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CreataCard 8 Platinum 8 DVD

I have this software since some years. I am working with Windows XP Professional. But now, I cannot see online content anymore. Does someone know a fix for that problem ? Thanks in advance.

And.. I have a friend who have the same program : CreataCard 8 Platinum DVD. Now, he has a new computer. His OS is : Vista. When he wants to install Creatacard, he gets a message saying to contact Broderbund. I think that is no solution for him. Am I right ? Thanks for any help you can give me.

(Please, forgive me for my bad English, I am a French woman.)

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  • tirelou Aug 14, 2008

    I got this solution for CreataCard 8 Platinum DVD installed on Vista.
    Simply read this topic.

    http://forums.encoreusa.com/tm.asp?m=234...

    Hope this help somebody !


  • tirelou Aug 14, 2008

    Thanks a bunch, White Noise. Yes, it's a very bad news but I appreciate a lot you wrote me this answer.

    Have a nice day and thanks again !

    -TireLou


  • tirelou Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks a lot, steve_nicegu. It was the first thing I checked : if See online was checked and yes, it was. I don't know how to fix this problem. But thank you very much to help me. I appreciate your help a lot.

    Again.. sorry for my bad English.


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If you look at the cards or art... and then look at the bottom of the screen you will see a box that you can check or uncheck.. one box say's online... make sure it's checked.
we didn't notice it for about two years and cried about for the whole two years until we figured out you can just check the online box and get everything back
good luck

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

Hello,
It looks as though American Greetings has discontinued CreataCard which means they shut down the online content. There is no solution as American Greetings no longer supports the product.

The program is not compatible with Windows Vista.

Sorry for the bad news. Your English is just fine!
-WN

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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