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Okay, let me begin by saying that I love the Ubuntu experience. It's so amazing.

On the other hand, I am a graphic design professional and animation enthusiast.

PROBLEM! I cant install my favorite programs on Ubuntu, except for creating a virtual machine, the install either MAC OS-X or Windows. I want to ditch these commercial software completely, so please for the benefit of most Graphic Designers and Animation Crazies like myself, and again I plead with you, help us out with a good solution on how to go about it, or maybe even develop a translation tool that helps these programs run seamless in the Ubuntu environment.

Thanks in advance.

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Why do you plead with us? People here are mostly users, not developers working for Adobe. Have you tried contacting Adobe instead? –  mikewhatever Dec 13 '12 at 8:12
    
Have you tried to search for alternatives? Do you have to work exactly with these programs? –  Melon Dec 13 '12 at 8:28
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Nigel: You can try Virtual Box (or VMWare). You create a Virtual Machine and you can install NEARLY any operating system you want. The problem is, that you won't see Windows when you boot up. You will have to run Ubuntu and from there you will have to start the Virtual Machine.

I use Virtual Box in my job and have seven virtual machines. Two for our proprietary system, four with Debian and one with Ubuntu and they can communicate with each other via internal network.

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Wine (Windows Compatibility layer) is a software that gives you the possibility to run Windows software in Linux and OSX.

This of course doesn't mean that every Windows software will work, specially those that require Windows features only available in, well... Windows.

According to Wine's app database:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 is rated Silver, meaning it works but up to a certain degree of functionality. (more info)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 is also rated Silver (more info)
  • Flash Professionnal CS6 is rated Silver, (more info)
  • Adobe InDesign CS6 is rated Bronze, meaning it runs but it's highly unstable, (more info)

If you want to use the Open Source alternatives to these softwares:

  • Inkscape, is a free Vector drawing program to install it: sudo apt-get install inkscape
  • GIMP, Pinta are free alternatives to Raster graphics editing software such as Photoshop to install any of them: sudo apt-get install gimpor sudo apt-get install pinta
  • Synfig Studio is an animation software resembling Flash to install it download it from their site and select the corresponding DEB file.
  • Scribus is a DPT, a Desktop Publishing Tool much like InDesign to install it: sudo apt-get install scribus
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