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Animated Screensaver Maker 4.4.16 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Animated Screensaver Maker 4.4.16

With Animated Screensaver Maker you can easily create animations by yourself!
$34.77 EXPIRED
User rating: 54 (78%) 15 (22%) 24 comments

Animated Screensaver Maker 4.4.16 was available as a giveaway on July 26, 2019!

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$14.99
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Desktop software for health and productivity.

DesktopPaints Animated Screensaver Maker is a powerful desktop solution that gives you a rich toolset for animation design and screensaver building. Flexible and easy-to-use tools now let you create animated screensavers in an entirely new way. As opposed to old-fashioned slideshow screensaver builders, with Animated Screensaver Maker you are able to turn your photos into live animated scenes with fire, water, or optical effects and then enliven them with flaring lightings, pouring rain, falling leaves and may other options. You can also import your own animated gif files. Then you can save the result as a screensaver in one click and easily share it with your friends and family.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7 /8/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

DesktopPaints.com

Homepage:

http://www.desktoppaints.com/

File Size:

27.5 MB

Price:

$34.77

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Reply   |   Comment by rusikeleb  –  2 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

This is one of those rare gems of a program! I played with it for some time after installing and registering, and was delighted with the professional looking results! There are hidden tools that allow one to edit many of the effects available, which I used to make my screensaver unique. I have saved that screensaver I made, and it installs and works quite well!

Recommended, and would have been well worth the price and more!

Cheers!

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Doesn't In install on win 8.1 64 Just says activated than nothing. No screensaver in the screensaver chooser

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Thanks Desktop Paints and GOTD for a fun little program.

Reply   |   Comment by Dee Robinson  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

The program is incapable of operating under remote desktop because it needs Direct3D support and obviously that is not available under remote desktop and on my vista machine with the damaged Nvidia GPU it cannot run in a local login because it has to use non-accelerated drivers to avoid crashing the system on boot up so again no Direct3D support is available there either. Not sure why this so desperatly needs Direct3D API seeing as there are no 3D objects being rendered to produce animations. All it is producing in the Z axis are moving 2D sprites around the screen on a single Z axis layer each 2D sprite. So it will not work on older netbooks that used older Intel GPU's that had no 3D engines. So add to system requirements requires Direct3D support.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

I don't get it. I downloaded the zip file. I click the setup. It takes me to a prompt telling me the password for the activation and that it's successfully activated. Then it takes me to the website stating "Animated Screensaver Maker 4.4.16 activated — what next?" Yet, I don't see the app, neither do I see app being set up. Am I missing something here?

Reply   |   Comment by Ray  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Ray, The Themida givewayoftheday.com SETUP.EXE/GCD wrapper does not like the security or debugging environment on your PC and mistakenly assumes you are trying to hack the installer so silently refuses to decrypt and unwrap the enclosed installer for the giveaway. It might work if you disable your anti-malware programs or tell the anti-malware program to ignore the contents of a specific folder and put all the giveaway downloaded zip files in there prior to right clicking on the downloaded zip file and selecting extract all and trying again...

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

Go to your Windows settings and set it to turn off your monitor after 20 or 30 minutes of inactivity. Most people today own LCD monitors. Because of that, we no longer have to worry about the phosphorus on the screens burning off. Also, don't you want your GPU and CPU to take a break when you are not at the keyboard? Thanks for the offer but I'll pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Smith  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

I have used the various versions of DP Animation Maker since 2012. I can offer an informed opinion on the quality & usefulness of this developer's software.

Software by the developer Desktop Paints has always installed nicely and operated flawlessly in Windows 7, 8, & 10. Their software is stable and reliable. No hidden PUPs or other malware. Their software is intuitive: easy to learn and easy to use.

I never bought Animated Screensaver because making custom screensavers meant nothing to me. But I installed this free version.

Animated Screensaver Maker seems a lot like DP Animation but with less features (than DP). Though Screensaver allows you to save to the screensaver file format while DP does not.

