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TwistedBrush Pro Studio 22.03 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — TwistedBrush Pro Studio 22.03

Suitable for all forms of digital art!
$99.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 101 (86%) 17 (14%) 78 comments

TwistedBrush Pro Studio 22.03 was available as a giveaway on August 23, 2018!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.95
free today
A handy tool for making animated GIFs from video files.

TwistedBrush Pro Studio is a program for digital artists of any level: from novice to professional, with a strong focus on natural media painting, photo editing and illustrative styles. TwistedBrush has more than 9000 brushes in over 250 ArtSets and an option for brush editing! To go along with the brush engine there are at your disposal a wealth of features and tools such as: 64-bit imaging, drawing tablet support, a large array of color palettes, layers, masks and transparency support, extensive tool set, over 200 image processing filters, clips and lots of useful features!

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10; 500MB disk space; 1024x768 minimum display resolution; 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)

Publisher:

Pixarra Inc.

Homepage:

http://www.pixarra.com/pro_studio.html

File Size:

37.5 MB

Price:

$99.00

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Import 3D objects and decide where to place them in the 3D model.

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#28

I cannot play this on Windows 10 is this give-away from this century the installation looked as old as the hills.

Reply   |   Comment by Tanequil  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#27

Installed with no problems on Win10. Upon opening and trying to use the program I find that the colors are very vibrabant. But, as I try to open new brushes or pens, I get pop-ups stating that this pen or brush could not be opened. Upon closing out the pop-up I find that the pen or brush is indeed there to be used and works fine. But this happens each and every time. That is irritating but is do-able none-the-less. The big problem arises in that most of the time, upon closing out the pop-ups, the program crashes! Such a shame! Thanks anyway GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Barbara, запускай программу от Администратора

Reply   |   Comment by Dimma  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Which, according to Google translate, means: Barbara, run the program as an administrator.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Blow  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#26

Well; had this program (older version) 2 PCs ago. lol

Wasn't going to download it, but did so anyway. Very impressed with the updates since I last had it. It even runs PS plugins and does a fantastic job at it (so it's now my surrogate plugin engine for the GIMP via Shellout). Thank Pixarra and of course GAOTD. I shared this link with other sites I frequent. Well worth the download/install. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Lyle  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#25

Installed ok. Looks like lots of great brush effects.
However, finding program controls frustrating. At first, the brush tools were activated by default - from the left hand menu. But when I activated one of the tools from the menu across the top, such as paint bucket,I couldn't get back to the brush tools. No amount of clicking on the brush tools, or right clicking or undoing, will restore access to the brushes. Only the paint tool will work now or another tool from the menu across the top of screen.
How do we regain access to the brushes?

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's okay, I discovered that you have to click on the 'Brush' icon from the tools across the top before clicking on the list of brushes on the left.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#24

Key works in the giveaway build ONLY not in the trial build downloadable from the vendors website. Also todays giveaway installs ok under 32-bit Vista and is therefore a 32-bit application so unsure why it would benifit from 8GB or more RAM... best a 32-bit application can use is 3Gbytes if a specific flag is set in the executable, otherwise the most it can allocate for its own use is 2Gbytes... Only reason to have More than the 4Gbytes RAM in a 64-Bit edition of windows with a 32-bit executable is to prevent memory page file swapping.
It is nice to see a relatively modern image drawing application such as this using 64-bit image technology like I was talking about in the comments of a recent giveaway rather than an old turn of the century program like the one I mentioned in those comments.

I don't have much to say on this other than it works under vista but WILL NOT run under XP since XP will report the tbrush.exe is not a valid win32 application the way it was built. And the previous giveaway license was non-expiring, no reason to suspect this one will be any different.

The previous giveaways version can co-exist with this if you install this into a new program files* sub-folder but the existing start menu will be over-written so either create new shorcuts to the old version if you want or make a copy of the start menu folder if you know how to do it safely.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

For those that are having issues installing because of the GOTD Thermia Wrapper, and do not want to disable anti-virus, as spa pointed to many comments below, go to this page http://www.pixarra.com/download.html scroll down into archives and there you will see version 22.03 to download. After that you can input the GOTD registration requirements.
Don't use Firefox thou..for some reason, it messes up the page.
A HUGE thanks to GOTD and Pixarra..had an older version but a bad drive ate it.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

As usual, GOTD has offered a wonderful program. Installed on Win7Pro 64bit...not problems with installation or registration. This program has some great functionality - I was using it for simple touch ups until I took the time to learn what else it could do...and I was hooked! Website support is great - I recommend using the User guide...it gives you a better idea of what this software is capable of.

