How-To: Photoshop CS2 on Ubuntu Gutsy

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Since Wine 0.9.54 got released yesterday, I’m giving a step-by-step to get Photoshop CS2.0 to work on Ubuntu Gutsy, using Wine 0.9.54. Although Photoshop CS2.0 should work now, installing it still requires a tad of magic, as I discovered when trying to get it installed.

Photoshop CS2 On Ubuntu

There are probably multiple ways to install Photoshop CS2 but this is the path I took, after finding out it crashes while trying to install it the normal way. This How-To requires a Windows XP installation.

Step 1

Install and activate Adobe Photoshop CS2.0 on a Windows machine.

Step 2

Still in Windows, go to Start->Run and type in “regedit”. Now browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Adobe, and export it to adobe.reg.

Next browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Uninstall{236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D} and export that to adobe_uninstall.reg. (Apparantly you only need the keys EPIC_ORG, EPIC_SERIAL, and EPIC_NAME, but I was already getting fed up with switching between OS’s that I just imported all the keys in that directory, just for good measure.)

Step 3

You can go back to Ubuntu now. Copy the directory C:\Program Files\Adobe to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/. If you installed Photoshop CS2.0 in another directory, copy that one instead.

Meanwhile, install recode and recode the .reg-files you created in Step 2:

$> sudo apt-get install recode
$> recode utf16..utf8 adobe.reg
$> recode utf16..utf8 adobe_uninstall.reg

Install them using regedit in wine:

$> wine regedit adobe.reg
$> wine regedit adobe_uninstall.reg

You’ll also need to install the font Times32:

$> cd /tmp
$> wget\
$> wine times32.exe

Trying to get the normal way to work, I also did the following. I don’t know if this is required, but if these steps don’t work, you might want to try running it as well:

$> cd /tmp
$> wget
$> sh winetricks vcrun6

Everything should be in place now. Try running it:

$> wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe/\
Adobe\ Photoshop\ CS2/Photoshop.exe

If it asks you to Activate, and then gives an error saying there’s not enough disk space to activate, then you need to temporarily allow read+write access for all to your primary drive device – that’s /dev/sda or /dev/hda or something like that. E.g. mine is /dev/sda (and I have partitions /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, …), so I do the following:

$> sudo chmod a+wr /dev/sda

Now restart Photoshop, the activation process should work smoothly now. Don’t worry, it won’t actually write anything. After you’re done, change the permissions back:

$> sudo chmod a-wr /dev/sda

This last tidbit I got from here.

Enjoy Photoshop CS2 goodness on Ubuntu!

David Verhasselt

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