Adventure Maker Free Edition
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Full user review
"Great Program!!! In...theory..."
Somewhat easy to use. Good tool for beginners with no intention of making anything to compete in the game world.
No customer support from the maker. Limited video support. Horrible built-in animated .gif support, shoddy Flash integration.
Adventure Maker is a noble concept. It is somewhat easy to use, has a shallow learning curve, and it a good tool for beginners...assuming they have no intention of making anything that can compete in the software world.While you can create PSP and iPhone applications with this program, these features have no support for ANY type of animation, video, audio, plugin, text (use images instead), or script.
In contrast with product description, Adventure Maker will NOT play any video format other than the infamously large AVI. It has horrible built-in animated .gif support and shoddy Flash integration. While its abilities can be expanded with third-party plugins and scripting (as long as you pay for the full version). Custom cursor support leaves a lot to be desired. Most built in features are poorly executed, and are extremely limited and bug ridden. None of the visual effects allow for image transparency, and .PNG format is NOT an option.
There is absolutely no customer support from the maker, instead, the only help you will ever be able to receive is from other customers who have spent time learning the program, and finding ways around its limitations. However, their requests for bug fixes have fallen on deaf ears.
While a Windows 7 BETA was released prior to the actual OS being released by Microsoft, there have been absolutely no updates in over a year, and no improvements on the BETA (which has no video or audio support, and more than half of the program is limping along). The website is outdated (still set up for Christmas '09), and no one gets any response from the software maker.
The bottom line is, unless you want to pay for the $69 full version ($150 if you want to sell your products), learn how to use visual basic script, and spend 85% of your time circumventing the many limitations and bugs of this program, don't expect to be able to make anything that even remotely stands out.
For that time and money, you might as well invest in learning Visual Basic Studio Express (which is free). At least THAT is devoid of bugs.
Updated on Sep 24, 2010