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    Skills to Pay the Bills Sparkie's Avatar
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    I've been thinking about offering a free desktop theme and/or screensaver to my visitors to help promote my website. Has anyone here done this, and is it worth all the trouble?

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    Although I have never done this myself, giving your visitors free themes/screensavers is a great way to get more hits.

    If you can write programs, make a small one and submit it to download.com. If you can subit ANYTHING to download.com, you will get a lot of hits.

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    What does one need in order to create screensavers from images ? What freeware programs are out there that can help ?

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    I'm not sure but I think you might be able to do it in Director 7.

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    I can tell you that to make a pretty good screensaver (not just one of those slideshow ones) it takes a good degree of animation skills. I just wondered if my visitors would actually download the stuff, after it took me a long time to make it

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    Sparkie,
    People can go nuts about desktop themes etc. a prime example is http://www.lockergnome.com every day he submits a neew font, themes, program etc to people who read his newsletter. and i've downloaded a couple of them myself. so if you build a good one and people like they will download. to quote a greeat movie:

    "If you build it they will come. . . "

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    I made a screensaver - it was free, easy, and took only about an hour to do the scans.
    http://www.pbbt.com/rubbercement/screensaver.shtml

    I can't remember what program I made it with, but if you download and install it, it'll tell you. (The screensaver is "sponsered" meaning they put ads on it - but I'm too cheap to pay to get rid of the ads. )

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    Well I submitted my first wall paper to download.com for my site www.eva2000.com and it got registered okay.

    I also made 7 screensavers of around 1.3 MB each (4 for anime and 3 for starwars) with the install.exe file as well for them.

    Now my issue is with bandwidth charges. If I offered them to my visitors from my site's server i have 20 GB/month allowance and I already use around 6 - 7 GB/month so is there any place that allows submission of screensavers to places like download.com but where the web site hosts the files rather than me ?

    Thanks

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