Create Autorun CD Menu

Create Autorun CD Menu on portable media such as CD, DVD and USB Drive

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The right way to burn the CD





The CD File System:

ISO 9660
If you want to make it possible for your CD to be read on different computer platforms, i.e. DOS, Macintosh, OS/2, Windows and UNIX, then you have to make sure that your burning software's ISO 9660 file system is activated. Files and directories to be written onto a CD in accordance with the ISO 9660 standard have to meet the following (8+3) requirements:

File names are allowed to contain a maximum of eight alphanumeric characters and the underline [_].

File name extensions are allowed to contain a maximum of three alphanumerical characters.

Directory names are allowed to contain a maximum of eight alphanumeric characters and the underline [_].

Joliet
Select the Joliet file system if you would like to use file names that are no longer than 64 characters including empty spaces. This is the standard option and is used on most CD recordings. Joliet also records the corresponding standard DOS names (8+3 characters) for each file which enables the CD to be read on DOS or systems with earlier Window versions.


The following files must be recorded onto the CD:

  • The "CD_Start.exe" menu program.
  • The "CD_Conf.ini" script file, in which the settings are saved.
  • The *.ini script files in the submenu pages (provided these have been used)
  • All the images, sound, program and document files referenced by CDMenuPro.
  • Background graphics and bitmap buttons (provided they have been used)

Special notice for users of the Business Edition
If the project has been compiled, there is no need to record any successfully compiled files onto the CD. Following compilation, these files are stored directly in the "CD_Start.exe" menu file. You will find summarized details about this in the Resource Compiler chapter.


Tip: "Burning a CD"
Create a virtual drive (CDMenuPro Editor, menu bar "Project - Virtual Drive") and click on the button marked "Display Drive". Select "Edit - Highlight Everything" from the menu bar in the drive window and then "Edit - Copy". Start your burning software and paste the data you have just copied into the recording window using "Edit - Insert". --> Virtual Drive.