What is the maximum number of pages that can be added to a single NeoBook publication?
The theoretical limit for the size of a NeoBook publication is about
30,000 pages, but it probably wouldn't be practical (or even
possible) to create a publication that large. NeoBook is certainly
capable of creating publications with several hundred pages. Text,
pictures, sounds and videos contained within the publication will
not all be loaded into memory at the same time, but rather cached
into and out of memory as they are needed. This intelligent memory
management provides the capability to create very large publications
that can run on just about any Windows-based PC.
I'm using NeoBook to create an interface for a kiosk. How can I prevent users from accessing Windows?
One method is to replace the default Windows shell with your
application exe. The following article from Microsoft explains how
to make the necessary modifications:
Another option is to use a utility like Windows
to secure the kiosk PC.
Can I distribute applications created with NeoBook via email?
While it is technically possible to send NeoBook-created applications by email, many
email providers do not allow exe files to be sent as attachments. The solution to this
problem is to simply compress exe files with a zip utility like WinZip before sending
them by email. The resulting zip file is perfectly acceptable to the majority of email
providers. The down side is that someone receiving a zip file must first extract the
exe before it can be run. For this reason, it's unusual to distribute exe files to a
large audience via email. Typically, most people who create exe files place them on their
website. Then instead of sending the entire exe file by email, they send a simple link
that the user can click on to download the exe file directly to their PC. Links can
also be placed on the website if desired. This is how software developers usually
distribute their work in exe format.
How do I create an auto-loading CD so that my NeoBook app starts automatically?
You can create an auto-loading NeoBook application by placing an
plain text file called "autorun.inf" in the root directory of your
CD. The file can be created using Windows Notepad or any ASCII text
editor. The file should contain the following text (replace
"MYPUB.EXE" with the name of your NeoBook program):
Is it possible to protect a NeoBook application to prevent unauthorized copying?
Unfortunately, there are no 100% effective copy protection methods
that will stop someone who is skilled and motivated from copying any
software application. Even Microsoft with all of its resources
hasn't come up with an iron clad method of preventing software
piracy. Sadly, someone who really wants to steal your work can
usually figure a way to do it. However, there are some simple things
that you can do to discourage copying of your work:
1. Create two versions of your application. One is limited in some
way - missing pages, time/usage limits, etc. Potential customers can
download and examine the limited version. If they want the full
version, they can buy a copy. Someone who has paid for a product
will be less likely to make copies for others.
2. Require customers to enter an unlock code or password before they
can view all of part of your application. NeoBook includes a simple
password feature and you can do more advanced things by using the
scripting language. You could simply disallow access to certain
pages until the user enters a special access code provided by you.
3. If you really want to secure your application, you can use third
party copy protection software.
Can I pass the name of a file to my application via the Windows command line?
Here's a simple script that parses the [CommandLine] variable and
separates the different parameters into an array of variables
[Param1], [Param2], [Param3], etc. The first variable ([Param1])
will always contain the path and file name of the executing
publication. Parameters after that ([Param2],[Param3], etc.) will
contain any other items placed on the command line when launching
the compiled publication. The [ParamCount] variable will contain the
total number of parameters.
StrParse "[CommandLine]" "[#13]" "[Params]"
I'm having trouble playing certain types of videos within my NeoBook application.
What do you suggest?
Most types of AVI and MPEG videos generally work well with NeoBook's
built-in media player. However, there are numerous video sub formats
(or codecs) not all of which are installed on every Windows PC.
Usually, if you stick to the codecs and drivers that are installed
as part of Windows, your video should work on a wide variety of PCs.
Some compression codecs that are known to work well are: Cinepak,
Indeo R31/R32, RLE, and uncompressed. You can see which codecs are
installed on your system from the Multimedia section of the Windows
Another option if you plan on using lots of sound and video in your
publications would be to try our NeoBookDX
plug-in. NeoBookDX uses DirectX which is the same technology as the
latest version of Windows Media Player.
Can NeoBook be used to create a website, web applications or Flash content?
NeoBook does not currently have the ability to export content to
HTML or Flash. NeoBook's flexible layout capabilities, action
commands and support for plug-ins tend to create publications that
are incompatible with standard HTML and Flash. Flash comes closer to
NeoBook's capabilities than HTML, but there are still some features,
such as support for external data files and plug-ins, that could not
be exported to Flash. Although it will be challenging, we are
seriously considering some type of web output for a future edition
Is it possible to run NeoBook applications on Macintosh or
NeoBook is designed to create Windows-based applications.
Unfortunately, Windows applications are not normally compatible with
the Macintosh or Linux. However, we've had several customers report
good results running NeoBook apps on Mac and Linux systems using
software-based emulators like
. Also many newer Macs now
use the same Intel processors as Windows PCs and can actually be
configured to run Windows along side the Mac operating system.
I've written a (novel/memoir/manifesto) that consists primarily of pages and pages of text,
which I would like to publish as an e-book. Can I use NeoBook for this purpose?
You could, but NeoBook is primarily intended to create interactive applications. While
NeoBook can import many types of text, it's not a word processor. If you're goal is to reproduce
a printed book in digital form, then you may want to use something designed specifically for that
purpose. For example, Adobe Acrobat
does an excellent job of converting printed books to digital format.
NeoBook, on the other hand, provides tools geared towards the creation of interactive rather than
static presentations. Most NeoBook projects tend to resemble software programs more than printed
books. Some examples of products that would be difficult to do with the word processor model include custom
business calculators, interactive product demos, slide shows, databases, training tools, etc.
I'm a software developer interested in creating a NeoBook plug-in. How
can I get started?
Why does it take so long for NeoBook to run my publications in test mode?
This is almost certainly caused by your anti-virus software. Each
time you test run a publication NeoBook creates an exe file. Before
allowing you to run this exe your anti-virus software thinks it
needs to be scanned for viruses. This scan is the source of the long
delay. Because this is a common problem for software developers,
most anti-virus software include an option to exclude certain
folders from their real-time scan feature. Each anti-virus app
handles this differently, so you will need to consult with your
anti-virus app's manual or help file to determine how to exclude
your pub folder from scanning. Once you do this, test running your
publications should be almost instantaneous.
When I try to run or compile my publication, I receive an "unable to access compiler resource..."
error message. What does this mean?
This error is usually caused by an invalid path in the Compiler's
"File name and folder for compiled publication" field. To fix the
problem, select "Compile/Publish" from NeoBook's "Book" menu, then
make sure that the above field contains a valid path and file name.
Can NeoBook be used to create a DVD that can be viewed on a television?
Unfortunately, it's not possible for NeoBook applications to be
played on television DVD players. NeoBook creates Windows-based
applications that require a Windows compatible PC in order to
function. DVD players are generally limited to displaying pictures
and movies with some basic navigation tools, and are not capable of
running Windows applications.
What is the best way to distribute an eBook or application created with NeoBook?
It is possible to send an exe by email. However, some email
providers do not allow exe files to be sent as attachments. The
solution to this problem is to simply compress exe files with a zip
utility like WinZip before sending them by email. The resulting zip
file is perfectly acceptable to the majority of email providers. The
down side is that someone receiving a zip file must first extract
the exe before it can be run.
For this reason, it's unusual to
distribute exe files to a large audience via email. Typically, most
people who create exe files place them on the web server where their
other web site files are located. Then, instead of sending the entire
exe file by email, they send a simple link that the user can click
on to download the file directly to their PC. Links can also be
placed on the web site if desired. This is how software developers
usually distribute their work in exe format.