I know, I know, run a virtual PC and install DOS 6.2x, then Windows 3.1, then run the program there, right? I dont have a very powerful PC so I'm trying to put that off as a last resort (that and installing MSDOS and Win3.1 on another HD).
Why would I need to do such a thing when GIMP is free and works with XP?
Because lviewp19 had a very VERY unique feature that allowed you to invert the brightness of a bitmap,jpeg,etc (and this is important) WITHOUT inverting the colors.
For example, you could start with
a bright yellow triangle, a dark red square, and a black background,
and end up with
a dark yellow triangle, a bright red square, and a white background
without selecting or isolating any part of the picture at all. I use GIMP and cannot find any such tool, just regular "invert" which would leave you with
a dark blue triangle, a bright green square, and a white background
which is not the desired effect.
If anyone knows how to do this in gimp OR photoshop or anything else, that is also acceptable, but I finally found a copy of lviewp19 so I'd like to try that (again, not the end of the world if I have to go with an alternative that does this). Unfortunately when I run it, it says CTL3DV2.DLL is not in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM. Of course it's not, because it's in SYSTEM32. I copied it there and ran old lview, but all it did was have NTVDM.EXE max out my CPU (forcing me to crash it using Process Explorer). There's also a copy of CTL3DV2.DLL in the same folder as lview19 so I copied THAT to SYSTEM and got the same results, NTVDM.EXE at 91% CPU. I even tried leaving it running for 15 minutes using each version of the DLL in the SYSTEM (not SYSTEM32) folder and nothing happened.
I tried running the file in every variety of compatibility mode as well but always got the same results. lview19-just-wont-run.PNG