I use DP to EASILY create custom GIFs with awesome animated effects. I previously used Adobe Fireworks to create unique GIFs, which took a lot of work. DP provided good results requiring much less time and effort.

Lastly, if you like Animated Screensaver but making animated GIFs is really your objective, then DP is the right ticket.

*************
PS: THANK GOTD for offering an excellent software -- finally! It brought back fond memories of the GOTD's golden early days when MOST software offerings were worth installing. It has been a long time. (GOTD fan since 2011.)

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

OK, Got it downloaded and installed, but the registration key seems odd! I did not paste it, but a popup window appeared that claims it has been successfully registered, and has the Key already there. This threw up a red flag for me as all i did was copy the Key from the readme, and before I could paste it, that window popped up. I could be worried about nothing, but in all the previous Giveaways through this site, I've never got this kind of registration procedure. Can someone please let me know if I'm worried about something significant or not?

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

L. Cleveland Major,

>" as all i did was copy the Key from the readme, and before I could paste it, that window popped up"

And as doing so, the key was copied to the clipboard, and the program monitors the clipboard knowing that the user is more likely to initiate a copy-paste operation rather than type the key in manually. When the program is ready for the key, as soon as the clipboard contents changed, it accessed the clipboard to get the registration info. It isn't all that common but several programs do this to simplify the registration/activation process.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Gary, apologies for not getting back to you sooner. My internet connection has been fluctuating in and out, and was out for most of the day yesterday, after I posted my comment above.

That really is an unusual way to do it, but if it works, I'm OK with it.

After I posted the comment I found the actual registration field by clicking on "Help". I pasted it there, and got the expected "Successful Registration" Popup window.

Played with the program extensively after that, and got some awesome results, one of which I saved as a Screensaver file. Found some hidden tools that can be used to edit specific things one can use to make a screensaver, and got results that look quite professional.

This is definitely a keeper!

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Many thanks to GAOTD for this lovely program.
It is flexible enough to make custom screensavers with our own pictures.

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

drvajra, Windows can also make a kind of screen saver with your own photos.

Reply   |   Comment by Clay  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Clay,
Can you pls tell how?
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Downloaded and installed without a problem..except for having to disable BOTH the anti-virus AND firewall...only to find that although installation and registration were performed without a hitch...i can't get any of the Screensavers to actually work. That's a shame since the previous offering of Animated wallpaper worked perfectly first time.

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

If you have old XP, don't bother; This is not for XP. Says it's not a valid Win32 Application.

Reply   |   Comment by Trying 2 be helpful  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Oh come on! What do you expect?
For developers to support a great OS released in 2001? Perhaps you should complain about the software not running in Windows 95 too!

I loved XP too ... and kept it as my 2nd OS on a dual-OS PC until 2017 when ALL the best Anti-Virus software stopped supporting XP.

Personally, I am now sweating End of Support for W7 in 2020. I dread the prospect of being stuck with W10 (the 2nd OS on my current PC).

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Preston Mitchell, The quite REASONABLE expectation is IF the vendor makes a claim that it is compatible with XP and the system requirements in the giveaways information panel clearly does say it should be and it is NOT compatible then it is very relevent to warn others that might be using XP for ANY reason not to bother downloading since it won't work under XP. The DEVELOPER KNOWS THIS since the parameters defined in the executable clearly state it requires Windows NT 6.0 or higher to be able to be loaded and recognised as a valid win32 application. Keep your PC clean yourself and your LAN free form other peoples computers and you don't need no stinking 3rd party antivirus programs! Of course that requires you be wise and prudent in your everyday use of your computer and or find workarounds like my vista laptop is patched every patch tuesday... and this months cumulative patch had MANY vulnerabilites allegedly fixed... I firmly believe the axiom "Don't believe the hype" Get educated if you cannot teach yourself by other peoples mistakes. Only machine of mine that EVER got infected by real malware is from a W32/Induc infected Delphi devlopers giveaway the pattern for it had not been propgated amongst any anti-virus program at the time of the giveaway so it passed all giveawayoftheday.com tests but was still infected. I was able to manually disinfect my Delphi dev installation and developed a patch for infected programs to practically clean them so they could be safely used without risk of infecting any machine again.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Preston Mitchell,

>"Oh come on! What do you expect? For developers to support a great OS released in 2001? Perhaps you should complain about the software not running in Windows 95 too!"

