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Stardust Screen Saver Toolkit 2004

Type of Program: Screen Saver Creator
Supported Platforms: Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP
Company Name: Stardust Software
Price: $139.00
Installed Size: 3.6 MB


I have downloaded and tried several screensaver makers and must say they have all been good in their own way, but if you want the benchmark that all screensaver makers should aim for then Stardust Screensaver Toolkit 2004 is that benchmark. It has all the assets every program should have, ease of use, not over complicated and professional results.

What else can I say? This program has everything you need for creating highly professional screensavers which you can then distribute either as fully functioning or as Shareware unlockable Try & Buyscreen savers with unlockable content, that is only displayed when you provide the user with an unlock code. Use unique unlock codes for each user, or one unlock code for all users. You can even include content (advertising, sales material, etc.) that disappears after a screen saver is unlocked.

Time Limitation - Create screen savers that expire on a specific date or a specified number of days after first being used. Combine this with an unlock code to make a demo screen saver that will only work for a limited amount of time, but can be unlocked into the full version even after the demo expires. There is even unlimited Royalty-Free Distribution - No hassles. No hidden costs. You can distribute, and even sell, an unlimited number of copies of the screen savers you create.

Features include:
Transition Effects - 50+ interruptible transition effects

Artistic Effects - Add animated snowflakes, a sticky note with configurable message, or a sepia tone to your screen saver.

Wallpaper - You can choose to make the images in your screen saver available as wallpaper.

Watermark - A configurable watermark of your choice can display on your screen saver.

Fully Customizable - Set defaults for screen saver settings such as timing, display, caption, audio, and mouse options. Individually select which options the user can modify.

Image Sharpening and Resampling - Choose from Bicubic Interpolation or Nearest Neighbor resampling, for the highest quality image display on any screen resolution. You can also choose to sharpen your images at runtime, which lets you save disk space and avoid 'blockiness' issues associated with resizing a pre-sharpened image.

Automatic Setup/Uninstall - Automatically create a Setup and Uninstall program for distributing your screen saver on floppy disk, CD-ROM, or the Internet. Create multiple types of setup program in one action.

Secure Content Storage - All images and audio files are encrypted and securely stored inside Stardust's proprietary multimedia storage container, so you don't have to worry about your work being copied or stolen.

Virtually Unlimited Capacity - If you want to create a screen saver with 10, 100, or 1000 images, you can. Stardust's proprietary multimedia storage container is designed to provide quick access no matter how large your screen saver project.

Everything Built In - Everything is built in to your screen saver. No bulky runtimes or DLLs need be required.

Easy To Use - Wizards guide you step-by-step through the process of transforming your images, sounds, videos, and other content into a complete self-installing screen saver product.

Rich Text Support - Your ReadMe and License can be in Rich Text or plain text formats.

If you want to make screensavers then this is the software to use.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie

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