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Lauching External programs

Boris Clair I'm starting using Activ E-Book Compiler and I love it. Thanks for the good work.

I would like to launch a program from my ebook for instance winword.exe, but I have no idea where to find it on the user's PC with all the different version of MS and multiple directories configurations. Using the RUN script is great but how do I locate the program? Or do I just say run(winword.exe)?

Posted on: 6:54 pm on August 15, 2001
EBookCompiler I only checked it on one system so far, but Office appears to add itself to the path

If you do

<A HREF="##RUN('winword.exe')">

It will look for Winword in the current directory, Windows directory, Windows Systsme directory and all directories on the path.  The last one seems to be true an MS office install

If you wrote the program you're running yourself

You can try

<A HREF="##OPEN('{ebook}\myprog.exe')">Click here</A>
<A HREF="##OPEN('{app}\myprog.exe')">Click here</A>

First one assumes myprog.exe is part of the e-book's source folder,  The second assumes myprog.exe is in the same folder (say on your CD-ROM or after running your install program) as the e-book EXE

Finally another idea would be to have a blank word document or whatever, and rely on the file association of .DOC with Winword, for example

<A HREF="##OPEN('{ebook}\example.doc')">Click here<A>

Posted on: 12:01 pm on August 16, 2001
Boris Clair Thanks a lot Sunnil.

I like the .doc idea that should work with any version of MS Word.

Great support!


Posted on: 4:18 pm on August 16, 2001


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