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Giveaway of the day — DP Animation Maker 2.0

DP Animation Maker is powerful, easy-to-use animation software that lets you create animated backgrounds, animated gifs for websites, and other content within minutes.
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DP Animation Maker 2.0 was available as a giveaway on October 29, 2011!

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DP Animation Maker is powerful, easy-to-use animation software that lets you create animated backgrounds, animated gifs for websites, and other content within minutes.

A unique toolset with a wide range of animations allows you to turn almost every picture into a professional-looking video.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

DesktopPaints.com

Homepage:

http://www.animationsoftware7.com/

File Size:

10.1 MB

Price:

$29.77

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#99

I got this software when you had it available and my computer stopped working. I got a new computer and installed it again, but forgot to write down my code. Now the company that made the program won't give me a code and I can't use it - what's up???

Reply   |   Comment by Jamie  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#98

#93 MB99, Base and color properties controls don't work on my laptop because the screen height on my wide screen (720 pixels) is so short that the lower items are hidden most of the time and block the use of the controls above even when you can't see them. Even at the highest resolution of my 17.3" laptop (1600x900) the highlight effects check box area is blocked (can see it, can't change it, used with blinking light brush). If you hover your mouse around the controls and see a little music note or star pop up over some of the lower controls, you have the same issue.

Highlighting anything in the controls you can reach at the top and use the tab key to move from setting to setting is my workaround. I sent in a comment to the software maker and they are going to allow a user to hide the example projects and play list boxes at the bottom to free up some screen real estate in a later version yet to come.

The floating effects dialog box is fine although I find myself constantly moving it out of my way but at least I can move it or hide it by toggling the Effect Properties button at the bottom of the screen. You might try hiding the toolbar and status bar from the View menu to see if it moves the controls away from the bottom items enough to become usable if you have the short screen height issue.

If you don't understand my explanation, there's a screen captured video I made showing the issue at http://www.diafx.com/1280x720.avi

Reply   |   Comment by diana  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#97

Hi Guys, This software is Great but guess...what? You need to check out the Extension Pack: Nature: It has loads of realistic 3D animals, they look so lifelike and they are HUGE and can be re-sized within the program. I bought the Nature 3D pack at www.desktoppaints.com and I must say for $9.99 it was well worth it. I have not seen animated graphics like this before. They were really very smooth and realistic in movements Are they really GIFS or 3D objects? Try this extension you won't be disappointed, although I would recommend their animated wallpaper maker where you can place a lot of these 3D animals in many scenes that look very life-like and very realistic.

Reply   |   Comment by tinamalone  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#96

Wow, pleasently surprised. Installed without a hitch in VistaHome (although almost all GAOTD's do). The flexability to export completed projects as video and exe's or animated gif's is phenomenal! Also the large # and variety of animations you can to your pic's should satisfy almost anyones needs. If you need more I suppose you can pay for more...... Nice one, thanks GAOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Oliver Cannady  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#95

I think this is a great program. I may be a beginner in making graphics, but I really enjoy it and think it is great. Thank you.
I use Windows 7 and it installed perfectly.

Reply   |   Comment by Katrina  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#94

Easy to install, somewhat intuitive to use based on other animation software.

It absolutely DOES install and work with Windows XP.

Reply   |   Comment by Patty  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#93

Good software, lots of options and fun to use. I'm thinking of buying the extra pack, but I can't get the controls for the animations to work. I can adjust the settings for the effects, but none for the effects. Is this because it was a limited giveaway or is there a problem with my version? Anyone else has the same problem?

Reply   |   Comment by MB99  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

#62

Yes I have the same issue, even though the animation (waves on water) appears smooth in the program, when it's launched as a screensaver it jerks and seems to reposition itself after a few seconds...so doesn't look realistic at all.

Disappointing as otherwise seems pretty good program.

Perhaps graphics card issue?...

