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EBook and Camtasia


 
Autonerdz I produce a training CD for distribution to my customers using Camtasia software:

[url]http://www.techsmith.com/products/studio/default.asp[url]

The software does an excellent job of producing Flash movie tutorials and integrating multiple media formats onto a CD with an autorun menu that accesses the various content.  The content includes exe installers, Flash movies, Java script applications, and written pdf and text documents.  Much more than a book  This is part of what drives customers to purchase product from me.

Problem is, my competitors are stealing my material and I need a way to protect the next generation CDs.  I like the EBook method of generating a machine specific unlock code and this is EXACTLY what I need.

Has anyone used EBook Compiler with Camtasia or a similar CD program who can tell me if it can compile this kind of content and how?  No success with the demo yet.

The Camtasia Menu Maker program generates an autorun, and exe for the menu itself and a media folder with all the sub folders that have the content meat.  These are burned to the CD.

I need to find a way to protect all the content on the CD.  Can anyone offer suggestions?


Posted on: 6:47 pm on June 4, 2005
Storyman You shouldn't have any problem. Think of the ebook as a web site and with a few limitations you can accomplish the same thing. I'm using Camtasia with WMF output files (The file compression seems tighter.)

As for security you should never feel that any system is fool proof. Activ has pretty good security, but if someone is determined what is to stop them. After all, the Korean MSN site had its security comprised for a three day period over Memorial Day weekend.

Several people in this forum have mentioned that they use encryption programs to double up the security. Maybe that will help.


Posted on: 11:52 pm on June 4, 2005
Autonerdz Thanks fo the reply.   I'll work with it some more when I get time and see what I can do.  

So, I gather you don't use the Camtasia Menu Maker but build your own in html?

I'm spoiled by the Menu Maker...just too easy.  


Posted on: 2:53 am on June 6, 2005
Storyman You're right MM is great. Just depends on the project.

If you want better compression on your Flash files you might look into Sorenson's Spark Codecs. Sorenson wrote the codec for both QuickTime and Spark. They have a program that gives you greater control over the key frame rate and the like. (In fact one of the designers for Camtasia came from Sorenson.) There is a big difference between the standard and pro versions of the codecs.


Posted on: 8:20 am on June 6, 2005
Autonerdz Ok, I'm making progress with my html menu and have it working.  Problem is that my html page image files are in a separate folder.  These are not included with the compiler so the page images don't work.  Is there a way, to make the compiler include the folder with the image files?

Or will I have to get another html editor that does not save the images in a separate folder?  I suppose I could write the page from scratch, but I'm html illiterate


Posted on: 1:19 am on June 7, 2005
Storyman By any chance do you have access to Dreamweaver? If, in DW, you move an element it will let you know which files need to have links updated. It will then make the changes for you. Other wise you will need to do a search and replace for the respective links in each HTML file. Adobe's HTML editor probably does the same.

If you're using something else copy all of the elements to the root folder, then search for the name of the element folder in each HTML file so you can alter the link request.


Posted on: 4:54 am on June 7, 2005
Autonerdz Thanks for your help.  I have achieved success

I was using Word.  I know it's messed up.  I found the directions on the issue in the help file.  Just read the directions stupid

Anyway, I have a CD with everything on it with my HTML contents page that links to all.  I was even able to use the Activ script function to link to and run files on the CD which are outside of the Ebook.  I did this because the load time was too long.  Some of the larger installers don't need protection and so I placed them outside the Ebook.

It's been a struggle but I purchased the program and am happy with the results so far.

Thanks again for the assist.


Posted on: 5:35 pm on June 8, 2005

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