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Version 5 Download Instructions and Feedback


 
EBookCompiler To download the BETA release

Please go here

http://ebookfriends.com/500/

Read the terms and conditions on that page

If you agree, enter the password:  version500

(password is case sensitive)

Then download and enjoy

Remember to report any problems to webmaster@ebookcompiler.com and/or posting in this discussion thread.


Posted on: 6:37 pm on September 13, 2005
EBookCompiler bump

Posted on: 3:57 am on September 15, 2005
Zebulon HI EVRYONE!

It looks I am the first one to say something here...

So here it goes :

• Installation went just fast and fine.
• The general Interface mixed me up cause it does not look different compare to version 4.22.  But since I look for results more than looks it does'nt bother me so mutch.  But a new look would have been nice.

I have tried the Icon editor.  Just simple and great!  It saves the cloned and modify Icon right into the My Icon section ready to use.  Brillant.  I love it.  It is not aimed to make sofisticated Icons but still it does the job.

I dont remember if somewhere you specified a language issue regarding Beta 5.  But the .lng (language) file from version 4.22 does not work.

My 2 cents for now.

Thanks.

Zeb



Posted on: 1:17 pm on September 17, 2005
EBookCompiler Thanks for your comments

Hold off on doing another translation :-)

I will look into why the 4.22 language file is not working with 5.00.  5.00 was intended to work with 4.22 language files.  The only issue being that the FILESAVEPROMPT script command wouldn't recognize PNG  as a file format with 4.22 language files.

So I don't know what's going on there, but will post a follow-up.


Posted on: 5:35 pm on September 17, 2005
EBookCompiler Version 5.01 BETA is now available, same page, same passwords to download

This should correct the problem identified by Zebulon.

I have started a separate separate thread about cross-version language file compatibility.

There is also a new page which details the compatibility issues on language files at
http://ebookcode.com/templates/langversion.htm


Posted on: 4:11 am on September 18, 2005
Zebulon Hi! everyone...

Uninstall version 5.00 went ok and kept my LANG and My Icons files as is...  this is a very good thing Sunil!

Install of version 5.01 (direct from server this time) ok.

My French language file from 4.22 is now working as expected.

Thanks !

Zeb


Posted on: 2:34 pm on September 19, 2005
EBookCompiler Version 5.02 is now available

Same link, same password

There is no substantive change to the program.  The only real change concerns a minor correction to the installation process.


Posted on: 4:51 am on September 21, 2005
Zebulon Hi Sunil,

When will we be able to use it as a regular soft since it would be nice to test it in real life, I mean spread some minor compiled eboos aroud...  to me it looks fairly stable.

One question: apart of the compiled books that can be translated, will the software itself be available in other language than English.  Cause you know frenchies read a lot more books per capita than any other lang people...  And I would'nt be able to sell it in English on my French Web site.  Just won't sell.

Thanks.

Zeb


Posted on: 12:48 pm on September 21, 2005
Storyman So far so good. Haven't had a chance to check variables.

Posted on: 11:48 pm on September 22, 2005
sgoluch Seems to work for me (french lng)


Posted on: 7:09 am on September 25, 2005
EBookCompiler There will be a 5.03 shortly.

It is a very important update.  I will post the details soon.


Posted on: 7:17 am on September 25, 2005
EBookCompiler Version 5.03 is now available.

Same web page, same password.

There are a number of changes, described in detail in the README.

The most important change is a fixed security vulnerability.

In the previous versions if you opened or framed or iframed a web site within the ebook (not in an external browser, as is the default with Automaticall Open Internet Links in a new window), the web site could potentially cause Activ Scripts to run inside the ebook.

The new version does not allow Activ Scripts to run if they are linked from an external URL, or the ebook contains an external URL shown inside the ebook (for example in an IFRAME or FRAME or as part of the ebook not in a browser) - unless all such URLs are on a specific set of authorized URLs created by the author of the ebook.


Posted on: 5:11 am on September 26, 2005
Alaska Sunil -

 Just got around to testing version 5, and its looking great.  The password options work well, and I love the new features.

Can you shed some light on the FOLDERPROMPT syntax for us?

 I know that it will prompt for a folder, but does it return the filelist of the selected folder?