Reply   |   Comment by imontheinternet  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

#83 I have the same hardware for XP sp3 and Windows 8 x64, so it can't be a video card problem all the time. The program will not run in my computer as XP but runs great in Windows 8. I've tried all suggested solutions except reinstalling the net frames. Wish the program had more touchpad features for Windows 8.

Reply   |   Comment by Tex Jay  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#90

#47 fixed it... thanks so much :)

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#89

Got XP and same problem as others per 3D!
Seems my computer and graphic card are too old!!
Seems oblivious solution overlooked by all!!
This is Giveaway of the day!! In near furture
Free new computers will be given away on giveaway of the day!

Reply   |   Comment by Dido  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#88

#65, Mary, this version is much improved over earlier versions. It uses a tabbed interface for animation options, in the left pane. The available tabs/options vary by effect. For rain, the gear tab is base properties, the palette tab is color properties, and the compass tab is motion properties. There are several motion parameters. You can enter the direction in degrees, use the up and down arrows, or drag the direction pointer. Similarly, for butterflies the gear tab is base properties, the rectangle tab is boundary properties, which can also be dragged and resized in the main preview when selected. For the wave brush, the brush tab is drawing tools, the gear tab is wave properties. At the bottom of the left pane, the star tab is example projects, the music tab is the playlist. At the bottom, near the left pane is the effect properties button. For most types of animation, the effect height can be adjusted in the main preview without bringing up the effect properties. Ignore the pathetic loser who has been running up the "no" count on all of my comments for the last couple of days. Some people just aren't intelligent enough to write a comment; they aren't going to stop me from providing information to those who value it.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

Re 85 - it seems to be working fine despite the error message.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Byerly  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#86

I am getting an error message on activation - says the giveaway period is over - even thought it is still showing on the web site and is before midnight EDT.

Would like to try this ...

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Byerly  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

“Failed creating the Directory3D device”

I downloaded the app, activated, and installed on WinXP Home+SP3.
When I tried it and the above message is also what I got.


As per Randy and Chi Dog, I downloaded and installed vc++ redist x86
from the link

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3387

but that also did not fix it.

Reply   |   Comment by CafeRay  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#84

While it may not have a ton of pratical real world uses, it's a blast to mess with, and can add some flare to your website, or make some cool imagery to send to friends/family. One can go a long way with a little imagination. Installed/registered fine on W7x64. The key is in the registry in case you want to re-install it later--just be sure to keep today's setup file.

Reply   |   Comment by magejubi  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

OK, I use other apps with no problems, I just heard from them and here is the reply;

Hello,

It means you video card doesn't support animation effects used in the
program. There is no way to run it on your computer. I am sorry.

--
Best Regards,
Denis Burenkov
http://www.desktoppaints.com
***************************************

If they had mentioned problem here or give us some info on this issue, I for one would have been saved a lot of wasted work, not to happy with them...

Reply   |   Comment by Richard F  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#82

Installed smoothly on Windows 7 64 bit, runs great!
Thank you for providing this wonderful little product.
I have fiddled about with loads of animation software tools, this one is not trying to be "all things to all people", and it actually works.
I was able to create some clever images almost instantaneously.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

What happened to my post, it was # 53 and now it is gone??? re-posted;

DP Animation Maker 2.0, will not open, keep getting the error below…

I installed, per instructions and when I go to open the app, I get the below messages;

First one

Switching to the reference rasterizer, a software device that implements the entire Direct3D feature set, but runs very slowly.

Second error message

Failed creating the Direst3D device

Any help would be appreciated, I am running XP with all the requirements, and I want to make sure this app is opened and activated, within the time period, I have never had this error.

Thanks in advance,

Rich

2nd posting, first one is gone, lol.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard F  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#80

I got it to work but How can you use it for animated gifs like it says. there is no place to save it as a.gif ??? just asw file or .exe...

Reply   |   Comment by bev  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#79

Installed on Win XP SP3 without any problems. I had this software before, but its nice to have the newer version (more effects). Thank you GAOTD for this very nice software.

