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Old 22nd September 2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Exclamation Digital Scrapbook Artist Patch Announcement (1.5.1)

Dear All.

Serif (Europe) Ltd. has decided to release of a major update for Digital Scrapbook Artist (build number 1.5.1.52). The main purpose of the patch is to add some extra functionality, detailed below. It is very unusual for Serif to add extra functionality in a patch to a released application. However it was felt that with some minor additions to this new application that we could have a world class scrapbook program which anyone could use.

The 1.5.0 patch has been previewed on DaisyTrail.com free downloads page for the last few weeks. Some issues were found and addressed, leading to this build 1.5.1.52 and has now been announced here and placed on the updates and patches page.


New Features in 1.5.0
  • New Digikit manager (replacing the content pack manager). This will enable you to search all your kits at once using your own keywords (like "Ribbon" for example) and be able to search by category, style or colour. You will also be able to see any items which are available as free downloads or are available to buy from DaisyTrail when you search.
  • New Digikit Creator. This will enable you to create your own kits from items you have downloaded from other sites or created yourself. This will include organising items into embellishments, backgrounds, materials, and letters (so if you have an alphabet from another site you can tell DSA what letter is what so you can type in whole titles). Letters can now have origins so they type on a line, with adjustable spacing.
  • Create your own intelligent frames (so your photos will snap to fit like frames in DaisyTrail Digikits behave)
  • Drag objects into the tabs on the left. If you have created an item that you may want to use many times in your layout you will be able to drag it into the one of the tabs (like embellishments for example) and can then drag it back out as many times as you like.
  • Format painter. If you have formatted an object in a particular way (for example applied a shadow to it) and want another object to have exactly the same shadow, you can copy that from one object to another with just a couple of clicks.
  • Different functionality of the scissor tool. As many of you have noticed when you use the scissor tool on a material or photo that object behaves differently than it did before you cut it (the photo adjustments and other functionality doesn't work in the same way). This has now been fixed.
  • If you want to email a page to someone DSA will automatically convert it into a JPEG or PDF format before you send it.
  • New quick shape of a curly edge frame which is very popular in scrapbooking.
  • Change the colour of photo brushes (for example stitches) which you couldn't do before.
  • New online tab which will give live feeds of new videos or other news from DaisyTrail.
  • You can use the graduated fills to tint photos/objects - so a photo could be tinted from blue to red for example.
  • Mesh fill transparency now possible.
  • Improved Brushes, Effects and Edges.
  • Filter effects can be saved to Effects tab
Improvements in 1.5.0


A list of the improvements in this patch are listed below.
  • Skinning improved (for example App's maximise icon becomes a restore icon when app is maximised).
  • Edges can be applied to rotated bitmaps and text.
  • Snapping Grid can optionally draw over all items.
  • Can add user effects to new Studio categories.
  • Edit Points tool behaviour improved.
  • Able to resize text using side handles.
  • All transparency functions had "Fill" as their undo hint.
  • Photo Adjustments had Undo/Redo string of "adjust image".
  • UI tabs 'document tabs' shows scrapbook document name.
  • Fill tool works on photos, including gradient fill.
Fixes in 1.5.0


