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Giveaway of the day — DP Animation Maker

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 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:

9.39 MB

Price:

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#71

Installed fine yesterday on XP SP3, but after restart today it would not start anymore and asked for reinstall...

Reply   |   Comment by PK  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Thumb up, it works well in Windows 7 64 bit. Wonderful software!
Enable to convert MOD,TOD, MPEG, MPG, MPV, MP4, VOB files and DV files to the popular video formats: MP4, MPG, MOV, VOB, AVI, 3GP, FLV, HD H.264, HD WMV, HD AVI, etc.

The Video Encoder, Resolution, Frame Rate, Video Bitrate are allowed to adjust.

The processing speed is very fast, and there are many profiles to choose. I can enjoy my MOD holiday video on iPad 2, awesomel!

Only my views, after using it , I will share my more experiences with all friends. Stay stuned…

Thank you Giveaway of the Day!

Reply   |   Comment by John Smith  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

It is a laudable software- perfectly built and furnished for web designers, though I don't see why there is a 'Matrix code' effect for pictures. The preloaded samples, especially the depiction of the forest, inspired me considerably.
You can even save your final masterpiece as a video or GIF file and show it to your friends and family. They won't know that you are surreptitiously using DP Animation Maker to make those ethereal pictures.
I hope there could be more software like this next time in GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Luck Kit  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#68

#38 & 50 - Frank & dugi - MS Article kb 949826 says this error may be due to an invalid or corrupt installation of .Net and their suggested solution is to uninstall and reinstall .Net. I personally would also recommend others try the same repair if they are getting similar kind of error messages. I would also submit the informed observation that today's program offering must in fact require .Net be installed, even though it is not listed in GAOTD's System Requirements disclosure. I have not checked the developer/publisher's website to see if .Net got left out only here or what; perhaps we got a special version of their program without a normal routine to install .Net if it's not present. Anyway, if it's missing or corrupt, the software just refuses to run. I know, it's one more thing to go wrong, but the way it was explained to me is that it speeds things up, so I've learned to like it more or less even though it takes up a rather large space on my C hard drive. No pain, no gain. ;)

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

#60 - AB - I have tried many different unzip programs due to having various problems with what Windows has built in. My long time fav was 7-Zip until I recently discovered Zipeg, which I find not only works well, but provides a way to screen the zipped-up files before opening them, for a much safer experience, IMHO. Why not try one of these or even one of the other ones and see if that clears it up? If by some weird chance you already have one of the above, then I would suggest you reinstall it in case it got messed up somehow, such as during an update. Oh yeah, I forgot to say the ones above are free, unlike WinZip, which works but I can't justify paying what it costs.

Reply   |   Comment by internetexplorer  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

Again, I say thanks to GOTD, you all do a pretty great job, and for whoever came up with the idea, Way To Go!

Reply   |   Comment by Friend  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

@#58(mike), thanks Mike, I seriously appreciate Your advice and useful tips - I can never get enough of them! As to "Hollywood".., it's more like "Bollywood" in my case, if You get my drift:)) - no mick intended at Bolly Fans, lol. I spend far too much time trying to create something as flawless as poss, with any Software I have (animated images can never appear to be "jerky" IMO, biggest sin when dealing with particles - unless for fun you want them to be that way:) Having said that -- simpler Solutions can often lie in either learning better techniques and/or tricks!), or indeed in using more sophisticated Programs. And off course - size matters! (in this case - always, ha ha). Thanks for Your tips - and sorry for unfortunate choice of words, as even I can see unintended hilarity of it:)

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#64

@Scooter, #54: Waaaauw Scooter, did I spit in your soup or what?

You should try to read and understand what someone is writing in stead of yelling the way you do. I won't bite when you disagree.

I know that you can convert a movie to gif, I even gave a description what would happen in case you would do such a thing: "Theoretically you could skip stills in a movie and use the selected stills for the animated gif"

I even did it myself: http://www.evanolds.com/movtogifsimple.html

This executable is this small because it heavilly leans on 'DOT NET'. Otherwise it would be a lot bigger.

What I said were two things:
First: it would be a lot of work for the developer to do something like that, were it is not meant to be a gif creator iin the usual way, meaning compiling an animated gif from several stills, but rather compiling an animated gif from one still adding extra's like other animated gifs. This is still a animated gif creator but being a bit different, where importing a movie would not fit (might be only to my tast, but that ain't too terrible I think) the functionallity it was designed for. Just have a look at the other product they sell at Desktoppaints.