 I couldn't make it work, but I'm not sure about my syntax.  thanks!


Posted on: 8:15 am on October 19, 2005
EBookCompiler It will return the path to the folder

I have an example and will post it on the forum in the next few days.

There will be a 5.04 version (at least),  as there are some issues in 5.03 that need addressing.  Hopefully in next week or so.


Posted on: 6:33 pm on October 24, 2005
bebestix nice, do they plan to add any of the non-Euro languages in the final release?

Posted on: 11:48 am on October 26, 2005
Zebulon Hi Sunil.

If you have areas on version 5.0x you would like us to check just write them to us... sometimes iit is easyer for beta testers to know where or what  to test exactly...

scuse my english...

Thanks.

Zeb.


Posted on: 4:40 pm on October 26, 2005
EBookCompiler It would be particularly helpful to look at: Passwords, expiry, searching, rebranding

When 5.04 goes beta: rebranding + scripting.

If you test any area, whether you find bugs or not, let me know how it goes


Posted on: 9:28 am on October 27, 2005
Zebulon ;o) got it !

Thanks.


Posted on: 1:08 pm on October 27, 2005
Alaska Sunil -

 The FOLDERPROMPT command works fine - I just had to fiddle with it.  This is what I used - I suspect you could still improve my understanding of it all...

<a href="##FOLDERPROMPT('sv1','sv2', 'select a folder', 'please select a folder', 'c:')">open folder link</a>

 My issue now is, I can get the directory path and see the pathname in a MESSAGEBOX, but I can't seem to transfer the 'sv2' string to a Javascript variable.  Not by simple assignment, or by the window.external.ActivGet function.  

 If I can just bring it up in an alert box ....  Any suggestions?


Posted on: 8:21 am on November 3, 2005
EBookCompiler var s = window.external.ActivGet('{s2}') ;
alert(s) ;

?


Posted on: 12:18 am on November 5, 2005
EBookCompiler Version 5.04 is now available for download

This has pretty much the final feature set

Same download page, same password

Please let me know how it goes (good or bad)


Posted on: 4:05 pm on November 26, 2005
Storyman Just downloaded and opened 5.04a. An alert box opens when Activ E-Book Help is launced and any links are clicked.

Here is the alert:
#! Activ Link blocked
E-Book viewing External URL
Affile:///C:/Documents....index.htm(my elipsis)

(Edited by Storyman at 1:57 pm on Nov. 26, 2005)


Posted on: 4:24 pm on November 26, 2005
Zebulon Sunil, Stryman,

This same Alert came up here to...  I had to close the Alert 3 times...


Posted on: 2:33 pm on November 27, 2005
metta1


Quote: from EBookCompiler on 4:05 pm on Nov. 26, 2005[br]Version 5.04 is now available for download
This has pretty much the final feature set
Same download page, same password
Please let me know how it goes (good or bad)

Greetings! I would like to finally order my compiler today..please provide me with an answer to the folling questions...(I have sent you email..no response so far - hence I repeat it here. Also, pls apologize should some infomration be abvailable elsewhere on the various websites...).

Ok, here I go:
My questions -

1. Can version 5 now be used comerically? Or, do I
still have to get the 'old' 4.22 :-( to sell an ebook?

1. Are the files in version 4.22 und 5.xx unpacked into a temp directory (and hence made available to everyone)?

2. I see that in the security features of version 5 there is Vol.ID, indicicated. Does that mean that a hardware based key is generated/implemented?

3. Does the automated password system (APS) offered underhttp://home.att.net/~microcreations/screenshots.htm
work with the new version and the new security features?

5. BTW: And how does the current APS prevent users from simply sharing passwords? I dont get it...

Hmm, I am looking at HTML EXE as well...but I am inclined to use your product as the script for the  password routine/payment routine..seems already be available.

thank you!!
Marc


Posted on: 8:48 pm on November 27, 2005
EBookCompiler 1. Not yet

Second 1.  Yes they are. However if you have HTML protection set to High Security [the default], the unpacked HTML files are encoded, differently each time, and can not be useful copied [because they look like garbage if viewed outside the ebook]

2. Vol ID refers to the Volume ID of the user's C: drive.  I believe this will change if the user reformats their hard-disk completely, so it's not hardware based.

