In most cases, you’ll publish presentations and e-learning courses to your Web server or LMS, but on some occasions, you may want to create autorun content for distribution on CD-ROM.
The CD-R publishing process is mostly self-explanatory, but pay attention to directory structure on your CD.
Here’s what to do:
- From the Articulate menu, select Publish.
- Choose the 2nd option, Presentation for CD-ROM Delivery.
- Complete the publish wizard as you would normally do.
- Open your output folder and drag the entire contents into your CD-R software.
The final point is the key one here: You’ll want to make sure that you don’t simply drag the folder to burn, and that your CD-R software doesn’t create a folder on the CD. You need to have the contents of the output directory at the root level of the CD in order for autorun to work correctly.
Note that the contents of your output directory will look similar to how it does when you publish using other methods, but you’ll see 3 additional files required for your CD to run automatically:
When the CD has finished burning, eject it from your computer and reinsert to test. If the above has been done correctly, your presentation should now run automatically.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
(Note that if the CD does not play automatically on a computer, first check another CD with autorun — most software installation CDs will launch installer programs automatically. If it doesn’t run, then you may have autorun disabled in Windows. Consult the Microsoft Support site for how to change this setting in your version of Windows.)