Make sure you have the latest version of Quicktime for Windows 7.7.9 downloaded and installed. Learn more at https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837
“Animated Stickers Not Working”
“Animated Graphic Box is Empty in Kid Pix”
“Kid Pix 4 not running in newer version of Windows”
We have a solution to the “Animated stickers not working” problem after upgrading to Windows 7/8 or 10 and to getting Kid Pix 4 to run in Windows 7, 8, and 10. If you need the patch to run Kid Pix 4 in Windows 8 or 10, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting Kid Pix to Appear Larger on the Screen
Open your Windows Display Properties and move your “scale” slider to 125% or 150%.
Additional tips for installing or getting Kid Pix to run
“Kid Pix menu freezing” etc….
We occasionally get emails from folks saying “KP4 is crashing or freezing.” These issues are not solved by our patch. Some of them are caused by having versions of KP4 which are too old. Others by the setup on their computers.
Try the following:
- For installing and running KP4, be sure you’re logged in as the Main User with full admin privileges.
- Check to see if Windows has popped up a window asking for your permission to run the setup file. Sometimes it hides behind other windows.
- After installation, RIGHT click the desktop icon and select “Run as Administrator.”
- Make sure you have the latest version of Quicktime for Windows installed on your computer (https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837).
- Uninstall KP4 from c:\TheLearningCompany\ folder and re-install it to c:\Program Files(86x). Windows applies different security settings to its different folders and expects older software to be installed in Programs…(86x). Some people have no trouble with the default installation location. Others need to install to the ‘more protected’ Program Files (86x) folder.
- Temporarily disable your security software which may be erroneously blocking a Windows operation that KP4 is trying to initiate, then test KP4. Some of these security programs have proven to be too aggressive against older software which will otherwise work fine in Windows.
- Be sure you have SAPI 4 application installed from the KP4 CD (sapi4 or msapi4). This is the Microsoft speech application used by KP4. Later versions of Windows need SAPI 4 installed (it doesn’t affect SAPI 5 that comes with more recent versions of Windows.)
- If you have a network version of KP4 running, you can try all of the above, but typically, the network version won’t work. Too out of date.
Tip: Set your screen resolution to as close to 800 x 600 to make Kid Pix appear larger on your high resolution screen.
Go here if you have the animated sticker problem in Kid Pix 4 after upgrading Windows.
Importing Graphics and Backgrounds
While working in Kid Pix, you want to import a graphic or background from the hard drive or other media into the program. The remainder of this technical note describes the procedure. Follow the procedure below to import a graphic or background into Kid Pix.
- NOTE: Kid Pix will import the following graphic or background file types: Bitmap (*.bmp), JPEG (*.jpg, *.jpeg), GIF (.gif) or Macintosh® Picture (*.pic, *.pict).
- Click the Menu bar.
- Go to the Add menu option and click Add Graphic (to import a graphic) or Import Background (to import a background) from the menu that appears. The Add Graphic (or Import Background) window will open.
- Click the down arrow button to the right of the Files of type: field and select the file type for the desired graphic (or background) to import (i.e., *.bmp, *.jpg, .gif or *.pic). In other words, if you’re looking for a GIF file that you saved, it will only appear in the dialog box if you have selected the gif file type!)
- Using the Look in: field, navigate to the drive and location of the desired graphic (or background) and click once on the file name to select it. A preview of the selected graphic file may appear in the Preview: box.
- NOTE: To the right of the preview box is a list of four options describing how the graphic or background will appear when added (or imported) to the current picture. By default, Center at Original Size will be selected if adding a graphic and Shrink/Stretch to fill Canvas will be selected if importing a background. If needed, select another option. The preview to the left may change.
- Click OK. The graphic or background selected in Step 5 will appear on the current picture in the Paint Zone. If a graphic was added, adjust the graphic as needed.
- NOTE: After adding a graphic (or importing a background) to a picture in Paint Zone, the picture can be saved and added to a slide show in the Slide Show screen.
Be sure your background images are sized at 800 x 600 pixels or 640 x 480 prior to importing, or Kid Pix will stretch them to fill the background space.
Tip on Importing and Editing Graphics in Kid Pix 4:
When you import a graphic onto a background, Kid Pix will import the the whole graphic into your Kid Pix picture and place it rather clumsily on your screen. So it’s best to crop and clip your images ahead of time in an editing program before importing them into Kid Pix.
However, if you want to import only a portion a graphic into your kid pix project, an place it precisely, follow these instructions….
1) First….Import the graphic into a blank Kid Pix screen.
2) Click the GRAB tool and select SCISSORS.
3) CUT around the portion of the graphic you want to appear in your project.
4) Select CUT from the EDIT menu. This saves that cut portion in your Windows clipboard.
5) Now ADD a background image from the Kid Pix background menu that you want to appear behind your graphic (which is waiting for you to paste on your Windows clipboard).
6) Now you can select PASTE from the EDIT menu. The graphic you cut will now appear on the screen over the top of your background image with some lines through it.
7) Move that graphic with your mouse to where you want it to finally appear against your background.
8) Finally… click outside of the pasted graphic to lock it into place where you want it to appear. DONE!
This isn’t that complicated once you get used to how the Kid Pix scissors and cut/paste functions work.
How to Delete a User Name from Sign-In List
User names can be deleted from the sign-in list by completing the steps presented in this technical note.
To delete a name from the sign-in list, complete the following steps:
- Open Kid Pix.
- Type kidpixadmin into the “Enter your name here” field on the Log In screen at program startup.
- Press ENTER on the keyboard. The following three options will appear on the right side of the screen: Done, Add and Delete.
- Click once on a name in the list to select it and click Delete.
- Click Done when all unwanted name or names have been deleted. The deleted names will no longer appear in the sign-in list.
If the deleted user had files they created, such as saved drawing
s, soundfx and music, they need to be deleted too. Go to c:\program xx\broderbund\kidpix\users and delete user folders.
Depending on WHICH version of Windows you have, your folder names may be slightly different.
Kid Pix “Crashing” when trying to save file
Be sure you are logged in as the main administrative user on the computer. “Saving” a file can be thwarted by some security settings.