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

Key does not work , copied and pasted not working :(

Reply   |   Comment by sue  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

sue,

Could you have accidentally put an extra space either before or behind the key numbers?

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

sue, did you use the installer downloaded from this site or the installer downloadable from their site? Their publicly available installer only has input field for just the key and does NOT accept the giveaway key, the protected giveaway installer has two input fields one for name and the other for key and they must be exactly as presented in the readme.txt from the giveaway zip bundle, no extra spaces or blank lines.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

It's my first time downloading something from here so I am confused. I downloaded it and activated it, but nothing more happened. There is no program to run and place to put the registration name and key.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Niko, Turn off your antivirus then try installing it, some anti virus programs such as Avast can give this problem

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Joe, Thank you! It helped so it works now.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Niko, With Avast you can turn the a-v off for ten minutes, or be safe turn it off for an hour. When you have finished you can turn it on again. No need to turn it of completely or to reboot as some seem to think

Reply   |   Comment by Laxative  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#19

Twisted Brush is a good product but the user interface is way to complex for simple drawing. Using a mouse is difficult and the options are not easy to find when you want something simple. I suggest the excellent freeware Inkscape or MediBang as alternatives if you don't want a long learning curve on your drawing program. The current interface is about where CoralDraw was 10 years ago.

Reply   |   Comment by DB  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Installed on I7 Win 8.1 laptop. After registration says error, unable to update TwistedBrush.env clicking okay repeats, clicking okay again produces error Unable to open Pixarra Spectrum 01.act1 file for reading. Clicking okay on that produces another TwistedBrush.env error. Then it laves a little "brush control" box on the screen. Last time run it produced a minimized (into upper left corner) book 1 page 1 session that looks like it might be the running program when maximized. I told the install to use drive D: during install, perhaps that has confused it.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#17

I have used it for years. It's a bit of a learning curve, but it's worth it. The blending brushes in particular are second to none.

Reply   |   Comment by chas  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

TwistedBrush Pro Studio is not bad at all. I have it installed on a Windows tablet that has an active pen & it's nice. The downside, least for me, is I've never had much success with an app like this using a mouse, or a less precise touch screen on a tablet -- I need to use a drawing tablet with a PC, or like I said, a screen that lets you use an active pen.

There are some cheaper Windows tablets with active pens available -- I've seen them mostly on ebay -- & I've seen drawing tablets starting in the $40 range for PCs/laptops on sale at Amazon, Newegg, & Monoprice. A drawing tablet big enough to be useful will set you back closer to $200 OTOH if you go for the name brand, Wacom.

For similar software, I've seen Corel Painter for ~$100 as a full version upgrade on sale, but it's rare -- I've seen the student version for the same price much more often. Corel also has a limited function Essentials version that I've seen sold for around $30, or bundled with other offers. Autodesk has a few apps, I think one of them is free in Windows 10's store. And Krita is an open source alternative that's actively developed & available as a portable app.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

mike,
Corel has Paint Shop Pro for about $70 retail but has regular offers for about half that. Download the trial version and they will keep offering better deals as the trial goes on. You may also find it for less on eBay (disc version).

Reply   |   Comment by Rune  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

mike, Try the free "GIMP "software

Reply   |   Comment by Karlos  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#15

I didn't complete the installation of the program because I rejected the activation of Directplay.
Microsoft announced that Directplay would be deprecated in 2004. As evidenced by other comments, implementing a deprecated feature requires some extra effort. And as documented here

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/games_windows_10/directplay-on-windows-10/d34f924c-63e6-48b9-919e-00f680713b19?auth=1

when you insist on forcing a round peg into a square hole, things are bound to get interesting. With forced Windows 10 upgrades, there is no guarantee that the next upgrade will not remove Directplay completely (e.g. Samba SMB1 file sharing) and the program becomes a brick.
Based on the user ratings, the program is probably pretty decent. My suggestion to Pixarra is to remove the dependency on obsolete Directplay code and come back and repeat your pitch.

