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Jeff K I recently downloaded your compiler and may purchase it, but noticed two annoying problems.  After using it, I noticed I was unable to read off-line files in IE.  Also, when I went back on-line, all my previously visited links were cleared.  Is this a bug, or inherent in the software?  I'm using IE 5.5.

Thanks,  Jeff Kramer

Posted on: 11:40 am on April 1, 2001
Jeff K Here's another question. I just updated to 4.1 from 4.0, and the size of my exe jumped from 234KB to 631KB. Why?

Posted on: 4:44 pm on April 1, 2001
EBookCompiler Hi Jeff

Sorry for the delay in answering, been a very busy couple of days... you sent me e-mail as well (?) which I've answered now, atleast up to today

The offline files issue we know about, and have developed a fix for.  We need to QA this before we release it.

The EXE size is a different issue.  The reason is there is a conflict between Norton utilities and a third party compression program we used in 4.0 to compress the EXE code (the content is compressed using our own algorithm and is not affected by this).  We believe this ia bug in Norton, and I know they are aware of it, as it doesn't just affect Activ E-Book Compiler 4.0 - but many other programs too.  However in the interest of maximum compatibility we turned off the third party compression tool in 4.01 - until we have an alternate solution or Norton fix their bug.

Posted on: 3:46 pm on April 4, 2001
Jeff K Sunil,

    Thanks for the reply. I registered earlier today.


Posted on: 4:10 am on April 5, 2001
Jeff K Sunil,

What seems to be the problem with this fix?


Posted on: 9:17 pm on December 3, 2001
EBookCompiler Hi Jeff

I am working on this fix and others fixes/improvements

Each new version of the program needs to be tested on several versions of Windows, and several versions of IE. If you multiply this up it comes out to a lot of combinations

In other words, to release an upgrade, even if it's only a tiny change takes a lot of time.   This being the case, I get more done (and you get more upgrades) by dealing with a bunch of issues in one release.

Example: Suppose I have 5 new features + fixes to release.
(each which took say 2 weeks to develop)

Approach 1:
Develop + debug first feature (2 weeks). Test + Release (4 weeks)
Develop + debug second feature (2 weeks).. Test + Release (4 weeks)
Repeat for features 3-5.  Total = 5 X (2+4) = 30 weeks

Approach 2:
Develop + debug first feature (2 weeks)
Develop + debug second feature (2 weeks)
Test + Release (4 weeks)
Total = ( 5 X 2 ) + 4 = 14 weeks

These are fictional numbers, as an example, but I think you can see where I'm going with this.

A new version is coming Jeff.  I apologize it's taking a while

Posted on: 6:12 pm on December 4, 2001

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