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Small scale CD/DVD publishing involves
- Preparing files for use on CD
- Burning the CD
- Creating the label and jewel case inserts
- Printing the label and applying them to the CD
Objective CD/DVD production
By the end of this page you will be able to:
Creating an Autorun file
If you have an exe file create the following text file in the root of the CD/DVD
To run an html file (in XP)
If the start file is in a folder the complete path needs to be specified. e.g.
Do not use files with spaces (or punctuations) as the autostart (you should avoid this in most cases as it can cause unpredictable results!)
Running files with Windows associations
If you want to have a file with a windows association (such as an html file) use the START command. example;
Html must be assigned on the computer as opened in a web browser (if you double click in Windows explorer and the web page opens this is set).
A simple icon can be created using a bitmap editor, such as PaintShop Pro, with a height and width of 16 pixels and saving the file as a bmp. Then in Windows explorer rename to .ico.
Care and Handling of CDs
"The scientists working on the Digital Preservation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an excellent 50 page guide ( http://www.itl.nist.gov/div895/carefordisc/CDandDVDCareandHandlingGuide.pdf ) on care and handling of CDs and DVDs for long term storage. It talks about the effects of light, moisture, radiation, scratches, marking, adhesive labels, and even playback on the discs. For those slashdotters not familiar with the physical make up of these optical discs, there is a very nice chapter explaining all the background. And if you only want to know how to care for your precious data, there is a one page summary ( http://www.itl.nist.gov/div895/carefordisc/onepage.pdf ). And yes, they agreed that glued-on labels are harmful."
Byers, F. R., (2003) Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs A Guide for Librarians and Archivists. MMO/MVML Viewer: Retrieved from [1,304,484kB]
Burning CD/DVD ROMS
CDBurnerXP Pro 3.0.116 - burn CD/DVD's for free
Haglund,S., Haglund,F., Schmitz,F. (2006) CDBurnerXP Pro - free burning solution ^r; http://www.cdburnerxp.se/