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Getting started

Get started with Dynamic-CD by downloading the Development Kit. This is available as an EXE file or as a ZIP. Some systems do not permit downloading EXE files.

If you download the ZIP file, unzip it to obtain the EXE. Run the EXE file to install the Dynamic-CD development kit on your computer.

Try out the demos and the examples provided with the documentation. Note: the demos and documentation run in the ASP version of Dynamic-CD and so do not illustrate the ASP.NET version Dynamic-CD.Net.

To start developing your own Dynamic-CDs, first create the content of your CD in a "source" directory on your hard disk. Add processing and interactivity to your static HTML pages with ASP script files or ASP.NET code. Scripts can be used to link together HTML pages and other file formats such as databases. ASP pages containing sensitive information can also be password protected.

Once your source directory is ready, use Dynamic-CD-Wizard to help you create an "CD image" directory that you will finally burn to your CD.

On insertion into a CD drive, Dynamic-CD will AutoPlay, displaying your first page.

For an example of creating a simple ASP database website, running Dynamic-CD-Wizard, testing the result, and burning the image to a CD, look here : Getting Started Example.

Dynamic-CD-Wizard helps you create your own Dynamic-CDs.
  • Dynamic-CD-Wizard copies the Dynamic-CD runtime into your CD image directory.
  • Dynamic-CD-Wizard sets up various Dynamic-CD parameters, such as the initial page to be shown.
  • Dynamic-CD-Wizard lets you choose files or directories to protect with passwords.
  • Dynamic-CD-Wizard can also encrypt your ASP .asp pages, so that no one can see your code.

The Development Kit
  1. Get the Dynamic-CD development kit.
    The following steps will only work if you have downloaded this kit.

  2. Running ASP Dynamic-CD for the first time

To demonstrate Dynamic-CD in action, select Start+Programs+Dynamic-CD+Dynamic-CD Demo from your Start menu.

The demo will start Dynamic-CD and show the first page in your default browser.
Dynamic-CD uses the web address and port - this is completely normal even though it looks somewhat strange.

If your browser asks you to Connect or Try again, select these options. Dynamic-CD runs "on-line" at the web address above and so working "off-line" is not possible.

Try out all of the demos to confirm that Dynamic-CD functions correctly.

To stop Dynamic-CD, left-click on the Dynamic-CD icon in the taskbar tray.

  1. You can check that ASP Dynamic-CD will run direct from a CD.
By default, the Development Kit files are installed in the directory  C:\Program Files\PHD\DynamicCD .

Burn all the files in this directory (and its subdirectories) onto the root directory of a test CD.

The CD should AutoPlay correctly when inserted into your CD player.

If the CD is removed while Dynamic-CD is running, the user is shown a dialog asking to cancel Dynamic-CD, or replace the CD.

  1. Read the documentation
The documentation must be read with ASP Dynamic-CD running.

To view the documentation, select Start+Programs+Dynamic-CD+Dynamic-CD Documentation from your Start menu.

  1. To create your own Dynamic-CD, run the Dynamic-CD-Wizard
First, create your HTML pages, image and script files and any other support files in a source directory.

Run the Dynamic-CD-Wizard by selecting from your Start menu : Start+Programs+Dynamic-CD+Dynamic-CD-Wizard.

Dynamic-CD-Wizard will copy your source to a new CD image directory while ...

  • Installing the Dynamic-CD runtime
  • Setting up your preferences
  • Password protecting any required pages or directories
  • Encrypting script files

Test the newly created CD image on your hard disk, then burn it to a CD and test again

For your final release, use a completely blank CD.

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