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  1. As far as I know it was made with an early version of PTE, unless Dave (the author of the show) had tried Proshow before that. Anyway he also sends his thanks. Andrew
  2. Many thanks Gary for successfully extracting the images Andrew
  3. Cedric,

    In case you did not see my previous message, I have 233 images extracted from your PTE exe file. I need your email address so I can send you the zip file (41 Mbs) of these images


  4. A friend of mine asked me exactly the same question today regarding an old PTE exe file so I thought I would have a look on the forum. Is the offer from either Lin or Gary to look at an exe file still open? I seem to remember there used to be a project option about allowing extraction of pictures from the exe file. Andrew
  5. As it says in the instructions, "Blank slide" is intended to mean a true blank slide or one that is too complex for PTE Info to sort out. I agree it could be worded better. I can see from the project file that both slides 8 and 9 use 0005.jpg. Unfortunately the information for Slide 8 seems to be arranged in an unusual way so PTE Info doesn't find the image name. I thinks this is a one-off "corruption", although PTE is able to deal with it. Andrew
  6. PTE info looks for the text [slide1], [slide2] etc in the project file etc to find information about each slide. Prior to version 9 this was written [slide1] in lower case. In version 9 it appeared from my trials that "slide" was now capitalised ie [Slide1] etc so I modified PTE Info to look for this in version 9 projects. However it appears that this is not consistent, and in your project both capitalised and uncapitalised versions appear. I have modified PTE Info so it does not bother about text case and it extracts the information from your project successfully. The only issue is Slide 8 which it indicates as a blank slide. The information for this slide is in a strange order and so the name of the image is not picked up. As stated in the instructions PTE Info is not guaranteed to work with slides with numerous objects. It would take a lot more effort to do this. The revised version can be downloaded below. Let me know how you get on with it. PTE Info_1_3.zip
  7. Sorry you are having problems. If you could you send me one of the project files that don't work, I should be able to tell you the cause and possibly sort it out. Regards Andrew
  8. At Peter's request, I have updated the routine so it is compatible with PTE version 9. The revised Excel workbook can be downloaded below. Andrew PTE Info_1_2.zip
  9. It was a bit late at night and I had forgotten that I could edit your transition and see how it worked. I was surprised why there wasn't an associated mask but I see that because you used a standard PTE rectangle object as the mask, this is not necessary. Anyway I understand what you are doing and see that it gives a sharp clear border but I don't think this method is easily adaptable to my transition. One problem is that the visual centre of my 'keyhole' mask isn't exactly in the centre of the mask image, so the border doesn't expand equally. I have tried moving the centres of the two mask images to correspond to the visual centre but It's fiddly to get it accurate. The other thing is I don't particularly want a sharp border. I've attached part of the sequence where I use this transition and you will see that a blurry edge is probably better. It also explains why the mask starts at about 5%! However I do appreciate your response and your suggestions may well be applicable to another transition in the future. Andrew Urban Legends demo 2_Dec24-2018_10-10-04.zip
  10. Thanks for your interest No I agree I can't see why sharpening affects the transition but I'm sure Igor and his team will find a simple explanation. I don't want to use unsharp mask to sharpen the mask or any part of the transition. It's just a convenient and lazy way of sharpening up the images in the rest of the sequence. It took me a while to realise that it was applying the sharpening to the project that had upset my transition. I tried your diamond transition and yes it has a border and it doesn't seem to have any associated outline or mask in the transition definition. So how do you do that? Yes I saw 9.0.21 but none of the fixes seemed relevant and presumably you have tried my transition on 9.0.21 and it still has the same effect.
  11. I've looked into this a bit further and realise that it is a Windows XP problem. Just in case anyone finds this post, I thought I ought to clarify the issue. In Windows Vista and beyond a totally different Windows driver model was introduced and with these operating systems "Run Application" and "Run Slideshow" can both be used. "Run Slideshow" gives a smoother return to the menu but at the cost that both menu and launched show have to be exactly the same version of PTE. With Windows XP if there is animation in both the launching show and the show that is being launched, "Run Application" doesn't work. (It's OK if there is only animation in the launched show.) In this situation only "Run Slideshow" works. I've upgraded the Windows XP nachine to Windows 7 so there is now no problem.
  12. I created the attached custom transition which is a sort of keyhole mask effect with a border. This works fine until you change the Unsharp mask setting in Project Options to anything other than zero when the border becomes a different shape to the mask area. Any explanations? I'm using PTE 9.0.20 Andrew PushPin.pteeff
  13. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate that for a simple launching show then menu "Run application" works fine. The problem arises if there is animation in both the launching show and the show that is being launched. I don't understand the details but I think it is to do with allowing both shows access to video resources. Andrew
  14. If you want to launch another slideshow from say a menu slideshow and both use animation then you have to use "Run slideshow with return". (Correct me if this no longer applies.) For this to work, all slideshows have to have been created using exactly the same version (not just major version) of PTE. Why is this very specific (and annoying) requirement necessary?
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