Reply   |   Comment by yoip123  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#78

will some one advise me how to register this software.I find there are 2 cols in the registation.Your license code ,new license code.
While the the former contain some code please advise me how to get new code license.
thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Raghavendra  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#77

Installed fine on my XP SP3 :) I get my check in a few days Ill buy more effects then,works great! I agree with the layers comment.A brush for the animations is needed too.

Reply   |   Comment by RoseD1st  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#76

Nice concept, very easy to use. Unfortunately for my part, buggy & crash prone. Program crashes 80 - 90 % of the time during the render process. XP SP2

Reply   |   Comment by TJ  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

I installed this program without problems on my Win 7 64bit Pro PC.
I did the install in the order that the read me said, program runs fine.
Only problem is that when I open the "add new object" tab there's a banner ad at the bottom of the pop up window that says,

"40 additional animations of animals, birds,and sea creatures. "AND FREE PERMANENT KEY FOR DP ANIMATION MAKER" So what's up? I also see a key on the GUI next to the info button. I click that and I see "your license key code, and there's a code, but under that it says "new license code" with a blank form box. So does this mean I have to go through hoops to be able to keep this program?

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Collins  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

If you look at the bottom of the program's screen where the image appears (there's an elephant there) you are offered a chance to purchase an add-on of animals AND A LIFETIME ACTIVATION KEY. What's that all about? Is this a trial, or is it ours to keep?

@52 deb Fox: The readme file had special instructions for Vista users. You have to run both Activate and Setup set to "Run as Administrator". All you need to do is left click ONCE on Activate, then RIGHT click, and left click on "Run as Administrator". Do the same for Setup. I think this should solve your problem. We Vista users are special, you know, that's why we many times need extra steps to accomplish things. HA!

Reply   |   Comment by AugustusPoirot  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

DP Animation Maker 2.0, will not open, keep getting the error below...

I installed, per instructions and when I go to open the app, I get the below messages;

First one

Switching to the reference rasterizer, a software device that implements the entire Direct3D feature set, but runs very slowly.

Second error message

Failed creating the Direst3D device

Any help would be appreciated, I am running XP with all the requirements, and I want to make sure this app is opened and activated, within the time period, I have never had this error.

Thanks in advance,

Rich

Reply   |   Comment by Richard F  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#72

As per Randy and Chi Dog, the http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3387 link also cured my install problems.

Thanks, guys!

James

Reply   |   Comment by James Alexander  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#71

installation went ok but program fails to open getting a "failed creating the direct3D device"

Reply   |   Comment by DG  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#70

“Failed creating the Directory3D device”

I downloaded the app and tried it and the above message is what I got.
Any ideas how to correct it?
Joanie010@yahoo.com

Reply   |   Comment by Joanie Reeves  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#69

I have the same problem as #8 has... verbatim.

I downloaded and installed but when I tried to run it gives me an error msg: render_wnd in the msg Title and “Failed creating the Directory3D device”

Reply   |   Comment by Joane Reeves  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#68

Downloaded it fine, was able to activate it, ran it and did a few things on it try to put music on it from the folder, and could not hear nothing, how do you put music to your pictures?

Reply   |   Comment by Cindy  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#67

#38: "re. ‘invalid side-by-side’ configuration errors, that usually means that the correct Visual C++ runtimes are not installed. A program will usually bundle them if they’re needed... there are ones for Visual C++ 2008, 2008 SP1, 2010, 2010 SP1..."

Maybe, hopefully you're right, but my limited VMs don't have the DirectX support needed to run Animation Maker anyway, & it just uses the default [I think 2008] runtimes in my regular Windows installs.

* * *

#50: "You can install this alongside the previous version 1.1.0 given away earlier in the year if you want to just use a different folder name and different start menu folder name..."

