Apr 14, 2011

So sad - pccrafter messageboard community is gone


Seems that the messageboard community forums of pccrafter.com are no longer online. Tis a sad day for "Me". It was those forums that really brought the "net" out in me. Most of the folks who do visit this tiny corner of the blogosphere - my blog, know me (LibMary) from those pccrafter forums.   **Update > PCCrafter closed its cyber doors permanently in 2011**
 
It was back in 2004, that one of my web pages - a listing of links to free printables was being overwhelmed from traffic from the pccrafter forums. My then free website, kept exceeding its bandwidth because of the visits I was getting. So I traced the link to a message on the pccrafter forums - and began to look around the place. I kept seeing the same questions being asked...How Do You Fill a Blank Template with backgrounds and graphics, and also How Do You Remove the White Surrounding JPG graphics. These questions were something that I never had much of a reason to think about, but I was fascinated by how helpful and friendly everyone was in trying to help each other out. I also noticed that the gals seemed to share a special bond with each other. They told of their daily happenings, asked for prayers, told of their joys, showed photos of their crafts, and opened their "houses" (you pccrafter ole timers will remember when folks got "houses" on the MSN site) for us all to visit.

Now at the time in 2004, I had already been buying the amazing graphics collections from pccrafter and had joined the Monthly Hug Club in 2003 (discontinued as of Dec 2010 when they released their last Club selections) - but I collected graphics/clipart as a hobby. I did signage for the Library I worked in, but really didn't do much else with all the stuff I bought. I just fell in love with it, and had to have it, and it was a bargain, and it didn't require any "room" in my house, only on my hard drive....that's my story and I'm stickin to it!
So I didn't consider myself a "crafter" like so many hugsisters were, but I did understand somethings about computers and software programs. As I worked in a Hospital Library that had a computer lab, and had been working with software programs and computers since about 1986..so if I ever felt I could help out with an answer - I would offer up my "How I Do It" posts and threads.
Lots of gals over the years found my help - helpful - and the seeds of friendship were sewn forever into the fabric of my life. I learned a lot from them as well so it was a 2 way or 100+ way street between us all.

When my sweet Paul passed away suddenly on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April 2008, I sat at my computer that evening, still in shock, but knowing that I needed to connect with my "hugsisters"...and let them know I needed them to pray for me. The response was overwhelming and still stirs my emotions today. Those women are soooooo special and I'll probably never meet most of them in person, but I know them very well.

Lynne, a.k.a. Blondemoments a hugsister, gave us pccrafter sisters a gift last Dec.
She opened a new messageboard community. We all felt that when pccrafter announced that they were discontinuing the Hug Club, and not renewing some of our favorite artists contracts, that things might be winding down for pccrafter as a clipart business. So Lynne thoughtfully "thought" ahead and created a Plan B / Backup Plan for the "Community".

The new Hugsister forums aren't quite the same as the pccrafter forums, but they already have 600+ registered users, and things are Humming :-).
I still help out with posts that I think I can offer something to someone in the way of information etc. Or I offer up links or resources I hope others might enjoy discovering.
Come on over if you haven't registered yet and see what we're all up to:
http://z15.invisionfree.com/HugSisters/index.php?act=idx






35 comments:

  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Mary! Boy, it's hard to believe the mb is gone after so many years, 10+ for me. Have a wonderful weekend, Nan

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  2. Hi! Found your post after googling hugsisters. (Had a lot of traffic from a link containing that word, but couldn't see anything.) Wondering if you could tell me-What are hugsisters? Came from a place called invisionfree...know anything about that?

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  3. Hi! Has pcCrafter closed? I am one of the artist that still has work there. I went today and couldn't get to the site.

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  4. I also tried to get on PCCrafter's site and was not able to. I have collections that I bought that I can no longer download.
    DOes anyone know what is going on with them??

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  5. I to would love to have PC Crafter back. I was able to download some of my clipart but can't use the browser. Keeps saying I need to activate it. That is where it won't go further. Does anyone know anything else?

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    1. I am still having the same problem. Does anybody have an answer???
      byb

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    2. To activate the HUG BUG Browser
      OK - now if you're ready to "try" re-Installing it on your computer
      to Activate the Deluxe "payfor" Browser, you will need to follow the instructions that Heidi from Provo Craft has emailed to folks inquiring about Activation of the Browser
      I am copying and pasting the info from the email I got from Heidi at Provo Craft in Oct 2011 :
      After installing, Please right click on the hugbug browser deluxe icon on your desktop, and then click on run as administrator. Then copy and paste in the codes below to activate the browser - make sure there are no spaces when pasting just the codes in the email and password boxes.
      email:m5s7uMMvHQur1TUaOiazR

      password:f1PPhYqrwx9ICrwXS4GDK

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    3. Can you believe that this worked on Windows 8!!!!! Thank you so much. It isn't easy to see but at least I can use my collection.. It is such a shame for some that have all the collection and can't use it. What a waste. ProvoCraft dosen't care and won't even try to help. I had several conversations with them....
















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    4. I used these codes, BUT NOTHING SHOWED UP!!! Really.....how does one go about retrieving the clip art that was purchased??? Or, are we just screwed???

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  6. At last I have found you again Saw that the message board had gone from PC Crafter and wondered were everyone had gone Google search found you

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  7. LibMary,

    I created a Linked-In Site where we can communicate too. I miss the graphics we used to be able to post. And Sketti night.

    http://goo.gl/frr0h

    Can you suggest a logo or a better description?

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  8. Somehow I knew when I launched a search, if I were to find the new board that I had signed up for in Dec, I would do so with your help. Thanks so much for continuing to be the "Beacon of Light" for so many of us from the PcCrafter board.

