FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to install ArtRage on one additional computer for your own use, that is ok with us.

The purchased ArtRage serial number is for a single user, but we allow you to install ArtRage on multiple devices for your own use. This can be either Windows and/or Mac OS-X, providing you with a download installation file for each platform.

If you wish to use more computers than this, then please contact us about Bulk Licensing.

Unable to Validate License after downloading from the Google Play Store

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If you can’t run ArtRage for Android after purchasing from the Google Play Store, are asked to validate it everytime you open the app, or can only run it when connected to the internet, this is usually because ArtRage or the Play Store app is not properly storing or sending the purchase data. This is usually fairly easy to fix following the steps below. Note: Several things can cause this bug to occur or prevent your changes from fixing the problem, so you may have to try a few different things.

Before trying anything else, try just uninstalling the app and reinstalling it again from the Play Store. If this fails, move onto the troubleshooting steps below.

The steps we have found work most reliably are:

  1. Close ArtRage completely in your active processes
  2. Clear the ArtRage app data
  3. Clear the Play Store cache
  4. Open ArtRage and turn on Wifi to get licence data
  5. Close ArtRage completely in active processes and turn off Wifi
  6. Restart the device

We have found that clearing your ArtRage app data and then connecting to wifi to re-validate your app will usually allow you to use the app properly after that but may still give you the licence validation error on start up. Tap ‘retry’ and it should vanish and allow you to use ArtRage. If this happens, then it usually means that you missed one of the steps above, or something else is going on.

Further Troubleshooting

Find out how to do the individual steps, and other things you can try:

1. Check the Play Store Account

Are you logged in under the same account that you purchased the app under?

To check:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app
  2. Touch the Menu icon to see which account you’re currently using.
  3. To change accounts, touch the dropdown arrow Selector and select a different account.


2. Check Wifi Connection

The Play Store needs an active internet connection to verify your purchase for the first time and every time that the error shows up. Once you have validated your licence, it may work until you restart your device.

To check if the licence validation error is completely fixed, you will need to turn off wifi and restart your device.

3. Clear ArtRage app data

While the problem usually lies in the Play Store app, there is a chance that the ArtRage app data is corrupted and not storing your purchase data properly. We are investigating this issue.

Deleting the app data is basically the same process as for the Play Store app, but note that you’ll lose any current unsaved work.

Go to:
> Settings
> Application Manager
> Choose the ‘All’ tab
> Find and open the ArtRage app
> tap ‘Clear > Data’.
> Reboot the device.

4. Clear Play Store App Data

You may need to clear out some of the existing incorrect data in the Play Store App before it notices that you’ve paid for ArtRage.

Make sure that your device is connected to the internet.

Clearing out your Play Store app data

  1. Check that the Play Store app is up to date. If not, install any updates.
  2. Clear the cache.
    • Go to:
      > Settings
      > Application Manager
      > Choose the ‘All’ tab
      > Find and open the Google Play Store app
      > Tap ‘Clear Cache’.

    • Restart Google Play
    • Reboot your device, and try running ArtRage again.


If it still doesn’t work Clear data as well (this will remove your saved Play Store settings)

  1. Go back into the app following the steps above, then tap ‘Clear > Data’.
  2. Restart Google Play
  3. Reboot your device, and try running ArtRage again.


5. Turn Google Backup Off

If you have the automatic backup enabled, it may be overwriting the licence data whenever you restart the device. Try disabling it temporarily to allow the changes to be saved.
  1. Go to your device settings
  2. Find the backup and reset options
  3. Disable ‘Back up my data’
  4. Restart the device (you may need to go online to validate the app one final time)


6. Reinstall ArtRage

Uninstalling and reinstalling ArtRage will clear out all the app data and give you a fresh install. This should also update the licence data.

Go to:
> Settings
> Application Manager
> Choose the ‘All’ tab
> Find and open the ArtRage app
> Uninstall
> Redownload ArtRage from the Play Store (You should not be asked to pay again)

7. Repurchase ArtRage for Android

If you still can’t get it to work, contact us with your order number for a refund. Purchasing ArtRage again gives the Play Store app a second chance at validating the app properly.

(Note: you can get a refund automatically through the Play Store within 15 minutes, if you’re still within that time).

Can I get a refund? I don’t want the app anymore.

The Google Play Store allows you to refund your purchase automatically within the first fifteen minutes, and we can refund purchases if you have a problem with your product (although not if you just got bored with the app), but we are unable to directly refund purchases made through GALAXY Apps or iTunes. You will need to contact the individual store support directly.

If you are having a specific issue with your app, please contact us and we will try and help.

I purchased ArtRage for Android from one app store. Can I transfer it to the other?

Unfortunately, the Google Play Store and GALAXY Apps are completely separate, and we have no way to transfer sales information.

Can I run my purchase on devices that don’t support the app store I bought it from?

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible. ArtRage app licences are tied to your app store account.

This will mostly only apply to users who purchased through GALAXY Apps (or received it free from GALAXY Gifts) and want to use ArtRage on a non-Samsung device.

Can I run my purchase on multiple devices that have the same app store account?

Yes! This is controlled by the policies and technology of each individual store, but we have no restrictions on you using the ArtRage iOS and Android apps across multiple devices.

Do I have to pay for a subscription to use ArtRage?

Buying ArtRage is a one off purchase. We do not use a subscription model and have no plans to switch to one. Once you purchase your ArtRage licence then it is yours for life, and you can download any updates from the Member Area as needed.

You do not need to be connected to the internet to use ArtRage.

The only time you ever need to pay money again is if you wish to upgrade to an entirely different edition, when you will receive a 50% discount.

Steam Users

Steam users have the option of running ArtRage without the Steam platform.

Where do I get my serial number for my Wacom tablet?

