Quote: from gistutor on 11:50 am on Sep. 8, 2003[br]Is it possible to automate the process of entering the valid password after a purchase? Could a script insert the correct password right when loading the Thankyou-page?
I am pretty new to activ eBooks, but my understanding is that when you use ClickBank payments this is done automatically.
You would also have to be sure that you have pages set up for each password and a properly formatted Hyperlink to each of your pages.
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thanks for your reply. As far as I use it, neither Clickbank nor PayPal do automatically insert the correct password to the customers eBook.
I am using the very convenient way of automated password system from John Dodson [http://home.att.net/~microcreations/], but the customer always ends up at a page where she/he gets the right password and a link to enter it. But I would like to get rid of this manual step of entering the password and have it inserted automatically by a (activ)script. So this would be kind of an 'Automated Activation System'.
GISTUTOR, I'm working on just such a project. In short, we should be able to accomplish the task if the payment system with which you're working allows you to pass the required variables through the payment process.
In the next month, I hope to be testing through my PayPal account.
In short, I plan on using a page of my eBook as a purchase page. This page will pass the variables as hidden variables - including the password number - through the PayPal process and into a database on my site.
Once payment has been confirmed, I will be testing two types of activation:
1. An email will be sent to the purchaser with the proper password. The password will have to be hand entered into the eBook.
2. The password will be passed back to the eBook purchase page as a hidden variable. Once it is passed back into the eBook purchase page, the purchaser will be notified via a messagebox, allowing them to confirm activation and open the entire eBook.
Needless to say, the first option is the easiest, but still requires user input and opens the activating password to the user.
Option two is nice because it's all invisible to the end user, and they simply accept the registration once the messagebox appears.
The disadvantage with option two is the number of uncontrolled situations that could cause errors on the client side and that are hard or impossible to document.
Although I have not yet started scripting, I believe that the necessary variables can be passed from a client (the eBook) to a server (the processing ASP, JSP, or PHP page), and vise-versa.
If I ever get that far, I'll post what I've found.
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