Reply   |   Comment by Muse2u  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Excellent! Works for me. Updated my ver.18 no problem. It's a keeper. Thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by PsJ  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#13

What happens if I buy a new PC & install this program on the new machine? Will my license key still work?

Reply   |   Comment by Peggy Dorgan  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Peggy Dorgan,

According to the Giveawayoftheday rules you will not be able to do so, but probably it may work if you download the setup file directly from the Developer's site. The links are given by some posters below in this thread. Check post # 13.

Cheers,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Sorry, the link is given by the username spa at #4

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

Very nice. Thank you! Read complaints about direct play not enabled. When I first ran the program, Windows told me it needed Direct Play and gave the option to enable it, which I did. So Windows enabled it and I was able to run the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#11

Same problem as others program crashes on installation. 'Control panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn windows features on or off' not very helpful!

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

Found this online:

Re: Error starting module Win32DPNetgame
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 03:16:16 PM »

I had the same problem at first but found the solution: You need to enable DirectDraw. Go to control panel>programs>programs and features, under that is "turn windows features on or off. Look for section for legacy, expand it and check direct play. All will work fine then.
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It worked for me. in Win10

Reply   |   Comment by Tiffanie  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Tiffanie, on my windows 10 the setting is DirectPlay not DirectDraw but that solved the bug in this program.

DirectDraw is still fully enabled and supported by default in all currently supported desktop/laptop editions of windows it was never depretiated into a legacy feature.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectPlay

"In Windows Vista, DirectPlay has been deprecated and DirectPlay Voice and DirectPlay's NAT Helper have been removed.[3]

Recent versions of Windows, such as Windows 10, can still use this function, though it must first be installed as an optional feature located in Windows Features stored under the Programs and Features section of the control panel."

It was depretiated in Vista way back in 2007 so a Windows Vista or above or as it says in the system requirments Windows 7 or above program should not be using a network support library that is only available by default as long as Windows XP was still supported! Especially when there should be no reason this should need DIrectPlay server client functionality in the first place!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Tiffanie, Thanks Tiffanie!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by ivan  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I have installed and registered your software, but when I try to open it I got en error message: Error starting module Win32DPNetGame. Any hints?

Reply   |   Comment by Ferenc  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi Ferenc, If Windows is configured to not automatically install optional components an error may be reported as unable to start Win32DPNetGame. In this case you may need to manually enable the DirectPlay functionality of Windows.

Control panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn windows features on or off

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Pixarra Support, not finding this listed ...the DirectPlay functionality of Windows. does it go by a diferent name win 10 as the error is correct Win32DPNetGame and error 0x80070005

Reply   |   Comment by trips  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

trips,
went to microsoft support sent to https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-update-error-0x80070005-need-a-fix-click/e4cb8700-f215-4f1a-8bd4-6457ac619c19
followed instructions no changes, reboot pc started pixel and direct play was offered installed working !!

Reply   |   Comment by trips  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Pixarra Support, Since DirectPlay is a depretiated feature as of Vista don't you think you should stop using it since you allegedly only support Windows 7 to Windows 10... yet your program does not run under default WIndows 10 installations without enabling a legacy feature that MIcrosoft want's to be rid of!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Pixarra Support, Does the description and system requirements above refer to this old version you no longer sell (22.04) or the currently sold version (24.04)?

I'd like to know if this giveaway fully supports 64-bit imaging as you call it since when exporting I see no option to specifiy colour depth with PNG or TIF image formats. I also note you use ImageMagick Studio binaries to perform alot of the background functionality yet do not include the boilerplate attribution and license details at the head of your end user license when installing and make zero mention of imagemagick studio as required under their license!
I quote from their License.txt to YOU:

"How to Apply the License to your Work

To apply the ImageMagick License to your work, attach the following boilerplate notice, with the fields enclosed by brackets "[]" replaced with your own identifying information (don't include the brackets). The text should be enclosed in the appropriate comment syntax for the file format. We also recommend that a file or class name and description of purpose be included on the same "printed page" as the copyright notice for easier identification within third-party archives.

Copyright [yyyy] [name of copyright owner]

Licensed under the ImageMagick License (the "License"); you may not use
this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy
of the License at

http://www.imagemagick.org/script/license.php

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT
WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the
License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations
under the License."