3. I don't know, I have emailed John Dodson, author of APS, to ask him to test with 5.04.  Please give him a chance.... Please note: I can't answer detailed questions about APS or other third party products.  I suggest you could email Mr Dodson, to ask him your questions directly

5. I assume for the same reason you can't easily share passwords with Activ's built-in password system - see for example tutorial atwww.ebookapprentice.com/sell/cbpassword  ... but, again, Please note: I can't answer detailed questions about APS or other third party products.  I suggest you could email Mr Dodson, to ask him your questions directly


Posted on: 11:46 pm on November 28, 2005
EBookCompiler Storyman + Zebulon

Darn - I know the problem (already) ouch.  There will be a 5.05 imminently

Let me know how you get on with any other 5.04 testing (e.g. on your own ebooks) if you get a chance in the meantime


Posted on: 11:48 pm on November 28, 2005
EBookCompiler Version 5.05 beta is now available for download

I made a couple of crucial, annoying in errors in 5.04.  This should hopefully fix 'em.  Thanks for you patience guys.

Same web page, same password


Posted on: 6:34 am on November 29, 2005
mythos I really think you should allow 4.22 security settings as your default for versions 5.+, and then allow authors to build up from there - should they chose to.

In other words, authors should be able to turn OFF all of the new security features, and then selectively include what security settings they want, if they want, item by item...

I think they call it "Backward Compatibility"



Posted on: 12:44 pm on November 30, 2005
Zebulon Sunil,

I agree with Mythos if it is not to demanding from your part...  

...and I have a question regarding tje default opening (from a user) of the E-Book created with Compiler.


Maybe I am missing something here but is there a way to force the E-Book to be purchase by default?  I mean why can't I put « 0 » in the days or time to be oprned by the user?.  I would like in certain case to sell the application without any Trial Period, period...?

Thanks!

Now Storyman don't be to harsh on me if I'm really missing it here ;o)


Posted on: 1:22 pm on November 30, 2005
EBookCompiler I guess that means you have been able to make 5.05 work on your systems?  Can you please confirm?

Re: Security settings vs Backward Compatibility
- As you know, generally most features do tend to default to how they behaved in previous versions.  However, specifically for the security settings, I have done it this way round, because I don't want to open security holes.  

My choice was this:

EITHER The "backward way" would be to enable everything. Effect of this would be:

A. Novices, and users not using/understanding scripting, are potentially exposed to security issues (VERY BAD)

B. Experts like you guys are saved the trouble of selecting a few settings in Edit-Addins

OR

The way I did it

A. Novices, and users not using/understanding scripting, are not at any risk.

B. Experts like you guys need to select a few settings in Edit-Addins (SLIGHTLY ANNOYING - but not a big job)

...so I think the way I did it was the right choice


p.s. zeb - why not password protect all pages for your ebook then?


Posted on: 5:44 pm on November 30, 2005
Storyman Sunil,

About the backward compatibility security issue. Is it possible to add a radio button that will convert 5.X to 4.22 security settings?


Posted on: 3:54 am on December 1, 2005
mythos
Re: Security settings vs Backward Compatibility

I am new to all this, but I wonder..

Since Activ Ebook uses the rendering engine of Internet Explorer, doesn't it also use the same security and privacy settings as IE? If so, why add another layer of security?

And doesn't all this assume that the end-user has no anti-virus or spyware blocking software installed on their system? I wonder then, why should it be a webmaster's responsibility to include anti-virus functions into every page they build? Isn't it the end-user's responsibility?

If we assume that the end-user is a "novice" or too lazy to install anti-virus software, maybe we should also assume they are using a 486 PC with 16 color graphics and create our ebooks accordingly !! (Don't forget the PC speaker) !!

Just being a bit sarcastic there. I suppose Activ Script files (*.as) aren't checked by anti-virus programs and that's what worries us. An external website could theoretically activate *.as scripts within an ebook and do some serious damage to a user's system.

In that case, wouldn't it be cool if the author could chose the extension name for his Activ Script files? For example instead of being *.as they could all be changed to something else like *.xx  That way, an outside attack couldn't run *.as files without first knowing what extension name the author used for a particular ebook.  I know, it's probably easier said than done. I haven't a clue how Sunil could include such a security feature into his compiler. But it would be interesting to see...