That is the program developer's prerogative, but in this case, it states in the requirements on this page that Animated Screensaver Maker supports XP (If I remember correctly, it does work on XP 64-bit edition).

There is nothing wrong with a program listing OSes that are no longer being supported by Microsoft. A lot of the programs on GOTD list XP in their minimum requirements. Hard Disk Sentinel (given away here a couple days ago (24th)) lists: Windows 95/ 98/ 98 SE/ ME/ NT4/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ 2008/ Vista/ 7/ Home Server/ 2012/ 8/ 8.1/ 10

When a program lists Windows 95 as being supported, it tells me that the program is not going to be a memory hog on my more recent OS, thus, I would be even more inclined to want to use it.

In fact, there is no reason for a program to stop listing older OSes if it can still run on them. A lot of the older systems are not connected to the Internet, and are at no great risk of malware.

Imagine if car manufacturers decided that your car was too old, so it will no longer start ... no more historic car shows. Same if your house is too old, you have to buy a new one. Worse still, Europe's historic building are too old. The will have to be replaced with newer ones.

Don't play into everything that Microsoft wants you to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, Fine, I totally agree with your assessment.

You are correct IF the current XP user is an IT expert who understands how to securely maintain XP in the modern cyber world. BUT FOR 95% of the home users who visit GOTD, using XP is a recipe for disaster (unless they maintain the XP PC as a 'standalone' unconnected to a network).

I wrote my opinion from the perspective of a home user, not IT pro. It would be IRRESPONSIBLE to offer 'accurate' info, such as your comment, to an audience that couldn't effectively implement it. In such a situation, your accurate info becomes BAD advice.

As for me, the easiest solution for safely using XP is to install XP in a VM within a modern Windows OS ... and maintain a secure back-up in an external HD. I am sure I don't need to explain more about that approach.

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Preston Mitchell, the advice to get educated if one cannot teach ones self from other peoples mistakes is not IRRSPONSIBLE it is IREESPONSIBLE to believe MIcrosofts security claims when they KNOW that all their consumer and business grade operating systems have known to them secutity vulnerabilities that they choose not to fix until they are forced to do so by 3rd parties threatened disclosure as they discover the vulnerabilities. It is IRRESPONSIBLE to not tell people (Home users Not IT Pro) to get educated about best practice computer use and blindly trust Microsofts claims and 3rd party security software claims. The only safe way to use any version of Microsoft WIndows is not connected to a network. And certainly never connected to the Internet directly. But that is not practical. While I do have a couple of functioning XP systems and one working XP virtual machine to use with products that only function in IE 6 with ActiveX controls I would never advocate using them online unless I had to not for security concerns but for functionality or lack thereof due to most online services completely dropping any form of support for such old technology. I do not see at anypoint in my comment extolling any virtues of XP or any non-supported Windows operating systems as provided by Microsoft so do not see anyhting in my comment that was irresponsible advice to those who took it on board and embraced it. MY comment was purely to do with trades description type right and wrong if a giveaway calims it supports an operating system then it should and the developer knows before you if they have configured the executables to require specific versions of Windows or not so we should not see claims of supporting Windows 95/98/98 SE/ME or NT 4.0 or WIndows 2000 of Windows XP when it requires by build design a newer version of windows. Remember we have had recently programs claiming susch support... but not offering it reality. Maybe at one time they did offer that support but their dev choices may have changed their programs compatability requirements and no one told their marketing department to update the website and documentation.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

I have just downloaded this and have ended up with a trial version of the program instead of the paid for version as stated. This means that they want me to pay the $34.77 to be able to use the program without their demo splash over whatever I would create. Looks like another con instead of being as cited in the write up as FREE.

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)

Sorry, just found the key, which is in the document that comes within the zip file

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
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