I am creating an interactive CD with images and text file users can download to their own computers. Unfortunately I seem to be completely lost on how to do this. I was hoping someone could help me out or point me in the right direction.
I can use AS2 or AS3. The CD also has to be compatible with both PC and Mac.
To access external files, you need to use the getUrl method in AS2. i'm sure there's a better way in AS3, but I haven't had time to learn that yet.
You can run into problems when making a CD-based flash program. One is that the user may need to allow Active Content to run from CD. It's an option in the advanced security settings in IE.
My workaround is to put both an exe on the CD and a webpage. I'll hide everything else within a folder called 'files' or whatever and just have the autorun file, the exe and the html above that. (You have to go into the html code to hide the swf, but in my experience you can't trust users to not get confused between an icon and a program!)
Basically, after that if the CD fails to autorun, the user can explore the CD and open the webpage and should be able to access your files that way.
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I've actually tried using getURL. However, when I click on a thumbnail to download the full size image using getURL, the image simply displays in a browser. What I need is for a save-as dialog box to open up so the user can choose where to save the file.
The large images are located in a folder on the CD along with the Projector file.