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

Most of the program, but it requires a few hacks. After installing but before running the program:

1. Copy CWWEB.DLL and SKYHOOK.DLL from C:/Program Files/Microsoft Kids/Creative Writer/System to C:/Program Files/Microsoft Kids/Creative Writer (needed to make the program start)
2. Run winetricks dcom98 (needed for saving and opening files and some image-related functions)

You may want to do this in a different wineprefix, since dcom98 can break other apps.

What does not

  • The Microsoft logo at startup - instead, the program starts with a message saying it was unable to load some artwork.
  • The "paint" function (inserting a picture from Paint It!)
  • The program icon in the title bar and taskbar
  • Uninstallation
  • The open/save dialogs are displayed incorrectly (but still usable)
  • The program is slow to respond after hovering over objects in the toolbar


What was not tested

Some of the text/page options.

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Additional Comments

The program is much more responsive when using the DIB engine from bug 421. This also improves the display of the open/save dialogs as an added bonus. You'll have to patch and compile the Wine source code yourself to use it, however.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 19 20101.1.43Yes Yes NoSilverA Wine user 
ShowUbuntu 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
25172 Creative Writer 2: partially-hidden "home" button on the file dialogs UNCONFIRMED View
30018 Creative Writer 2 fails to open RTF and plain text files NEW View

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