Using the Wine Emulator with NCH Software

Running Our Software Under Linux and Other Unix Flavours

To use this application using a Unix based operating system (Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris for example) the Wine emulator/run environment is required. Wine is an open source implementation of Windows running on Unix. It supports the x86 varieties of Unix including Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Without Wine the application will not run.

Additionally, you will need a Window Manager like Gnome or KDE to run our software. Follow the instructions below to get your NCH Software up and running on your computer.

Step 1: Install Wine

Wine comes installed in many Unix distributions already but it is an actively developed application. Our applications will only work correctly with the version dated 20050930 or later (including the 0.9 beta release). If you do not have Wine or you have an earlier version, please download the current version. Similarly if you have not updated for more than a month we would recommend upgrading as a new version is released approximately once a month.

Wine can be downloaded from WineHQ. Please select and install the appropriate binary version for your operating system. Download Wine Now Once downloaded you must then install it. This installation process is operating system dependant (installpackage, rpm) so please refer to your documentation for details on installing packages. Additional information can be found in the WineHQ website for configuration.

Step 2: Install the Application

To install our software using the Wine emulator please do the following:
  1. You must first be running a Window Manager (e.g. Gnome or KDE)
  2. Open a terminal window.
  3. Download our application you wish to use from our downloads page (select the Windows download).
  4. Install the application as follows:

    wine installer
    e.g. wine imssetup.exe

    imssetup.exe is the name of the downloaded installer for IMS. This will install the application and automatically run it.

Step 3: Run the Application

After installation you will need to browse to the installed folder and run the application directly.

For example: cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/NCH\ Swift\ Sound/IMS, wine ims.exe

Please Note: All of our applications install into ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/NCH\ Swift\ Sound/application, however the application folder may vary a little (Express Scribe uses the folder Scribe). A desktop shortcut can be used to start the application and creating one is described below for Gnome and KDE.

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Uninstalling your NCH Application

To uninstall the application you will need to browse to the installed folder as for running above and run the uninstall application directly.

For example: cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/NCH\ Swift\ Sound/IMS, wine uninst.exe

Gnome Configuration Guide

KDE Configuration Guide

General Notes on Compatibility Problems

Other NCH Software Tools