You seem to realize that now, quote #59 "Didn’t realize this company was a big screensaver creator type of developer. I wouldn’t have expected as much from them, such as the ability to import movie files to make animations.", but not after heving a good yell at me.

Second: importing a movie would make very substancial gifs. It does now already. To big a gif file could not be used on a website any more. This is a risk you already have now, but luckely you can export to AVI or exe aswell.

Quote, #54: And I would refrain from offering up reviews of a program you couldn’t even get installed on your own machine. Did you read the Readme.txt file? It says to install it as an administrator, maybe that’s the source of your problem.

This my dear, is shear arrogance. I had a previous offer here that did install and that produced animated wallpapers. I've used it a lot and I do know very well what I'm talking about, unlike you seem to do.

I always read the readme file just to not get surprised when something differnt is expected. You couldn't know, but it didn't hinder you to suggest an accusation.

And again you prove us that you don't read to well (not only by changing your position from #54 to #59 which was actually something to be aplauded) bbut also by suggseting to run as admin, wher I wrote in #15 "(admin @ XP-SP3)".

You had this coming, just chill a bit dude.

Reply   |   Comment by Speex  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#63

Mike (#52): Attack Surface Analyzer BETA only works on WIN 7 OS, correct?

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

Installed and activated on Vista Ultimate 32-bit without issue (Run as Admin). At first I didn't think much of it, but decided to import a mountainscape I had handy and play. Fun, interesting little program, within its limitations. Added a foreground grass effect (like the forest example animation), a few butterflies in the distance (not many, 3 or 4) and one rays of light animation, and it came out surprisingly well.

More interesting, for those of you who want to do text overlays, etc., is that like any animated gif, these can be opened in Adobe Fireworks, with full access to edit each individual frame. You can easily add your own sprites and effects there on a frame-by-frame basis if you wish. You could even do your own subliminals if you modified only one or a few frames. I also note that the project files are .asw, which Google shows as being ACDSee slideshow files, so presumably you could opent them there if you wish.

All in all, it's no Sony Vegas, or Adobe Premiere or Final Cut, but for what it appears to be actually meant to do, it's a nice little program that I'll be keeping around. As a user of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium (and no doubt for free alternatives such as GIMP and Inkscape), this program can easily be used as a starting point for more ambitious projects, if desired. For free, you can't beat it. It's a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by paladin  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#61

Very fun, was able to import my own images, save as gif, undo by deleting what was added. I only played with it for a few minutes and see no validity for all the negative comments. As already stated it is FREE.

Reply   |   Comment by JeanInMontana  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#60

I have attempted to download this program several times. Each time when I attempt to unzip the file, using various programs, I receive an error message...BAD HEADER FILE .... Any Ideas

Reply   |   Comment by AB  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#59

I'm revising my review. Didn't realize you could also import your own images as the part that is "animated." The last choice after all the standard animated clipart options is "import." I would have put that as a selectable option at the top of the choices if I were developing this software.

Didn't realize this company was a big screensaver creator type of developer. I wouldn't have expected as much from them, such as the ability to import movie files to make animations.

That being said, it's a cool little program to play around with and easy enough to amuse non-techie type people, even kids.

Would definitely like to see the ability to add text effects, I don't think that is beyond the scope of a program like this. You can probably create a transparent gift with the text you want in another editor program and then import it, but then again most people that this program seems aimed at won't know how to do that kind of thing.

Reply   |   Comment by Scooter  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#58

#48: "... The outcome Files can be uncomfortably big! ...We came long way from Jasc Animated Shop..."

Far as file size goes, personally as posted earlier I think you could do better capturing screen video of a running .exe you created in DP Animation Maker. If you used something like Ashampoo Snap 4 [I keep getting e-mail offers for ~$5] you could capture to H.264 [using the x264 VFW codec] & files can be Very small. Using DP Animation Maker itself you can choose another format than the default, & you'll get a configuration window where you can select (among other things) any installed VFW codec -- the free UTVideo was the only 1 that really worked for me, but files are big [I use it when I want near lossless HD intermediates]. You could probably try the x264 VFW codec with DP Animation Maker too, but I suspect it would make slow video rendering even slower.