Posted on: 4:55 am on December 13, 2005
Zebulon Sorry Mythos but I don't get your point about the *.as file extentions.  Any and mostly all scripts has an extension: *.js, *.swf and so on, just to name a few...

Just my 2 cents on it.

Zeb


Posted on: 10:15 am on December 13, 2005
mythos
Hi Zeb,

I got this from the Activ Ebook Help file:

---------------------

Where Activ Scripts are stored

Activ Scripts can be put into Script files.

Script files must be plain text files (for example, created using Notepad).

Script files can be compiled into your E-Book, as part of your source files, or can be external files that you know are present on the user's system (for example, in known directory on a CD-ROM).

We suggest that you use a .as extension for Script files, but it is not required.

-------------------------

An *.as extension is recommended. I assumed that malicious third-party websites could trigger activ scripts in an ebook by calling an  *.as file.  But maybe I'm wrong. I was just trying to think of a way to prevent third-party websites from knowing how to trigger an internal ebook script...


Posted on: 11:29 pm on December 13, 2005
mythos Yes, I was wrong there, sorry.

Because an author can chose any extension name for his Activ Script files...

So what exactly are the security vulnerabilities? And what are the "few adjustments" we need to make to version 5 to make it work like version 4.22 ? The new security panel is a bit mystifying to me. But I guess trial and error will show me the way, as usual I hope...


Posted on: 11:39 pm on December 13, 2005
Zebulon Hi Mythos,

« But I guess trial and error will show me the way, as usual I hope... »

Yup you are right and let's give the runner a chance...  I think the same way. Final version is not yet here and I do believe it't coming well.

I am honestly to busy these days to give more than I would love to on the Beta testing...  since I really enjoy and appreciate the Ebook Compiler.

I still use only ver 4.22 to distribution, since it's performing stability.  So Sunil take your time and make it as good as the previous one... it worth it on my dependability witch I don't get with lot's of very expensive softwares.

Actually, and just for the sake of saying, I use Open Office from Sun, and MS Office I've put in the trash... So to mean that I can still compare, while against Sunil program I don't have to waste my time looking to comparision...

Sorry 4 the English folts iiifff anny ;o)

Cheers!

Zeb.


Posted on: 1:24 am on December 14, 2005
mythos I'm kinda worried about what may happen with the release of Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7.

As far as I can see, more security features mean less interactivity for everyone...  As you may know, Google has made much use of Ajax with IFrames... But the anti-Google crew (you-know-who!) is trying to convince the world the IFrames are poison. Too bad... Propaganda.


Posted on: 12:39 am on December 15, 2005
EBookCompiler mythos,

.as script files are only Activ Scripts in 5.05, and they're run from memory only, and in order to get into memory they need to be compiled into the ebook (by the author)

So there shouldn't be any chance of something else dropping .as scripts into your ebook

The one to be slightly concerned about is the ## Activ Links, where scripts can be embedded directly in the page. There are combinations which could be potentially dangerous with this, possibly.  Hence the compiler warns you to avoid these combinations (solving the problem completely), or if you don't avoid these combinations the ebook runtime checks for them too (which should be pretty safe, but I can't guarantee 100% safe).

So the safest thing would be to use #! Activ Links only.

In that case, the very worst that could happen would be for something external to trigger one of the author's own Activ Scripts.

There will be a 5.06, which will losen a few of the restrictions in 5.05, and also include some improvement/addition in the Help text on this subject. I am now hoping that will eventually become the full release one.


Posted on: 12:09 pm on December 18, 2005
mythos Sunil,

I'm glad to hear the full release is almost ready!

To be honest, I decided to use Activ Ebook because I realized it could easily compile standalone.exe files.

I've seen some ads around about making your our programs. But they have few, if any, examples and their high price seems fishy.

With the Activ compiler, I can easily create my own Windows programs - far more than just a brochure ebook. If the "Go" menu item that says: Search this E-Book... (Ctrl+S) were changed to: Search this Exe... noone would even know its an ebook.

I think easy exe compilers will be the new wave of killer-apps. People will soon get tired of sending plain email and start sending their own little custom-made programs to each other. Otherwise, what's all this processing technology for? To keep sending typewriter messages in the 21st century?!



