Photoshop: Provide support for Linux

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I was wondering if Adobe released any Photoshop versions for Linux? Because I looked everywhere in Adobe's site but I could not find any information.
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I am wondering since I think it would be a great thing to consider. Since Microsoft's change of direction (going from stable work desktops to touchpads and mobile solutions) have made future software compatability uncertain, more and more developers have started looking into supporting Linux (Valve is one of those companies, with the Steam Platform).

As a systemdeveloper myself I think it wouldn't be too hard to make this happen technically, since Adobe programmers already have knowledge in linux-development (Flashplayer for one), also Photoshop already uses the QT-library, which is highly supported under Linux.

I know Wine have been the solution for running photoshop on linux, but it works really bad on later versions, also it doesnt give the stability serious work needs.

It would be really great if you could at least consider this (maybe cram it in some monday-morning-meeting?), not only will your userbase slightly grow, but it will help open up the Linux OS's great capabilities and potential, as well as futureproofing your product in case this behaviour goes mainstream.

As you might already know Linux is not a companybacked stable closed project, but largely maintained by the users itself and its different distribution-branches, which makes it hard to reach out to big companies like yourself. I know there is Fedora/RHEL, Ubuntu/Canonical and those, but the biggest change their companybacking has made is implementing Amazon-ads (if you ignore the fact that linux-enthusiasts can get paid to do what they love etc, but that is not the point here).

Have a great day, to whoever might be reading this, and I hope you will be one of the first companies that joins in on the upcoming potential Linux-revolution!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Is there any planned native support for Photoshop under the GNU/Linux OS?.
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Again, Photoshop does not use QT in any way. (nor could it without rewriting QT)
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Corel is already one step ahead to have released Aftershot Pro as native Linux client. Just bought my copy a few days ago and I'm quite impress with it with its performance. Not quite the full blown Photoshop but certainly an good Elements contender. Go for it guys and see how Adobe will respond to lost in market shares. Someone will have to learn it the hard way!
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Thank you Micheal! I had no idea that Corel Aftershot Pro existed for Linux! I just tested the trial version and bought it right away... it works fantanstic on xubuntu 14.04!

As an IT Consultant, I've had so many complaints from many of my SMB customers about having a good viable commercial image cataloging & RAW format editing application for the layman on linux desktops, and now I have something to show them!

Cheers & Thanks Again!!!!
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Ok guys, it's enough. Money it's the thing isn't it? How much cost for YOU to develop photoshop for Linux. Put a price, we can make a Donation pool with the goal you want/need.

Who cares about your fictional market, or the problems will emerge fighting with an OS, If we pay you, you will do it,

We want you to develop Adobe CS7 for linux ( I specially need Flash Pro, Photoshop, and Premiere as main tools)

So, What's the cost? How much do you want? Where I put my money? Tell me now!
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What if M$ and Apple pays regularly for not providing PS to Linux ?
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A company like Adobe not conforming to your and other Linux-users’ wishes does not mean that they are involved in shady (and probably illegal) practices.
And with the occasional frictions between Macintosh and Adobe it seems even more unlikely to me that they would conspire in such a way.
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Not conforming != Denies
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What is that supposed to mean exactly?
Is anybody denying that you and others wish to see a Linux version of Photoshop?

As far as i understand they are not malevolently denying you something that exists, they have decided not to invest the resources it would take to create the thing you and others wish for.
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"Not conforming" is a nasty confirmation. It does not mean that Adobe denies shady practices, and also does not mean that shady practices are not being done.
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I am not an Adobe employee so my using the term does not mean much to begin with (apart from describing what I perceive).
But I would be much surprised if Adobe would not deny shady business practices.

Voicing your suspicion is naturally your right, but I in turn suspect that you have not thought this supposed conspiracy* through thoroughly.

