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How do u make an "autorun" cd on a mac??

post #1 of 32
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If anyone can help me i'll give them a cookie*!

I've made an Htlm presentation burned onto a hybrid mac/pc cd i have the autorun working on a pc but i don't know how to do something similar on the mac.

I want the index.html file to open when the cd is inserted. Any help would be great thanks!

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[ 09-06-2002: Message edited by: O and A ]</p>
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post #2 of 32
Nope.

Can't do it.
post #3 of 32
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[quote]Originally posted by Brad:
<strong>Nope.

Can't do it.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Wow after all these years of trying to find something the mac can't do
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post #4 of 32
What program did you use to make a hybrid CD? I've been trying to do that with no success.
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post #5 of 32
Toast should easily be able to make hybrid CDs.

See:



post #6 of 32
Aahh... Thanks.

(I guess that was a easy question) <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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post #7 of 32
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[quote]Originally posted by Ebby:
<strong>Aahh... Thanks.

(I guess that was a easy question) <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>


Disk burn does too
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post #9 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by O and A:
<strong>

Wow after all these years of trying to find something the mac can't do</strong><hr></blockquote>

I think coffee is an other thing that macs can't do.. abd there must be among the "useful" software a prog that makes coffee in winzoz..

But to the question...

I'm afraid you can't do an autorun cd for a mac

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post #10 of 32
Ehh... you can do an auto run program on macs, I've had cds fire up a program on insert, though this was in classic, not X... Not sure how to though...
post #11 of 32
You can use director coupled with an Xtra to create an autorun projector. Then you can make the projector open a web browser with that page. Director isn't available for OS X, and the projector will have to run under classic, I don't know how this will work with openeing the browser (if it will open a classic one, or the default browser...)
I don't have the Xtra required, I think it costs $100, but if you have any questions about making the projector, let me know...
post #12 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by O and A:
<strong>

Wow after all these years of trying to find something the mac can't do</strong><hr></blockquote>
Actually, this is something I'm *GLAD* the Mac doesn't do.

CD autoruns have always annoyed the hell out of me on Windows computers and floppy disk autoruns even moreso because of the slow access speed. Autoruns can also be a security risk because if you insert a disk someone else gave you that has an autorun on it, said autorun could give you a virus or otherwise trash your computer before you even get to examine the disk's contents.

Autorun == bad mojo.
post #13 of 32
I agree with you, Brad, but for different reasons. (although yours are quite valid, I just never use cds that random people give me).

All the CDs I make are with director, and that coupled with Iconizer Pro, and (formally Ghost 3.5 but now) ResEdit, you can end up with a very nice disk that has only one thing to click on. I have yet to find a way to do that with Windows. And I think that is precisely the reason Windows auto runs are so popular - the end user doesn't have to wade through all the crap looking for the correct file to launch.

That's my opinion, at least.

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post #14 of 32
Tip -
Holding down the shift key when inserting a CD will bypass autorun.
post #15 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by FotNS:
<strong>Tip -
Holding down the shift key when inserting a CD will bypass autorun.</strong><hr></blockquote>

On Macs, PCs, or both?
post #16 of 32
On the PC.
Mac doesn't have this feature.


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post #17 of 32
Ha! YUO ARE ALL TEH WRONG!!1!!1!

Haha, just kidding. There is a way though, to make a file (such as an index.html) run automatically when you put the CD in, on the Mac side... even on a hybrid CD. O and A, this should allow you do to *exactly* what you described. Observe this screenshot:



Just select your HTML file in that Autostart dialog box and you should be all set.
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post #18 of 32
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I went to my friends who has toast
I click on "other" and all i see is video cd option not a custom hybrid like in the picture above any help?

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post #19 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by O and A:
<strong>

Thanks a bunch man...do u know if it works both in os9 and classic?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I didn't know about this earlier, so I tried it. It works in OS9, I would assume it would work in Classic, but there's only one way to find out...

BTW, thanks Xaqtly.
post #20 of 32
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Nevermind i figured it out.

Thanks for all the help guys.

I read taht autostart does not work in OSX but in os9
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post #21 of 32
[quote] Originally posted by O and A:

I went to my friends who has toast
I click on "other" and all i see is video cd option not a custom hybrid like in the picture above any help?
<hr></blockquote>

You need Toast Titanium, but I assume you have that.
The trick is: you need to keep pushing on the 'other' button. Not even two seconds later, a drop-down menu will.... drop down, and you'll be able to choose Custom Hybrid.

