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Shimeji for Mac Users Tutorial

...a compiled amount of resources in one easy-to-understand instruction packet.


Here, I will walk you step-by-step for all you Mac users to access the cute/fun world of Shimeji

without the use of Wine/Parallels Desktop or other Windows transferring programs that could slow your Mac down.



Contents:
- What is Shimeji?
- Where can I download one?
- What you need to have installed already on your Mac.
- Choose your Shimeji, and download.
- Download the Shimeji Mac template.
- Transferring documents.
- Run!
- Common issues, and how you can fix them easily.
- Final Notes.

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What is Shimeji?


In a nutshell, it's a desktop sitter that is fully customizable.  Each 'sitter' is often represented by an icon or character, and they usually just run around your screen, crawl up the windows, etc.  For example, you could have a Pikachu shimeji that runs around your desktop looking cute, or a Link shimeji that throws your tab windows around.  Ultimately, it depends on the script of what you've downloaded.  However, unlike your ordinary desktop sitter, shimeji multiply.  Like mushrooms. At the end of the day, you could have around 16 or 17 of the same character gamboling on your desktop.  But very fun and cute nonetheless, as you can drag them around or throw them.

Where can I download one?


Essentially, anywhere.  Since I'm strictly doing this for Mac Users only, it doesn't matter whether your character is capable of running on Mac--in fact, 97% of them don't.  However, since I'm going to walk you through how to use one that is customized for Windows on a Mac, it doesn't matter.
You can find Shimeji:
-Here on deviantART.  Search 'Shimeji' in the bar, or be specific with the character you are looking for.
-Google or any other search engine.  If it's not on deviantART, it could be on Tumblr or some other share site.
-Make your own.  There are templates available for you to make your own Shimeji for the Mac.  
You can download the template here: nonowarn.jp/shimeji/index-en.h….*

*NOTICE! The template is no longer being maintained.  Visit: www.4shared.com/zip/xDOPDz_sba… and proceed.


I made this text larger because y'all can't read.

What you need to have Installed.


-You will need Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.8.  Older than 10.5 will not work.  To check which OS X version you have:
>Apple Icon
>'About This Mac'
>'More Info...'
> Under Software.
-The latest version of Java runtime, which you can download here: java.com/en/download/index.jsp
Apple computers typically already have Java downloaded, so click 'Software Update...' under the apple icon on the top left of your desktop.

Choose your Shimeji, and download it.


Once you have found the shimeji you wish to have installed onto your desktop, download it as a .ZIP file if available.

You will be given the option of where to save it.  It doesn't matter, but I suggest keeping it under 'Applications'.

Begin download.  Once download is complete, double click onto the zipped folder to automatically unzip it's contents.  

Download the Shimeji template specifically for Mac.


The exact same contents of the shimeji you have downloaded, only that it does not have a set character, and that the script runs for Mac.

FIND THE DOWNLOAD HERE: nonowarn.jp/shimeji/index-en.h…

*NOTICE! The template is no longer being maintained.  Visit: www.4shared.com/zip/xDOPDz_sba… and proceed.


I made this text larger AND put it in two different places because y'all /really/ need to learn how to read.

Repeat the above steps, saving it in the same spot as the first shimeji. Unzip by double clicking the icon.

Transferring Documents


You now have two shimeji files, one containing your character specifically for Windows, the other a blank template specifically for Mac.  Here, I will go slowly step-by-step for you to merge the two documents.

1. Open your CHARACTER shimeji folder.  You will find multiple files within it.  Click the one labelled 'img', where you will then find a series of your character in multiple poses.
2. Press and hold the COMMAND key and select all of the character poses in the 'img' folder.  
3. Right click and select 'Copy [#] Items'.
4. Move to the TEMPLATE shimeji folder, and you will see that it has the exact same set up.  Click the file labelled 'img', and right-click paste.  A pop-up will show up asking you if you want to replace the items.  To save time, select the box labelled 'Apply to All' and click 'Replace'.   
5. You can now go back and DELETE the CHARACTER shimeji file, as it holds no use to us now.
6. Return back to the TEMPLATE shimeji folder.

Congratulations!  Activate it!


Begin by going to your now ONLY shimeji folder, and clicking the icon simply labelled 'Shimeji". It'll look like a pixel computer with a face on the screen.  You will be prompted with something along the lines of,
Do you want to open this program?  It's from the internet.
Click yes, and your shimeji should miraculously fall from the 'sky'.


Common Issues, Troubleshooting, etc.


