I have created my book. Now I would like to know how to put it on a cd so that it opens when a customer inserts it into their pc. When it comes to scripting or java thats all over my head, so I need someone that can explain it in simple terms to an illiterate. I have read there is software available that will do it but not sure about that. Can anyone help me?
Use notepad to create the files. Be aware that sometimes when you save a file (i.e. auto.bat) that notepad will really save it as auto.bat.txt. You'll need to use explorer to locate the file and rename it so the '.txt' at the end is removed.
The root folder the folder at the top of the hiearchy. In the case of your hard drive it is c:\. Basically, it means that the root folder can hold folders and files and there are no folders above it.
I don't know why you'd need the program you've linked to. Activ e-Book creates an EXE file so you don't need to worry about running HTML files.
Thank you. I created a text file in notepad and had to use search to find it. It was in C drive listed as a text file but not named with txt at the end of it.
I just named it testautorun as an experiment and thats what it is called. with no extension on the end of it. Might have to play around to figure it out. At least now I know what the root folder is. Might need to get my dictionary out to find out what a hiearchy is though. I'm not an Englishman, I'm a South Dakota cowboy. Thank You for your help. I might get it figured out now
Beaches? I'll settle for the beaches along the Missouri River. Not too much worry about tusuni waves or major eathquakes, mudslides or over population and smog. Just an occasional rattlesnake. Thanks again, might be looking for other help another night
Not having very good luck. I cant seem to get the thing burned to a cd. Used a CDR First I got some kind of error but it said it burned it, so I placed it in another computer nothing comes up. Then went and tried a cd-rw. Have a file that comes up saying ISO--open with? What do I open that with. Wish I had the money to put this book into a hardcover.
Well I now have my book on a CD. The burner wouldnt work on the one computer so I had to transfer it by cuteftp to my other computer and burned it from there. But it does not autorun. I have to open it through windows explorer. I know there is software a person can buy to make it run but it should without having to spend anymore money I would think. So i will tax your brain farther if you have time. Kenny
What is your operating system? Do you have auto run turned on for the CD player? In other words when you put a CD (like one with a program to install) does it auto start?
If auto run is turned on and it still doesn't start you might want to go over the steps again.
You certainly shouldn't need to buy another program. The one that you linked to just puts the HTML files into an executable file, which is exactly what Activ does--but only better because it also provides copy protection among scores of other features.
Anyway the problem isn't with Activ, but getting the auto.bat to run.
Are you interested in doing this direct email. Mine is firstname.lastname@example.org I put the Nero software Cd in and it runs. All software Cd's I buy and put in my computer open on their own and run. The file on my C drive is named AUTORUN.INF Inside the file it says [autorun] open=.\Cow Sense\Cowsensecd.exe
Does that look right?
Also when I make the book, for a cd how can I password protect it, or is that possible .
According to that other software they claim I can. Kenny
Didn't work. I got an error message saying Windows cannot access the specified path or file, You may not have appropriate permissions to acces the item. I noticed when I copied the inf file to the burner it listed it as AUTORUN.INF.INF So I took the last .inf off NEXT Anyone got another idea. Glad I bought extra CD-r disks. Thank You.
At this point, it should work, unless you have an error in your autorun file. Is your exe in that directory? If so, you might remove the space from the directory name. Is the directory and .exe spelled correctly?
If it makes things simpler, is the directory necessary? Could you keep the .exe at the root (not in a folder) of the disk?
If you still can't resolve it, you'll need to provide more details, or post the files for someone to look at.
Roger youve got me a little confused. "Is your exe in that directory?"
This is where my book is C:\Cow Sense\Cowsensecd In the output folder.
Are you saying change it to C:\Cowsencesd Should I put the autorun.inf in the output folder with the exe file Could you keep the .exe at the root (not in a folder) of the disk? EXPLAIN WHAT OR WHERE THE ROOT IS GIVE ME A FILE PATH SO I KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THE ROOT BUT ONLY ONE PERSON HAS GIVEN ME AN IDEA OF WHAT THAT IS . wHEN i CREATED THE BOOK i STARTED WITH C:\ Cow Sense and the compiler created Cowsensecd and three subfolders called input source and output Out put is where the exe book is at. which one of these folders should I put the autorun.inf in When I get this all figured out I'm going to write a set of instructions for the next person that is as illterate as I am. :-) Back to another attempt Kenny
You'd be best off to place all of the files in the root. ;~)
Okay, so what is the root? The root directory on the CD-Rom is when you put the CD-Rom into the drive and go to explorer to list the contents. What you are looking at is the root directory. If there are folders you can open them up, but when you do you are no longer in the root directory. Instead you are in a sub directory.
The root directory is sort of like having a view of the land. There can be files and folders. From the root directory you can't see what is in those folders.
In other words don't have any folders on your CD-Rom.
The three folders that you mention (source, output, and includes) that Activ created are not needed for your ebook. The file you need for your ebook ends in .exe.
This is what I did. I renamed the folder and placed it directly under C so I got C:\cowsensecd In that folder are only two things. 1.an icon which is my exe book
2 a text file named AUTORUN.INF that reads [autorun] open=cowsensecd.exe IT DOESN'T AUTORUN It doesnt run the book until I click on D drive, open the folder cowsensecd and clcik on the icon. I went backwards instead of gaining.
I'm going to try changing the test back inside the inf file and try it again
Keep giving me feedback, I have to leave in a half hr but will be back on it by 10:30 pm CST
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