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Important: This page deals with Graphic Workshop Professional 7. If you have Graphic Workshop Professional 2, Graphic Workshop Professional 3, Graphic Workshop Professional 4, Graphic Workshop Professional 5 or Graphic Workshop Professional 6, we recommend that you upgrade your software to version 7, as discussed below. Registration keys from previous releases of Graphic Workshop will not work with Graphic Workshop Professional 7. Time moves inexorably forward... it wasn't our idea.

Q: I registered Graphic Workshop Professional 6. Is there a reduced-cost upgrade path to Graphic Workshop Professional 7?
A: Yes there is. You can upgrade to Graphic Workshop Professional 7 for $22.49. Please see our e-commerce page or call our toll-free order desk at 1-800-263-1138. You can also upgrade through PayPal.

Q: I registered Graphic Workshop Professional 4 during the late middle ages. Is there a reduced cost upgrade path to Graphic Workshop Professional 7?
A: Regrettably, there isn't. The reduced-cost upgrade path from version 4 has expired. Please visit our e-commerce page to register Graphic Workshop Professional 7.

Q: Does this mean that there will be no further updates for Graphic Workshop Professional 6?
A: Pretty much. We created Graphic Workshop Professional 7 because we'd stretched the architecture of Graphic Workshop Professional 6 as far as we could. Graphic Workshop Professional 6 has reached its end-of-life. Software support for Graphic Workshop Professional 6 will be discontinued in time.

Q: What hardware is required to run Graphic Workshop Professional 7?
A: Any Windows system running Windows XP or better with 512 megabytes of memory or more will be able to run Graphic Workshop Professional 7. One gigabyte or more would be strongly recommended.

Q: What if I don't like the new look and feel of Graphic Workshop Professional 7?
A: You can select a theme in Setup that will make Graphic Workshop Professional 7 look pretty much like Graphic Workshop Professional 5, Graphic Workshop Professional 4, Graphic Workshop Professional 3 or even Graphic Workshop Professional 2, save that it will have faster performance, more functionality and so on.

Q: Can I install Graphic Workshop Professional 7 on the same system as Graphic Workshop Professional 6 without interaction?
A: Yes you can — the two applications have nothing to do with each other.

Q: I want to reinstall Graphic Workshop but I don't have all the revisions between the revision level of my original software and the current version. Can I download them?
A: You don't need them. The current revision embodies all the previous revisions. If you're a registered user of any revision level of Graphic Workshop Professional 7, you should download and install the current version of Graphic Workshop Professional from our web page. Having done so, your installation of Graphic Workshop Professional 7 will be completely up to date.

Q: I registered Graphic Workshop Professional 2, 3, 4 or 5 and I need to reinstall it. When I went to the Graphic Workshop Professional web page, the downloads were for Graphic Workshop Professional 7. How can I get the installer for Graphic Workshop Professional 2?
A: Unfortunately, you can't. The Graphic Workshop Professional 2, 3, 4 and 5 installers have been removed from distribution. We recommend that you register Graphic Workshop Professional 7.

Q: How does the GIF Construction Set UltraLight software included with Graphic Workshop Professional compare to the stand-alone GIF Construction Set software that registers for $24.99?
A: GIF Construction Set UltraLight is a considerably reduced version of the stand-alone GIF Construction Set package. It includes complete block editing and Alchemy Mindworks' powerful Animation Wizard to quickly build animations from your source art. It lacks the Banner, Transition, Spin, Wide-palette GIF and LED Sign wizards of GIF Construction Set; some user interface elements, such as the tool bar; importing from file formats other than GIF; block management and manipulation; Supercompressor; integral Paint support; plugin support and several other advanced features found in the stand-alone version.

GIF Construction Set UltraLight is positioned for occasional creators of animated GIF files, or for applications wherein you need to do nothing more than assemble source frames into animations. Serious GIF artists will probably find the stand-alone GIF Construction Set to be a more useful tool.

Q: There are some differences between the Graphic Workshop Professional directory tree navigation window and that of Windows Explorer. The most noticeable of these is the lack of indicators for directories below the currently selected one. Is there a reason for this?
A: This was something of an intentional compromise. In order for a directory tree window like this to ascertain whether there are additional subdirectories below a directory it lists, it must visit the listed directory. In the case of devices other than a local hard drive — removeable drives or network drives, for example — having Graphic Workshop visit every device for what may be several open browser windows can be very time consuming. Even Windows Explorer, which only has one directory list window, is pretty irritating in this respect if your system is connected to a network. It goes into vapor lock from time to time as it surveys the available drives. Eliminating those plus signs in the directory tree window made Graphic Workshop's browsers a lot more responsive.

