Two tools that I can’t live without when writing articles on this blog are PicPick & Skitch. They’re both excellent image editors, while Skitch being the more intuitive & simple looking one, and PicPick being the one that’s packed with more features, they both, in my opinion, excel at what they do and I make a good use of them both 🙂 .
While they’re both free to use (though premium versions are available), since my permanent migration to GNU/Linux from Microsoft Windows, starting with Fedora 21, it has been a bit problematic running these applications on GNU/Linux because that operating system platform is not supported by either of those tools.
Now, as far as I can see, I have two choices here.
*. I can either run them on my Windows 8.1 virtual machine, which is what I’ve been doing for these past couple of months.
*. Or I can try running them on GNU/Linux using Wine (a utility that lets you run software applications on GNU/Linux which are designed to run on Windows).
I’m quite satisfied with running them on my Windows 8.1 virtual machine, but every time I need to run them, I have to turn ON the virtual machine which takes a while to boot-up, plus, being Windows 8.1, it consumes a reasonable amount of computing resources as well. This in turn has somewhat forced me to try running them using Wine because in Wine, they can be run just like any other application, without having to sacrifice a lot of system resources as I no longer have to use a virtual machine.
And, so far, except for a single issue in Skitch, things have worked perfectly well. So in this article, I’ll share with you how I got these non GNU/Linux native tools to run under it. These steps are for Fedora 22 users, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t work in older versions of Fedora or on most other GNU/Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu) either.
First we have to install Wine in Fedora 22 and then, well, then you just download the executable files of PicPick & Skitch and double click on them!.
So, to install Wine, open the terminal and enter the below command:
sudo dnf install wine
If you use Fedora 21, enter the below command instead:
sudo yum install wine
Now download the Windows version of PicPick from here & Skitch from here. Then select an installer (here’s I’m featuring the PicPick’s installer), right-click on it and from the menu choose ‘Open With Other Application’ as shown below and then from the next window, choose: ‘Wine Windows Program Loader’ and click on the ‘Select’ button.
Then Wine will simply execute the installer, just like in Windows, and you know the rest. Once the installation finishes, make sure you let the Wizard create a desktop shortcut and after that, you can simply double click on its icon to open it!.
Now wait a minute Gayan, what about that single issue you mentioned in Skitch?
Well, the problem was, I could never successfully minimize Skitch. Sometimes it would minimize and other times it just wouldn’t, and even when it did minimize, I could never get it to front again. And when it happens, sometimes I struggled to bring my native GNU/Linux apps to front too!.
The way around this is as follow. Whenever you want to minimize it, don’t click on its minimize button, instead right-click on its icon on the bottom panel of Gnome Classic desktop session and choose ‘Minimize’. When you want to bring it to front, again, select its icon on the bottom-panel and select ‘Unminimize’.
If accidentally you click on the minimize button & things seem to have gotten stuck, then again right-click on its icon on the bottom-panel and select ‘Unminimize’, and it should fix the issue.
Other than that, PicPick has been, so far running, quite smoothly, no issues!. Good luck.