I just installed Picture Window Pro 184.108.40.206 on Linux using Wine, and here are some updates to the procedure listed in earlier emails in this thread for doing this. This install was on a Dell Inspiron 700m (Intel Pentium M 1.60 GHz, 512 MB) running ubuntu 10.10 (32 bit), linux kernel 2.6.35-24-generic, GNOME 2.32.0, wine 1.2.1, and winetricks 20110105.
Here are the two installation steps:
1. Download the PWP5 setup.exe file.
2. Open a Terminal on the directory where setup.exe is located, and run the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine cabextract
sh winetricks vcrun2005sp1
1. Differences from the install instructions given in the earlier emails in this thread: a) winetricks is downloaded from its current location, b) vcrun2005sp1 is installed rather than vcrun2005, and c) GdiPlus.dll is not installed.
2. When cabextract is being installed, an End-User License Agreement will display in the terminal window. Press TAB to select "Ok," and then use the arrow keys to select the "Yes" option and press ENTER.
3. Based on a posting I saw on the internet, primary functions of GdiPlus.dll are now built into the Wine installation. As a test, I followed the instructions given in the earlier emails in this thread to copy the Microsoft version of GdiPlus.dll into the Wine Windows System32 directory, but it didn't seem to make any difference in the operation of PWP5.
4. Based on some limited testing I did, PWP5 runs reliably in this setup. This is different from the last time I tried to install it (under earlier versions of ubuntu and wine). At that time, the PWP file browser and workflows would crash fairly frequently. Also, type fonts display better than they did the last time I installed PWP, although that may be because I know more about installing Microsoft compatible fonts than I did earlier.
5. Rendering of JPEGs is somewhat slow. This computer is set up for dual booting with WinXPPro, and I also installed PWP5 on the WinXP side. Based on limited timing tests, it appears that JPEGs render about twice as fast under WinXP as under ubuntu. (Other PWP functions seem to be about as fast under ubuntu as under WinXP.) While it would be nice to improve the JPEG rendering speed, PWP5 is certainly quite usable as it is even on this relatively slow machine.
>> My Question: Does someone who knows more than I do about ubuntu and wine have thoughts about improving the rendering speed for JPEGs under ubuntu? This computer is no speed demon, but the issue is the difference in rendering speed between WinXP and ubuntu/wine on the same computer.