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Basic Auto-Play Settings

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Basic Auto-Play Settings in AUTORUN.INF

    [AutoPlay Data]
    LegalNoticeCaption=Legal Notice
    LegalNoticeText=This media contains licensed materials.
    Copyright=Copyright © James Greene 1999-2016
    OEMName=Registered Company Name


[AutoPlay Data] required Identifies the beginning of the Auto-Play-specific settings in the AUTORUN.INF file.
Document=somedoc.ext optional The name of the document to be opened. If ForceViewer=0, then Auto-Play first tries to open the specified document using the local machine's association. For example, if the machine has Microsoft Word installed, and you specify Document=README.RTF, the document will be loaded by Word, even if the Viewer=WORDPAD.EXE has been specified.
BrowseLocalFile=0 or 1 optional This option specifies if the document will be viewed in a browser. If this option is set to 1, Auto-Play will convert the document name to a URL (e.g. "file:///d:/index.html").

Default: BrowseLocalFile=0
Viewer=program.exe optional This option specifies the program to be used if the machine does not have an application associated with the specified document, or when ForceViewer=1. If the program name contains spaces, enclose the program name in TWO sets of double-quotes, e.g.
""C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe""
WindowMode=mode optional This option specifies how the Document or Viewer application window should be displayed: Maximized, Normal, or Minimized.

Default: WindowMode=Normal
ForceViewer={0 | 1} optional If this option is set to 1, the program defined as the Viewer (above) will be started, ignoring any association the user may have for the given Document type. In other words, if the user has associated .HTM documents with their favorite browser, but your CD-R requires a specific browser (which you've included on your CD-R), setting this value to 1 will start the Viewer defined above with the given Document as a command-line parameter. If ForceViewer=0 (the default value), Auto-Play will first try to launch the Document, and if this fails, then it will launch the specified Viewer.

Default: ForceViewer=0
DefaultAction=ECHO message
optional This value defines what Auto-Play should do when neither the Document nor the Viewer cannot be started. The command-line can contain a program name and parameters, e.g. notepad readme.txt, or simply a document name, e.g. readme.txt. If ECHO is specified, all text following the ECHO command will be displayed in a message box. If this value is not defined, then Auto-Play will display the Windows error message why the document could not be started, e.g. "The specified file could not be found."

Default: DefaultAction=(not defined)
LegalNoticeCaption=window title optional This value, together with LegalNoticeText, specify that Auto-Play should display a legal notice that the user must read and click OK before they can continue. This value specifies the title for the legal notice message window.

Default: same as CDTitle
EULA=RTF or text file optional If this value is specified, Auto-Play will ignore the LegalNoticeText setting, below. This value defines the path and file name of the file containing an end-user license agreement or similar information. The contents of this file will be displayed to the user, who must acknowledge that they have read, understood and agree to the terms before the specified Document or Viewer is launched.

EULA Example

Default: (empty)
SimpleAccept={0 | 1} optional Setting this value to a non-zero value will instruct Auto-Play to hide the "Yes, I have read and understood the above terms and conditions." checkbox from the EULA display, so that the user can continue by simply clicking I Agree.

If this option is not specified or set to zero, the user must first check the "Yes, ..." checkbox to enable (activate) the I Agree button.


SimpleAccept=0 (default value)

Default: 0

LegalNoticeText=text optional

This value specifies the text of the legal notice that Auto-Play should display. The user will be presented with this text and the option to click Yes or No. If the user clicks No, Auto-Play will exit immediately, without launching the selected Document or Viewer.

This text can now be up to 16 KB (about 16,250 characters) in length. (But if you have that much text, you really should consider using the EULA option, above.) Since many editors do not support very long text lines, this text can be split across multiple lines as shown in the example below.


   LegalNoticeText=The first line of text\n\
   _LegalNoticeText1=The second line of text. \
   _LegalNoticeText2=More on the second line of text.

will appear as:


Please note: This text can contain line breaks and other special characters. Please consult the Copyright entry for more information.

Default: (empty)

LegalNoticeTextLen=number optional This value specifies the length of the legal notice display text. If not specified, this value defaults to 512 (for backward compatibility reasons).

Default: 512

DirFix={0 | 1} optional Set this value to 1 when Auto-Play.exe is placed in a subdirectory with a separate AUTORUN.INF file. With this setting, Auto-Play is able to find files that are specified in other folders, e.g. Music=...wav

Default: DirFix=1

TopMost={0 | 1} optional This value is normally set to 1. Set this value to 0 if the Auto-Play splash screen should NOT be marked as a TOPMOST window, in other words, if the splash should disappear behind any windows that subsequently open.

Default: TopMost=1

Copyright=copyright text optional This option specifies the copyright owner for the media, and will appear at the bottom of the 'splash' dialog box. This string may contain the code \n for a new-line, for a hexadecimal character code, or nn for an octal (base 8) character code. For example Copright \xa9 1999-2016\nJames Greene will be displayed as:
Copyright © 1999-2016 by
James Greene

since the copyright symbol © has the ASCII code 169 = A9 (hex) = 0251 (octal). In other words, this could be written as \#169, \xa9 or \0251.

The following 'escape' sequences can be used to include special characters in the text:

\n Carriage Return / Newline: Inserts a line break
\r same as \n
\xnn Inserts the character nn, where nn is the hexidecimal value of the character (x01-xFF).
\0nn Inserts the character nn, where nn is the octal value of the character (01-0377).
\#nn Inserts the character nn, where nn is the decimal value of the character (1-255).

Default: Copyright=Auto-Play is Copyright \xA9 1999-2016 by\nJames Greene

OEMName=company name Professional Version only When you register a commerical license for Auto-Play, you are entitled to use any text you wish for the Copyright= setting. Your commerical registration key is generated from the company name that is entered here.
Registration=registration code   Enter the registration value that you received when you registered Auto-Play here, or leave it blank if you are still evaluating Auto-Play.

Please Note: The registration keys for Auto-Play have changed. Beginning with version 3.0 (build 120), Auto-Play is using the Whirlpool cryptographic hash algorithm to generate and check the registration key validity. Users with a valid Auto-Play v2 or earlier license key should contact the author to receive a new v3 license key. The upgrade to v3 is free of charge.

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Copyright © 1999-2016 by James Greene. All rights reserved. Information subject to change without notice.