Installation of Easy Trace 8.65 FREE under Linux


  1. Introduction
  2. Wine installation and setting
  3. Installation of additional components applying winetricks
  4. Easy Trace downloading and installation

1. Introduction

It is well known that many geodata processing facilities (GIS, database applications, servers, etc.) are available for GNU/Linux now. Specialized map digitizing solutions are not so widespread yet. There are programs for image digitizing (autotrace, portace, and so on), but they are mainly focused on «artistic» tasks. On the other hand, a free version of the Easy Trace digitizing software has become available for the GIS- society lately. The software is highly estimated by professionals but it runs under Windows only. The way of Easy Trace installation under GNU/Linux is decribed below (any modern distribution kit is sutable).

2. Wine installation and setting

The Wine software package is required for work with Windows-programs. It may be installed with the help of the package manager from your distributive kit (e.g., Synaptic in Ubuntu) or applying keyboard commands (you need superuser rights for it). Here is an example for Ubuntu/Debian:

$ sudo aptitude install wine cabextract wine-gecko

Besides Wine itself, you need also cabextract for extraction of *.CAB files and wine-gecko to display Internet pages.

If you can not use package managers for some reasons, load binary packages for different distributive kits from the project official site or install Wine from the source code.

After installation, type in the command line

$ winecfg 

(or find Configure Wine in the system menu) to run configuration utility. The utility generates the ~/.wine folder in the Home Folder, enables you to select a Windows version to be «emulated» for every application, to adjust graphics, library use, etc.

3. Installation of additional components applying winetricks

Winetricks is a script for quick loading and installation of widespread Dynamic Link Libraries, which may be necessary for program run in Wine.

The easiest way to get it is the command:

$ wget

Then make the script executable:

$ chmod +x winetricks

Wine already comprises the winetricks package in some distributive kits of Linux (Suse, ALT Linux), otherwise it may be installed explicitly applying a package manager. For example, you may use Synaptic in Ubuntu or type in the command line:

$ sudo aptitude install winetricks

Then input the command winetricks if the package was taken from the distributive kit or sh ./winetricks from the folder where you have placed it if the package was loaded separately. When you activate winetricks without additional parameters, it opens a graphic interface with a list of accessible packages. Select gdiplus, ole2, vb6run, vcrun6, allfonts, winxp and click ОК

You may also specify names of these packages as parameters of the winetricks command, and the program will start their installation immediately.

$ sh winetricks winxp gdiplus ole2 vb6run vcrun6 allfonts

Standard Windows installers may appear during the installation..

4. Easy Trace downloading and installation

The free version Easy Trace 8.65 FREE is available here. Click et865en.exe when loaded or type wine et865en.exe to start installation.

Select language (Russian/English) and wait a little as preparing may take some time.
The standard installation dialog checks the following items:

The folder ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Easy Trace Group/Easy Trace 8.65 FREE will be generated and corresponding menu items will appear after installation (there names may be different for different desktop and window manager designs) together with a shortcut on the desktop. Project examples and comprehensive Help also become accessible.

As is well known, there is another way to adjust program functioning under Linux. Command line fans may create an alias. For one-time alias use, specify the absolute path to the executable file et.exe in the command:

$ alias easytrace='wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Easy\ Trace\ Group/Easy Trace 8.65 FREE/et.exe'

Then you may start Easy Trace by typing easytrace. For permanent use of the alias, save this line to the file ~/.bashrc (settings of the command-shell Bash).

Prompt: if the mouse is inactive at the program first run, start it again and press Enter once or twice when the splash screen appears.

That’s all, Easy Trace is ready for digitization and interchange with free GISes!