My shimeji has a bizarre shadow of itself following it around!
This doesn't happen all the time--in fact, it shouldn't. But in the off chance that it does and it bothers you, you will need to install SHADOW KILLER for your Mac.  You can find the link here: www.macupdate.com/app/mac/6428… .  Install and run.  
NOTE: Shadow Killer will not only remove the shadow from the shimeji, but everything, including your windows.  While it saves data space, it makes the desktop look significantly less polished.

It won't run!
It happens.  Reinstall both the TEMPLATE shimeji and the CHARACTER shimeji of your choice, and follow the steps again. Instead of deleting the CHARACTER shimeji folder in step 5, just keep it handy.   
NOTE: Do not mess with the coding, even if you can read japanese.  It will often confuse the app and refuse to open.  

It still won't work?
Make sure that your computer meets the installation requirements mentioned earlier.  Java must also be running on 64-bit.  If your problem persists, please give a detailed account of your issue and any popups, and comment below.  

My Shimeji won't climb windows :C
- Click the apple icon in the top left-hand corner of your desktop.
- Select 'System Preferences...'
- Select 'Universal Access'
- Check the box labelled 'Enable access for assistive devices.'

How can I have more than one Shimeji?
Repeat all of the steps above.  Make sure that they are separate folders to distinguish between them.  You must activate each character separately for all of them to function at once.

The download file says that it is damaged!
Mountain Lion comes with a system called Gatekeeper, which prevents you from accidentally running harmful things; our Macs are thinking that Shimeji is dangerous.

Note that this will temporarily change your security settings, however, you may change it back later.

Click the Apple logo > System Preferences > Security and Privacy
Click the 'General' tab
'Unclick' the lock in the bottom left if it's clicked; it'll ask for your password for security's sake.
Where it says 'Allow applications downloaded from: ' click 'Anywhere'.
It'll ask you to confirm and I think it asks for your password again, in any case just go with it.
Return to the Shimeji template/whichever you're trying to run; the thing you clicked on to get the 'damaged' message > Right click it and click 'Open' > It'll ask you if you're sure; click 'Open' again.

*Thanks to Nikki-Nigel for providing this!

:new: :new: :new:"Uncaught exception in main method: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: input == null!"
If you are receiving this error, I CANNOT HELP YOU.  Your best bet is to reinstall Java, and please make sure it is set to 64 bit.  If possible, also try older versions of Java.

Ever since the recent update, the original template has NOT BEEN MAINTAINED and you have to rely on luck for it to work.  Whether or not you receive this error is because of this.

****All questions regarding this error will be ignored.  

A few final notes that'll help.


You will notice in the upper right-hand corner of your desktop that there is now a small icon of the shimeji shortcut.  Click it, and you will see a drop box of various commands in japanese.
here is what they say in order, in English, and what they do:
"Add one" - Click this and one more Shimeji will appear. The more times you click it, the more Shimejis you get.
"Come here!" - All of the Shimeji will run over to your mouse and follow it, and most likely sit and watch you guide the mouse around. They won't sit there forever, though!
"Leave one left" - If you get too many Shimeji on your screen, click this option and it will leave you with only one left.
"Bring back my IE windows!" - Sometimes a Shimeji will try to take your minimized windows away [although it doesn't happen too much]. Click this option to get it back. Take note that they won't be able to steal enlarged windows.
"Bye bye" - Click this to log it off.

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Enjoy your shimeji!  You can switch shimeji characters at any time simply by following the steps above under 'Transferring Documents'.

Shimeji used to be strictly for Windows, but not anymore!  Mac users can now take part in the fun :>  

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  I'll be happy to try to reply or answer to the best of my ability.  

Cheers,
Cucco.
Finally, a tutorial guide for Mac Users to get their own Shimeji!

No need for downloading wine, or other windows installation programs that can cost you money, take up space, or slow down your Mac.

Through these steps, I will walk you through how to convert a Windows Shimeji to work on your Mac, and try to answer any questions you may have.

I will not answer any questions that can be answered from reading the tutorial.


If I have not answered your question, it means that your answer is already in the tutorial. 

I am not a programmer, nor did I develop the template for a Mac Shimeji. If there are issues with a shimeji's specific coding or runtime errors, I CANNOT HELP.


