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emilman I am a new user and cannot figure out how to configure this compiler. My files are all in one folder and contain a lot of .pdf files, images and one file called index.htm. What I want to do is have the ebook open up to the index file and then from there be able to access the pdf files. How do I set the ebook to open to the index file using the browser installed on the customers computer and then they can click on the pdf file link contained on the index file? Index file is all set up with the links to the pdf files and ready to go. How set the compiler to access the index file and open up to it? Appreciate the help.

Posted on: 6:18 pm on May 21, 2007
Storyman Hello emilman,

HYPrPDF Security may be something that will help. http://www.hyprlock.com/hyprlock/index.htm

Other than that you just link to the pdf file--but it won't be protected!


Posted on: 12:20 am on May 22, 2007
emilman Thanks for responding Storyman, but I don't think I made myself clear. I have made these files into ebooks using a different program. This is how I make them function:

I have all my files in one folder and included in that folder is a folder named "files" that contain all my pdf files. (They are all ready locked up using Adobe Pro.) Also contained in the main folder is a folder named "images" which has all my images for my index.htm page. Then in this main folder is placed my index.htm file. When I create this ebook in my other program, it asks for the file to open and I point it to the index.htm file. It then opens that file in the main windwo when the customer clicks on the ebook exe. On the index.htm file displayed is my page displaying the descriptions and links to the pdf files contained in the "files" folder. My question is, how do I set Activ to open that main index.htm file into the main window in the ebook created?

Hope this is a bit clearer describing my problem.

Thanks


Posted on: 10:16 pm on May 22, 2007
rlemire emilman;

Unlike your previous eBook compiler.. Activ E-Book only allows information to be kept in one root folder. All of your information, whether it's PDF files, images, sounds, HTML pages etc. must all reside in the same root folder ( called the "Source" folder ). The "Source" folder must not contain any additional folders or Activ E-Book will not compile properly.

Contrary to what you might believe, the PDF protection provided by Adobe Pro etc. is not very secure and is easily bypassed by many third party hack programs. If you distribute a protected PDF file and supply a password to your customer, to "open" the PDF file, your security is severely compromised. HYPrLock, on the other hand maintains complete security by using "invisible" passwords that your customer never has access to and cannot share with anyone else.

Ron


Posted on: 4:39 am on May 23, 2007
Storyman Hi emilman,

You wrote, "(They are all ready locked up using Adobe Pro.)"

You might want to reconsider the security of your PDF files. Do a quick Internet search and you'll find a slew of programs that easily crack such security measures. HYPrLock will give you greater level of security. IMHO it's worth checking out.

You wrote, "Also contained in the main folder is a folder named "images" which has all my images for my index.htm page." You cannot use sub-folders. All files MUST be in the same folder.

You wrote, "When I create this ebook in my other program, it asks for the file to open and I point it to the index.htm file." What do you mean by 'other program'?


Posted on: 4:46 am on May 23, 2007
emilman Thanks for the replies. If you you both would take a look at my website (emilitarymauals.com) you see that the I sell CD compilations. The manuals that are on my CD's are public domain manuals and by "locked up" using Adobe, I ,mean that I have tagged each manual with my web address and have added encryption. I have most of the programs you can get to unencrypt pdf and if you make the encryption tag the max length you can, the programs out there have a hard time removing it. My experience has been that it may remove it, but the book then has nothing but blank pages. Would love to send you a sample and see if you can remove the encryption. It would give me an idea if I have to go further in my protection of the pdf's.

Secondly, I do not provides any password to my customers for the pdf files. My CD's contain multiple pdf files that are opened via a main htm page that opens in their browser. Hope this helps you understand what I'm doing.

Now as to your question as to "other Program". I have been using eBook Maker by Antsoft and it asks for what file to start with and I then point it to my index.htm file and it them opend up that page which then displays a page that has links to all the pdf files contained in the ebook. Some of my "ebooks" have upwards of 30-40 pdf files in them.

Now hopefully you can understand how I am wanting to use Active. My problem with eBook Maker is that it has limitations as the size of the ebooks. Some of my ebooks can be 400 to 500mb and it cannot handle the size and runs out of memory. iwas hoping that Activ could handle this and is why I'm here. I have put all the files (pdf's, images & index) in one folder but there is still nowhere in Active to tell it to open the index.htm file page. I compiled it as suggested and when I click on the ebook it makes, it goes through the opening with my splash image but nothing happens after it closes. I have a feeling that Active was more designed for one file than multiple files. Again thanks for the help and advice and await your responses to this puzzle.


Posted on: 12:01 pm on May 23, 2007
rlemire emilman;

The PDF security problem has nothing to do with the encryption. It concerns the fact that you need to distribute a password to unencrypt the PDF file. You say your PDF files are encrypted but you also say you do not distribute a password. I'd be interested in knowing how your customers can view an encrypted PDF file without a password. If that were the case then your PDF files are not protected at all and could be shared with anyone.

Activ E-Book automatically searches for a web page called index.htm/index.html. If you have all of your material in the "Source" folder (without any sub-folders) and you have an index.htm web page then Activ will compile properly. Activ can and does handle multiple PDF files from an htm page with links to the PDF files (if the PDF files are included in the Source folder).