The rain/snow/fire FX are usually lumped together under Particle FX, the same coding tech they use for hair in the animated films [Wikipedia http://goo.gl/F02RO ]. Apple's done a bit with it, there's some support in the free Wax editor http://goo.gl/kUHW , you can Google/Bing on particle fx or effects etc., adapting your search to include things like free software. It can get quite complicated [e.g. particle handling in full-fledged 3D apps], & you'll see some expensive apps &/or add-ons, but you'll also see apps like the Squirlz you mentioned, that use more of a canned approach -- you're not after all trying to duplicate or compete with Hollywood. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#57

Not sure why some cannot open their own pictures. Ran the program and selected File and Open Image and was able to use all of my photos.
Easy to use and fun for the kids!

Reply   |   Comment by countryboy  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

BTW, PaintShop Pro cn compress GIF files. Perhaps IRFANVIEW could, too?

Reply   |   Comment by Dae Powell  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#55

#1: "... Needs ability to import movie... "

It's a different type of app than that, at least regarding the water FX etc., with motion FX based on a static background image. OTOH I don't see why you couldn't generate any of the animated sprites while using a blue or green screen matte, then composite in your choice of video editor.

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#15: "...So basically this is an animated gif creator..."

What DP Animation Maker does is apply [mostly] D3D FX using a base still image, then when you export or render animated GIF or video it internally takes snapshots of a scaled version of what you see in the preview. Those snapshots are then saved as frames in animated GIF or whatever video format. A good animated GIF will not contain all full frames -- only the part that moves -- & a custom palette, though many of the included FX will not work well in an animated GIF no matter what app you use. [For the particle FX, rain or water I think you'd be more prone to use Flash today, Java on/with a still yesterday]. OTOH when you create an .exe file you're recording the settings etc. used to create the preview, & when run it'll display the image & apply the same FX as was done in program... it's similar to their screensavers.

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#23: "Appeared to install and appeared to register . But when I open the prog up is says switching to the reference rasterizer "

#25: "I was looking foward to try this but all i get is EditorGIF.exe- Application Error"

#44: "All of the programs by this company (?) “bomb” on XP based computers. Definitely poor programming, or all the requirements are not being published."

I've had good luck with DesktopPaints apps in XP, Vista, &/or win7, but it does require a certain level of D3D graphics hardware... I think you're correct that it might do some good if more in-depth requirements were published, but then again I'm not sure many people would either know whether they qualify or bother to look it up before installing. DP Animation Maker does use your graphics card/chip in program, while rendering output, & while playing an .exe file it created.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#54

@ Speex #15 (Quote):

"Animated gif-files are composed of a few independent stills, when shown in sequence they give you the illusion of movement. A movie-file however consists of a very large number of stills, far too many to import into an animated gif.
So basically this is an animated gif creator. There are some free alternatives on the web to be found. None will import movies, only few will export avi-files or exe-files."

"Problem for me is that this app. does’nt work for me.
“CORE_RL_Magick++_.dll” was not found error, while I clearly see the file in my installation folder. (admin @ XP-SP3)."

Really???????

I've been using Jasc Animation Studio (from the developers of Paint Shop Pro) for a decade now. It allows importation of standard AVI files. There are A LOT of programs that allow importation of movie files that can be converted into animated gifs. There's even a free online converter to convert Youtube videos into animated gifs at gifsoup.com.

And I would refrain from offering up reviews of a program you couldn't even get installed on your own machine. Did you read the Readme.txt file? It says to install it as an administrator, maybe that's the source of your problem.

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

Andy, Number 5, you could try saving them in a smaller size, say 200 x 300 pixels. that should work. or check this out:http://www.balesio.com/fileminimizerpictures/eng/index.php

Thank you GOTD! Best website ever ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Friend  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#52

DP Animation Maker is an app you can use to add animations to still images to add interest -- look at the DesktopPaints wallpapers & screensavers [several have been on GOTD] for examples of what can be fairly easily achieved. While adding animation/FX is very easy, wallpapers & screensavers done with DesktopPaints apps generally take some graphics horsepower to run -- not a lot, but more than many systems have to offer -- & that can be said of DP Animation Maker as well... it won't run or run properly if that D3D graphics assist isn't there. Rendering a project as video eliminates most of the worry of whether or not your work will play on other systems, but unfortunately that's where DP Animation Maker is weakest -- renders to video were slow, & several video formats didn't work at all for me, including the default uncompressed. In win7 ult 64 SP1 I also had problems with the video setting & progress bar windows opening behind all other windows, visible only after I minimized everything on the desktop. You can also output animated GIF, but IMHO that's something best done in an app for that purpose from a video file, & you can create a stand-a-lone executable [.exe] file that works pretty much the same way as the DesktopPaints screensavers, though they can be more complicated to render & consume more graphics horsepower [up to 27% GPU in 1 test].

