Is it possible to install Paint.NET on Mac OSX Lion via Wine?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by revalationist, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. revalationist macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Here's where I'm up to.
    I've installed Wine 1.2.3
    I've installed .NET framework 2.0 with winetricks.
    I have the Paint.NET setup file on my desktop.
    I am using the correct, but outdated version of Paint.NET for my version of .NET framework, but this still happens on ANY version, even 3.5.10 (the latest)

    so heres what I do in terminal:
    cd Desktop
    wine setup.exe
    It appears to finish, but then it throws an error that I can't make sense of.

    Terminal Window:

    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"PaintDotNet.Core" 
    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"System.Windows.Forms" 
    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"System" 
    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"System.Drawing" 
    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"PaintDotNet.Base" 
    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"PaintDotNet.SystemLayer" 
    fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"System.Core" 
    The Paint.NET installer window

  2. prisstratton, Jan 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012

    prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    I do not think that you will find an answer to your question on this forum. Things here are geared more to Mac specifically, I think you would be better helped on the WINE forums.

    All that being said, I will add my 3 cents worth (the price went up :)). I ran WINE on several different Linux distro's and I found it buggy at best and unusable at worst. In most cases WINE works better with apps. that are older generation and the least number of things that the app. depends on the better (for example: MDAC, JET, .NET). You would have better support with a paid application like: Codeweavers, but you have to pay for that support.

    I think you are making a large challenge for yourself and wonder if your needs cannot be serviced by a native Mac application. I have used Paint.NET and yes it is pretty nifty for a free application, but at the end of the day it is still limited.

    For $30 you can get Pixelmator from the app. store. If you do not wish to pay, then there are a plethora of free apps. available to you, many of which are greatly respected in the FOSS community - GIMP leaps to mind. Others you can try: Chocoflop (I ran it under SL - no problem, but have not tried with Lion), Inkscape, iPhoto, also please check this site:

    I think you should save yourself some pain and find an application that will run natively on the Mac.

    Failing that try VM - Virtualbox is free and more stable than trying to use WINE.
  3. gumblecosby macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I agree with your conclusion, but I think that "buggy" is not quite the problem with WINE. "Buggy" implies that there are errors in WINE that can be eliminated. The problem is that WINE is incomplete. It is a clone of a subset of Windows APIs. It is a subset because Windows APIs are proprietary and private. Each and every API in WINE must be reverse-engineered. If clones of the APIs required by a particular application are available within WINE, then the application will probably run. If not, then the application can run only under Windows. You know that only on a case-by-case basis. To the best of my knowledge, the most recent version of Internet Explorer that will run under WINE is IE6. CodeWeavers CrossOver is a commercial version of WINE with many additional cloned APIs. Thousands more applications work under CrossOver than under standard WINE. What is more, CodeWeavers has a database of more than 10,000 applications and their compatibility status. Four versions of Paint.NET are in the database. Two of the versions have not been tested. The other two versions are guaranteed not to work. If an application does not work under CrossOver, then you may rest assured that it will not work under standard WINE.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you want to run a windows program, your best bet is use virtualization (parallels or vmware) or bootcamp. WINE (and crossover) have a limited set of applications that actually work flawlessly.

    the other alternative is to use an OSX app such as pixelmator. For what it does, its a very powerful and affordable application.
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I haven't tried in crossover but I have tried paint shop pro and it failed miserably. I've been using gimp and seashore successfully. You do realize you don't have to spring for parallels or vmware, right? You can run windows in a virtualbox. All you need is bootable installation media. I believe windows has had bootable installation media since win 98. You don't need the disk. You can install from the disk image or iso. This is what I did to install and evaluate windows 8, not that I used it much after a few days, but it ran fine inside a virtualbox and virtualbox is freeware.

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