The easiest way to keep versions separate IMHO is to make them portable -- I tried the Cameyo app [found out about it in the GOTD forum] but wouldn't work -- I don't see why it wouldn't work in the portableapps.com format however. As far as registry keys/values go, I suspect you'll get a bit of writing/re-writing there, as Animation Maker puts down it's own file-type association keys when run. I wouldn't expect that to be a huge problem, but to some extent I would think it makes having an accurate uninstall for each version irrelevant. As far as the example/sample folder, Animation Maker will load those manually from wherever you put them. As all DesktopPaints apps use a resource file with the same name in the system folder however, you *may* want to relocate that to the program's folder so each version can use its own -- I haven't done enough testing yet to say if you actually need to do something like that or not. Finally, as far as avi files packed with a player into an .exe file, there are other apps that can do that packaging for you if you just export avi. You could also experiment with putting both files in the same folder, then creating a shortcut that opens the avi in that player -- you could try that with several players, including the one in today's GOTD program folder.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#66

DesktopPaints Animation Maker is basically the same as their screensaver & wallpaper apps only tailored to create 3 kinds of video -- you can export animated GIFs, AVI files, or EXE self-running files... The avi export uses codecs you have installed already, & in testing it was compatible with some, not with others [it worked nicely with the UTVideo codec]. There are a few apps that can bundle your avi files with a player into one .exe [executable] file, so the person running it does not need to worry about having a player -- Animation Maker can do that packaging for you. As far as animated GIF files go, personally I think you'd be better off creating your animated GIF elsewhere using your exported video -- ideally, animated GIFs work like mpg2 with its I, P, & B frames, & it can get a bit involved -- but for basic stuff the built-in animated GIF export could/should work. Note that installation steps on previous DesktopPaints apps you've installed -- *If* I remember correctly, a while back adding a newer app broke an older one I had installed, but that didn't seem to be the case today -- you might want to backup anyway just to be safe. Also note that several of my AMD/ATI graphics driver files were used, including while rendering an avi file -- I imagine it's the same for Nvidia & Intel graphics chips/cards, & so mileage may vary according to the driver version you have installed. That said, while Animation Maker uses Direct 3D, it's version 9, so you don't have to have newer DX 10 or 11 cards/chips or win7.

Installation itself varied in registry entries added/modded, with different results from VMs without any DesktopPaint apps installed & my regular Windows installs with those apps already present. Either way however you have a Thraex Software install, with a folder of the same name added to Common Files if it's not there already -- it handles auto update. And all DesktopPaint apps add "common_res.dll" to Windows system folder -- I *think* it was a newer version of this file that broke an older DesktopPaint install, but I'm going by memory & may very well be wrong... while there are no version numbers today's is bigger/newer than last time, which itself was bigger/newer than the time before that. The "DP Animation Maker" folder holding the program is actually the only one you need [20 files, ~23 MB], but along with the Thraex folder I just mentioned, setup will add a DP Animation Maker folder with samples/examples to My Documents.

Using Animation Maker you start with a still image & then apply particle FX, with or without sprites like leaves or butterflies -- each time you add an FX it has it's own settings that you can easily adjust. Exporting to AVI is a slight bit less intuitive than it might be, since unlike most encoding setups you 1st choose to save as avi, then later get to choose the codec & its settings. Encoding speed was a bit on the slow side for me, using ~25% CPU sppead across 4 cores, but again since the graphics hardware may be involved, I'd expect mileage to vary, maybe considerably.

While I'll very occasionally play with the other two DesktopPaint apps, Animation Maker is my favorite because you can actually use the results for something other than eye candy -- DVD menus generally have some sort of motion or action in the middle somewhere, but are static elsewhere so buttons are more easily seen/read. The same design principle can work just as effectively for Flash, or anywhere really where you have static text that's important along with motion to supply energy. I don't do a lot of PowerPoint-type stuff, but I imagine Animation Maker could help liven things up a bit there too -- a more abstract background image might really work well.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#65

I installed the previous version when it was given away here (Win 7/ 64) and loved the program.
I use it all the time to make animated gif profile pictures for sites I belong to, all of which have a file size limit. Having the file size of the current saved project show up in the properties details would be great. Currently, I need to look up that info in IrfanView.

