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johntw I opened my index.htm page in I.E. & Mozilla and it is empty.  I have all my files in the source folder - including the index file.  I made the index file in word and already had word web pages completed; so I inserted them into the source file.

The book won't run.  I already made another book and it runs fine.  What did I do wrong this time?

Posted on: 4:39 pm on September 25, 2006
Storyman Hi JohnTw,

By any chance are using CSS on the index page? Sometimes a bumpy code will cause a page to appear blank. Even if you aren't using CSS things sometimes go whacky.

Open Window's Explorer and locate the index file in question. Right click on the file and select Open With-->Internet Explorer. When the IE opens and the page is blank the problem is with the code on the page.

Let us know how you make out.

Posted on: 1:09 am on September 26, 2006
johntw Hi Storyman,

No CSS.  Did what you requested and the index.htm page is empty.  Could it be because I didn't make that page first?

I made all the book pages then realized I didn't make the index page; so I made that page and just inserted it into the source file.  Maybe this is where it went wrong?

Posted on: 1:15 pm on September 26, 2006
Storyman Hi JohnTW,

The index page is the first page that Activ opens. It is the first thing the user will see. If you have another page that you want to appear as soon as the ebook opens, then remove the current index file from the source folder and select whichever file you want to appear immediately when the ebook is opened and rename it index.html. Keep in mind any pages that linked to the old file name will now need to be revised to now point to the index page.

Posted on: 4:20 pm on September 26, 2006
johntw Ok. Renamed my intorduction file index.htm.  The searchable and contents are marked 'yes'.  I run the file and the file blinks and then nothing.

Posted on: 5:47 pm on September 26, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

Did you run the test in my first post? What appears when the newly renamed index file opens from Window's Explorer?

If it blinks and then drops dead...well...there is a code problem. We don't really do much with HTML code issues in this forum. If you do a search for "HTML forum" you'll find quite a few that should be able to assist you.

Let us know what your results are.

Posted on: 8:44 pm on September 26, 2006
johntw I did the test as you requested.  The index page opens and has my introduction (complete with nothing missing) - which was what I changed it to.

Should I start the book over again because it worked with my first one?

Posted on: 12:15 am on September 27, 2006
Storyman Hmmm... I guess.

Can't imagine why you are experiencing this freakish behavior.

Create a new ebook and make the only file the index file. Don't make it secure. Make it as basic as possible.

Let us know.

Posted on: 12:53 am on September 27, 2006
johntw I think I found the culprit.  The system or software is making 2 file folders.  I have a folder caleed 'test'.  Then inside that I have another file called 'test'.  Inside of that one are the source, output files, etc.  

Why are there 2 files?  I removed one and placed the source, output file, etc into it and tried again.  It is telling me there are no files?  When I look in the source file the web files are all there.

I compared these files to the first completed book and made them the same.

Any thoughts?
Any thoughts?  

Posted on: 4:01 pm on September 27, 2006
Storyman You're confused? I'm really confused--not clear on the nested files or what program is created them. Activ doesn't create any files other than for compiling the ebook.

All files MUST be in the source folder. The source folder MUST NOT contain any folders--only files. The source folder MUST contain an index.htm or index.html file.

Start with a basic index page, maybe something like "Hello World" as its only content. Compile it into an ebook and see if that works.

Posted on: 2:23 am on September 28, 2006
johntw OK.

I have a file named 'test'
Inside that file is the 'source' file with the index.htm and testpage.htm.
There is an output file and indie is and icon hand with book named 'test'.
A read me icon
An open book icon named 'test active ebook project.

When I first created this 'test' project the software (for some reason) created 2 'test' folders one inside the other, then inside the 2nd folder were the source, etc.

I deleted one of the 'test' folders so now I have:
test folder
inside source, output, readme,open book icon.

When I compile the book I get this message:
"You selected an empty folder - there are no files in your ebook"

I checked the folder in my computer and the source folder has the 2 files.  Did this happen because  removed the 2nd (duplicate) 'test' folder?

I also opened the index.hmt page and the address was:


Posted on: 1:17 pm on September 28, 2006
Storyman 1) Is there an .aep file in the test folder? An .aep file is a project file, which must be present. If one doesn't exist you need to review the manual.

2) The source folder should have index.html and test.htm. Both files should open in IE as per earlier instructions. If they don't open you'll need to check the HTML code.

Double check that all of the HTML pages end in either .html or .htm. Use one or the other. Using both can make things confusing.

Posted on: 8:33 pm on September 28, 2006
johntw 1. There is an file called 'test' Activ Ebook Project 1kb
2. Yes to all.
3. Yes to all.

Could this be bacause 2 test folders were created. There was the test folder and inside that was another a test folder and inside that my source ,etc files?

