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Need Help With Activ E-Book, Output File Has Zero Bytes

nccook Hello,

I have the registered version of Activ E-Book v4.22 and I am trying to compile a project on my computer which is running Windows 2000 SP4 and Internet Explorer 6.0.28.  

Everytime I try to compile my ebook project the process is very fast and the output EXE file has zero bytes and will not run.  I have tried with both a large existing project and also a test of just one simple html page.  Each time I compile the output EXE shows 0 bytes and will not run.  

I am on a deadline and need to get the project compiled so any help will be greatly appreciated.



Posted on: 3:44 pm on April 30, 2005
Storyman I've got the same set-up as you and Activ works well on mine.

First, make certain that under the directory for the ebook that you have these three sub folders: includes, output, and source.

Second, make certain that all of the files (both graphics, html, etc.) are all contained within the source folder.

Third, open Activ and save the the file to the ebook folder (not one of the sub-folders).

Fourth, click on the small folder with the magnifying glass and it will ask where to save the output file. Point this to the output folder that you previously created.

Fifth, press CTRL-D. You will be asked to select the folder that contains the source files for the ebook. (Hopefully, you've already copied all of the necessary files to the source folder.)

Lastly, click the little wrench on the menu bar. When it is done click run. You should now see your ebook.

One thing that you will most likely need to tweak is the file order. Select the File tab. The HTML files should appear near the top of the list of files. You need to put these in order if you intend to let the user select next and previous (file.) If you don't rearrange the order of the HTML files when the user selects next it will show the next HTML file in the list that you see under the File tab. You can move the files into the correct order by using the up and down arrow on the icon menu bar.

Hope this helps.

Posted on: 5:11 pm on April 30, 2005
nccook Thanks for the reply and help.  I did everything but still no working EXE file.  It is creating the file but there are still "0 Bytes" and the file will not run.  I get the error message that the exe file is not a valid win32 application.  Any Ideas?



Posted on: 7:22 pm on April 30, 2005
Storyman Before you compile the ebook click on the tab for files. A list of files that are in the source folder should appear. If no files are listed this would account for a zero byte exe file.

Also one of the files MUST be index.html or index.htm.

Let me know.

Posted on: 1:15 am on May 1, 2005
nccook The files tab lists all of the files correctly and my main file is index.html located in the source folder.  I have tried everything I can think of including uninstalling Activ E-Book and reinstalling it with the same results.  

I have tried compiling the project with another compiler and it worked correctly but Active E-Book is so much better and allows me to be able to run other applications from within the ebook.  This is the first time that I have tried compiling an ebook since switching to Windows 2000 so I don't know if that may have something to do with the problem or not.

Thanks once again for all of your help,


Posted on: 1:39 am on May 1, 2005
Storyman Do you still have the registration number?

By chance did you do a clean install of Win2k or an upgrade? Something funky might have happened to Activ. If you do have the registartion number, I'd suggest removing the current copy from your hard drive and downloading a fresh copy. It goes without saying you're doing this at your own risk so please make sure you have the registration number before you begin to do anything.

Posted on: 1:48 am on May 1, 2005
nccook It is on a different computer than originally purchased for.  My old machine was a Win98 machine and basically died so I had to reinstall from backups.  After digging deeper into the forum I am wondering if I don't need to purchase another version but I would like to know for sure that that will fix the problem before buying another one.



Posted on: 2:11 am on May 1, 2005
Storyman Bingo!

Yes, you'll need to repurchase (unless you contact Sunil and plead your case--but that could take some time.)

As I understand it a Key Code is based on the hard drive's serial number that the program is installed on. There is a Registration Number that corresponds to that specific Key Code. It is that Registration Number you are given after purchading Activ e-Book, which means it can only be used for that hard drive.

It does sound like you've found the source of the problem. Still not a bad investment if you do purchase another copy.

Posted on: 2:28 am on May 1, 2005
nccook Not a bad investment at all.  I will purchase another registration code.

Thanks for all of your help!


Posted on: 2:32 am on May 1, 2005
Storyman Joe,

You are welcome and good luck.

Posted on: 2:34 am on May 1, 2005
Darren H Hi

I'm not convinced this will fix the problem, as I too have experienced the same problem.  I've followed the help documentation to the letter and the build is very fast but the .exe file will not run.


Posted on: 9:15 am on May 6, 2005
Storyman Have you gone through the specific steps outlined earlier in this thread?

What happens when you try to run the .exe?

How large is the .exe file?

When you click on the Airplane Icon that is on the toolbar menu can you get the ebook to open?

Posted on: 3:11 pm on May 6, 2005
Darren H Hi

Yes I've followed this thread closely.

When I click run, absolutely nothing happens after the build, I get a message saying thank you for registering and all features are enabled.

The .exe files is 450kb or so.

The file doesn't open even if I try opening the file through windows explorer.

Totally baffling.


Posted on: 6:46 pm on May 6, 2005
Storyman I'd suggest you remove your copy of Activ e-Book from your hard, then download a fresh copy from:

It's possible that your copy has somehow been corrupted.

Before doing that though go to the Security tab in Activ and disable any security that you have. If it still persist then make a single page ebook. For testing purposes make the page background a bright color. Name the file index.htm and put it in the source directory. (Of course you've created a new folder with the sub-folders: source, output, and includes.)

Create a new project. Save it as Test. Create the ebook and post the results. I'm thinking that there might be something adrift with the way you've set up security so be sure to disable any security measures and accept the defaults on the other page. Also, make sure when you click on the Files tab that you see the index.htm page.

Hopefully that will work. Either way please post your results.

(Edited by Storyman at 11:04 am on May 6, 2005)

Posted on: 7:00 pm on May 6, 2005

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