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Failsafe Program Guide


The Failsafe Program is a setting you can use in your AutoRun Typhoon projects. The Failsafe Program usually points to a file or web site that is opened in order to let the user view your files. For example if you are opening a PDF file, you would include the installer file to Adobe Acrobat as the Failsafe Program. If the user cannot view PDF files, AutoRun Typhoon will launch the installer file, install Acrobat, and then open your PDF file.

The following guide will help you with file types that you may be using in your projects. Commonly used file types are listed below, but you can use AutoRun Typhoon to open any file type. If you can suggest any Parameters or Failsafe Programs, or would like to see a new file type listed email us.

Overview - Description of the File Type
Failsafe - Suggested programs to be used as your Failsafe Program
Parameters - Instructions sent to modify the viewer's behavior


DOC - HTM - MOV - MP3 - MPG - PDF - PPS - PPT - SWF - XLS


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MS Word Documents

DOC - Microsoft Word Document

  Overview
Most users should be able to view MS Word documents, but just to be safe, you should include the MS Word Viewer below as your Failsafe Program.
  Failsafe
Free MS Word Viewer. You can download from here.
  Parameters
None

 

HTML files for your web browser

HTM, HTML - Web Page

  Overview
A highly used file type. There are some important things to consider when using HTML files:
Always use relative links to images, scripts, etc
Always make sure to include all files and folders your page will need
  Failsafe
Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator or any other browser installation file. Most Windows operating systems include a browser, so a Failsafe program is almost never needed.
  Parameters
-k Kiosk mode (full screen, no toolbars)
-nohome Start IE without loading the home page
-new Start a new instance of IE
-e Start IE in Explorer mode

 

QuickTime Movies

MOV - QuickTime Movie

  Overview
MOV files are generally QuickTime movies that play in Apple's QuickTime Player, MS Media Player and others.
  Failsafe
QuickTime Player from Apple
  Parameters
There are no parameters that are consistently supported.
 

 

MP3 audio files

MP3 - Music File

  Overview
MP3's are audio files (music) in a compressed format. MP3 players are common on most computers and will likely play without trouble on most systems. AutoRun Typhoon includes the Music Action, which will play your MP3, WAV, WMA, etc music files in a player that you can customize.
  Failsafe
None needed, just use the Music Action to play your music files.
  Parameters
None.
 

 

MPEG videos

MPG, MPEG - Movie File

  Overview
MPEG is the most common type of video used with AutoRun Typhoon. Most PC's have the ability to play MPEG's without the use of a Failsafe Program. You can also use the Video Action to play your video files.
  Failsafe
You can include a player of your choice, or MS Media Player
  Parameters
None
 

 

Adobe PDF files

PDF - Adobe Acrobat Document

  Overview
PDF files are some of the most often used with AutoRun Typhoon. If you are using any links from your PDF document to files on your CD, make sure you use relative links.

AutoRun Typhoon will automatically load your PDF file in the latest version of Acrobat installed on the user's machine (useful if Adobe Writer or earlier Acrobat Readers are installed).
  Failsafe
We recommend you use the Acrobat installer which can be downloaded from Adobe's web site. Download this file and create a Failsafe Program using the file you downloaded.
  Parameters
There are no consistently supported parameters.

 

MS PowerPoint Shows

PPS - Microsoft PowerPoint SlideShow

  Overview
This is the recommended format for delivering PowerPoint files, as it always starts in show mode, and hides the internals of the presentation. You should choose the PowerPoint Viewer that suits the version of your presentation as your Failsafe Program. The download links are below.
  Failsafe
For Presentations created with PowerPoint 97 - 2003 (download)
For Presentations created with PowerPoint 2007 and later (download)
  Parameters
None
 

 

MS PowerPoint presentations

PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

  Overview
If possible, we recommend you save your file as a PowerPoint Show (from the 'Save As...' window choose 'Save as Type: PowerPoint Show') or use the parameters listed below.
  Failsafe
For Presentations created with PowerPoint 97 - 2003 (download)
For Presentations created with PowerPoint 2007 and later (download)
  Parameters
/s

Enables Show mode

 

Flash SWF files

SWF - Flash Presentations

  Overview
AutoRun Typhoon includes the Flash Action, which will play your SWF files. You can also embed your Flash animation into a Web Page.
  Failsafe
When using the Flash Action you don't have to worry about a Failsafe Program. AutoRun Typhoon's Flash Action doesn't need any previous software installed to play your SWF files. The Flash Action supports SWF files up to version 9 of Flash.
  Parameters
None
 

 

Excel files

XLS - Microsoft Excel Worksheet

  Overview
Be sure to include the Failsafe Program listed below (xlViewer.exe) to insure anyone can view your Spreadsheet files.
  Failsafe
Excel Viewer 2003 from MS. You can download from here.
  Parameters
None
 

 

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