The new build also fixes a few issues found in DSA 1.0.2 for which we apologise. A list of the changes/fixes in this patch are listed below. Some are phrased in the negative from our database, but are nevertheless fixed.
  • Brush Edit: Spray Brush Edit opening Repeat brush edit dialogue - corrupts on OK.
  • Gradient transparency on an image doesn't transform when image is moved.
  • Adjusting transparency on items that have been cut using scissors breaks them.
  • Scissor types "Fence" cannot create auto-closed shapes.
  • Opening two instances of application produces crash.
  • Dragging text causes "serious error" message and can crash.
  • File open: .pack crashes app.
  • Letter previews are inconsistently sized.
  • Document Palette: colours not being added to palette when used on the page.
  • Transform tab Rotation field hides the hundreds digit.
  • Many copies of the same Photo files can be added to the Content tab.
  • Line tab: Custom Dash option for dashed line does nothing.
  • Cutout Studio creates alpha edged images with the wrong aspect ratio
  • Spray brushes broken when canvas is rotated.
  • Adding text corrupting scrapbook view rendering.
  • Roughen Tool - effect varies when file reopened.
  • Recoloured bitmap lost it's recolour with the eraser tool
  • Opening corrupt documents gave the wrong workaround suggestion.
  • Replace photo: not working on Frame edit.
  • Clipboard formats seem to be shared with DrawPlus X2 but don't paste.
  • Paper Textures: doesn't get applied to drawn object.
  • Effects Pane - Feather Edge = missing descender on g of edge.
  • Cutout Studio: Selecting the "Keep Brush" changes the "Grow Tolerance" check box text to "Back One".
  • Cutting an image after applying a colour-based Image Adjustment causes the image to disappear.
  • Inserting page can make the Layers Tab out of date
  • Roughen Tool makes groups disappear.
  • Clicking revert after adding a page causes the app to crash.
  • Layers tab not refreshing when changing pages.
  • Layout and Background tabs sliders go too far.
  • Select a Theme Content Pack name field has no limit on length.
  • Resizing text changes the position of the rotation handles from its normal central position.
  • Paper textures do not show on objects with inner filter effects.
  • White embellishment is hard to see in the embellishment tab.
  • CMYK JPG support.
  • stop the same item being added to a tab more than once
  • Importing some image formats through the Photo tab caused the app to crash.
  • Right click context menu - Copy Icon is actually Crop.
  • Clicking after applying effect "Glow 1" caused crash
  • Changing the transparency of multiple objects with different transparencies has strange results.
  • Can't apply a transparency to a line that has a brush style
  • Text not visible in a quick shape after using the Roughen tool.
  • Effects Pane - Views - No tick to show selected view
  • Quickshapes - Quick moon - properties don't update correctly.
  • Scanning with WIA = crash.
  • The title bar flickers when when you use any feature.
  • Applying edge effects to cropped photo does not apply to the uncropped photo.
Fixes in 1.5.1


The new build also fixes a few issues found in DSA 1.5.0 for which we apologise. A list of the changes/fixes in this patch are listed below. Some are phrased in the negative from our database, but are nevertheless fixed.
  • JPEG file loading much more stable and faster.
  • Thread contention issues in Digikit manager
  • Streamed data timeout resolved.
This patch also includes all the issues fixed in the previous DSA patches.

We would recommend that ALL users of Digital Scrapbook Artist download and install this patch. Serif recommend that patching should be done within the program, by using the "Check for update from web" option in the Help Menu. Also The downloads page www.serif.com/downloads.asp has the patch. This exceptionally large patch was needed as so much has changed and improved. The patch for the download Digital Scrapbook Artist is the same as for the CD version.

To work out if you need this patch choose "About Digital Scrapbook Artist" in the help menu and if the version number is 1.0.0.015 or 1.0.1.017 or 1.0.2.024 or 1.5.0.50 (or 1.5.0.51) then you need this patch. This software patch is the only patch you need to apply, no matter what version of software you are currently running. There is no need to uninstall any previous patch before installing this patch. This patch is not removable back to 1.0.2 as so many files and registry entries have changed.

Technical Info:

File name: SCRAPBOOK1033_1.5.1.052_Patch-Setup.exe
Size: 57.3 MB (60,179,720 bytes)
Digital Signature: Confirmed
Sig Date/Time: 15 September 2009 17:28:37
MD5: 7B21BD53A2B917ADD68C64F4DC2AA18A
Removable: No, but software can be uninstalled/reinstalled from CD/download.

Please report any problems updating Digital Scrapbook Artist in this thread.
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Old 22nd September 2009, 09:10 PM   #2
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We would recommend that ALL users of Digital Scrapbook Artist download and install this patch. Normally Serif recommend that patching should be done within the program, by using the "Check for update from web" option in the Help Menu. HOWEVER, with so much changed in this 1.5 version we have not yet added it to the autoupdate server, so that people choose to get it rather than have it served up without any knowledge of it's significant contents.
Ummmm .... I opened DSA last night and it told me AUTOMATICALLY about this gigantic patch and I just downloaded it as it told me to ... and it seems to work ok. I have been using it today as well.
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Meg,

You are correct. It is on auto update for those on 1.5.0 (in other words those who have already seen the step change from 1.0.2 to 1.5.0. It is not on auto-update for anyone with 1.0.0, 1.0.1 or 1.0.2. I stand corrected.
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Meg,

You are correct. It is on auto update for those on 1.5.0 (in other words those who have already seen the step change from 1.0.2 to 1.5.0. It is not on auto-update for anyone with 1.0.0, 1.0.1 or 1.0.2. I stand corrected.
Most Serif patches incorporate all previous updates. But, the update from DSA 1 to DSA 1.5 was necessarily very large.

Once everyone has reached this new standard, would Serif consider providing a two-step process for future patches to DSA 1.5?