Edit: *) I assume two companies secretly paying a third company to affect a further entity or persons could be called a »conspiracy«.
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When will be photoshop compatibile for Linux distributions? Why still didn't? I need that and many other designers and developers!!!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Adobe Photoshop For Linux.
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I vote for the "conspiracy theory", after all most of photoshop and other functionality are provided by qt a c++ cross platform library and ide. If you don't believe me just go into the install dir and look for any dll that has the word qt in its name. so probably to compile it for linux they just need a... very difficult..button click
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Photoshop doesn't use Qt in any way.
And Qt is not that easy to port between platforms (we used to have an app that used Qt -- which is why we are not about to use Qt again).
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»I vote for the "conspiracy theory"«
It strikes me as remarkable how easily you seem ready to basically call a Photoshop programmer who has generously contributed to this thread (and many others on other issues on this and other Fora) a liar.
Or am I misinterpreting your statement?
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Linux has had phenomenal momentum in the past 3 years and continues to grow,
with large creative companies like Valve and THQ now supporting linux. Video card and hardware compatibly, commercial licensing and distro support but Adobe does not step into this thriving ecosystem... Why you neglect all these people who want PROFESSIONAL tools in Ubuntu ?Why dont you transfer your Creative Suite to Ubuntu to give it a huge boost ?

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Make an UBUNTU version of the application....
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Adobe management , This is a request to provide adobe photoshop version for ubuntu..

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photoshop for ubuntu.
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Adobe has always said that GNU/Linux world was not a good place for sell their products, and that Linux's users are not ready for spend for softwares.

Now that this idea is completly trashed by Valve who has launched its Steam platform for Linux, showing a florid market, will Adobe steps in the Linux world too?

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After Valve, will Adobe steps into GNU/Linux world?.
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With Windows "Blue" it seems Microsoft has full blown contempt toward the desktop, windowed multitasking environment. Can you guys produce the full Creative Suite Master Collection for the Linux platform?

Creative Suite is the only thing keeping me on Windows. And no I don't want to buy special Apple hardware to run OSX.

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Create a Linux version of the Creative Suite.
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now we know that the % of GNU/Linux users is equal or superior at the macOS users.

the market is here and many others are just using ms win because theycan't have their cs studio on GNU/Linux

it would be very very nice to have it on linux os :)
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I'm currently arguing at work to pay someone $50/hr to run Illustrator for a week so that I don't have to buy it and use it on Windows or Mac. I'm sure there are Linux users out there who won't pay for Photoshop. But there are Windows users who pirate it and don't pay now. I personally pay hundreds of dollars every year for software that I run on my Linux desktop. I know dozens of Linux desktop users and every one of them pays hundreds of dollars for software that they run on their Linux desktop.

I'm not a big fan of Wine, but if you have no interest in supporting Linux directly, maybe you would consider contributing development or funds to making Photoshop work well with Wine.

I don't know why I'm even writing this. I've been subscribed to these threads for years and any sane person would have concluded years ago that Photoshop will *never* support Linux. Free, open-source equivalents like gthumb and UFRaw are easy enough to use now that I can kind of do what I need to with them (Photoshop is still easier to use, has more features, supports real fonts, etc.). In a few months or maybe a year or two, I may not need Photoshop any more. Certainly if GIMP gets 16-bit-per-channel support, that will affect your market on Windows and Mac.

So I suppose I'm writing to sort of wave farewell and say, "thanks for the memories" as I ride off into the distance. I really loved Photoshop. It is just about the last remaining piece of non-Linux software that I sometimes open a Windows VM to run. From me, that's a very high compliment. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Best wishes.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
A (reasonable) request for Linux.


This post comes from here: http://forums.adobe.com/message/57389... I didn't know about this forum :)

Hi Adobe Team,

I want to make "another" request for Photoshop in Linux, and I would be glad if you people could take it in consideration. First of all, there are some clear statements:

- Adobe will never port Photoshop to Linux natively.

- They would loose tons of money porting it for a very small amount of real customers (and for real I mean people who already bought the product and are willing to move to Linux), c'mon be realistic. When Chris Cox said that it wasn't without reason, there is a huge userbase in Linux, but no real profit in the short/mid term for Adobe (and I could cry out of shame by telling this, but it's true)

-It would require at least 1-2 years of work and testing, which maybe Adobe can't afford (I don't know)

So, I'm making my request based on those premises, you will never port Photoshop to Linux natively, BUT:

Could you make an internal study to see if it's affordable for Adobe to provide official support for installation through Wine? I mean, maybe you're doing it, but if not, could you just assign one or two people to make the Wine installers? (that shouldn't take too much time neither money) those people only need to allocate time when it's a new Photoshop release, and the rest of the time they can continue with their usual tasks.

