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Old 18 Feb 2005, 12:39 PM   #1
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Hi,

found the right author program for me now, its called SpruceUp . There is a great page where you can download a musicstyle set but sadly no extra buttons, background and stuff.... does anybody know of how these extra theme packs are called and where to find them, cause the official homepage is down .

if somebody is interested in this musicstyle set, it can be downloaded here:
http://www.pcphotovideo.com/


Btw. i also find a broken link to a "Spruceup101061b.zip"
which was called a patch on one website...

Question:
Is this a official update/upgrade patch for the last release v1.1 build 1106 ?

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Old 18 Feb 2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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"Is this a official update/upgrade patch for the last release v1.1 build 1106 ?"

1) If it was "official", it would be at the author's/publisher's website

2) If I remember correctly, "SpruceUp", a commercial program, was discontinued quite some time ago...

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Old 18 Feb 2005, 09:52 PM   #3
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Hi Setarip,

yes i know ;( their programs where sold to apple and they didnīt care for windows anymore. Its a shame and tragical! It really is!

As far as my research for this update goes.... it seems, that its a update for the release v1.0. build 1061,because i also found SpruceUp1061b.exe everywhere mentioned and that conforms with that Spruceup101061b.zip quite good.


So if someone has got these add button/background packs arround, please let me know

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Old 19 Feb 2005, 10:25 AM   #4
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It was probably a FULL update, since the setup package is almost 23Mb versus 17Mb for the original version...
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Thanks for staying with this thread setarip.

I have tested that program now and i must say two things about it:

a) its a lovely, easy to handle and quite powerful authoring software

b) it sucks on serveral reasons and bugs, so i am forced to use DVDLab Pro now, what reboot recommended.

Reasons:
- most of my mpeg-2 couldnīt be loaded directly because of some header error messages. So i had to demux them to m2v and mpa. Thats neither time sufficient nor harddisc space handy.

- it supports 16:9 aspect ratios for import videos but no real export...

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Aspect Ratio
DVD supports 4:3 (conventional TV) and 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratios. 16:9 video is
anamorphic, meaning it is compressed horizontally (things look skinny). A flag setting on
the title triggers the end user’s player to expand the picture out to a real 16:9 aspect ratio.
SpruceUp supports 4:3 only, but will import 16:9 video and process it as if it was 4:3
(playback will be as 4:3, not 16:9).
- playing some videos in simulation mode failed on wrong screen resolution. Even reducing brings no effect.

- importing a very long mpeg (3h) worked fine and it was
also marked correctly, but exporting that session (title set) flicks out 50% of that video! It seems like, SpruceUp couldnīt handle 3h videos .


so afterall....its sad its not supported anymore......

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Perhaps all of the difficulties you've experienced using "SpruceUp" (without my asking how you obtained it) is the underlying reason Apple just "killed" it after acquiring it...
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The SpruceUp Demo has been (and still is) available http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi...s/spruceup.cfm
Puts a logo on your stuff, but it's usually outside the TV Safe area anyhow, and will not accept AC3 audio.
It is full of bugs (as you've found out), and although a fairly basic authoring tool, it has too many flaws to be used seriously.
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