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

Okay, I got my registration key from my read.me file, but I don't receive anywhere to paste it. It says "already activated". But I hadn't placed the code anywhere. I also get something called "Software Informer" Is THAT what I'm supposed to download? This whole procedure is confusing

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Shane Potter, Try disabling your anti virus then install it again, hope this works.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

This interface looks a little archaic, pixelated. Is it just my computer or what?

Reply   |   Comment by spa  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

Installed, registered etc. fine. Tried to start TBrush and got - Error starting module Win32DPNetGame - box.

Reply   |   Comment by Beetzme2  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi Beetzme2, If Windows is configured to not automatically install optional components an error may be reported as unable to start Win32DPNetGame. In this case you may need to manually enable the DirectPlay functionality of Windows.

Control panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn windows features on or off

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Pixarra Support, Sorted! Many thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Beetzme2  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Pixarra Support,
DirectPlay is not an option on my Win10 Pro's CP→Programs & Features. Upon further research I see where DirectPlay is now discourgaed by MS:
"Microsoft DirectPlay has been deprecated. Deprecated components of "Microsoft DirectX 9.0 for Managed Code" are considered obsolete.

When writing new applications, you should avoid using these deprecated components. When modifying existing applications, you are strongly encouraged to remove any dependency on these components".

So I'm not installing it unless you can convince me otherwise.
Dan

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Installed and running on windows 10 64bit. As a not very often artist I am going to need much tutoring on this to make it useful so being short on time I don't expect to use it much. Ie I have an existing jpg and I wanted to put a rectangular border round it. After trying intuition and then after half an hour probing at the on line help (maybe I looked on the wrong pages or did a wrong search) I now think I should be using the line command but have not succeeded in getting full control of the brush / paint density. All I want is it to draw a straight thick black line. So in my opinion If you want a lot you have it but if you want simple you don't. Beaten by the clock.

Reply   |   Comment by D Murphy  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@ D Murphy: Sir or Madam, at their website if you like then set your mouse pointer on the "SUPPORT" drop-down menu heading and have access to the many info videos.

Reply   |   Comment by Stupor Mundi  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

D Murphy,

"... I am going to need much tutoring on this to make it useful..."

I believe the best approach to using TwistedBrush Pro Studio [or alternatives like Krita & Painter] is to think of it as a far less messy, digital alternative to creating artwork on canvas or paper.

"I have an existing jpg and I wanted to put a rectangular border round it."

I think there are 2 main approaches... One, adding a border is included in the feature set of many image editing, publishing, & even office apps, & for image editing software it's also available as plug-ins, often with a bunch of fancier options. The 2nd approach is to use an app that works with both raster images [your jpg] & vector graphics. With vector graphics you basically create instructions for your display &/or printer to create lines, curves, & fills etc. -- the advantage is that the pixels are created on demand, & so can be scaled infinitely... the same graphic will work just as well on a postage stamp as on the side of a bus. To create a border using vector graphics would usually just mean selecting the proper tool, clicking one corner, & dragging to size. You'd set the line width, color, & optionally fill beforehand or adjust it afterward.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

D Murphy, if simpler is what you prefer, you may appreciate Photoscape more. It has the function you mentioned within one or two clicks. An extra benefit that's likely not widely known is that you can add your own images to the stamp tool (the one that adds clipart), so you can add additional borders and other image elements if you'd like. I hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by whisperly  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

D Murphy, Forget about this giveaway.. Try the "GIMP "software, it has a bit of a learning curve but is up there with adobe Photoshop when you master it.

Reply   |   Comment by Karlos  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

D Murphy, Thanks for all the very helpful comments. Just to add that my first post was an example of how complex I thought it was for beginners (I was a first time user) or people who just wanted to delve. I'm sure it would be an excellent program for those who have time to enjoy doing art as a main hobby and I'm hanging on to it till or if that time comes for me.

Reply   |   Comment by D Murphy  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

Some help would be appreciated. It downloaded, installed and registered. But when I click on the desktop icon, it won't open?

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Forgot to add my PC is Win 7 Pro 64bit.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Update

Sorted, after several try's installing and uninstalling. It would seen that it didn't like me trying to install it to an external drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

I'm getting so frustrated with GAOD. I don't know what they've done but I haven't been able to install any of their giveaways for several months now. I turn off AVG Internet Security & firewalls etc. but to no avail. I've even bought a different laptop, but even that hasn't made any difference. Is anyone else having the same problem or is it just me?

