructions on the Wine wiki, and has several native Windows DLLs (but none loaded in winecfg - the only overrides come from the WINEDLLOVERRIDES environment variable). The installer-provided shortcut didn't work at all and I had to launch the app from the console, but I'm not sure if this is a Wine bug or a KDE menu system problem.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 11 20101.3.4No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 01 20091.1.32Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 3.0 "Cassandra"Apr 16 20080.9.59.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Apr 04 20080.9.58.Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
CurrentGentoo LinuxJan 26 20080.9.51.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
15572 Adobe Photoshop CS3 and InDesign CS3 have z-order problems and general painting glitches NEEDINFO View

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