Installation adds the program's folder itself, holding 19 files that take up ~9 MB, a "DP Animation Maker Uninstaller.exe" file is added to C:\Windows\ , & "common_res.dll" is added to Windows\System32 [SysWOW64 in 64 bit Windows]... note that that last file will over-write earlier versions installed by other [GOTD] DesktopPaints apps, so if you use one of those maybe save a copy, backup etc. in case of problems. You also get a folder called "Thraex Software" added to the Program Files\Common Files folder [Program Files (x86) 64 bit], which is an auto-updater, & a new folder in (My) Documents holds the 4 included example projects. Something new I've set up is the Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer BETA http://goo.gl/O8KLZ which might point to any changes an install makes that effects Windows security -- while it doesn't take something like the Thraex updater into account, i.e. whether it's good/bad, the only risk reported after the DP Animation Maker install was that access to the app's folder didn't have restricted permissions. Recording installation/activation I ~90 new registry entries [not counting garbage like caches] combined between the Thraex & Desktop Paints software -- the key's stored under the User section of the registry, so probably install & activate on every Windows profile where you want to use today's GOTD.

I generally like the DesktopPaints software, wallpapers & screensavers, but I've been put off in the past because of the graphics requirements -- it was disappointing to spend a few hours on something that couldn't be viewed on the systems I'd intended. Some of their sprites [animated objects] have struck me as flat or cheap looking, but if you keep that sort of thing small (or avoid it entirely) & shoot for subtlety, you can create some very nice work. I was really looking forward to DP Animation Maker then because rendering video the viewing system hardware is not so important -- I was disappointed... There are some nice FX, but it doesn't have the same degree of control I think as their other software, & the video handling/rendering really put me off -- you'd get better results I think using one of the screen capture apps [e.g. the earlier GOTD, Bandicam] with wallpaper or screensaver running... exporting an .exe from DP Animation Maker might work pretty well for that too.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#51

I think it is a great program. It shows the animation as you go and it changes you "options" as you choose them so you see instant results rather than waiting for it to refresh each and every time. There is a variety of options to choose from - snow, rain, falling leaf - you can increase the leaf count - change colors - I made the monarch butterflies look like birds flying around on a distant island... made them smaller so you cannot tell they are butterflies... they look just like birds! You can change colors and direction - you can make the snow and bubbles fall UP! *laugh* a great little program to decorate the "regular" photos and make them interesting... I like it!

Reply   |   Comment by MsWet  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#50

Like some others I get an error also when creating a GIF.
Error: EditorGIF.exe – Application Error
The exception unknown software exception (0xe06d7363) occurred in the application at location 0x7c812afb.

I think this problem is only with WinXP.

Reply   |   Comment by dugi  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#49

I had this program before only it was called Animated Wallpaper maker and then Animated Screensaver Maker . It used to let me save it as a wallpaper or screensaver until I took the upgrade. This program has just added the clock. I made a pic and saved it as exe., created a shortcut to my desktop. Now I can play it on my screen when I want. I am new to this so I hope this is not a bad thing to do to my computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Darla  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#48

As someone interested in animated gifs (and creating them "when occasion calls for it") -- I had to try this one, simply:)

Not spending that much time testing it (I could!.. if I wanted to say goodbye to the whole afternoon that is) -- I can say that it has it's potentials. Not massive, but surprisingly pleasant few features that might be useful to me. So far the only puzzling "parts" of it lie in "Aquarium Example", even adding my own background - producing.."nothing" really, same with "Under Water" Effect, or "Fire" Effect - if there were settings for "translucency" of the two I could at least still see my picture and decide how much of "fire", or "tank" I need?

I like nice little selection of Objects in "Add Animation", don't like the lack of "back arrow", like Someone already mentioned here, seems the "red cross" does that instead.

Much better for creating small ("iconic like") gifs - than reasonable size animated images (again, specifically gifs, didn't test other options yet)
The outcome Files can be uncomfortably big! Gif, Avi "shrinkers" should almost come as a separate part of such Programs!, nice little "wrap":), if only..

Thanks GAOTD and Desktop.Paints. It's a Keep for me.

We came long way from Jasc Animated Shop..,(Corel, later added rather shabby plugging for "reflections" of some sort) --- but on my journey alone:) - I found and will always keep in my Collection of Tools --

"Reflet" (for simulating waves effects and "lake" reflection) - simplest off them all (and free), as well as:

"Sqirlz Water Reflections" (for adding rippling pools of water, rain or snow effects, to images or existing AVI videos) - also free.

