How To Install Templates

Posted by admin on Oct 12, 2009 in DAP Guides |

The new way (since 2.5.4)

A new way of installing templates with 2.5.4 and newer is now much simpler. The newly created templates should be distributed in a single archive file ‘*.dpk’. All you need to do is to go to menu Tools and select the item Install Template… then navigate to the dpk file.

The DAP will unpack all the files and put them where appropriate.

The dpk mime was added to the dap cafe so it can be now uploaded to the post as a media directly.

Note: User needs to have permission for DAP to write to Program Files folder because at this moment EVERYTHING is kept in the DAPainter folder instead scattered across various user folders as it is a custom in windows.

If you don’t have permission, you need to set ‘Run as Administrator’,
Here is how: When DAP is closed, Right click the DAP icon, select Properties, look under tab Compatibility (some windows version have it in Security tab) and check ‘Run this program as an Administrator’. This is the Vista/ W7 famous UAC that prevents normal users from writing files to Program Files.

For time being authors may to choose to distribute the template as both zipped files and dpk file, but after some period of time the zip files should be phased out.

The Old Way (pre 2.5.4) or if the template comes as a set of files from older posts.

AOP Template is a set of few files that should be un-zipped and placed in the “objectpacks” folder in the program folder.


C:\Program Files\DAPainter\objectpacks\

A typical set of files would have 4 files and look like this:


Additionally, for multistyle templates there could be other files with numerical postfix:


All of those files go to “objectpacks” folder.

Author may provide a short help file that will qappear on the right side interface when the style is selected. Those files would be one or more jpg/gif file and a single html file named same as a template.  Help files go to Help folder.


C:\Program Files\DAPainter\Help\
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