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Frequently Asked QuestionsHot Questions:
Is iScreensaver compatible with Windows Vista?
Flash playback fails in QuickTime 7.1.3?
White lines appear on playback
Where can I find iScreensaver Designer?
What's new in version 3.5?
What is the difference between iScreensaver Classic and iScreensaver Designer?
What License level do I need?
Where do I start?
What operating systems are compatible?
Do I need a Mac to build a Mac Screensaver?
Do I need a Windows PC to build a Windows Screensaver?
What about the Intel-based Macs?
Is iScreensaver compatible with Windows Vista?
How can I conserve energy?
Screensaver User Questions:
What does the error 'Can't load screen saver' mean?
Removing Installed Screensavers: The Easy Way (automatically)
Removing Installed Screensavers: The Hard Way (manually, also easy)
Why does iScreensaver require QuickTime?
What if the end user doesn't have QuickTime installed?
For Windows XP, do I have to download iTunes?
What about Flash support in QuickTime 7.3.1?
What about Flash ActionScript support in QuickTime?
How do I make an interactive QuickTime movie, without using Flash?
What about Flash MX?
What about The Ken Burns Effect?
Why can't I hear my audio?
Can I create a photo-album screensaver for Windows?
What's the best way to work with images?
How many images can you add to a screensaver?
What's the best way to work with movies?
Does your software support Mac OSX?
How do I make my screensaver available for Download from my Home Page?
How do I make my screensaver available on a CD-ROM for Macintosh, Windows or Both?
What are the differences in Licenses?
Where are the Non-Profit licenses?
Is a University eligible for the Non-Profit license?
What is a Site License?
What does '10,000 units' mean?
What is the definition of Non-Profit/Non-Commercial?
What about just giving them away for free?
Can businesses just use them locally?
How long does it take to get License Codes?
How would we pay by Purchase Order?
Apple has disabled Flash from playing within QuickTime after version 7.3, details about this change can be found here.
Available for immediate download!
Click Here for the latest updates on the 3.5 upgrade.
We highly recommend using the brand-new iScreensaver Designer 3 for all your cross-platform screensaver creation needs. If you are looking to build screensavers for both Windows and Macintosh, or you want to build fully branded screensavers for Macintosh only, then choose iScreensaver Designer.
There are three main differences: Distribution amounts, Alternate content, and Complete branding. Further information can be found here.
Your goal is to build a custom Screensaver for Mac and Windows that plays a Flash or QuickTime movie. Let's assume you already have your movie or images prepared. Go ahead and download iScreensaver Designer. This is a free download of our complete Build System, so that you can see how the final screensaver will look.
All from the past nine years! Click Here for system requirements. We are working on minor compatibility issues both with the new Microsoft Windows Vista and the Intel-based Apple computers, and will have further news soon.
No! Some programs require that you actually own different machines for the different screensaver platforms - this is crazy! iScreensaver Designer will build both Macintosh and Windows Screensaver from a single computer - no matter if it is Windows or Mac OS! You only need one computer. Of course, we recommend that you test the finished product on both Mac and Windows to be sure that it meets your needs.
Version 3.4 added Universal binary code to the Mac OSX screensavers, for compatibility with the new Intel-based Macintosh computers. iScreensaver Designer automatically runs under Rosetta on the new machines.
Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system includes numerous changes which can cause compatibility issues with some software products. Now, with version 3.5, iScreensaver and Vista are compatible. If you have questions, please follow these instructions for best results with Vista.
Click Here for the best ways to save energy with your screensavers.
If you see ''You cannot use the screen saver XYZ on this computer. Contact the developer of this software for a newer version.'', then that older screensaver was built before Intel-based Universal Binaries were released, and needs to be re-built by the author using iScreensaver Designer 3.5 or later.
In order to make the iScreensaver software truly cross-platform, we chose to use Apple's
QuickTime as the file format basis. QuickTime is a cross-platform file format that
supports over 200 different audio and video
file formats, including MPEG, Flash, and others. QuickTime handles all the details, which
means that the video (and audio) will look (and sound) the same on both Macintosh and Windows.
QuickTime is always installed on a Macintosh. On a PC running Windows, if the user tries to install an iScreensaver that you created, and they do not have QuickTime installed, they will see a message with a button that takes them directly to the QuickTime website for download. Once the (free) QuickTime software is installed, they can continue installing the screensaver.