I just loaded this version over the last one but it would not activate properly. So I uninstalled both and reinstalled version 2. It activated fine then.

I noticed that in this current version, the directional tool is missing. (Where you set up the direction you want your animation to go). Did I do something wrong with the install or was this tool taken out? That tool is highly needed! (If I did something wrong, can someone please post?)

I also noticed that when I set the size dimensions in the last version, it would reduce the image size on the screen as well, so I could see the actual size I was working with. This version does not do that. I liked the first versions option better.

The suggestion I have for the publisher, besides putting back those two above, is to allow the user to set and maintain the size dimensions on a current project. As it is, each edit and save inputs the default 128 x 128 dimensions. I wish this setting could be saved so we don't need to keep inputting that information every time we save the project.

Another suggestion I had was to show the frames in a preview panel, and allow for the user to add text frames in the animation somewhere, but after reading mikes post, I'm not sure that is something that can be done with this type of program.

One more important thing: About 3 weeks or so ago, I accidently updated the previous version when I opened it to work on a project. When I realized what I had done, I panicked and sent the publisher an email. They replied to me immediately! They couldn't help me, but just the fact that they responded in such a quick manner made me appreciate the program and the company that much more. Their customer service was outstanding!
FWIW, I figured out how to fix my problem. In Windows 7, I just right clicked on the desktop icon, clicked on 'restore previous versions' and all was good with the world again! lol

In conclusion, for me, I actually like the last version better than this one. I should have installed them in separate folders from the start, until I evaluated this version. I will still use this program! 2 huge thumbs up for the software itself and for DesktopPaints EXCELLENT customer service! Thank you DTP and GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Mary  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#64

Nice program. I have played with it for about an hour and find it pleasing. I have never been one to use any kind of programs like this and i am looking forward to hopefully making some Gifs. What time i did play with it was fun; the various effects is nicely cool. The program was straightforward to install without any problems if you read the read me file first. Thank you GOTD and DesktopPaints.com for offering a cool program.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Lewis  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#63

@27 Glen, 31 mike, 47 Chi Dog and possibly others.
I tried installing latest version of DirectX and changing Hardware Accessalaration which was set to Full before installing today's giveaway, and all this did not work.
I keep getting the same 3Dd error. This has soemthing to do with my hardware I guess.''''''''''''''''
Will have to uninstall :(.
Thanks anyways GOATD

Reply   |   Comment by Naseem  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#62

I overcome the problem mentioned in #36. I logged in as Admin and re-ran the activation and it installed the License code in the software, which i copied manually and updated in the normal user account.I thought to review about this software in my blog after checking the tool completely. But i encounter few issues with it. The animation is looking perfect in the tool, but when exported to Video or GIF the animation is breaking (I mean it is not as smooth as it appearing with-in the tool, i tried with butterfly, rays of light2 effects). The export to EXE is not at all functioning in my PC (Windows-7 32 bit). Does anybody has the similar issues?

Reply   |   Comment by Chaks  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

I have used a previous GAOTD version of this program and produced numerous screensavers with little effort. If there is a limitation, that is just imagination.

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

After installing tried to start program & it keeps failing to load 3D. could be that my video card on WinXP SP3 system does not support 3D.

Reply   |   Comment by willyneu  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

Installed per directions in the readme.txt on XP SP3 with no problems. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but it looks fun and brought a smile to my face while I was tinkering with it. Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Arnold  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Installed fine on Win7 x64. It's a nice simple app for adding some effects to images and make animated gifs.

After a bit of playing around, the effects included are a bit limited. Some effects can be re-sized to limited regions some cannot, some can change the direction of the effect some cannot, which can limit the usefulness. For example the lightning bolt effect has can be re-sized to only affect an portion of the screen, but the lightning bolts themselves are fixed to always go from top to bottom. Not good if you want to put a lightning ball like effect in a palm of a hand and have the bolts come from the center of the ball outwards.

