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How to get to the registration dialog box in SnapzPro?

Hello Folks,

does ab)nyone here know how to get to the dialog box where I can put the registration info into SnapzPro v2.0.1?

That darn nag screen pops up every time I open the control panel and then it tells me, that the app is already registered, w/o even prompting me for a code. Sad

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A lot of times you go to the "About" This Program directly under program name.

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Its not in there either. That darn nag screen pops up every time I open the control panel and then it tells me, that the app is already registered, w/o even prompting me for a code. Sad

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IIRC, each Ambrosia program comes with a separate "Register" application where you enter the registration info. If you don't have that, you might need to download a fresh copy.

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I got that app and strangely enough I had to put it into the Extensions folder.
But it keeps telling me "Thank you for registering", w/o even asking for a reg code.
And the nag screen doesn't go away.

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I suspect (only because the same happened to me), that the software has a built-in blacklist of certain install names and codes. I think that it's the authors sense of a joke on those who use such numbers. - My apologies if you're using bone fide codes.

Maybe finding a earlier version of S Pro would have better results.

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The "joke" is that its not even giving me a chance to enter any reg code. It just tells me "already registered" when I click on the reg button and keeps on nagging me.

Not sure if I ever entered a reg code during install time.

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It's been a couple of years since I've used this and I'd forgot the clue I'd left on the Snapz Pro page;

Setting the clock back to June 1999, then installed, then registered, got it to accept the code OK...

I don't recall if it reverted back after this. Guess I'll have to install it again and find out Smile

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Thx, I'll try that first thing tomorrow.

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I've tested it again and I think that setting the clock back is not the answer.

Did you install the copy from here at the Garden?

If so, the included serial numbers are for PPC only. There are separate 68k numbers (oddly using the same names) that must be used. The 68k numbers install OK, the Control Panel still says unregistered but you no longer get the nag screen.

I'll add the 68k numbers to the S Pro page. No need to set back clock.

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Thx and yes, I used the reg codes from the Garden.I'll try to bypass the need to reinstall by removing the prefs file.

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Thx for the new codes, but its still the same behaviour.

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I can't remember how you register it (I think the separate program is probably correct, and from memory Ambrosia registration program was always a bit quirky), but try these registration codes instead:

Name: Macintosh
Copies: 1
Code: LIBKDNBM

Name: Ambrosia Software
Copies: 1
Code: DAIAFNPO

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Thx also to you, but both of these come back as "invalid".

I think the reg info is stored in the "Snapz Pro 2 License" Prefs file.
If anybody manages to sucessfully register his version of Snapz Pro 2, then I'd be grateful if he could let me have a copy of that file.

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I didn't strike this problem of nags on Basilisk II, but if you only need it for JPEG screenshots, you can try the earlier v1.x series of Snapz Pro

This version installs correctly on Basilisk II for me - unlike Snapz Pro 2 which I am uncertain of, as it says unregistered even tho it appears to accept the reg code. - I'd need to run Pro 2 for a full month to see if it will suddenly start watermaking it's screenshots

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It still keeps bugging me to register.

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I can't shake the darn nag screen, so I'll have no choice but to drop Snapz in favor of a screenshot app with a less cumbersome registration procedure. Sad

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Why not Apple/Shift + 3?

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Because I like options, not just a silly screen dump. I could get that from Android.

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Depending on which version of MacOS you're using, the built-in screen capture does have a few more options more than just the Command-Shift-3 full screen dump, but nowhere near as many options as the third-party dedicated screen capture programs.

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I can record video sessions with Snapz or Screen Catcher and import the screen shots directly into 3rd party apps.
Its the little luxuries, that make life a bit better.

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I wish I could help, but I know nothing about Snapz. Kinda wish it was like iWork 09 where you added a line in the command, "remind me later" three times when it asks you to register, and you have a free copy.

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I've installed Screen Catch instead now. Registration was a breeze. It's GUI isn't nearly as polished as that of Snapz Pro but in terms of pure functionallity it offers even more options.

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What are some of the options it offers? And what formats can it save to? JPEG? PNG? etc.

Did you try the earlier version of Snapz Pro 1 that's here at the Garden? Registration works correctly on that one in Basilisk II.

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It was a hassle to get all that SPZPro stuff removed again, so no I didn't go for one of the older releases.
Screen Catch can record single shot or video sequences, the whole screen or just a single area and it can utilize multiple file formats. It can store the screenshot in a file or hold it in memory for further manipulation via its own viewer app. You can set multiple keyboard short cuts freely and best of all, its lightning fast. Alas its user interface is a bit wanting, specially when compared to Snapz.
Guess there are tradeoffs everywhere in life.