Maybe I'm saying too much, but I think this could be a reasonable way to ask Adobe for some Linux support without asking them to invest tons of money.

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There are two questions that I left out of the box:

1) A very common response would be: "But the community is already doing the installers, why should we bother?"

It's true, the community are doing them, but they're not enough. There are some Photoshop internals that people miss to make the installers good enough, and a bit of help from the Photoshop team would be nice to solve those bumps in the road.

2) Another possible response: "But the Linux landscape is very fragmented"

True, that's one of the features of Linux, and one of the biggest disadvantages to make huge programs like Photoshop work properly. What I'm asking in this post is to make Wine installers, so the Photoshop team doesn't have to care about:

- Efficiency: Wine has it's own efficiency, if we hav to use a bit slower Photoshop we can bear with it.

- Fragmentation: Wine and the distros take care about the differences between linux distros, so the adobe team doesn't have to

- Support: We don't ask for application support. Just for installation, if for some reason Wine installs Photoshop OK but it fails during runtime it's not Adobe's fault, we're using multiple layers that are not meant to be there in the native product.
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Forget Wine. Wacom Driver it can be usable if it's Native. I need it for 3D, concept and ilustration. A Wine instalation is not enough.
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There are literally dozens of threads for this, many receiving hundreds and thousands of votes and responses on each. Forums have been closed due to high popularity of the threads.

This is getting absolutely ridiculous. Your fans in Linux, and your users who wish to switch dont even care if its native or emulated. Just make it happen.
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The Wacom compatibility layer would be provided by Linux (which has full support for Wacom, I'm using my Intuos Pro M right now) for the Wine application, so I don't see the problem :)
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I got the response by mail but it doesn't appear here, so I will repond to it anyways. I didn't mean to provide support trough Wine, I mean that Linux has full native support for Wacom tablets, and you don't need to have it in Wine, since Linux will take care of that.
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That's the point. Adding my comment is. Running Photoshop via Wine is useless for Ilustrators or concept artist. Even worse for 3D Artists. Wacom have support on linux, and thank to the native express keys configuration with gnome 3. Understand guys. Autodesk, and many other giants are passing to Linux as well, What's wrong with you Adobe?!
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BTW - there are 2 threads for this: one here, and one on the defunct feature request forum on the forums.adobe.com site. And there are still less than a hundred votes. Exaggerating the demand is not helping your case (and you might want to look up the definition of the word "literally").
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I think that the reality on such decisions looks inverese to the plain market oriented and profitability approach of marketeers.

I think Linux doesn't flourish because players like Adobe don't decide to support it properly. If Adobe decided to support it the plattform would get a big boost. So things are little different. If adobe pushed linux, it could go through the roof.

People are deciding against Linux (at least me) because their tools won't work with it.
Look over to valve or google. I'm sure at some point there won't be any more the question of supporting Linux or not. I'd love to see Adobe pioneering a little more ;-)

Never the less I'm sure we can safely trust the obvious fact that Microsoft is hiding their absurd incompetence when it comes to writing operating systems, or at least keeping up with their competition. There's parts of windows 8 which still seem to be relicts from Win 98 also no profound file-system and an ugly, slow, clumpy and big intransparent overall architecture. They're digging their own grave if they don't slim that beast down.

Two options:
1. Windows dies at some point and nobody notices because all people switched to more advanced competition.
2. Windows somehow faces its problems, slims that s#@t down and gets their system back on track. (still losing market share due to outstanding and advancing alternatives)

Both ways include happier customers and Adobe at some point reconsidering their Linux strategy ;-)

Big cheeers.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Adobe and Linux.


When is Photoshop and Premiere coming to Linux? I know more and more people are switching to Linux.. which really SHOULD be the default platform for creatives/artists.
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Any news about Photoshop for linux?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Creative Cloud for Linux or Ubuntu.