If you have met all the above conditions and your eBook still does not work then your setup or link URLs are not set properly.

For example consider this:

If you plan to use Activ E-Book's password protection system, your customer must copy the main eBook from your CD to his computer ( or the password system won't work)

Secondly if your eBook is going to run the PDF files from the CD then you must have some way for your customers to locate the CD content. Not all computers use the same Drive ID for their CD player.

Running any content from a CD requires careful planning.

Ron


Posted on: 3:59 pm on May 23, 2007
emilman rlemire,
I guess I wasn't perfectly clear. The pdf books that are on my CD's and downloadable ebooks are password protected not allowing anyone to change any of the content of the pdf files since I have tagged all of them with my website information. That is what I meant by encrypting them. I have been making and selling these CD's for over 8 years and before I protected them, other websites were taking my content (pdf files) and remaking them into their own CD's. When a person buys my CD or downloads an ebook, they are able to access all the pdf's just by clicking on a link displayed on the main page. All the CD's have an auto run program which automatically opens up the index.htm page in their browser. Like I said before, the ebook program I have been using has worked fine making the ebooks my customers download, but the size limitations are keeping me from turning some of my CD's into a downloadable form. Being able to instantly download a product is he most popular way today to get a purchase. I have been making my product in that form for over 2 years and has made a huge difference.

Now back to Activ ebook. I have configured my "source" file exactly as you instructed and it still does not open up to the main index.htm page. I even created a different "source" folder and just put in the index.htm file and one pdf file to see if it would work that way. It made the ebook and when I click on it the splash page comes up briefly and then nothing opens. I am not new to ebook technology or the internet or internet selling of ebooks, so I m baffled why this does not function properly.
Thanks again for the assistance, I'm sure it is just something I am doing wrong but for the life of me I cannot figure it out.


Posted on: 4:50 pm on May 23, 2007
rlemire emilman;

Back to basics. Most of your information is confusing. Encrypted and password protected PDF files that are not password protected??? a CD autorun program that opens the index.htm file in a browser??? Files that are in the "Source" folder but also on the CD???

1) What exactly are you trying to accomplish by using Activ E-Book? If you are using an autorun CD file to open your index.htm page in a browser and your index.htm page has links to open the PDF files -- what do you need Activ E-Book for?

2) Are you going to use any Activ E-Book password protection?

3) Do you plan on distributing an Activ E-Book on CD?

4) Are you going to include the PDF files in the "Source" folder or as external links?

BTW. If you open the index.htm file in a browser does everything operate properly?

Regarding PDF security; I believe what you are saying is that you have enabled the "Owner" password system but not the "User" password system. That helps prevent anyone from changing your PDF files but it does not prevent anyone from opening or viewing your PDF files.

Ron


Posted on: 10:40 pm on May 23, 2007
emilman Back to basics. Most of your information is confusing. Encrypted and password protected PDF files that are not password protected??? a CD autorun program that opens the index.htm file in a browser??? Files that are in the "Source" folder but also on the CD???

1) What exactly are you trying to accomplish by using Activ E-Book? If you are using an autorun CD file to open your index.htm page in a browser and your index.htm page has links to open the PDF files -- what do you need Activ E-Book for?
Answer: I have 2 ways for the customer to get my product.  They can order a CD version of it and I mail it to them, or they can purchase a download version of it and I take the files that are on the CD and convert them to an ebook version and they can download load it immediately. They are both exactly the same but the ebook version does not include and autorun files.

2) Are you going to use any Activ E-Book password protection?
Answer: At this point no since my pdf files are branded with my web site information.

3) Do you plan on distributing an Activ E-Book on CD?
Answer: No, as stated above, the ebooks I create are available as an immediate download.

4) Are you going to include the PDF files in the "Source" folder or as external links?
Answer: The pdf files are included in the source file and are accessible via links on the index page just as they are on the CD version.

BTW. If you open the index.htm file in a browser does everything operate properly?
Answer: Yes they do since I am already selling the CD version of my product and am just wanting to convert it to ebook. As I stated before, I already have many of my CD's available as ebook to download on the website. The ones I'm wanting to convert now are ones that are very large in size. 300 up to 500mb.

Regarding PDF security; I believe what you are saying is that you have enabled the "Owner" password system but not the "User" password system. That helps prevent anyone from changing your PDF files but it does not prevent anyone from opening or viewing your PDF files.
Answer: YES, that is correct. All the files must be very easy to open for my customers. I do not need to worry about any kind of User password. By tagging each manual on the CD or ebook, it is a deterrent to other sites from copying my material.

Thanks for asking the right questions to help clarify what I am doing. Any ideas as to how to get this program to work for me?


Posted on: 11:03 pm on May 23, 2007
rlemire emilman;

What you are describing is so simple it is very confusing.

I think what you are missing is the link structure required to open a PDF file in Activ E-Book

You can download a simple "Multiple" PDF project from my web site to see how this is done.

This project does not contain any HYPrLock security features or password protection but it does contain an index.html web page and two small PDF files. It also includes an Activ E-Book aep configuration file. This will allow you to compile the project and see how it works.

http://www.hyprlock.com/download/PDFproject.zip

Ron


Posted on: 6:11 am on May 24, 2007

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