Have you experienced this problem?
- Yes (once)
- Yes (more than once)
I am using Synfig Studio on a Windows XP machine. My first impression of it was very good. However, a first impression was all I got. Here’s why:
At first, Synfig ran relatively well. The first time I clicked on the “New” button, it crashed, but the next time I started it up, everything worked fine. I worked through a few tutorials without trouble.
The next time I started up my computer, I started Synfig Studio. The splash screen popped up, Synfig loaded happily, and then…nothing. I got the Synfig Studio command window and nothing else, no windows at all. See below screenshots: “splash.bmp” (screenshot of loading screen), “start.bmp” (screenshot of what I saw afterward). When I clicked the “X” button to close the command window, I got an error (see screenshot “exit.bmp”).
So next I thought maybe the windows were there, just out of view or too small to see or something, so I right-clicked on one of the Synfig windows in the taskbar and clicked “move”. I got the move cursor (four arrows) at the very top-left of the screen, but clicking and dragging produced nothing. Then I tried right-click: resize with the same result. The whole time, identical error messages piled up in the command window (see attached screenshot “errors.bmp”).
Next, I opened up the Synfig\examples folder and opened up a few examples, all with similar results. I got the example but no supplementary windows (i.e. toolbox, keyframes/timeline/other stuff, tool options, etc.). See screenshots “eye1.bmp” and “eye2.bmp” for what I got, plus what the command window said. When I closed Synfig after viewing these examples, I did not get an error message.
I tried restarting the computer. This did not solve the issue.
I have the latest version of GTK+, gtkmm, Synfig core, and Synfig Studio. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling all of them and nothing fixed the problem. I also tried changing the GTK+ theme a few times, with no change.
All of the exact same things happened on another similar Windows XP computer I tried Synfig Studio on. Included in the download are the dxdiag files from both computers. I regularly run a virus scan on both computers and they are clean. Neither computer has an internet connection.
I hope someone can solve the problem so I can start using Synfig Studio again. Being a programmer myself, I’ve included as much information as possible because I know every little bit helps, but if there is any more information I can provide, let me know and I will post it ASAP.
[later] I just found out that, strangely enough, Synfig Studio works fine on my brother’s account on the computer. Obviously, I can’t have him around all the time to log me in to his account and monitor what I’m doing, so that doesn’t solve the issue by any means…but still, more information.
[later] I just deleted the Synfig folder in Documents and Settings\floodbud. Synfig Studio then worked fine once again…so this is no longer a life-and-death situation, just a frustrating functionality issue (same with other computer). I’ve created a Windows batch file to handle deleting the Documents and Settings\floodbud\Synfig folder, so it doesn’t bug me so much…but I think other Windows users less computer-savvy than me must be having problems too. I’ve attached the batch file I’m using.