Adobe Photoshop

Third CS release.

Application Details:

Version: CS3 (10.0)
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.3

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What works

Everything - beside screwed up panel displays with transparent overlays. Can fix if you select toolboxes (such as Actions, Channels, Layers) by each other in menu. If display is screwed up, deselect and reslect it. Only reselected will get displayed and can be worked with properly.

All basic functions and most sophisticated tools work properly. No crashes! More stable than CS2 in all core functions.



What does not

This new frameoverlays dispay strange. Woraround: "fvwm2", which is more flexible in handle windows. Select Windows Focus mode - mandatory. If strange and misdisplayed overlays hides the main window, just resize to a smaller size and maximize again.

WARNING: Installation need to be performed, following the described method below in wine 0.9.57 only(!). Setup.exe has thatfore to be executed from insde the directory. Installation dialogs will be screwed up a bit, just click to "proceed" and ignore. After 10min (Pention III 1Ghz) the final prompt will apear telling you everything has been installed fine.

Bridge can be worked with but is awfully slow, since alle the wdigets and plainview redisplayes every click and mouse movements you do. Preview of files very fast. Much faster then any native linux pogramm I seen.


What was not tested

Everything was tested. Full production work possible with minor obstacles when dialogues fail to display properly. Main graphic window without drawbacks.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Install with 0.9.57!!! And use method described below. Setup.exe should be run inside the Directory. Later upgrade Wine to the newest version. For those none hackers! - don't modify the .wine Directory. Store it at a separate position and work with the WINEPREFIX Environment Variable.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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 GarbageOlof Nord 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 17 20111.3.13No, but has workaround Yes Silveran 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
15583 Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver CS3 Installer look really bad NEW 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
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.