Creative Writer

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This is the second version of Creative Writer.

Application Details:

Version: 2.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.43

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What works

Installation, including web publishing wizard installation.

With some tweaks, it's possible to get the program running and sort of working. All templates tested work, as do all text effect, undo and redo, about Creative Writer, sound, printing, saving as RTF or TXT, and of course, typing some text into the program.

What does not

To get the program running, CWWEB.DLL and SKYHOOK.DLL must be copied to the program folder. They can be found in the "System" subfolder of the program folder.

From there, the program runs but has a lot of other bugs. The most immediately noticeable problem is that the program colors are way off - lots of red. It does render almost normally at 8-bit color depth, but not 16-bit or 32-bit color depth, and you're most likely using one of those.

The "tour of Creative Writer" video which plays automatically on the first run works to some extent, but the program hangs after playing it for a while. It works correctly if winetricks ffdshow is used. Note that it won't display automatically on the second run even if the video didn't work, so ffdshow isn't required to use the rest of the program.

The program produces a message complaining about not being able to load some media every time it's started up. It hangs when trying to scroll the list of available fonts. Saving files in MAX format or EXE "e-mail packages" fails. Inserting a picture also fails. The program is prone to seemingly-random hangs and graphical glitches.

Somehow, my system lost sound until the next reboot after using this program for a while. That problem most likely involves an audio driver bug, though.

Uninstallation doesn't work for either the web publishing wizard or the main program.


What was not tested

Some of the templates, word art, loading a previously saved MAX file, and other misc. features not mentioned previously.

Hardware tested


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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 19 20101.1.43Yes Yes NoSilverA Wine user 
CurrentUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 21 20101.1.39Yes Yes NoBronzeA Wine user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 21 20101.1.36Yes Yes NoGarbageA Wine user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 07 20091.1.31Yes No NoGarbageA Wine user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
421 Implement a DIB engine CLOSED FIXED View
21822 Creative Writer 2's interface is discolored unless running at 8-bit color depth CLOSED FIXED View
23817 Creative Writer 2 can't show images in .max files CLOSED FIXED View
25155 Creative Writer 2 only installs in Win9x modes on WoW64 CLOSED FIXED View
25172 Creative Writer 2: partially-hidden "home" button on the file dialogs UNCONFIRMED View
26689 Creative Writer 2 crashes after opening some sets of files consecutively CLOSED FIXED View
26716 MS Creative Writer window graphics are not drawn CLOSED ABANDONED View
27982 Creative Writer 2 hangs on startup CLOSED FIXED View
28400 Creative Writer 2 fails to install CLOSED FIXED View
30018 Creative Writer 2 fails to open RTF and plain text files NEW View

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