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Carolyn , Do you extract the zip files BEFORE you installed? It helped me.

Reply   |   Comment by spa  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Carolyn , I think it is something you have done. Can you be more informative? When you say "different laptop" did you mean "new laptop"? What changes have you made to the new laptop since getting it? At what stage do you get the problem? ie can you download and expand the zip file and open the readme file on both or neither of your laptops. What O/S is on each laptop. ie describe your actions and what happened in detail. and someone may be able to advise.

Reply   |   Comment by D Murphy  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Carolyn , What browsers have you tried/used to download? I was having problems with I.E .not downloading all the files correctly - or blocking some of them, so wouldn't install. I tried with chrome and it was fine. Whatever you use currently, try another one. Can't hurt, even if it doesn't help. (This is, of course, if you haven't already tried all that)

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Carolyn , I went to the web page of the software company http://www.pixarra.com/download.html, selected todays' version TwistedBrush Pro Studio ver 22.03 under archive. Installed and used the GAOTD licence and name to register. But, this interface looks a little archaic, pixelated. Is it just my computer or what?

Reply   |   Comment by spa  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

spa, Yes, I do. Everything goes fine until I double-click the extracted setup button. After that it shows that it's activating, then that it's been activated. The browser opens up showing that it's been activated but then nothing else happens. There's no installation window - nothing. GAOD programs are the only ones that I have a problem with

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

D Murphy, my older laptop was a Toshiba Satellite whereas the newer one is a HP Pavilion. I have made no changes to the HP laptop except for installing AVG Internet Security (I only bought the laptop 5 days ago. The HP one runs on Windows 8.1, whereas the Toshiba one runs on Windows 10. I have the same issue on both laptops - I download the program & unzip the files. I can open all the files, eg. readme, setup. When I open the setup file to install it, the "activating" window appears then "activated" window appears. A new window appears stating that the file has been activated, and then nothing. No installation window or anything. Hope this helps.

As stated in a previous comment, I don't have a problem with any other giveaways on other pages, just this one. Which is a real shame, as I've been a loyal follower for many years & greatly appreciate the programs on offer as I'm on a Pension and simply can't afford a lot of the programs that I like.

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Steve, I used to always use IE until they stopped access to Yahoo Mail recently (a few weeks ago). Now I use Chrome but still have the same issues. Thanks anyway :)

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

spa, Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I went to the page via your link, downloaded the software & was able to install it & register it (just like you said) without any problem whatsoever. I didn't have to turn off AVG or any firewalls or anything. You've saved my sanity, thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Carolyn , I too am retired but been a computer user etc since the 80's Most of the comments seem to be very helpful and I reread your comments before this msg. I also have installed almost every single GOD programs just to test or look at. I used to use AVG & many others as I am a real geek. Now I only use Microsoft Essentials & have no issues. I also use IZarc as a great unzip program. So, first of all, uninstall AVG with their uninstall program or file if not go into Control Panel on your computer & look for the uninstall icon. Then restart your computer & try it. I love IZarc ( free) as it has an install button. Yes most of us get the wrapper ie with the software informer wrapper and we get the web page saying activated and sometimes for me it still isn't activated - think most of the companies use many different ways to send you their software. The only way I know it is activated is in the program itself none of the other things mean much. Good luck & let me know if this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Bob,
I hope you are aware though that Microsoft Security Essentials ranks last in all anti-virus testing, according to some reviews. Just google it.

Cheers,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

consuella, No it isn't ranked last and Avast is a far better product than AVG - google it

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Carolyn ,

>"I download the program & unzip the files. I can open all the files, eg. readme, setup. When I open the setup file to install it, the "activating" window appears then "activated" window appears. A new window appears stating that the file has been activated, and then nothing."

This is a common explanation and there is a simple solution that many have not realized.

Since you were able to install the program downloaded from the developer's site, and without having to do anything with your AntiVirus software tells me that the issue is how you are running the setup.exe files from GOTD, which uses a two-part setup. Other giveaway sites do not use a two-part setup so you will have success with them.

I have seen several others explain their issue the same way as you did. They state much like you did that they can unzip the files and that they can open all the files (readme, setup) but what they did not realize is that the unzipping part means to take all the files inside the Zip files and place them in a different folder before attempting to run the setup file.

