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BannerZest Pro is a popular authoring tool for the creation of amazing banners based on a wide range of ready-made themes. In its latest version BannerZest not only supports Flash banners but also HTML5 banners that can be viewed on iPhone and iPad iOS browsers, which do not support Flash. 14 new HTML5 themes are available at launch in the Pro version and 10 themes in the Standard version. Aquafadas is committed to expand this initial set of HTML5 themes.

BannerZest 3 for Mac includes:

  • Export of animated banners as Flash, HTML5, or as a Flash/HTML5 hybrid
  • 14 more...

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Yukonjack Member IconComment+207
Yukonjack
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Note to web page designers: You might try to consider your target audiences. In an informal poll around campus I found that 78 out of 91 people absolutely detested animated and intrusive banners on sites they visit.

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Version 3.0
ylluminate
+0

Entirely depends on your demographics. Every user of sites I've created with animated banners absolutely adore them and say that it really adds to the experience. :)

Sartorius Member IconComment+7
Sartorius
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Where is BannerZest 2.2.3? The link above and all links on the developer site download version 2.2.2...

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Version 2.2.3
Gargiulo Member IconReview+1
Gargiulo
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I've been using BannerZest for a few years, and I'm thrilled with the newest version of the Pro. I like the ability to export a complete swf of the banner-easy, breezy! I recently upgraded and lost my old serial number, which you need to activate the new 2.0 version. I sent AquaFadas an email and received my old serial number within two hours. That's awesome customer support.

Peter
Graphic Designer

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Version 2.2
Misterol Member IconReview+1
Misterol
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I got Bannerzest two years ago as part of a MacUpdate bundle. I didn't really start using it until recently. I have a blog and I wanted some slide shows. I upgraded to Pro because I wanted the ability to have alternative images for iPhone users. While this doesn't work on Blogger, unfortunately, the program itself is great. It's super easy to use and gives very professional looking results. The integration with iPhoto is worth the extra money for me.

As for the folks at Aquafada they have been right on top of their customer support for me. I wrote in and despite the time difference got a response really quickly and several follow ups after that. Five stars all the way around.

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Version 2.2
Ploth Member IconReview+47
Ploth
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I bought the pro version at the very high price. I did not expect to be slugged for an upgrade within a few month of buying it.

One of the main things I wanted to use it for didn't work properly either.

After complaining to support they tried to tell me I was wrong & they were justified in their charging schedule. They offered me a reduction - but then just stopped responding to emails. My complaint about the lack of functionality was met with "pay for the upgrade"!!

Avoid this developer.

The software itself is very limited. It does make banners very easily but they are very 'template-ish' and don't offer much adjustment.

It is quite easy to use but does have some very time consuming and annoying traits especially when trying to add images / re-arrange. I have used it on a few websites but wish I had never gone near them.

I am tempted to do a charge-back - that's how unhapy I am. But of course I am wrong!

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Version 2.1.1
Typographica
+3

They sent me an email about special pricing. So I bought BannerZest Pro 2 on July 10, 2009.They updated to BannerZest Pro 3 on 10-26-09. I enquired if my update is free, they took a while to get back to me. This is exactly what they wrote:

Hi,

We have sent an email to those who could get a free upgrade. If you
have not received it then sorry you cannot get one.


Best regards

Aquafadas support team
support@aquafadas.com

And I have to pay the FULL upgrade price too??? I would have been willing to pay a nominal fee for my 3 month old software. They obviously knew the upgrade was coming when the special offer was sent to me (this is dishonest and greedy). All this for an overpriced template driven piece of software. I have found another solution which is more flexible from a design standpoint, less 'canned' look and under half the price, a flash plug-in. I have not included the name of this mac plug in lest anyone think this a competitor driven response.

I also had problems with the software (buggy) and their support response time took a few weeks (also had to decipher their broken english). One of the problems was when the banner initially loaded a black descending curtain came under the banner and then disappeared. No solution.

Great software for public and high school projects but not for professional designers.
My fault for buying this, should have done my homework better. Classify this under impulse buy and in addition I really should have ignored the comments of others who said this was flexible design ware. I have moved on to better solutions.

Caveat Emptor

Hansjoerg Member IconComment+11
Hansjoerg
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I owe BannerZest Pro version 1.xx since June 2009. In September 2009 version 2 came out. Despite the good 3 months that I have owed this software, Aquafadas did not provide a free update but wants to charge $59 upgrade fee.

Well, I think I should be considered a very good customer of Aquafadas products since I owe ALL Pro products and those products that don't have a pro counterpart version.

In summary, Aquafadas service is absolutely disatisfactory and surely not honest in this sense. This is also proved by the fact that they ignore my complaint when I even suggested that I'd be willing to pay the upgrade price like the non-pro version.

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Version 2.0.1
Raddle
+4

I agree. This product was too expensive to start off with, has not been augmented with new themes at anything like the rate that was implied (the main reason I paid for the pro version), and now has a steep upgrade fee. The product is good at what it does, but I don't think the company is that great at making its customers feel valued.

Pedro-Fardilha Member IconComment+222
Pedro-Fardilha
+3

Hummm... so strange.

BannerZest, as the name implies, is targeted to those who need to, among other things, quickly do some banners.
As a lazy person who only makes flash banners out of necessity, I was quite interested in this app, but the more I read about it the more it surprises me.
How is it that BannerZest cannot support industry standards clickTAG or clickTARGET vars?
Let's face it, most of us out there who have to do banners, will integrate it with some sort of ad server, yet we have this banner making app that simply doesn't work with ad servers... strange indeed.

Pedro Fardilha

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Version 1.5
BumbleB Member IconComment+330
BumbleB
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$129 for the Pro version, and $49 for the Standard version.

They must be nuts. I need to create three banners out of necessity. Wanted to try this, but the price puts me off.

If I was a pro banner developer, the prices are fair enough, but then I'd use Flash CS4 anyway, to have more control.

I think they would sell more licenses for this app, had the price been more reasonable.

Who *loves* banners? Who *loves* to create them? They are, at least to me, just a necessary evil.

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Version 1.5
bossa-nova Member IconComment+31
bossa-nova
+0

I haven't found out how to

1. Add audio to a slideshow for publishing it to a website;
2. Make the slideshow automatically load a specific URL at the end of it.

Can someone help me?

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Version 1.4
Chickwriter Member IconReview+4
Chickwriter
+3

I design brochure-type websites and purchased BannerZest Pro to be able to add small flash bits to my sites. I'm pleased with it overall. Here's one of the sites I used BannerZest on and, combined with Google AdWords, this company has had been receiving some good sales leads after I added flash to the site: houstonsprayfoaminsulation.com. For one thing, not everyone loves flash-heavy sites, but I can add just a bit of zest without being overpowering with this application. For another, Adobe is just too expensive and the learning curve is too steep for me anyway. My only suggestion/complaint is that the I can't add html links into it.

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Version 1.2.6
Chickwriter
+1

After complaining that I could not add html links in my review, I found out that I could under the Media tab.

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Version 3.1.4
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Date 30 Jul 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $129.00
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