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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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