No, you can choose the smaller Quicktime-only install package, which doesn't install iTunes.
Detailed answer can be found here.
This web page provides a list of resources used to create interactive QuickTime movies.
Just as soon as QuickTime supports Flash MX features. Check with Apple's website for more details.
It sure does look pretty, doesn't it? The ''Ken Burns Effect'' is Apple's beautiful transition effect under OSX with slowly zooming and panning images. You wouldn't believe the system requirements to make it multi-platform. Unfortunately, it's not likely to happen while iScreensaver still supports Mac OS 9 and pre-XP Windows. Until the time that all computers can cope, we recommend trying Photo to Movie to make a QuickTime movie to use in your own personal 'Ken-like' screensaver. Other solutions include Adobe's After Effects or Apple's Final Cut Studio suite with Motion.
Make sure that your external speakers (if applicable) are plugged in and turned on and that your system and speaker volumes are turned up. Verify that on the Options panel of iScreensaver that ''Smoother Video'' and ''Mute Audio'' are both unchecked.
When preparing a movie, it's very important that the width is a multiple of four. For example, 800 is a good size, but 737 is not. It turns out that odd-sizes, such as 633x480, can, on some computers, cause playback problems when used in Proportional stretch mode. To fix this, just Export your movie from QuickTime Player, choose the "movie to quicktime move" option, click "Options", then click "Size" and use a standard size from the popup menu. See this for more information.
Yes! iScreensaver Designer 3 creates Slide Shows for Windows and Macintosh. If you are using iScreensaver Designer version 2.0, however, you will need to make a Flash or QuickTime movie with your images instead. See our Slideshow page for more information.
The easiest way is to let iScreensaver Designer size and save them automatically. Mac OS X has the best resizing algorithms; therefore, if you are doing a lot of resizing, for best results we recommend you build your screensaver on a Macintosh running Mac OS X. However, for the best results on either platform, pre-size them in an external image editing program (Adobe Photoshop, etc.). Care should be taken, especially with the Splash Screens found on the Control Panel and Installers, to create your images at the resolution that they will be displayed. Thus, for example, save your Splash Screens at 392x120 and 72 dpi (dpi really does not matter, but some clients ask). iScreensaver Designer converts all images to the JPG file format, unless they are already saved as JPGs, so if you pre-compress and save them as JPG files in your external application, then you will know exactly what your images will look like.
Short answer = as many as you want.
We have an entire page devoted to exporting movies. Click here.
Yes! As long-time Mac supporters, we are happy to have OSX fully in the iScreensaver family of products with our version 3 release.
We have an entire page devoted to webpages. Click here.
We have an entire page devoted to distribution. Click here.
Browse the actual differences here. We use the term 'branding' for the amount of corporate trademarking available in the different License Levels. Our Price List short-hands the amount of branding as Low, Medium, and High.
We welcome our Non-Profit customers! The rules and regulations for qualifying for a Non-Commercial license can be found here.
Maybe yes, maybe no. Depends on how many students, and whether screensavers are to be created under a single department name. The rules and regulations for qualifying for a Non-Commercial license can be found here.
if you need a large group of people and/or computers to have individually installed versions of iScreensaver Designer, then you qualify for, and must order, a Site License, which covers multiple installations in one location.
Those units can be divided up any number of ways among screensavers and platforms, as long as the number of distributed screensavers stays within a total of 10,000. Otherwise the size of your projects require you to upgrade to the Unlimited Distribution License.
The rules and regulations for qualifying for a Non-Commercial license can be found here. We have information concerning non-commercial entities, as well as important specific College and University FAQs and non-profit definitions for schools, located on that page.
No. A For-Profit or Commercial entity giving the screensavers away does not qualify for a non-commercial license.
Can businesses just use them locally?
No. A For-Profit or Commercial entity using the screensaver does not qualify for a non-commercial license. The rules and regulations for qualifying for a Non-Commercial license can be found here.
After all credit card processing and approvals, usually we are able to send out License Codes within four hours during business hours Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time. However, we have staff working at all different times during parts of the week and weekends, so we always respond as soon as we possibly can. Please triple-check all of your Junk Mail-filtered folders, as receipts and registration emails can accidentally be auto-sorted into the wrong place.
See our Purchase Order Instructions. Click here.
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