Q: How can I uninstall Graphic Workshop Professional.
A: You can uninstall Graphic Workshop Professional Professional through Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel, or through the Uninstall Graphic Workshop Professional 7 link in Start » Programs » Alchemy Mindworks » Graphic Workshop Professional 7.

As is explained in the Association Wizard help file and in the prompt for this feature in the Graphic Workshop Professional installer, Association Wizard cannot preserve your old file associations, and as such they can't be automatically returned to their previous settings. Uninstalling Graphic Workshop does not undo file associations. If you associated file types with Graphic Workshop using Association Wizard, you can only un-associate them through Windows Explorer by associating them with other applications, or by deleting their associations entirely. Please see the documentation for Windows Explorer for assistance with this procedure.

Because the results of running Association Wizard are somewhat time-consuming to remove, Association Wizard prompts you on two occasions during the Graphic Workshop Professional installation process to warn you about what it's about to do, and confirm that this is what you want. If you ran Association Wizard, we assume that you understood what it was intended to do. We regret that we are unable to provide assistance to users who wish to remove Graphic Workshop's file associations beyond what is provided in this document. Don't ask. You will need to consult the Windows Explorer documentation and work through the Windows Explorer View » FolderOptions » File Types window to modify your file associations.

Q: I would like to configure Graphic Workshop Professional such that its browser windows do not display a directory navigation tree to the left of the file area. Can this be done?
A: Yes, but it will require some fiddling with Graphic Workshop's secret internal workings. You will need to edit the Gwspro70.ini configuration file. Be sure you have read the Configuration document installed with Graphic Workshop Professional before you proceed. Graphic Workshop Professional must not be running when you edit Gwspro70.ini.

  1. Open Gwspro70.ini with Windows NotePad, as is discussed in the Configuration document of the Graphic Workshop Professional Manual.
  2. Locate the line:
        MinDirWide = 150
    and change it to:
        MinDirWide = 1
  3. Locate the line:
        DefaultDirWide = 150
    and change it to:
        DefaultDirWide = 1
  4. Save Gwspro70.ini.

When you create new browser windows, they will appear with no directory tree. You will be able to drag the directory trees in your existing browsers fully to the left to hide them as well.

Q: I would like to use a paint application of my choosing in Graphic Workshop Professional, rather than the default Microsoft Paint. Can I do this?
A: Yes you can. Note that your new paint software must accept a file name passed to it as a command line argument, and it must read and write BMP files. Make sure Graphic Workshop Professional is not running when you do this.

  1. Open Gwspro70.ini with Windows NotePad, as is discussed in the Configuration document of the Graphic Workshop Professional Manual.
  2. Locate these lines:

        PaintbrushName = MSPAINT.EXE
        PaintbrushPath = c:\Program Files\Accessories\MSPAINT.EXE>

  3. Change the right part of PaintbrushName = to the EXE file for your paint application. Do not include the path.
  4. Delete the right part of PaintbrushPath = .
  5. Save the file.

Now run Graphic Workshop Professional. It should search for and find your paint application. If the paint application search window does not appear when Graphic Workshop Professional runs, click on the wrench button in the tool bar, enable the Search for Paintbrush item and run Graphic Workshop Professional again.

Not all paint applications are suitable for use with Graphic Workshop Professional. If you use this procedure, you're on your own. To restore Graphic Workshop Professional to its default state — so it uses Microsoft Paint as its paint application — delete the PaintbrushName = and PaintbrushPath = lines from Gwspro70.ini.

Q: What are THN files, and why do they get created by Graphic Workshop? Can I open them with Graphic Workshop, or convert them to other graphic formats?
A: The THN files created by Graphic Workshop store its image thumbnails, keywords and comments. By default, they're generated whenever a graphic file is written or updated, or when you explicitly add thumbnails for your graphics. Each graphic will have a corresponding THN file.

THN files are read by Graphic Workshop when it wants to display thumbnail images, but they're not opened by anything. They can't be converted to other formats, as they don't store graphics in the conventional sense.

Q: Some PSD or PDD images display an error message that says I need Photoshop 3.0 when I try to view them with Graphic Workshop. Do I really need Photoshop 3.0?
A: This isn't actually an error message. It's a picture of an error message stored as the default graphic in your PSD or PDD file. It actually pertains only to files saved from Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0 or earlier, and as such is a fairly infrequent problem.

