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Linking a PDF file to a CD Menu
Portable Document Format (pdf) is a widely spread, platform-independent file format for creating, displaying and printing text and graphics files.
A so-called Pdf reader is needed to view this file type. The most common reader used for this purpose is the "Acrobat Reader" by "Adobe Systems Incorporated".
If you want to use Pdf files on your CD, it is important to make sure that a reader capable of displaying these files is installed on the target PC.
The CDMenuPro Pdf Starter
The CDMenuPro add-on "Pdf-Starter" program has been designed to check unnoticed whether a program for viewing Pdf files is installed on the PC in question. If a program is found, it will be used to display your program; if no program is found, the Pdf Starter will proceed as follows depending on the configuration that you set for it:
Using the Pdf Starter to link a Pdf file to the menu
In the first settings window you are asked to enter the name of the sub-folder into which the Pdf files will be saved. If this folder doesn't exist, the assistant will create one. You can also choose to accept the "PdfFiles" pre-set. You can use this folder for saving all your Pdf files. Alternatively, you can create an individual folder for each Pdf file.
This window is used to specify the Pdf file. If this Pdf file is located in a folder other than the one defined in the previous window, the Pdf file will be copied into the folder created in the previous step (Pdf files). You can also use a Pdf file from a CDMenuPro ArchiveSafe. This is done by clicking on the button marked with the padlock. This enables you to select an ArchiveSafe and a file contained in the archive. Now enter your inscription for the button.
The last settings window is used to configure the Pdf Starter. These settings, however, must carried out at least once for each Pdf folder. If you add Pdf files to this folder later, you can skip this step. When you are done, click on the "Finish" button.
Configure the Pdf StarterPreliminary comments on how the Pdf-Starter works
The Pdf-Starter will first search the Windows registry in the background to find out whether or not a link already exists between Pdf-type files and a reader (server). If a link between program and file already exists, the reader is started and the file loaded. If a link is not found, the program will output information or trigger the set-up procedure.
In addition to this, a Pdf-Starter option enables you to allocate a different Reader for each Windows system. The basic settings will be used for every version of Windows for which no Pdf Reader has been allocated.
If you are using Acrobat Reader 5.05, there is no need to make any changes to the standard settings. This is because this Reader (and only this reader) will run on all Win32 systems (Win95...XP). The following table provides information about which Reader version will run on which Windows system.
This dialog window is used for specifying how the Pdf Starter should proceed when no suitable program for displaying the file has been found on the Windows system.
This dialog window is used to define the message that is outputted in the event that no suitable program for displaying Pdf files is available on the system. (Only use for the following selection: "Use set-up file")
This is how the defined message will look to the CD user.
There are three ways of doing this:
Run-time parameters for the Pdf Starter
When the Pdf Integration Assistant is ended, a button is inserted into the menu window. Open the button's properties dialog window and click on link. This is where you can see the settings that the program assistant has made:
The meaning of the parameter entries:
In addition, you can hand-over a run-time parameter to the Reader. You will have to refer to the Reader documentation to find our which parameters are permitted.
Notes on the Acrobat Reader
Adobe Systems Incorporated offers a free download of its Acrobat Reader to all PC users so that Pdf files can be read on their systems.
You can download the Acrobat Reader installation pack from the following address:
Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Select your own language in step one; select "Win 95" as the platform. (runs on all Win32 operating systems)
You will find the terms of the licensing agreement on the following page:
Please make sure you observe Adobe's licensing agreement.
Download the latest installation pack version of the reader. You will have to include this pack for your users on your CD.
You can, of course, also use any other preferred shareware Pdf Reader.