Variety is the Spice of Life:)

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#47

downloaded and installed (Win7x64Ultimate)with ease. Imported a picture and added effect (water effect and sparkle)with no problem. I like it. I think it's a nice product. How much is it worth to you depends on what're you going to do with it. I'm a casual home user, probably pay $5 to $10 if I have to. If I were a professional, list price isn't too bad. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#46

I have use a lot of animation programs. This one, while limited, does have some really nice effects that can be played with in other animation programs to enhance, add to etc etc etc ....Nice little program especially for FREE :)...no complaints here

Reply   |   Comment by Kathy  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Upon trying to open a project, first error says something about switching to (something) that is slower, then the next one is "Failed to create DP Device." Attempting to start a new project results in the M$ message "Animation Software Maker has encountered a problem and must be closed."

No joy here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ronn Blankenship  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#44

All of the programs by this company (?) "bomb" on XP based computers. Definitely poor programming, or all the requirements are not being published.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott Erinne  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#43

Hey all you negative bunch!
Why don't you give the programs given to you by GOTD a try?
This is for free, you know!
So much fun costing you nothing at all!

To this one: Of course you may load your own pictures.
Can't have tried much not being able to do that!

I can't understand at all the reason for giving all these negative reponses without even having tried a program. Or are the negative bunch so unfamiliar with pc-programs that they are unable to manage and familiarize themselves with something they haven't seen before?

Can't you, please, go somewhere else with your frustrations - whatever the reasons for them are -
- nobody forces these offers upon you, you know!

Looking forward to the coming GOTD-offers - to amuse myself, sometimes finding new stuff I didn't even thought existed or programs not in any respect of interest to me - but all in all -
this is a splendid initiative - thanks to those giving this to us!

Reply   |   Comment by Kris  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#42

I use a lot of high-end graphics and animation programmes, and this is a little beauty. It doesn't pretend to be the answer to all your animation needs, it's simply a starting point for amateurs to experience the thrill of designing a good animation without having to train and study. It doesn't have too many options which, for a beginner, is a good thing.

I was able to import my own graphics, animate them and export them without thinking about it - a spinning globe with a nebula lit by lightning (pretty spectacular and would've taken a while to do in other programmes - this took about 1.5 mins).

If you're looking for something with a nice simple interface that will do some spiffy animation for you, then go right ahead and download it.

The only downside I can see is the apparent amateurish skin. I'd rather see some thought put into the look of the programme and the ease with which to adjust a few of the settings. I agree a more prominent undo function would be nice. You can undo things, but only if you know where to look.

I'll definitely use it - it shaves tons of time off basic animation for me. Well done and thank you, DeskTopPaints and GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Perfumella  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Similar to, but not as good as the program given away last tear. I'd love too have that animation back. Allowed for selection of areas on the photo to be animated and allowed a multitude of different animations per project.Okay for a freebie, but I still prefer last year's. Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Stynor  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#40

underwater efect dont work at all.

Reply   |   Comment by john smarty  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#39

During GIF creation:

The exception unknown software exception (0xc0150010) occurred in the application at location 0x7c94487f.

Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program

Program crashes & exits

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#38

I get an error also when creating a GIF.
Error: EditorGIF.exe - Application Error
The exception unknown software exception (0xe06d7363) occurred in the application at location 0x7c812afb.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#37

I do not know what to do, just get a warning: Could not find any compatible Direct3D devices!?

Reply   |   Comment by Dupin  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#36

#3 Richard and #27 Bigbop,
There are four examples included with the program and you can load them and mess around with them when you run the program. Most likely there are no examples on their website to cut down on bandwidth. They will get over a thousand hits today. I'd rather have an example to play around with anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#35

no undo?

Reply   |   Comment by Loqman  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#34

Oh boy..I am always interested in cool 'image' type of software, but honestly this has effects that are so basic that it's actually sort of sad to put a price tag on it. If you want it to 'pop' have the ability to download effects..and put in a section on your website to have ones that either you or those who use this software and have created effects. (like some programs have, the ability for user submissions tend to really get a following.) And I don't mean just the 'ghosts and lightening' but also the actual effects like matrix etc...What is offered is waaay too basic. Your going the right direction on the ball, but the edging is rather poor and the base is pretty bad. Unforunately this is going to be an uninstall for me.. needs a lot of tweaking before I'd even consider using it much less purchasing it. It's got potential in the matter of it's ease of use and appearance.. but the rest needs a LOT of work. :/

Reply   |   Comment by Jeania  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#33

#20 & 25 - Avid Gamer & Pete: one of the Microsoft forums agrees with my memory of having a similar problem once, and the recommended cure is to reinstall your .NET redistributable runtime package (dotnetfx.exe). Something may have gotten corrupted if an update was interrupted, etc. If you have problems with this or need confirmation, try googling the error code and that should give you plenty of stuff to go on. Peace.

