More information about Chutes...
Haven't I seen this before?
Chutes was first published in 1994 as a promotional gift with PC Magazine and appeared on one or two CD-ROMs around that time. Over 2800 copies were downloaded from our website and who knows how many from other sites that took it upon themselves to distribute it... we even know that Chutes was installed on all the PCs at one RAF air-base when their techie staff contacted us to find out what the program was, who we were and how we had circumvented their security and vetting procedures (it wasn't us, at all, officer). Chutes only really went away because it pre-dated Windows 95 and didn't run properly on modern PCs. Now, after continued and repeated public demand, we've finally produced a 32-bit version for modern systems...
Is it free?
No, this new version of Chutes has to earn its keep and costs $15 (about £10 or €12). You get the program electronically by downloading it from this website, installing it on your PC (takes two minutes if that) and then 'activating' it. The program displays a unique installation code and you purchase and enter a matching 'activation code' to unlock the software. This can all be done on-line from the screensaver's Settings options in the Windows Control Panel... this will take you to our web server where you can pay securely using Paypal. Once you've paid, the activation code will be shown on-screen as well as e-mailed to you... just type it into the screensaver and away you go.
Do I need a Paypal account then?
No, you can pay with any popular credit or debit card without signing up for a Paypal account... though having one makes it quick and easy to pay for small value items like this one.
What if I can't go on-line or I cut up my credit cards?
Install the screensaver on the PC you want to run it on and then call or write us and we'll sort you out. We can give you a code over the phone and take cheques, postal orders or cash.
How long does my activation code last?
It should stick around forever. If you change your PC or have to repair it or replace bits and your code goes away, let us know and we'll sort you out a replacement code.
What about using it on my laptop?
Oh go on then... if you activate Chutes on your desktop PC and want to run it on your laptop too, just install it there and give us a ring or send us an e-mail with your details and the installation code for the laptop and we'll give you an activation code to let you run it there too. Offer limited to two computers per person...
Does it work on my Macintosh?
No sorry... it's Windows only.
What about on my Linux system?
Apparently it does work under WINE which is pretty clever. Let us know how you get on if you try it!
Any other questions?
If your question isn't answered here or you've any other comments, please contact us