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Snapz Pro 2 creates a hidden file inside the Preferences folder which you may not have known about. It's named; "thaumaturgy.log" and likely a cause of your re-installing and activating issues with this software.

These files needed removing from the Preferences folder before reinstalling:
thaumaturgy.log
Snapz Pro 2 License
Snapz Pro Preferences

And of course the Snapz Pro 2 Control Panel required removing and then rebooting the Mac, before doing any of the above and reinstalling.

Screen Catch sounds pretty darn good tho' - I prefer function over UI any day.

Any chance you can put a copy of it up here at the Garden? Or is it already here, as Screen Catcher (not Screen Catch).

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How may one view hidden files under OS 9 and earlier? Is there some built-in way, or are 3rd party programs required? (If so, any program suggestions?)

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--> Unhide Tools <-- Specifically, the "Change File Visibility" app that comes with the Unhide Tools download. Drag a folder onto the CFV icon and go from there.
It hard to beat this tool in Mac OS's 7.0 to 9.2.2 for the task at hand (showing/hiding - files/folders).

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-->view hidden files under OS 9 and earlier?<----

DiskTop has been around for ages and still works well in Mac OS 9. It shows all files, visible and hidden, as well as performing many useful tasks.

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Maybe DiskTop needs archiving here, mrdav. The purchase link on that page appears to be dead and NuCar's notes on the page make it sound like a useful tool to have.

I don't have a copy of it, tho'.

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Now restored. I have put up v. 4.5.1 + SN, and updater to latest version 4.5.3. My own personal copy that I bought decades ago is 4.0.2 but I think we only need the latest version here.

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Thanks for this, mrdav. Runs in System 6 too? I can use it for that.

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MTT and mrdav, thank you! Very helpful to get acquainted with such tools.

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YW, Jatoba. I hope it comes in handy for you, too.

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You're right, its "Screen Catcher" and no, I didn't know about those hidden files.
But that sounds like an awfull lot-a-work, to get that working.

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Shame on me. I used the "unhide" tool and found "thaumaturgy.log" hidding in my prefs folder.
I deleted that sucker and reinstalled Snapz from scratch, with the correct 68k reg code and voila - it worked!

Screen Catcher has web integration and such stuff, but since I don't got networking "wurking" that part is really of no use to me.
And I am a glutton for polished interfaces - so back to Snapz I go.

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Hoorah Smile

The only concern for me is even tho' the reg nag has gone - it still says 'not registered' (in all caps) in it's dialog window when bringing up the Control Panel.

Registered? Really?

Registered? Really? (click to view)

Is this the same for you? I've installed it onto Basilisk II and Mini vMac II, both show the same dialog after registering. Tho' installing onto PPC Macs, appears to add the reg name in correctly, but not so for 68k Mac it seems.

All very well that the nag screen has gone but I'm concerned that maybe after a couple weeks it will start watermarking all of it's output.

From the DocMaker "Readme" included with the Pro2 install:

If you use Snapz Pro longer than fifteen days without registering, then the images you capture will have a blue watermark on them saying
"Unregistered Version of Snapz Pro".

Which is why I went back to the version 1.x variety, which seems to register correctly on 68k Mac. It's UI is the same as Pro2, but it lacks .png and QT movie support.

Tho' I am still interested if you continue to use Pro2 for more than 2 weeks, if it suddenly starts watermarking output or keeps working normally. Could you please keep us informed on this?

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You're right (again): It still says "not registered", but w/o the nag screen.
There also is no count down, so I'd be surprised if it suddenly starts behaving badly after 14 days.
But I'll wait and see.

With all those problems registering this b*tch, I wonder what Ambrosia's customers had to say about it, back in the days.

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Utter Failure: Messing around with the system clock revealed that Snapz will fall back to nag screen & "unregistered" complain mode after 14 days.
Now its definetely gone from my system. I regret this, as I loved the smooth UI, but Ambrosia definetely screwed up the registration process on this one.

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Register it on 2040 or whatever the time cap was, so then it will bounce back to 19xx and the registration will never expire. Wink Works with a lot of programs.

Also, offtopic, but since we already reached the end of the year, would you mind revealing to us the URL to that mysterious ftp software archive you discovered on the net?

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On Android the max I can set the clock forward is 2037 - I already tried that and it didn't do no good.
And at current count I only got 176375 files left to suck.
Once I'm done with them I'll gladly share the bandwith to that server with the rest of the globe. Smile