Archive for August, 2010

How to install Photoshop CS5 in Ubuntu Maverick 10.10

If you are running Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick and own a copy of the Photoshop CS 5 installer, you will find that you won’t be able to install it under wine. Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.4 works fine, but not 10.10. Here’s what I did to get it running on my Ubuntu Maverick machine.
What you’ll need:

  • A computer running Ubuntu Maverick
  • A computer running Windows (it doesn’t have to be a computer. It can be a virtual machine running Windows in Virtualbox)
  • A copy of Photoshop CS5 installer. You can get the trial version at Adobe website

Let’s get started

In your Windows machine, download (if you don’t own a copy) and install the Photoshop CS5.
Once the installation is completed, go the Start menu and type “regedit” on the search bar. The registry window will appear. Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Adobe“, right click the Adobe folder and select “Export”. When prompted, name the file “adobe.reg”.

  • sudo apt-get install wine ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • winecfg

This will create the “.wine” folder and prepare wine for usage.

Next, we are going to perform some hacks

Copying Photoshop files from Windows

Since we can’t get the installer to work in Ubuntu 10.10, we have to copy the core files from Windows to the Ubuntu machine. Folders/files you need to copy/paste are listed down below:

Copy the following folders/files from Windows and Paste to Ubuntu

C:\Program Files\Adobe\


$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe


$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/Adobe
C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\
Application Data\Adobe


Applications Data/Adobe



Lastly, save the “adobe.reg” file to the Home folder. In your terminal, type:

  • wine regedit adobe.reg

This will import the “adobe.reg” into the wine registry.

That’s it. Now go to “Home -> .wine -> drive_c -> Program Files -> Adobe ->Adobe Photoshop CS5“, right click on the Photoshop.exe file and select “Open with Wine Windows Program Loader”.

Photoshop CS5 should load. You can also add a shortcut to the Application Menu for quick access.


  • Some people have mentioned that Photoshop CS5 in Ubuntu crashed with the text function. This has been fixed with the addition of atmlib.dll file.
  • Complex PSD file should load without problem.
  • The above mods were done with wine version 1.2.1. and Photoshop CS5 trial version. If you are using other version of wine or Photoshop, there is no guarantee that the above method will work.

Alternative to Photoshop CS5

For those who can’t get Photoshop CS5 to work, or find it too heavy for your daily usage, you can try out PhotoShop CS5 Portable. This is the unofficial portable version of Photoshop CS5 (not released by Adobe) and the installer work fine with wine. You will still need the atmlib.dll file for the text function to work.

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Modify the Windows XP System Properties logo

The Windows XP System Properties logo is often changed by computer manufacturers. Hardware vendors use this general system information dialog to brand your computer with their own logo and support contact information.
In this tip you can learn how you can insert your own logo in the system properties dialog and complete it with your own contact information.
To invoke the system properties dialog, click the Start button, right-click “My Computer” and select “Properties”.
This will open up your general system information dialog. On our Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro laptop, the Windows XP System Properties logo looks like this :

If you want to put your own graphic in there, you should create your image in a .bmp graphic file. It’s also a good idea to create this bitmap image with the same background shade of gray (RGB: 192, 192, 192) used in the Properties dialog. Otherwise, you risk letting Windows make its own judgments regarding color contrast and background shading.
The next thing to consider is the image size. The system properties dialog only offers enough real estate for an image of about 180 (wide) x120 (high) pixels. Make sure that you can fit your logo in this area.
Once you have created your logo and saved it as a .bmp file, copy it over to the system32 subfolder of your Windows system folder. If you don’t know where your system folder is :

  • Click the Start button and select “Run”
  • In the “open” field, enter “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok
  • Windows will open up a dos command window
  • In the command window, type “set system” (without the quotes)
  • Look for the line that contains “SystemRoot”, this is where your system directory is (generally, the Windows XP system folder is c:\windows)

Now that you know where your system folder is, copy your logo image file over to the system32 subfolder of your system folder. Then rename your logo image file to oemlogo.bmp
Additionally you can create a new file in this same folder and name the new file oeminfo.ini
In this file you can enter your contact information like in the example below :

Manufacturer=Windows Help Central

[Support Information]
Line1=” “
Line2=” For support, sales, upgrades or questions:”
Line4=” Some text to demonstrate the XP System Properties logo”
Line5=” Windows XP Tips and Tricks “
Line6=” yadayada”
Line8=” +1 (888) 888-888 (voice)”
Line9=” +1 (888) 888-889 (fax)”

Save and close the file and you are ready. From now on, if someone opens up the system properties dialog, your own Windows XP System Properties logo is in there.

And if someone clicks the “Support Information” button :

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Tips and tricks for the perfect Windows XP Print Screen

Learn everything you need to know to make a perfect Windows XP Print Screen.
If you just need a quick error message screenshot to send to a technical support person, you already have everything you need on your Windows XP computer. Just press the “Print Screen” button, which is usually located to the right of the F12 button.

Nothing happens at all ?
Ok, it may seem as if nothing happens when you hit the Print Screen button, but Windows already made a picture of your screen and copied that to the clipboard.
Windows does that in the background, so you won’t notice anything. The image is there though, available for you when you need it.
Just fire up Word, WordPad, Paint or whatever application that can handle images and then select “Edit” from the application menu and choose “Paste” (you can also press the CTRL-v key combination). The picture of your screen magically appears in the application.
You can even use this technique to capture a particular strange behavior of your computer in a picture and mail it to someone who can help you. Or maybe you want a screenshot as proof of an online transaction or money transfer.

Not the entire screen ?

No problemo. The Windows XP Print Screen functionality can handle that. Press and hold the ALT-key and then press the Print Screen key. Try and paste that image in your word processor and you’ll see that only the active window was captured in the screenshot.

Windows XP Print Screen in a graphics file format

When you paste your screenshots in your word processor, you generally won’t be able to save your images in a graphics file format like .jpg or .gif. They are saved in the word processor’s file format.
Why is that important ?
If you want to use your screenshots in other documents later on, you need to store them on your hard drive in a graphics file format. You need an image editing program like PhotoShop or Paint.Net to do that. PhotoShop has endless possibilities for graphics, but Paint.Net has a price advantage over PhotoShop …

It’s free.

And still it is a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. Just enter “download paintdotnet” in Google and get yourself a free copy. Paint.Net offers a lot of different graphic file types to save your clipboard-pasted images.

Making more advanced screenshots

Maybe you’ve outgrown the phase of single-screen snapshots. If you want to make a snapshot of a scrolling window, a menu, or just a part of the screen, you need something more powerful than the Windows XP Print Screen functionality.
SnagIt is an excellent tool for that.
It’s not free, but you can download a 30 day free trial from techsmith’s website (
Using SnagIt you can capture literally anything on your screen, including

  • buttons
  • menu’s
  • icons
  • windows
  • any part of any window or application
  • scrolling windows
  • logo’s

If you need screenshots for presentations or software manuals, SnagIt beats the Windows XP Print Screen functionality hands down. It will give your presentations a professional, dynamic look in a fraction of the time.
You can even add short video clips of onscreen activity or text callouts to illustrate the steps you want the reader to follow.
We especially like the possibilities for batch processing. You can convert any number of images to a single file format and add effects such as borders, watermarks and drop shadows all at one time.
Below is an example screen shot of the SnagIt website in a scroll window with an added drop shadow.

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