This thread is to discuss 4.21 beta and update on progress. If you have comments or questions please feel free to post to this thread
Issues open in 4.21 beta
#1 High Security on HTML, Password protecton, My Own Page. This specific combination causes a problem. I believe I have found the cause and developing a fix for the official release
#2 XP Pro whether to install the icons in All Users / current user. I believe found this problem, and developing fix. (discussed in some depth in previous thread)
#3 *Possible* problem with navigating ebooks on at least some systems with Win98, IE5. So far, I have been unable to reproduce this problem despite a lot of attempts on multiple systems (this is mentioned also in previous thread). Still trying to track down if this is a bug in the software, or a problem on the user's system, and if it is what the cause is.
#2 - Developed a fix for this. Need to be verified
#3 - Still investigating. If anybody has seen this problem under any operating system version under than Windows 98 SE (you can get a stack fault on Windows 98 SE) and/or can find a reliable method to trigger this problem, please let me know. Post here or email email@example.com with as much info as you know. So far I have not had any luck in getting this problem to occur, hence the struggle
#4 New bug - If you start another copy of a particular ebook while the 1st copy is still unloading (it has disappeared but is cleaning itself up silently), you can either get the 2nd copy appearing to do nothing or occassionally freezing at the splash screen. Have a fix for this ready
Unless anything else comes up, after I get to the bottom of #3, we go to 4.22.
I believe this more or less covers all issues so far discovered
The good news: I believe I *may* have a solution for this although further testing is still necessary.
For what it's worth the underlying cause appears to be a bug in some distributions of Windows 98 / Internet Explorer 5 (I am not sure which, maybe both in combination). Obviously I am not going to walk away and say "blame Microsoft" but instead will modify the ebook viewer code to work around this bug. There may be some minor modifications in the viewer user interface to do exactly this.
What I do is make the ebook codes in a separate folder tree from the programs
c:\ebooks\ contains a whole bunch of subdirectories for containing my ebook sources, saved projects, output files etc.
For example, all the stuff for the Mail Order Empire book is under c:\ebooks\MoEmpire\ and subdirectories under this, for example C;\ebooks\MoEmpire\source, c:\ebooks\MoEmpire\include, c:\ebooks\MoEmpire\output
I keep the program installs separate under
C:\Program Files\Activ E-Book Compiler x.xx\
There are 3-5 paths in a saved project, plus paths for includes
1. The source folder (Edit Scan Folder) 2. The output path 3. Rebrander path 4. Include paths for a variables 5. The icon path
Set it up my way, and the only thing you need to change is #5. This is pretty easy, just click Edit Icon and pick the icon
I realize this doesn't help for what you might have already done, but if you are fixing your folder structure, set up as above and it will be easier in future.
Jeff, I will do. Actually already have, but haven't uploaded it yet (will do when 4.22 becomes official release)
Re: 4.22 - no major problems have been found (worst problem is some typos in the Help), so I will give it a few more days, and if nothing else comes up (fingers crossed), then it will become the official release. I will release a new version of the banners book, plus the new version of Advanced Multimedia at the same time.
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