Posted on: 9:47 pm on December 19, 2005
mythos "I've seen some ads around about making your our programs"

------------

That of course is an understatement. The most downloaded exe files now are said to be MS hotfixes and update patches.

Our system32 folder is loaded with hotfixes made to block parts of the original operating system and add weight to the hard drive.


Posted on: 10:45 pm on December 19, 2005
nello Hi Sunil,

I was wondering if it could be possible to add these 2 features to the ebookcompiler:

- multi-directory ebooks;
- possibility for the ebook to access a link after a certain period of time to retrieve the status of the ebook. In case buyers have asked for refund the ebook could automatically turn itself in demo mode...

For the rest everything seems ok so far...

Nello


Posted on: 2:34 am on December 21, 2005
Storyman nello,

From all of the previous discussions concerning multiple directories, I'm guessing the answer is no.

As for your second question there is a third party program,  HYPrLock, that does exactly what you need.

http://www.goldpanner.ca/hyprlock/index.htm


Posted on: 3:12 am on December 21, 2005
EBookCompiler To add to Storyman's most recent comment:

First is not in 5.0x

Second - you could do this using INETREAD in a script


Posted on: 9:34 am on December 21, 2005
mythos
At first I also had a problem with not being able to use subdirectories because my HTML pages were already written using subfolders and it would have been a nightmare to change all the links by hand.

However, the links can be changes quickly and automatically simply by saving your webpage while viewing it in the Internet Explorer browser.

Just open the top menu and select Save As... Web page, complete ... and it will put everything except the index.htm file into one folder. Correct the links in index.htm by using the search and replace function of Notepad to replacing a full path like C:\database_files\  with just a blank space. Then you can throw index.htm into the same directory as its other files and everything will work ok and compile in Active Ebook. You can do this to several pages all over your hard drive (or the web) and just put them all into one directory once you've replaced the full path links in each index.htm. You will still have to do some fine tuning to arrange the pages into a new ebook.

(Having subdirectories in a compressed .exe file doesn't really save space or make the program any faster.)


Posted on: 11:08 pm on December 21, 2005
nello


Quote: from EBookCompiler on 5:34 pm on Dec. 21, 2005[br]To add to Storyman's most recent comment:

First is not in 5.0x

Second - you could do this using INETREAD in a script


Thank you Sunil:

a.) We can survive without multi-directory

b.) INETREAD is a good function. How can I make a script interact with the status of the protection? Meaning: once I read the status of a book, how can I set the protection of the book to "expired" or "demo"?

Thanks.
Nello


Posted on: 7:17 am on December 23, 2005
mythos
I can't put the AutoComplete component onto my Form.


"AutoComplete is an easy feature to incorporate into Web sites, and it provides a nonintrusive advantage for Web authors and users. For instance, when the user begins typing in an INPUT type=text field, the AutoComplete box presents a list of suggestions. The list of suggestions is saved in an encrypted store on the user's computer and is not accessible to Web sites."

- MSDN

Is there a way AutoComplete can work in the ebook with a  window.external.ActivGet()  function?


Posted on: 3:25 am on December 25, 2005
hkrech A nice and useful freeware program to change or replace strings within a bulk of files is ReplaceEm. It can be downloaded here:
http://www.orbit.org/replace/



Quote: from mythos on 11:08 pm on Dec. 21, 2005[br]
At first I also had a problem with not being able to use subdirectories because my HTML pages were already written using subfolders and it would have been a nightmare to change all the links by hand.

However, the links can be changes quickly and automatically simply by saving your webpage while viewing it in the Internet Explorer browser.

Just open the top menu and select Save As... Web page, complete ... and it will put everything except the index.htm file into one folder. Correct the links in index.htm by using the search and replace function of Notepad to replacing a full path like C:\database_files\  with just a blank space. Then you can throw index.htm into the same directory as its other files and everything will work ok and compile in Active Ebook. You can do this to several pages all over your hard drive (or the web) and just put them all into one directory once you've replaced the full path links in each index.htm. You will still have to do some fine tuning to arrange the pages into a new ebook.

(Having subdirectories in a compressed .exe file doesn't really save space or make the program any faster.)




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