Windows will allow you to double-click a Zip file, and display its contents. You can even click on the individual files and they will be opened, even the setup.exe file, but the problem is that the setup.exe file needs to be able to access the setup.gcd file and it cannot if it is in the Zip file. Both have to copied to a different folder first.

Because you can double-click the setup.exe file inside the GOTD Zip file is fooling people into thinking they are doing everything correct. Also, many other giveaways distribute a Zip file but the setup.exe file does not need to access another file (one-part setup). In those cases, double-clicking the setup.exe file inside the Zip file generally works just fine. Occasionally we see those situations on GOTD as well. When they also contain a setup.gcd file, they all need to be placed into a standard Windows folder first.

The simplest way to do get the contents of the Zip file into a different location is after you have browsed to the Zip file contents, use Ctrl+A to select all of the files inside the Zip file, Ctrl-C to copy them, then move to a folder outside the Zip file and then do the Ctrl+V to paste the files. This is the same thing as dragging all the files inside the Zip file to a different location.

You can copy them to an entirely new folder, or to the same folder that has the Zip file. If you do this, you will have the Zip file and also copies of the contents of the Zip file in the same folder. The important thing is that it has to be a regular folder, not a Zip file folder.

Once you have a copy "outside" the Zip file, then run that copy of the setup.exe file. It can now access the setup.gcd file that is in the same folder.

Now, you will see the individual steps of he setup file. Without seeing those steps, all you were seeing is the setup file failing to access the setup.gcd file (but not telling you) and then displaying the Software Informer part. The Software Informer does not have a clue whether the program was actually installed or not (it expects that setup worked), so when you click it, it brings up the webpage saying that the program was activated, but obviously it was not.

It is too bad that the GOTD setup file does not give the user an error message indicating that it was not successful in accessing the setup.gcd file, and it should then prevent the Software Informer program from being displayed.

Try this on your next GOTD Zip download. I think you will see the difference and understand why the files need to be "outside" the Zip file.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Gary, Or you can right click the zipped file and choose "Extract all" then click "Extract" in the dialogue that opens; all files within the downloaded zip file will be will be extracted to the already named folder... usually into your downloads folder... No copy/pasting required.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Gary, Thank you so much for taking the time to explain it to me. Very much appreciated :)

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Steve, Thank you for providing an easier solution.

Reply   |   Comment by Carolyn  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Steve,

Thanks Steve. The reason I did not explain using the right click method is because it depends on operating system and any 3rd party programs that handle the zip extension. For example on a Win 7 x64 Pro OS I tested on, there is not an "Extract all" option. Since a single click will get the Zip folder opened where the files are visible, it would work for everyone.

For us, sure right-clicks seem second nature, but for some, right clicks can be problematic when describing steps to take. For example, when you tell someone to right-click, then click something else, sooner or later you will get the response "Do I right click or left click that one?" And if they don't ask, they often do another right click anyway, which does not do what they expected. For that reason, if I can avoid describing steps using a right-click, I will.

The most important part is that the files need to be extracted to a different folder, and now they have multiple ways of accomplishing that objective, so thanks because it will help many others.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Program crashes every time I try to install it. Can't even get to the beginning of the installation. ????

Win 7, 6gb ram

Disappointing

Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#1

I had this software many years ago and never got it again when the computer it was installed on died. It's great for making digital paintings and I look forward to playing with it again after all this time.

Installed easily and with no troubles on my Win 8 64 bit computer.

One point of minor confusion; it claims "64 Bit imaging" in the description, but installed to my x86 program folder. Is it 64 bit or not? I hate to admit it, but I am not sure how to tell if it s a 32 bit program or a 64 bit program that installed to the wrong folder. I guess I'll have to try to make an image that's over 4GB and find out that way...

Reply   |   Comment by Noah Body  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Noah Body, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So I installed it on a (virtual) 32 bits W7, ThinPC machine. It installs fine and runs nice. So it is a 32 bitter.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Noah Body, imo its not about the 64 bit operating system but 64 bit in color depth of the image

Reply   |   Comment by Vermeilia Apricily  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

Vermeilia Apricily, Of course! 64 Bit Color Depth!

I should remember not to post before my morning coffee...

Reply   |   Comment by Noah Body  –  9 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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