Adobe Photoshop

Third CS release.

Application Details:

Version: CS3 (10.0)
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.9

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I can install photoshop, but once I try to open it, it says initalizing photoshop cs3, then dissapears.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowManjaro Linux 24Jun 20 20249.9Yes Yes YesGoldJacob Lawson 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 02 20216.3No, but has workaround Yes YesGarbageIgor Franchuk 
ShowLinux Mint 19.2 TinaSep 16 20194.16Yes Yes YesGoldCyCroN 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 13 20194.0-rc6No Not installable NoGarbageEthan Nguyen 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 18 20111.3.18No Not installable NoGarbageOlof Nord 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7665 Photoshop cs3 beta install fails CLOSED FIXED View
7828 Photoshop CS3 install / Adobe Setup fails before putting up UI CLOSED DUPLICATE View
7829 Photoshop CS3 install / Adobe Setup fails at runtime CLOSED FIXED View
8945 Adobe Indesign CS3, Photoshop CS3, and Flash CS3 fail to install CLOSED FIXED View
10288 wine_gecko download hangs sometimes (affects e.g. Adobe Photoshop CS3) CLOSED WONTFIX View
15432 Adobe Indesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, and Flash CS3 fail to install CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15568 Adobe Photoshop CS3 installer crashes CLOSED WORKSFORME View
15571 Adobe Photoshop CS3 aborts with missing gdiplus functions CLOSED FIXED View
15572 Adobe Photoshop CS3 and InDesign CS3 have z-order problems and general painting glitches NEEDINFO View
15583 Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver CS3 Installer look really bad NEW View
15584 Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS3: Cancel button in the installer make it crash CLOSED WORKSFORME View
15590 Photoshop CS3 installation fails due to Bonjour Service startup error NEW View
15932 Adobe Photoshop 7, CS3 can't load images from URLs NEW View
18070 Multiple apps need separate msi custom action server process due to COM/MTA and/or isolation issues (Adobe CS3/CS4, Flash, Windows SDK 2008, Strawberry Perl, MS Office 2010) CLOSED FIXED View
18938 Photoshop CS3 installer gives a Program Error CLOSED DUPLICATE View
20436 Toolbars in Photoshop CS3 do not render correctly with wine's gdiplus CLOSED FIXED View
22593 Unable to delete note CLOSED FIXED View
38065 Adobe Photoshop CS3 broken appearance UNCONFIRMED View
48435 Photoshop Cs3 Page fault while loading UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

How To succesfully Install Photoshop CS3 (XP dlls required)

First off: don't expect this to work well.  Wine does not yet support Photoshop CS3.  Only read these instructions if you feel like fiddling around, not if you expect to get a working Photoshop.

OK, now that you know that Wine does not yet fully support Photoshop CS3, here's how I got it to install and run today with wine-1.1.6:

  1. Do 'wget && sh winetricks gecko gdiplus'
  2. Install Photoshop CS3 as normal by running its Setup.exe.

  3. Run Photoshop CS3 as normal, e.g.
    $ cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Adobe/Adobe\ Photoshop\ CS3
    $ wine Photoshop.exe

That's it!  It runs very slowly, though.  Hats off to Jacek for fixing the installer!

I have had problems with the app's license manager giving up because the app was running too slowly. When this happens, you have to remove ~/.wine and reinstall.

ALT-Click keybinding and Compiz

Thanks to earther for the following email:

I was having problems with the Photoshop 7 ALT-Click keybinding in a new Debian install running Compiz.  I did the standard window manager tweak but it still didn't work properly.  Then I discovered an ALT-Click keybinding in the Compiz Window Management > Move Window > Initiate Window Move settings. I changed it to 'super' like in Gnome window management and voila, it seemed to get it working again in Photoshop. You might want to add that bit of info to the clone tool info on the Photoshop 7 page.



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by jimmy brion on Tuesday October 22nd 2013, 12:00
Every time I try to start Photoshop. I get this error: "Unable to continue because of hardware or system error. Sorry, but this error is unrecoverable."
by Dan on Tuesday February 25th 2014, 9:15
That might be due to the licencing software which is supposed to run in the background, but doesn't.