Wacom bundles ArtRage in two different ways: CD-ROM or software download.

If it was on a CD, then the serial number should be printed on the CD case.

If ArtRage was included as a software download, then there should be a Software Bundle Download Code printed somewhere on the packaging. If you bought an Intuos Draw, see ArtRage Lite – Wacom Users for help locating your SBD code. You would register this code at www.wacom.com, which will then unlock your software downloads and serial numbers.

An email should be automatically generated, containing your ArtRage serial number (it may also be called a registration code or license key), as well as access to your download of ArtRage. You should also be able to log back in at Wacom and view your serial number again.

Once you have your serial number, you can register it in the Member Area and download the latest version of ArtRage directly from us if you wish.

If you are having problems registering with Wacom, then you should contact Wacom support for assistance as we cannot help directly with their registration process.

Serial number asked for every launch

Some Windows users have reported that every time they start ArtRage they are prompted to enter their Serial Number. This problem indicates that the application is not being given permission by the operating system to store the serial number in the Registry after it is entered.

To solve the problem, you need to launch ArtRage ‘as Administrator’ once and enter the Serial Number, this allows the application to store the number and it won’t ask for it again when you launch it normally.

How you do this depends on the version of Windows you are using:

Before Windows 8Windows 8
Before Windows 8

To launch ArtRage as Administrator:

  • Locate the ArtRage executable file ( ArtRage.exe , ArtRage Studio Pro.exe or ArtRage Studio.exe). This is generally found in c:\Program Files (x86)\Ambient Design\.
  • Right click the .exe file and choose to Open as Administrator (the exact wording varies depending on your version of Windows).
  • ArtRage will now launch and ask for your Serial Number. Enter it and click OK.
  • Quit ArtRage and launch it normally. It should start without asking for your serial.
Windows 8

Note that the “Before Windows 8” instructions may work on Windows 8 if you are using Desktop Mode to right click on the ArtRage executable. If you are using the ‘Metro’ screen however, you will need to follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Start screen (press the Windows button on the device, or your keyboard).
  2. Start typing ‘ArtRage’ on the start screen to search for it.
  3. When it appears, right click on the application and look for the ‘Advanced’ option.
  4. Click on Advanced then select the Run as Administrator option.


If you still have problems: Please contact us via the Support Page for assistance. When you contact us, let us know that you tried these steps, and which version of Windows you are using.

How do I register my copy of ArtRage?

To register a copy of ArtRage to your user account:

  • Log in to the Member Area using your account details.
  • How do I find out what my serial number is?

    Note: Member Area accounts are not created automatically when you purchase the product, if the member area tells you there is no account with your email address, please create one.

  • Click the ‘register’ button next to ‘add new product’ and enter your ArtRage serial number / registration key.
  • Refresh the page if nothing appears to change.
register new product
  • You should now see it listed with a download button beneath which you can click to download any of the latest versions.
  • If you want to upgrade to our most recent edition, you will see an “Upgrade to ArtRage 4” button. This will take you to our online store with a 50% discount applied.
Registered serials in the ArtRage Member Area

Above you can see the three different versions of ArtRage registered to this account (with blurred serials).

Use the “Upgrade to ArtRage 4” button to upgrade to the latest edition at a discount (more about upgrades)

Use the “Download” button to download the latest version of ArtRage for Windows or Mac.

If you do not know your serial number

Follow the steps here: How do I find out what my serial number is?

If I get a new computer or upgrade my operating system and lose ArtRage, can I reinstall it?

Yes. As long as you have the serial number, you can re-download ArtRage from the members area and install it again.The application should now launch normally.

Are there any limits to what I can do with the artwork I produce in ArtRage?

Any work you produce with ArtRage is yours to do whatever you like with, including selling your work.

We just provide the tools for you to create art and make no claim to anything you create.

I have OSX and Windows, do I need to buy a copy for each platform?

ArtRage can be purchased for both Windows & OS X – providing you with one serial key, but two download files depending on what version you wish to use.

Your ArtRage license is for a single user, but if you wish to install on more than one platform for your own use you can register your key in the Member Area and download the installer for any of the platforms the product is available on.

My registration key / serial number is not accepted when I enter it

If you receive an error indicating that your ArtRage product key is not valid, please check the following…

Note: The serial number can also be known by some as the registration key, license code or product key, it means the same thing.

Unlocking ArtRage

Before you can use ArtRage for the first time you will need to unlock it using your Serial Number. Your Serial Number is a 25 digit number that you should have received when you purchased the product.

If you purchased ArtRage from us online your Serial Number will be in the email that contains your product download link. If you received ArtRage on CD you will need to check the CD cover or the contents of the box it came in.

When you start ArtRage for the first time you will be presented with the Unlock Panel. If you follow the instructions on this panel, enter your Serial Number then click OK the product should be unlocked. If you enter your Serial Number and it does not work please check the number you are entering carefully to make sure there are no mistakes. If you received the number in an email you can copy it from the email and paste it in to the panel using the button provided. If that still does not work please use the ArtRage Support Page to request support.

ArtRage Studio / Studio Pro

ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro serial numbers are 25 characters long, split in to groups of 5. If your serial number is not accepted when you enter it, please make sure you have copied it correctly. You can paste it in to the Unlock panel using the button provided.

ArtRage 2

Artrage keys are 20 digits long, so if you are entering a different number of digits, check that it is being read correctly. If you are copying and pasting the registration key, make sure that you are not copying any additional spaces or additional information, just the key itself.

Common Typo Mistakes

You might have mistyped your product key. Try retyping it carefully, making sure each character is correct.

What you see:It could be:
Letter “O”Number Zero “0”
Letter “I”Number One “1”
Letter “S”Number Five “5”
Letter “B”Number Eight “8”
Letter “W”Two Letters “V” “V”
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