Thanks for the lovely screenshot Xaqtly. I learned something. I'll probably never use it though.
post #22 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by der Kopf:
<strong>

You need Toast Titanium, but I assume you have that.
The trick is: you need to keep pushing on the 'other' button. Not even two seconds later, a drop-down menu will.... drop down, and you'll be able to choose Custom Hybrid.

Thanks for the lovely screenshot Xaqtly. I learned something. I'll probably never use it though. </strong><hr></blockquote>

You doin't have to have Titanium. Toast Deluxe 4.1.x will do it too, I don't know about earlier versiosn though.
post #23 of 32
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I have another question related to this so i dont' wanna start a new thread unless it does't get answered...

I've done some reading and the "autostart" feature works but it can be shut off and I need my cd to work for retarded users who might have it shut off and don't know where to find the cd on their desktop (this presentation is gonna be distributed to junior and high school students)

So I've noticed then when i enter disks such as diskwarrior or other things that the window for that cd opens automaticly...how do i do that or is that the same as the autostart?
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post #24 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by O and A:
<strong>I have another question related to this so i dont' wanna start a new thread unless it does't get answered...

I've done some reading and the "autostart" feature works but it can be shut off and I need my cd to work for retarded users who might have it shut off and don't know where to find the cd on their desktop (this presentation is gonna be distributed to junior and high school students)

So I've noticed then when i enter disks such as diskwarrior or other things that the window for that cd opens automaticly...how do i do that or is that the same as the autostart?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I don't know the answer to that, but I once worked on a CD that was distirbuted to high schools, and what we ended up doing is just putting explisit instructions on the CD packaging. That has seemed to work, as I have heard no complaints...

On another note, it is my opinion tat if you can figure out how to turn off that feature, you probably know how to find the CD. Unless, of course, you are actually distributing the CDs to schools, where the admin may have turned off the feature...
post #25 of 32
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I am gonna include readme files and specific instructions on the packaging for each OS the user may use but i'm trying to make this cd as user friendly and possible and for every little feautre i add i can ask for more money sense they know nothing about technology
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post #26 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by O and A:
<strong>So I've noticed then when i enter disks such as diskwarrior or other things that the window for that cd opens automaticly...how do i do that or is that the same as the autostart?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I don't know if you have figured this out or not, but if you have the window that you want open actaully open when you burn the cd, the window should open up when you pop the cd into your drive. at least that's the way it works with Toast Deluxe 4.1.x
post #27 of 32
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Originally posted by O and A:
So I've noticed then when i enter disks such as diskwarrior or other things that the window for that cd opens automaticly...how do i do that or is that the same as the autostart?<hr>

I don't know if you have figured this out or not, but if you have the window that you want open actaully open when you burn the cd, the window should open up when you pop the cd into your drive. at least that's the way it works with Toast Deluxe 4.1.x

I just dug up this thread because I was looking for a way to do this now, I'm guessing that not much has changed though. I figured that if I burnt the disc with a window open, it would load the disc with that window open, because of the .DS_Store file. But I can't have a html file open when I burn it and have it open when the disc loads, so that idea's out. Has anybody heard of a way to do this yet?
post #28 of 32
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Funny you dug this up.

All you have to do is use toast and select the autoplay file as explained further above. The cd i made autostarts an html file on a mac and a pc in the default broswer. Works like a charm.

now can someone help me out with my other problem?
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post #29 of 32
i thought you could only autostart on OS9, but not OSX. along with that, i'd thought the autostart feature was a quicktime extension, which is normally turned off to disable a nasty Mac worm that was floating around.....
post #30 of 32
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Originally posted by alcimedes
i thought you could only autostart on OS9, but not OSX. along with that, i'd thought the autostart feature was a quicktime extension, which is normally turned off to disable a nasty Mac worm that was floating around.....

I'm pretty sure that's the case. Instead I just had the folder open when it burned so it'd open when you inserted the disc, but it didn't work. But I set a background image to the window so it looks nice, I just wish it would at least open the window.
post #31 of 32
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The autostart feature is on by DEFAULT

It works in BOTH OS X and OS9 Trust me I've had HUNDREDS of copies made and it works. One must shut the autostart feature off manually and well most people don't even know it exist so there u go.
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post #32 of 32
I have never seen an option to turn off autostart in OS X.
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