While there’s threads requesting native linux support (and I’d love that), I’m more asking about having versions running in Wine. With a new Wine prefix with the OS set to Windows 11 (or any version 7 onwards), the following versions do work (no gpu though):
DeNoise: 3.7.0 (3.7.1 shows a splash screen and then crashes - this is a pain as 3.7.0 isn’t on the downloads page anymore)
Gigapixel: 5.8.0 (6.3.3 is broken)
PhotoAI: No version has worked to date
If anybody has any tricks to get more recent versions to work in Wine, I’d greatly appreciate it.
I support the suggestion. It is probably unrealistic to ask for native Linux versions of the programs at this point, but given that the programs mostly seem to work (or almost work) under Wine, it seems that it would not require an overwhelming amount of effort to iron out the remaining wrinkles.
I would buy the products (either Photo AI or the IQ trio) if Topaz Labs said something along the lines: “Although Linux is not one of our supported platforms, we do want our products to work under Wine. We cannot guarantee that future versions will work, but we are willing to help customers and Wine developers by providing information regarding changed requirements when a new version breaks Wine compatibility.”
We probably shouldn’t expect Topaz Labs to reveal their proprietary source code, but a willingness to help explain requirements when something breaks, would go a long way. Even if we cannot expect a lot of practical work, a friendly rather than indifferent attitude would convince me to buy and use their products. Provided of course that I can get reasonably recent versions to run properly under Linux/Wine (and that seems to be the case for some products and almost for others). If the programs run reasonably well under Wine, Topaz Labs may gain more than a few new Linux customers.