Would like to divorce myself from Windows and OSx entirely but I can't because CC only works with those OS interfaces. If CC can port the OSX version over to a gnome shell, we could build/buy more capable machines at a fraction of the cost to do some great things. Like get better lenses.
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@Chris Cox:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/bro...

Mac vs GNU/Linux - 9,6% vs 5,3%

https://www.humblebundle.com/

Average Windows: $7.89
Average Mac: $9.91
Average Linux: $10.93

We are professionalists(most of us are coders), whose use professional operating system. We have high payment and we know how to buy software.

http://developer.ubuntu.com/apps/sdk/

You can suport only Ubuntu like Valve.

Windows Phone 8 has 1,9% now but you bring them mobile PS ;)
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Why not say adobe to place a pre-order for photoshop for linux to see how many people would buy it, and if they see for example 100'000 people would buy it, after they can develop it and pay their cost.

What do you think ? A kind like the ubuntu-phone has done
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@Dominique

That would be great, but i already pay 19,99 euro monthly for Photoshop and Lightroom and still cant install these apps on my favourite OS 'cause of Adobe politic. I understand that business is business, but how i can be loyal to Adobe company if they piss on my needs?

I use Aftershot Pro 2 instead of Lightroom 'cause Corel have made Linux version some time ago. If they port Paintshop on Linux i will drop Adobe products.

Lightroom-> Corel Aftershot Pro 2/Darktable(for regular user)
Premiere-> Lightworks
Photoshop-> Paintshop(?)
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not trying to beat a dead horse here but thats basically what we have to do at this point to try and get ANY attention driven to this. its really sad that this topic is four years old and during AskAdobeCare this is where i got told to go. really adobe? four years old and you still havent seen that there is a fair amount of interest in having your product on an open platform. i would even be willing to pay a little more per month on my CC subscription if it meant i could have a linux version that was actively worked on. even if it didnt get the latest updates right away, just get a version working there. start with that. release a freaking trimmed free version to work out some bugs we all know that you are going to have. and let us help you develop the product we want.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled WIll Adobe PS be made for LINUS.

I Hate windows 8, 8.1 I don't want my PC to look like a dam cell phone i am considering to use LINUX but many of the reps i have discussed this issue with claims Adobe has no plans on making it available for Linux any suggestions
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While I would like PS for Linux, it seems clear to me there is not a large enough market for it. If so many people are willing to pay for it, why don't they just donate to hire programmers to work on GIMP instead?
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because even if you poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the GIMP project, it would still take several years to get it to where photoshop already is at. adobe i bet could port this in 6 months to a year.
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We have no way of knowing whether it would be cheaper or take longer to update GIMP or port PS.

But PS Linux support has been requested for many years, so I would be surprised if Adobe will ever implement support. Even if the donations didn't get GIMP up to the level of doing everything that PS can, they might make it 'good enough' for your uses. Whereas telling Adobe that you want it for Linux and are willing to pay has no effect.

It is my understanding that GIMP also plans to implement node based editing (effectively the history of edits are recorded rather than the results of edits), which could actually put it ahead of Photoshop.
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Windows 10 changes things... Forced upgrades and reboots remind one more of the failed communist era versus a progressively improving technology. As an aside, forced upgrades and reboots are also not sustainable--especially in the enterprise business where backwards compatibility is key. Ergo, Mircrosoft just f**d itself in a very hard way.

While Windows will surely become deprecated by its own volition, the question to have Adobe products on Linux becomes more relevant. I could make-do with a VM optimized version of Adobe CC, but only if it ran under XP as Windows 7 is being forced by Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10. If XP support is not possible, then let's stop suggesting VM as a solution--as it is simply not realistic.

All of my servers are Linux already. They are integrated into AD and function just fine. I have a couple of steps left to go before decom'ing all of my remaining windows servers, but that's really neither here nor there. More importantly, I would love to drop Windows on the desktop, but things like Photoshop really stop me.

Adobe has a chance right now to seize on the moment before it becomes a tidal wave.

-ml
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@Markus Lankeit I'm pretty sure Windows 7 is not being forced to upgrade to 10. Do you have any source for this?