Reply   |   Comment by windowsexplorer  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#32

I have tried to install (XP Pro 32 SP3) using the GOTD Setup.exe and (also) the trial version downloaded from the developer homepage and in both cases upon running this application I get this error (click the thumbnail to see the image):

[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/88/errorbd.png/][IMG]http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/3515/errorbd.th.png[/IMG][/URL]

Uploaded with [URL=http://imageshack.us]ImageShack.us[/URL]

I guess that I will not be enjoying this promotion!

Anybody else experienced the same? Any workaround?

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#31

gimp.org it's free and just as good as photoshop.

Reply   |   Comment by newbed  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#30

Installed fine on my Win7 x64 machine. I've been playing with it a little. It's a fun toy. Thanks, GAOTD and DesktopPaints!

Reply   |   Comment by moosish  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#29

Thanks, Lee #26 for the helpful comments on the different functions in this program and for pointing out that examples are built right into the program itself (which should be obvious if you are able to install and run it, but I digress). It helps to be wide awake, now, too. :)

Reply   |   Comment by windowsexplorer  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#28

Nice idea but totally pointless and even more useless, too many features missing and takes for ever to export images. Reckon you'd get board very quickly with this. Not worth the asking price.

Reply   |   Comment by tommytechhead  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#27

I find it really interesting that the author of this software does't even use examples of it on his own website.

Reply   |   Comment by Bigbop  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#26

This is good - one of very few I install AND use in time to be able to have my say.

Yes, the GUI is basic, but it gets the job done - particularly for amateurs like me, who aren't well-enough into animation yet to be able to USE all the options that some would like (I'd like to have them, yes, but it'd put me off because I'd be trying to reach Alpha Centauri before I could even walk...). And, if John @16 is right, then there are other Animated Gif-makers that could be combined into your own 'suite'.

A quick glance around the screen showed a big green '+' beside the words "Add Animation" - which brought up a couple of lists (1 of moving animations (the 'animated Gif's?), and 1 of 'static' animations (a clock, for example)). Selecting 1 of these options immediately put its default version on top of the current background (changed by the 'Change Background' button...). Then there are options to the left-hand-side to change various parameters (no. and size of animations, for example) - and some have 'advanced' options to change colour, amongst other stuff.

The 'Change Background' button allows you to import your own image, and then you can add one of their effects. Yes, it's only 1 effect, but you do have a few editing options (speed and position, for example).

The bottom-left corner gives a list of examples - which you can edit, as practise.

The one thing I do think is missing is an 'undo' function. I had done a few things to a piece, then decided I wanted to change the look of the clock. I did, but didn't like the result, and couldn't regain the default version without deleting the clock itself, and re-loading it. Not too much of a hassle, but sometimes an 'undo' would provide a better workflow.

Animations are something I've been wanting to try out for a while now, so this is definitely a keeper for me - Thank you GOTD and DesktopPaints!

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#25

I was looking foward to try this but all i get is
EditorGIF.exe- Application Error
The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0150002) Click on OK to terminate the application
any one know what this means im running a P4cpu 3.4ghz i gig ram xp with sp3

Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#24

This program seems incomplete. It's the sort of thing used to create animated desktops or wallpapers yet doesn't have any way to export them as such.

As an animation program it's very limited, making it more of a toy than anything else. It might be useful for making family photos a little more interesting, but aside from that it's not very useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick McNamara  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

WinXP SP 3.

Appeared to install and appeared to register . But when I open the prog up is says switching to the reference rasterizer , click ok, then says failed to create the direct 3 D device. Click Ok and prog opens up .

Click on File , new project or open project and prog disappears ( crashes ) . Had a look on their website FAQ could not find anything , so have not got past go, let alone be able to test it.

I can see anyone who pays money for this and it cannot even install properly would not be very happy.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter B  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#22

Once again after reading so many negative comments I was not going to try this but as I was curious I gave it a try.

It works fine on Win7 (64) yes there is a preview, yes it works fast. It is a fun program especially for kids.

You can choose any background/picture not just the ones included. Ignore the negative people here on GAOTD try it!

Reply   |   Comment by Sin-Chu  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
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