Friday, January 9, 2009
Linux, PhotoShop, And Disney.
Who knew that almost nine years later I would be writing about Disney, Linux and Photoshop?
Yes, I admit that many folks out there really prefer Photoshop over every other graphics app. Eve though the Gimp is as featured packed and as easy to use, folks just prefer Photoshop. I understand. But the challenge was always that Photoshop was not being written for Linux. The folks at Adobe made Photoshop for Windows and Mac, but not Linux. Enter Disney.
At around the same time as my trip to Walt Disney World (give or take a few years), the Disney animation studio was adopting Linux. The animators wanted Photoshop running on Linux. Since Adobe wasn't providing this, Disney decided to fund a project to port the Windows version of Photosop to run on Linux under Wine. And that's why, thanks to Disney, Photoshop runs on Linux.
You can read a history of this here.
And that's the main point of today's blog post. Photoshop runs on Linux! Some folks out there may not want to make the move to Linux because they think they wouldn't be able to use Photoshop. Not so. Photoshop runs on Linux!
The easiest way to run Photoshop involves a small investment. Codeweavers makes a commercial version of WINE called CrossOver. The standard version costs only $40.00. You install Crossover, then you simply grab your Windows version of PhotoShop (version 6 and 7 run great!), install, and you're all set! You're running Photoshop in Linux at optimum processor speed.
You can also download and install Wine from your Linux repository and then install Photoshop to this. But, in speaking with Photoshop users, version 7 works best when running under Crossover.
Plus, Crossover and Wine support many other Windows applications (MSOffice, etc.). So, if you want to move to Linux and still be able to run some of your Windows applications, Crossover and Wine make it possible!