:new::new::new: The Mac Template is no longer being updated.  I cannot assist you if shimeji no longer functions on your updated iOS system. :new::new::new:

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Check out a slightly different tutorial on how to use a shimeji on a Mac through video:
lalala00000007 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbjt9P…
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:iconicewingdrawer:
IcewingDrawer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
I got all the stuff in the right place, but I cant find the icon your talking about. if I have, It doesn't work. help please
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shadykoi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 2.50.15 PM by shadykoi   cool
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shadykoi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whenever i try to paste my peridot shimeji into the img folder it always goes into the one under it. is this normaL??
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Angel4Danger Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
Hey I can't download, the 4 share link doesn't work. Could you upload on dropbox or media fire?
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Popokko Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hello! i managed to download the file through 4shared and uploaded it to my dropbox so that other people can download it easier (since 4shared required me to use my Facebook account just to get it).

edit: www.dropbox.com/sh/u2bomjc5j59…

i'm pretty new in using this dropbox feature though, so please tell me if it doesn't work!
and the pictures have already been replaced with a different character emoji, but replacing them would still work~
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:iconcomicalzoeh:
comicalzoeh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  New Deviant
hhhh- I'm trying to download the damn thing and it does nothing.. Help? QnQ
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Popokko Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hello! i managed to download the file through 4shared and uploaded it to my dropbox so that other people can download it easier (since 4shared required me to use my Facebook account just to get it).

edit: www.dropbox.com/sh/u2bomjc5j59…

i'm pretty new in using this dropbox feature though, so please tell me if it doesn't work!
and the pictures have already been replaced with a different character emoji, but replacing them would still work~
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CreepzCalem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UM the thing I downloaded doesn't have a template folder. WHat do i do?
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:iconjoleigh1998:
Joleigh1998 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
I'm having the same problem. :(
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GhoztWolve Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Duuuuude thank you so so so much! I now have little Sans crawling in my screen :>
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Betsythecat Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2016
Got java.langInvocationTargetException error, not in tutoriel, what can i do? tried this on asriel buddy and did all steps till here.
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:icontwenty2boy:
twenty2boy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
it works thank you
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:iconchelseazlee:
chelseazlee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Why does my shimeji goes down to head deep, it does not stand on the 'ground'
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chelseazlee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
I just downloaded a Shimeji file and got it as .exe. How do I change the .exe into Mac compatible? I can't seem to extract the .exe files either to copy the content. 
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sangstertommeh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
it wont work?i already replaced it,and then....
nothing happens??
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Undertalepictures4u Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i never saw the TEMPLATE folder?
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sangstertommeh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
same
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MinxTheLynx Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like the blank template doesn't download at all from the 4shared website.
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Kima4life Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
My shimeji keep walking behind the toolbar (It only apear the top of their head) and when I open safari or other app and put on fullscreen they don't go. Anyone knows how to fix it?
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Utkudakid Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just pull it out of there then throw it somewhere else.
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Coraxus Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Thanks for the Shimeji, however while I do have my Shimeji technically working, I'm currently running El Capitan and I was wondering if you could update this tidbit instructions for us El Capitan user:

"My Shimeji won't climb windows :C
- Click the apple icon in the top left-hand corner of your desktop.
- Select 'System Preferences...'
- Select 'Universal Access'
- Check the box labelled 'Enable access for assistive devices.'"

My best guess is that instead of a Universal Access, we have "Accessibility" and within that section, there's nothing that indicates "Enable access for assistive devices."
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lola-fubuki Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have El Capitan too, and I found it in "Security and Privacy" instead of "Accesibility".
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:iconsans-under-tale:
Sans-Under-Tale Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidentally printed them omg i have 46 stick figures ughhhhh
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NovahkiinGalaxy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If this is already answered i'm sorry >3<"

When I pick up my Shimeji (Undertale Asriel in my case) It doesn't show the golding animation, instead it just shows the normal standing pose >3< I want to Asriel being picked up by his ears!! T^T whehhh
If there is a solution please tell me! >3<
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Gagi1270 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Does anyone know how to download a shimeji on a mac version 10.9.5?
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XxNinjaDAGodxX Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
You can do it on marvicks 
i downloaded a sans from tumblr So it does work
Nod 
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ScarletPhlame Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
There's a weird white pixelated outline around my Shimeji - how do I get it to go away?
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:iconnovahkiingalaxy:
NovahkiinGalaxy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
that happens to me >.> I just deal with it... it doesn't make them any less cute :3
But i think its a problem with the smoothness of their outline.. :( and its probably twice as hard seeing as they are pixelated when you edit them >3< I'll tell you if the outline goes away when i finally finish my Shimeji ^-^"
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Zach-ARI Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For people who are still confused:
In summary,

go to the website they gave you for the template. itll probably ask you to wait or make an account to download it.
download the template. itll be a .ZIP file I believe.
Open it, itll be a blank mac shimeji.
Now, get the file of ANY shimeji that you want, whether its mac or windows. download it if you havent already.
since youre on a mac, click the file once its in a folder, then click IMG. youll see a bunch of expressions the shimeji is doing. click and drag, copy all of em.
Then, go to the template one, and paste them down. (not against the old ones.)
itll ask you if you wanna replace the old ones. click 'apply for all' and yes, itll replace all the old/blank expressions instead with your new shimeji. exit out the IMG specific folder and click on the icon that is labelled 'Shimeji' and has a little guy in a computer monitor. double click it, not just once actually.
it should appear.
Hope this helped for some people.

