Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 and Windows XP
I got PhotoDeluxe some years ago and it does everything I need quite nicely.
I spent some time learning it and I do not want to change to another program unless I absolutely have no other option.
I still use Photodeluxe regularly and it does everything I need. It is a shame that we are forced to stop using perfectly good programs and purchase and learn new programs to do what we were already doing perfectly well. I try to continue to use my old programs whenever I can. Netmeeting, and Imaging, are others.
Microsoft has published an article titled "Third-party programs that require lots of memory do not run in Windows XP Service Pack 2". It seems the problem occurs when a program needs to reserve hundreds of megabytes of contiguous memory. From the description it seems very likely this is the cause of the problem with Photodeluxe. In that page Microsoft provide a hotfix for this problem.
It seems they say this hotfix will be included in the next service pack (SP3)
which is due to come out soon so there is no need to install the hotfix
if you can wait for SP3. Once you have installed the hotfix of the SP you
can test to see if you can change the virtual memory settings and Photodeluxe
will still work without problems.
In my latest installations I am having a problem which I never had before and it is that when I use the TEXT function to superimpose text in an image it gets corrupted and some of the text is duplicated below the original. It does not happen and is not visible while I am working on the image in PDL but it happens when I export the image as BMP or JPG or other flat format. Here is an example:
You can see text1 and text 6 are fine but parts of text2, text3, text4 and text5 are repeated periodically further down. It seems there are horizontal bands where the text will be fine and others where the text will be repeated. Text1 would be in the safe band as well as the upper part of text2 but the lower part of text2, text4 and almost all of text3 would be in a "corrupted" band. It is interesting to note that the period of repetition of graphics in the original image is 218 pixels in every case, regardless of the size of the text.
This is happening in all my computers running Windows XP Pro SP3. For now I have no idea why this happens or how to fix it. One workaround is to create the graphic text externally, for example with MS-Paint, and then import it to PDL as a graphic layer. It works but it is a PITA and not a good solution if you are superimposing a lot of text labels. You need to work with the color of the text and the background and then with the right transparency so it shows well in PDL. I use Irfanview and MS-Paint extensively but none of them support layers and PDL was the program I used when I needed layers and transparency.
It is a shame because superimposing text labels on images was one of the primary uses I had for Phodeluxe. An Internet search yields no answers or even other users with the same problem. I suppose there are very few users of Photodeluxe 2 left. I might have to consider learning and using other image editing software but I was hoping to hold on to Photodeluxe while I am with Windows XP and then, when I transition to Win 8 in three or four years renew some of the older software.
If you had this problem and know how to fix it please let me know.