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  9. Hooray, finalyy found you and some details on PC Crafter forum, having troubles re-activating my browser. are you able to assist

    Tks

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    1. OK - now if you're ready to "try" re-Installing it on your computer
      to Activate the Deluxe "payfor" Browser, you will need to follow the instructions that Heidi from Provo Craft has emailed to folks inquiring about Activation of the Browser
      I am copying and pasting the info from the email I got from Heidi at Provo Craft in Oct 2011 :
      After installing, Please right click on the hugbug browser deluxe icon on your desktop, and then click on run as administrator. Then copy and paste in the codes below to activate the browser - make sure there are no spaces when pasting just the codes in the email and password boxes.
      email:m5s7uMMvHQur1TUaOiazR

      password:f1PPhYqrwx9ICrwXS4GDK

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  10. Do you know if or where I can buy the Oh La La series of clip art? It is still showing on PC Crafter? I am soo sad it is closed.

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  11. Has anyone found a resource like PC Crafter? I'm missing my graphics fix!

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  12. Am trying to use the HugBrowser after a few years away. Didn't know that they had closed down.....any suggestions? Keeps telling me to activate the durn thing again!

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  13. I am just so sad about pccrafter.com. I recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo and was excited to use some of the graphics. Rats! Really, why did they shut down? It was one of the best sites ever! It's strange that we can still go to the site, view images, add to wishlist, pull up articles and projects but you can't buy anything. So sad!

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  14. I loved the PC hug club! I miss it!

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  15. Just found out they closed. I was in the middle of a big move when it was all going on and this year has been chaotic. I was just starting to use my deluxe program again, when my computer broke. My SIL is downloading all the clipart onto my new computer, but I need to find how to get the deluxe program again. It doesn't sound from what I am reading on the different pages here that this will be possible. So sad.

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    1. Grandmac,

      There is NO current way to re-download the pcCrafter Deluxe Hugbug Browser. If you didn't have it backed up somewhere,, you are out of luck. But if yo do have it backed up somewhere - it can be Activated
      OK - now if you're ready to "try" re-Installing it on your computer
      to Activate the Deluxe "payfor" Browser, you will need to follow the instructions that Heidi from Provo Craft has emailed to folks inquiring about Activation of the Browser
      I am copying and pasting the info from the email I got from Heidi at Provo Craft in Oct 2011 :
      After installing, Please right click on the hugbug browser deluxe icon on your desktop, and then click on run as administrator. Then copy and paste in the codes below to activate the browser - make sure there are no spaces when pasting just the codes in the email and password boxes.
      email:m5s7uMMvHQur1TUaOiazR

      password:f1PPhYqrwx9ICrwXS4GDK

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  16. I loved PC Hug Club. I was just looking to see if I could get the clip are for my mac and was sad to learn of the lose of my once favorite site for clipart.
    :(

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  17. Is there a way to get the pc hug browser to reinstall

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    1. I contacted Provo Craft, and they sent me a code to enter to activate the browser for Hugbug, It did NOT work either. I guess we need a "hacker" to figure out how to activate the browser. There just has to be a way to do it. My greeting cards look awful with pieces missing because of the white around them. Any ideas out there?

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    2. Crafty Granny
      OK - now if you're ready to "try" re-Installing it on your computer
      to Activate the Deluxe "payfor" Browser, you will need to follow the instructions that Heidi from Provo Craft has emailed to folks inquiring about Activation of the Browser
      I am copying and pasting the info from the email I got from Heidi at Provo Craft in Oct 2011 :
      After installing, Please right click on the hugbug browser deluxe icon on your desktop, and then click on run as administrator. Then copy and paste in the codes below to activate the browser - make sure there are no spaces when pasting just the codes in the email and password boxes.
      email:m5s7uMMvHQur1TUaOiazR

      password:f1PPhYqrwx9ICrwXS4GDK

      Delete
    3. OK - now if you're ready to "try" re-Installing it on your computer
      to Activate the Deluxe "payfor" Browser, you will need to follow the instructions that Heidi from Provo Craft has emailed to folks inquiring about Activation of the Browser
      I am copying and pasting the info from the email I got from Heidi at Provo Craft in Oct 2011 :
      After installing, Please right click on the hugbug browser deluxe icon on your desktop, and then click on run as administrator. Then copy and paste in the codes below to activate the browser - make sure there are no spaces when pasting just the codes in the email and password boxes.
      email:m5s7uMMvHQur1TUaOiazR

      password:f1PPhYqrwx9ICrwXS4GDK

      Delete
  18. I tried the code & it didn't work for me. I got a new computer & now can't use the browser. I'm not happy.......at all.
    Sharron aka Sharrahug

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  19. I tried the code and it didn't work for me either. Is there something else I can try?

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  20. I got this code to work on Windows 8, but on my laptop (Vista), I cannot even uninstall the old one, It can't find it!!! But at least I can use it on the desktop.... Thank you

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  21. Does anyone know of a program that is as easy as PCHugBug Browser Delux where it took the white out of the back of some graphics?

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  22. I am just sick I realized that PCHugBug was gone a couple of years ago but I figured I would have to live with it. NOW I don't know what to do because I have lost some of my clip art but there is no way to get it back

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  23. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I've been trying everything to activate the Deluxe paid for version of the PCHugBug Browser and have searched the internet until my fingers turned blue and to finally have found the fix --- it WORKS!!! I am HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!

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  24. I am having trouble activating the HugBug Browser Delux. I have copied and pasted the code you gave, but keep getting the error box. What do you suggest?

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  25. I used it today on Windows 10. It would not let me copy and paste the codes but it took them when I re-typed them. Be careful when you enter them....good luck.

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  26. Did you include the words "email:" and "password:" when you typed them in?
    Also, on the email is it the number 1 after the Qur? And a number 1 after the f on the password?

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