Switching to Linux can be a pain, especially if you use Adobe apps. Before you switch to GIMP, however, why not try this script to install the apps you're used to instead?

Lack of Adobe's Creative Cloud applications is the main issue that stops many people from going Linux. While good alternatives such as Krita and Darktable do exist, having to also replace your entire workflow is a hurdle too big for most people.

Of course, Linux users are a dedicated bunch – silly excuses such as "software being written for a fundamentally different platform" will not stop them. A lot of Adobe software like Photoshop has been usable on Linux through Wine, however, until now, versions released after the launch of Adobe Creative Cloud have been difficult to run, due to various issues with Adobe Creative Cloud's Application Manager.

To rectify that problem, Corbin Davenport has created a script that automatically installs the necessary packages for running Adobe Application Manager, along with the application itself.

Using the script is simple:

  1. Install PlayOnLinux by following the instructions on the official website

  2. Download the script from its GitHub repository

  3. In PlayOnLinux, go to Tools → Run a local script

  4. Select the install script you just downloaded

After doing this, you should be able to launch Adobe Application Manager from PlayOnLinux and use it to sign in with your Adobe ID and download your Creative Cloud applications.

While Corbin says that only Photoshop CC 2015, Lightroom 5, and the Application Manager itself were extensively tested, you will still be able to download and install most Creative Cloud apps - compatibility status for which is listed on Wine's AppDB website.

You can find the script on GitHub by following the link below.

What do you think? Did you have luck running your favourite Adobe apps? Let us know in the comments below!

via OMG! Ubuntu!