In other words, a large update from DSA 1 to DSA 1.5, then small incremental patches to update DSA 1.5?

Otherwise, all DSA 1.5 patches will have to be huge.
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Yes we will investigate this for any future DSA patches.
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Dear All.

It is very unusual for Serif to add extra functionality to any released application.
Hi Patrick,

First I have to say that is a first class program.

Secondly, read the sentence above out of context - "I really don't think you wanted to say that" - lol. To me it sounds like "we are never going to make this program better". I think it needs "in a patch" appended.

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Patrick.....A member of the DT site mentioned this:

"It would be great if DSA could have a built in Slide Show feature, as this would make the program even more wonderful". ( with the ability to save the slideshow as an .exe file.)

I have to agree with her whole heartedly! This is a logical progression for version 2 or later, and would be a sure fire boost to your already booming sales!

Knowing you people at Serif, you are probably already thinking along these lines, but it doesn't hurt to request it.
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At the start of this thread the direct link to the patch is a file of 5.76MB (whereas the quoted size of the patch is supposed to be 57.3MB), and downloading and running this generates an error (program to be patched is not found or of the wrong version) whereas the file on the downloads page is 57.3MB and applies the patch correctly. Is the direct link incorrect?
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At the start of this thread the direct link to the patch is a file of 5.76MB (whereas the quoted size of the patch is supposed to be 57.3MB), and downloading and running this generates an error (program to be patched is not found or of the wrong version) whereas the file on the downloads page is 57.3MB and applies the patch correctly. Is the direct link incorrect?
No, that direct link is wrong.

(There should be no "c" after "scrapbook")

The patch available on the Serif Update page is correct.
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johng,

The direct link has been corrected it was pointing to a patch for the early release of DSA Compact the free version. I am very sorry. Thanks for the clarification RichardS.
Both are now right.
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The direct link has been corrected it was pointing to a patch for the early release of DSA Compact the free version. I am very sorry. Thanks for the clarification RichardS.
Both are now right.
Thanks Patrick, that was quick.
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Patrick... thanks for the correction. I was already pretty certain that the direct link was the problem, and had updated my DSA from the alternative downloads page. However, I was worried that others would go straight to the direct link and find things not working properly and think that they'd done something wrong, or that something bad had happened, and I wanted to flag this up so it could be checked and if necessary changed. Thanks for looking into it, and sorting it, so promptly.
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johng,
You are welcome, I agree it would have caught many users out. It is very unusual for me to post direct links to the files in forum posts, because that file will not always be the latest version. However the unusual "check for updates" situation where we are reluctant to make such a major change automatically has led to this unusual position.

Also welcome to the forums. I hope you find the other information on the forums to be more accurate
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Cannot install patch 1.5.1, though had no trouble with 1.5.0. in August. Asks me to put the original CD in, then says Error 2318 - what's this?
Possible trouble is finding the prog on the hard drive - it's there, with Digikits, in Add/Remove, and the prog opens and works, but all I can find in Drives C, D, and E is the desktop start on C. C should be for Windows and Apps should be in E.
Should I try uninstall/install, and, if so, will my work be OK?
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Hi Brian,
Please try un-installing and re-installing from your cd and then re-applying the patch.
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Thanks, Matthew. This gets curiouser, as I uninstalled but the original CD will not open in either optical drive.
As a comparison I opened and ran a pdf data CD then opened and installed "Serif Art Studio Pro Essentials" normally.

This is serious as DSA is so much easier to use than PagePlus X3 for cards, CD covers etc, and I've even started to use layers for flexibility!

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Ok sounds like you just need a new cd. Please contact tech support and they'll arrange this for you..use the online form here

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The post above previously suggests this patch is not on autoupdate. We have changed this decision and now the full 1.5.1.52 patch has been put on the Autoupdate server for those on 1.0.0, 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 now as well as those on 1.5.0. This means that a "check for updates" will patch all users to the latest patch version 1.5.1.52
The new online tab has a link to a video that explains the new features the patch gives to 1.0.x users.
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Hello,

I am using DSA version 1.0.2.24 (feb 25, 11:10:48). It tried to update via autoupdate. It says, that my version is already up to date
- Unfortunately my version doesn't seem to have the digikit creator implemented -
I tried downloading and installing the patch manually. The Upgrade stops with an errormessage "the program you are trying to update isnt aviable or the version is different"
I am using Vista, also tried running as administrator.
Any Idea? - I really would like to use the digikit creator

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