I removed one of the test folder and placed my files in it.  Could moving the files cause this problem?

Posted on: 12:35 am on September 29, 2006
Storyman Hi John,


The index.html and test.aep must be present!

There can only be one C:/test/ folder.

Is that the setup?

Posted on: 1:25 am on September 29, 2006
johntw Correct.

I compared it to my first book, so I know I have everything present.

Posted on: 1:02 pm on September 29, 2006
Storyman Now verify that both html files open when you right click on the file in Window's Explorer and select Open With->Internet Explorer

If you still cannot create an ebook, then download Activ compiler and reinstall.

Does that work?

Posted on: 5:29 pm on September 29, 2006
johntw Both files opened in IE.

There address:
c:\test\source\index.htm (this page is blank)
c:\test\source\testpage.htm (this page has 'testing web page' copy)

Will try the ownload after I uninstall the present one.

Posted on: 6:31 pm on September 29, 2006
johntw Think I may have found the problem, but am not sure how to fix it.

The ouput file reads:

Not sure where the second 'TEST' came from but I'm sure I did something. because I get the message:

Unable to write to Output Ebook Exe: The system cannot find the pathe specified.  Even though the files ARE listed and the output is list (as above).

So, what's next?

Posted on: 9:17 pm on September 29, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

There might be a misunderstanding about ebooks. There are not programs that install onto a computer system. Instead, they are stand alone programs.

Use Window's Explorer and move 'test.exe' to your desktop. From the desktop double click the icon for test.exe. The ebook should now open.

Posted on: 2:17 am on September 30, 2006
johntw I moved it as you requested and it opened the program (activ ebook compiler).

When trying to run I get:

Error: Unable to write to Out E-Book EXE: The sytem cannot find the path specified.
How you can fix this:
Click output on the 'Edit" menu and try browsing a different file name for the Output E-Book EXE to create.

But the Ouput Exe isalready listed in the output tab. So, why am I getting this message.

Posted on: 1:28 pm on September 30, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

Open the project in the Activ compiler and click on Output. What does it show as the Output value?


John, if you add your email to your profile I'll send you a link that might help. (You can remove the email address after you get the link.)

(Edited by Storyman at 7:10 pm on Sep. 30, 2006)

Posted on: 2:14 am on October 1, 2006
johntw E-Book
Output E-Book EXE   C:\test\TEST\output\test.exe

Why is there a 2nd 'TEST'?  Should there only be one 'test'?

My email address is in my profile, that's how I get notified of responses.

Posted on: 1:29 pm on October 1, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

1) Sent you a message.

2) There should be only one file in the Output folder. Not sure what you're referring to as your second 'TEST.'

(Edited by Storyman at 2:03 pm on Oct. 1, 2006)

Posted on: 6:35 pm on October 1, 2006
johntw The second 'TEST' I was referring to was in the address line when I opened the output file.  Please see my previous post.

I never received your email. Checked my junk box also.  Please re-send. Thanks.

(Edited by johntw at 1:03 pm on Oct. 2, 2006)

Posted on: 1:03 pm on October 2, 2006
Storyman John,

Would you mind unprotecting your email address in your profile for a few hours?

Posted on: 1:18 pm on October 2, 2006
johntw I found the email. I opened the page you suggested and reviewed it and my files are the same.  

As I mentioned the only difference being in the aep address; which shows as:


Is this address incorrect?  Please see the 2nd word 'TEST'  

Posted on: 1:45 pm on October 2, 2006
rlemire Hi johntw;

You clearly have nested folder problem and Activ E-Book is probably confused between one "test" folder and the other. When it looks in the wrong "test" folder, it doesn't find any files to compile and when it tries to make test.exe it can't find the "output" folder.

What you need to do is completely remove all of your files and folders for this project and start over. That should solve the problem.


Posted on: 10:01 pm on October 2, 2006
johntw Finally I figured out the problem. Mostly by tiral and error.  It was in the 'user interface'.  I clicked on the 'toolbar initially' and 'toolbar toggle' buttons to set to yes.  

When I tried to run my book (the one that worked) it didn't work.  So, I changed them both back to 'no' and tried the test book.  It worked fine.

Thanks to all who worked to help me.

Posted on: 6:46 pm on October 3, 2006
Storyman I was getting worried that there was an end to the tunnel. Glad things worked out and you've reached the light.

Posted on: 10:42 pm on October 3, 2006
johntw Thanks for your help Storyman.  Now can you help me with this question:

How do people get the eBook? What do I have to post for people who wnat the free ebook?

Posted on: 10:53 pm on October 3, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

How about starting a new thread for this topic? In time to come when someone looks for a solution to the same problem they won't know that the answer looms 3 pages down in an unrelated thread.

Posted on: 1:09 am on October 4, 2006

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