Also, no, shimejis will NOT appear on other users if you have multiple on your mac.

IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE, READ ABOVE FOR SOME ADVICE THAT MIGHT HELP??? /!\
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IcewingDrawer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
im sorry if im bothering you by asking this, but my problem is that I've done everything, but the thing called 'Shimeji' is just a explorer thing that leads to a download of the same thingy. and the icon with the guy on the computer leads to the website. I'm sorry if im bothering you, but can you help me? I need a little buddy to help me beat his alternate self XD
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FinnTheCatopian Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I used a different technique on getting my shimejis on mac (scratch.mit.edu/projects/90907…) but my Shimejis aren't interacting with the chrome window or any other window I open. I try to make them stand on it, but they just fall right past it. It did work before with 1 of them but then I quit and reopened the program and it stopped. PLEASE HELP ME!
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owldsoph13 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Still dont get it :)
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Undertrash Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
If I download a Shimeji on one user, will it show up for another? I have my own user on my mom's Mac, which I am using rn, and I don't want the Shimeji to show up on my mom's user.
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Zach-ARI Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope!
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Yoko-No-Dara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Does anyone else have to click the .jar file because the shimeji app won't work?
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NovahkiinGalaxy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah :( i cant figure out how to fix it T^T if you find a solution please tell me! I'll so the same ^-^
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Yoko-No-Dara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Did you ever find your solution?
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:iconnovahkiingalaxy:
NovahkiinGalaxy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nope >.<
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Yoko-No-Dara Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I think I found a way.
Not sure if it'll work for you, but it did me.

Click on the Apple Icon -> System Preferences -> Security and Privacy -> General -> Click Lock to Make Changes -> Allow Apps Downloaded from -> Anywhere

Redo the steps above for the Shimeji Mac tutorial. You have to immediately download and open something that isn't from the Mac store, aka the Shimeji app (not the jar). Right click on it select open, to open it. 

The normal window of Do You Wish to OPEN this? Will appear. Click Open.
A new window should pop up in 
System Preferences -> Security and Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility. 
That's normal. Unlock to make changes and in the menu checkmark the item that appeared. It will be one of these two: Jar Launcher and/or JavaApplicationStub.


Let me know if this works for you. 
(If it does, I'll warn you now, each new Shimeji will pop open that Accessibility tab. After you've checkmarked it, you won't have to do it again for that particular Shimeji.)

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NovahkiinGalaxy Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nup still said i need java 6 x3 and i wont downgrade m8 :P I have java 8
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:iconyoko-no-dara:
Yoko-No-Dara Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Odd, I didn't need to downgrade. o.O
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NovahkiinGalaxy Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hm o-o...
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Ekura123 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Great stuff :) omg the shimejis are sooo cute
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amaranthica Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I think I found a solution to the "Uncaught exception in main method: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: input == null!" issue. For me, I kept getting it, and it turned out to be an issue with the .png's in the image file! Previously, if an image was not there, when the animation played there would simply be a gap. Now, the program will not start unless this area is perfect! This means that you need the icon.png and shime1.png-shime46.png all labelled accordingly!

The specific issue that I had is that the shime14.png was shime14 copy.png. As soon as I changed the title back to shime14.png, the error message went away and it worked fine!
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hackydacky69 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
having troubles with 4shared
help
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Zach-ARI Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since nobody answered yet,
whats the problem?
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:iconhackydacky69:
hackydacky69 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it just gets stuck on the ad screen
mm
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Zach-ARI Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay so,
does it have like a video thats running and it wont stop buffering?
Because when I first went to download my template, there was a video that wouldnt load, and by that said something like your download will start in '##' seconds.
if thats the case, you either have to make an account or log in with a temporary account from a social media website.
I chose instagram for that.
Then it'll start counting down.
If thats not what happening, tell me what is.
When you're sent to the 4shared website, it should look like this if not the problem i told above:
orig04.deviantart.net/6d45/f/2…
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hackydacky69 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah thats the problem
thanks my dude
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