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    Question 'Easy' demo CD questions.

    I am dabbling in graphic design and have been charged with creating a CD demo for a photographer friend of mine. I can create the content in HTML, produce a decent slideshow, etc. but need help on some of the finer points in the production. I need to know how to launch the demo when the disc is loaded into a standard popup window (no scroll or tool bars). Also, can anyone give advice on icon creation and possibly how best to package all of the source material to conceal it from the end user.m Any help would be great 'cause I'm in over my head!

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    You can't "conceal" you're source from the user.

    I am not sure what you mean by "load the CD when a popup appears", but do you mean like this?

    window.open("F:\file.html","Demo","scrollbars=no,width=500,height=500");

    On my computer, F: is the CD drive, but it might be different on your's.

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    I need to know how to launch the demo when the disc is loaded into a standard popup window (no scroll or tool bars).
    You initially can't customize the scroll or tool bars, but what you can do is set an autorun on the disc to open a welcome page.

    -- To set autorun:
    Create a file on the disc called autorun.inf with content of

    [autorun]
    open=welcome.html


    Though I'm unsure how standardized the autorun mechanism is. Another useful fallback would be to place the welcome page in the CD's root (along with the autorun) and place everything else in subdirectories. This will help make it clear to users which page you wish them to start with.

    The welcome page may contain nothing more than a pretty graphic, and on this page you can use Zach's solution with JavaScript to open your index page. Make sure you also provide a link on the welcome page in case the user does not support or has disabled JavaScript. You should also use all relative URIs since the drive letter can change from system to system.
    Last edited by jeffmott; 12-31-2002 at 10:24 PM.

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    Re: 'Easy' demo CD questions.

    Originally posted by AndrewTheMan
    I need to know how to launch the demo when the disc is loaded into a standard popup window (no scroll or tool bars).
    Or you can include a customized version of the Mozilla or Phoenix browser that doesn't have any toolbars or scrollbars.

    The entire userinterface in these browsers is basicly a webpage that you can change and customize exactly how you want.

    Additionally you will have the security of knowing EXACTLY how your webpages look since you don't have to rely on a random default browser on the system.

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    cd autostart

    I suggest that you use Macromedia Director, here you can make a splash screen that opens when the cd is inserted.
    The power of director is that you can make an exe file wich all computers can play without having a specifiec plugin.
    Sorry but autorun with a html file does not work! you need an exe file wich you can make in director. also you can link your html page to the director movie.

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