Attachments don't seem to work when running Articulate off a DVD

Dear all,

I am working with a team who would like to be able to ship a whole bunch of DVDs with three versions of the same resource (in English, French and Spanish) to lots of places where Internet access is not too great (so not a lot I can do about that...).

I built the resources and tested them online and it all worked well. I then created a simple menu to all three by creating a start.html file (but you can name it whatever you want) with an image in the background and hotspots in several places linking to the individual languages, and also creating an autorun.inf file which reads:

[autorun]

icon=wash.ico

label=Start the Understanding the Global WASH Landscape resource

open=explorer.exe start.html

shell=runit

shell\runit\command=explorer.exe start.html

shell\runit=start

All dandy so far and the HTML file does open up.

The massive problem I am having, however, is that my attachments (3 in total, two local PDF files and 1 Web link) seem to be dead now in IE 8, Chrome and I guess other browsers, too.

That is not too cool and I was wondering if anyone knew of a trick to kick the attachments into action without having to change the format of the resource...  

Many thanks to you all for your advice,

Dragos

9 Replies
Dragos Ciobanu

Oooooh, Phil, you have given me a lot of hope this evening! I am referencing the player.html files. I will try republishing each language version for CD and then reference them. Big half-day event tomorrow and guess what I'll be doing as soon as it finishes.... If it works, I'll give you 10 big hugs at next year's edition of the conference - and you'll surely be interested in coming as some more special people are coming all the way from ... somewhere to join the very cool bunch of participants. Quick informal announcement to follow soon Thanks a lot and will be in touch tomorrow,

Dragos

Steve Flowers

Whenever I see problems with PDFs opening locally it's because of the mark of the web. Take a look at your HTML published output. Does it contain a line like this?

<!-- saved from url=(0014)about:internet -->

You might also try publishing through the CDROM option. This produces a projector that will get around many of the browser limitations and oddities produced through Flash security limitations. You can point to this projector from your autorun file. Flash security weirdness can also cause the problem you're seeing. If you have an exit button, does that button work? 

Dragos Ciobanu

Hi, everyone

Thanks to you, I am making progress. I published for CDROM and things are looking a bit better, though not perfect yet...

If I reference the .exe file from the HTML page which is my home menu for the three individual languages - example here of what it looks like http://www.nationalnetworkforinterpreting.ac.uk/tmp/wash/ -, it downloads the file in the web browser or it asks a few security questions before it actually fires it up (when it runs, the attachments do work; in player.html, the attachments are dead in the water).

Is there a way to create another .exe file which would play/launch the three separate Launch_Presentation.exe files automatically?

I am also thinking of the Mac users which I presume will be left out if I stick with .exe files... 

The HTML does have that line, Steve... 

saved from url=(0014)about:internet 

Would getting rid of it help in any way?

Many thanks as ever,

Dragos

Phil Mayor

You could create a menu in presenter, publish to cd and use that as your menu and set the exe to autorun, that would get rid of the securty messages

Mac users will be problem whatever you do, autorun will not work in OSX it may then be better to set up a directory for mac users and add a readme file that explains how to launch the program and where to find the attachments.  I am a Mac user and dont expect CDs/DVDs to autorun and will open the CD/DVD for attachments or for mac users just add a folder called documents

You can make your launch presentation  look like your current html page if you use Tony's free skin available from downloads in this forum

Steve may have a better solution

Dave Neuweiler

Dragos Ciobanu said:

Hi, everyone

Thanks to you, I am making progress. I published for CDROM and things are looking a bit better, though not perfect yet...

If I reference the .exe file from the HTML page which is my home menu for the three individual languages - example here of what it looks like http://www.nationalnetworkforinterpreting.ac.uk/tmp/wash/ -, it downloads the file in the web browser or it asks a few security questions before it actually fires it up (when it runs, the attachments do work; in player.html, the attachments are dead in the water).

Is there a way to create another .exe file which would play/launch the three separate Launch_Presentation.exe files automatically?

I am also thinking of the Mac users which I presume will be left out if I stick with .exe files... 

The HTML does have that line, Steve... 

saved from url=(0014)about:internet 

Would getting rid of it help in any way?

Many thanks as ever,

Dragos


I think that if you edit that line out, the attachments will work. See this old article:

http://www.articulate.com/forums/articulate-presenter/5721-attachment-problems.html