Another annoying thing is there is no copy/paste and move for the animated effects. If you wanted to add the same effect to 2 sections of an image, you basically have to add them 2x then adjust each manually.

Overall a nice app, though depending on what you want to use it for, it might not meet your requirements. Some tweaking of the program, like adding copy/paste and move on the effects (especially the ones that can be adjusted to affect certain parts of the image) would be extremely welcome for an application like this.

Reply   |   Comment by L.L.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#57

Thanks to everyone that gave tips on installing on XP SP3. Followed your instructions and installed/activated easily on my old Dell Laptop XP SP3. Everything seems to work perfect at least insofar as playing with the examples and making changes. Thanks GAOTD and Desktop Paints. This looks like it's gonna be a lot of fun and seems pretty straight forward to operate. Definitely a keeper!!!

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#56

#51 "Unable to Activate on Windows 7 64 Bit"

Do you happen to be running Zone Alarm? I had this happen to me a few times when Zone Alarm didn't initialize properly.

Either way, if you can, re-boot and then try again.

Reply   |   Comment by RichU  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#55

Nice program. Too bad it doesn't seem to display as avatars in forums that allow gifs.

Reply   |   Comment by Anh  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#54

Looks like a useful addition especially for use in videos. Installed without problems on a Win 7 machine. Ran the Activate program first and then the Setup. My only concern is the "Registration" key shows on toolbar and when pressed seems to imply I need some sort of a registration code.

Is this correct? The registration box does show a license code only. Is this all I need?

Reply   |   Comment by Allam M  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#53

Hi All,

I have a Vista 32 and cannot activate this program. I have installed and uninstalled the program but it keeps saying activate.com has stopped working. Anyone know how to fix this.

thanks,

Reply   |   Comment by deb Fox  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

Unable to Activate on Windows 7 64 Bit. Keep getting message:Failed to Connect. Please Try again Later.

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#51

You can install this alongside the previous version 1.1.0 given away earlier in the year if you want to just use a different folder name and different start menu folder name, the 2.0 activation code apears valid for 1.1.0 only fly in ointment is the program and features entry has same values to identify itself for both versions so only the last installed version gets an active uninstall entry THERE.

In the programs start menu folders are per instalation uninstall shortcuts so looked promising but both point to same file in "C:\Windows\DP Animation Maker Uninstaller.exe"
I suspect that file just uses the registry data to find the last installed instance and removes it alone.

Another niggle is 2.0 overwrites the examples files in Document\DP Animation Maker\ folder with files that are not compatible with version 1.1.0, so 1.1.0 cannot use those. I used shadow explorer to extract the previous version of that folder and its contents to a new folder called DP Animation Maker 1.1.0

DPAM 2.0.0 apears to open the 1.1.0 examples just fine and side by side comparison don't reveal any imediate differences between 1.1.0 and 2.0.0 editions of the example files so it is probably safe to revert the examples back to 1.1.0 for the sake of compatability between the two instalations.

BTW to the developers both 1.1.0 and 2.0.0 incorectly state in the caption of the About window "About Animated Screensaver Maker"
I realise all your animation programs share a common codebase but it looks amaturish to have the name of a different program pop-up in places with current program.

Has anyone found a what's new history of what has been added to 2.0 other than cosmetic GUI changes?

I don't like the inability to scale the executables output independantly of the base background image or inability to resize or maximise the generated exe's window.

Oh and just to put a final spanner in the works... although 1.1.0 apears to accept the 2.0.0 registration code, it does not and overlays the DEMO watermark over exported data.
Time to clean up and remove both versions and just put 2.0 back!

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#50

YES - THANK YOU Randy FOR FIXING THE PROBLEMS WITH XP SYSTEMS!

#46 For me, the fix for the configuration error on XP was to install the C runtime files located at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3387. Hope this helps someone else

Comment by Randy

--> Worked like a CHARM. Cheers :)

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