Adobe recommends that you do one of the following:

  • Export your photo from PhotoDeluxe to a different file format, such as TIFF or JPEG.
    • In PhotoDeluxe 1.x, choose File > Export > File Formats.
    • In PhotoDeluxe 2.0, choose File > Send to > File Format.
    • In PhotoDeluxe Business Edition, choose File > Save As > Other
    • In PhotoDeluxe 3.0, choose File > Export > File Format.

  • If you're using PhotoDeluxe 2.0, 3.0, or Business Edition, merge the layers in your photo before saving it:
    1. Click Advanced and choose View > Show Layers.
    2. Choose Merge Layers from the Layers palette menu. To access the Layers palette menu, click the black triangle on the Layers palette.
    3. Choose File > Save As and give your photo a new name.

The foregoing was obtained from Adobe's web page, and has not been verified by Alchemy Mindworks. We do not have the Adobe applications in question in house, and as such are unable to provide you with assistance in using them.

Q: Can Graphic Workshop be operated from a command line, rather than through its user interface?
A: Not really. It will view image files passed to it as command-line arguments, but this is as good as it gets.

Q: When I open the Setup window of Graphic Workshop, the text is in a bold font that's too large — some of the text extends past the edge of the window. Is this the Attack of the 50-foot Font, or is the problem something that can't be described as a B movie?
A: Perhaps Captain TrueType on the Planet of Doom. Actually, Windows is missing the MS Sanserif bitmap font. If you download SSERIFE.FON and install it under Windows, the problem will be resolved.

Q: Can Graphic Workshop Professional convert AVI or MOV to MPEG, or MPEG to other video formats?
A: 'fraid not. The MPEG format is encumbered by a software patent. Implementing it in Graphic Workshop would have been prohibitively expensive. Unlike traditional patents, software patents usually apply to discoveries rather than inventions — the first person to happen upon an algorithm slaps a patent on it, and everyone else winds up paying for it. Considering the relatively narrow range of applications for MPEG movies, we decided that it wasn't worth raising the price of Graphic Workshop for everyone to include this functionality. Don't thank us — thank your elected officials for patent laws that allow this sort of abuse.

Q: When I right-click in a Graphic Workshop browser window and attempt to move, copy, convert or otherwise process all the selected files, only one file is actually processed. Is this the work of subversive neo-liberal minsters of underwater pottery?
A: Probably not. By default, the right-click menu in a Graphic Workshop browser window only operates on the file you right-click on. The tool bar buttons and the functions in the Image menu operate on all the selected files. A very long time ago, when dinosaurs walked the earth, the right-click menu duplicated the tool bar functions, and processed all the selected files, hence the potential confusion for long-time users of the software. You can make the behavior of the right-click menu revert to its earlier behavior by changing the setting of RightClickOneTimeFunctions in Gwspro70.ini — see the configuration document in the Graphic Workshop Professional Manual for more about this.

Q: Graphic Workshop Professional was running fine, and then I installed the ART format plugin. Graphic Workshop thereafter refused to start, and I think it's sulking. Any idea why this happened, and how to put it in a better mood?
A: This one's exceedingly rare. For reasons we have yet to determine, the libraries which allow Graphic Workshop Professional to read and write ART files interact with a small number of other Windows applictions. When this happens, Graphic Workshop will refuse to boot up. If you uninstall the ART plugin from Graphic Workshop, the problem will be resolved. There's an uninstall link for it in the Start » Programs » Alchemy Mindworks » menu.

Q: I attempted to view or convert an AVI file. I was told that the format was unsupported, or that there was an error reading the file. I tried covering my monitor in aluminum foil to shield it from cosmic rays, but the problem persisted. Any idea what's wrong?
A: We hate it when the aluminum foil thing doesn't work. The only other possible explanation is that you're encountering a codec issue. A codec is a block of code that knows how to unpack the particular type of compression used to create your AVI file. There are lots of different codecs. Sadly, Windows doesn't install with a particularly rich library of the little beasts. If your AVI file was created with a codec that Windows doesn't have access to, you're sunk.

Installing the Media Player Codec Pack resolves a surprising number of AVI compatibility issues, by adding lots of new codecs to Windows. Please note that the Media Player Codec Pack is not our product, and we have not reviewed it in detail.