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Protecting data on the CD against unauthorized access





ArchiveSafe is an add-on program for CDMenuPro that has been designed to protect sensitive data against unauthorized access. It works by encoding the files with a password of your choice, compressing them and finally by saving them in an archive file. The files within the archive can be linked directly to a CDMenuPro button. CDMenuPro also enables you to un-zip the entire archive into a target folder of your choice.

You will find further information about ArchiveSafe and about how to create a archive on the following page: here...


Linking an archive to CDMenuPro


Click on the "ArchiveSafe" button in the vertical toolbar and keep your left mouse key pressed; now drag the mouse pointer into the menu window. The cross is used to symbolize the top corner of the button.

As soon as the button is in position, release the left mouse key. An Assistant appears automatically, which will take you through the settings procedure.

If you have not created your archive folder inside the CDMenuPro project folder, you will need to copy the archive folder into the project folder or a sub-folder belonging to the project folder. On this page of the Assistant enter the path and file name of your archive.


If your archive is password-protected, you need to enter your password on this page.


Enter the archive action here.
The following actions are available:

  1. Display or start the selected file
  2. Un-zip the selected file
  3. Un-zip all files
For actions 1 and 2 the file contained within the archive has to be specified. You can use the "Select" button to do this. The SafeArchive program is started and displays all the files contained within the archive in the main window. Double click on the file you require.


Select target folder
The files contained in the archive will be un-zipped into a folder on the target system. The following options are available:

  • The TEMP folder of the target PC
  • A folder chosen by the user of the CD.
  • A pre-set folder determined by a menu creator. Because this folder will not be created by CDMenuPro, you have to make sure that this folder actually exists.
Important note: If you select the "Display or start file" option, the file will also be un-zipped into a temporary folder initially. This means that the un-zipped file will be located in the temporary folder on the user's computer once the un-zipping process has finished.


Enter the words of your button on the last page of the Assistant.


Auto Start

As an option you can also select a file from the archive to start or to be displayed automatically once the entire archive has been un-zipped (This only applies to the "Un-zip all files" option).
You will find more information about this on the ArchiveSafe page (see auto start).



CD users using CD_Start.exe to access an archive file

If your archive is password-protected, the user of the CD will be asked to enter a password. If you have selected the "License agreement" option as well, the license agreement text will also be displayed in a new window. The program waits for the user to agree to the license agreement. If the user agrees, the program un-zips the file(s) into the specified folder. If you selected the "Display or start file" option, the selected file will be started.

CD_Start.exe saves all further archive access requests with the password. This means that the user will not be asked to enter the password or agree to the license agreement again when they want to access the archive again.



Centralized enter password and confirm license agreement function
Ever since CDMenuPro version 5.0 was launched, it has also been possible to add a password and license agreement function to the menu itself. One of the options enables you to use this same password for users wanting to access the archive. By using this option, users will only have to enter their password and confirm the license agreement once when the menu is started. Menu designers should remember that in this instance the passwords for the archive and the menu are identical.



Linking a file from ArchiveSafe
Linking a file from ArchiveSafe It is also possible to link a button or viewer directly to an ArchiveSafe file. When you are in the right settings dialog window, you will see a button marked with a padlock symbol. This button is used to access a settings dialog window for selecting an archive and file from that archive.




How to proceed when using password-protected archives

If you would like to link password-protected files that are in ArchiveSafe with CDMenuPro, we recommend proceeding as follows:

  • Use the same password for all your archives.
  • Move the password request into the menu start. To do this select the following from the menu bar: "Properties - Access Control...".
  • Activate the "Password needed" and "Use this password for all ArchiveSafe access requests" fields and specify your password.
  • Also move your licence agreement and notes on use to here if possible.

If you proceed in this way when an ArchiveSafe file is opened, this central password will be used and the user will only be asked to enter the password once.

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