HTML Executable is currently the sole HTML compiler that creates three types of publications or ebooks: Self-Extracting, WebBrowser (Internet Explorer) publications (IE publications) and Stand-alone HTML Viewer. Each one responds to specific needs: when starting a new project, you are prompted to select the kind of publication you want to create.
It actually depends on the features and the security level you need for your publication and compiled files.
If you wish to archive a website, package it up for distribution, you can use a Self-Extracting publication. Otherwise, if you plan to create a secure ebook or a full-featured application from your website, if you wish to hide your HTML code from the eyes of your end users, or if you want to get rid of Web browsers, a stand-alone HTML Viewer publication may probably be a better choice.
Keep in mind that, once you have started a new project, you cannot change the type of publication anymore!
The following matrix shows you the main differences between the three types of publications. For further information about each one, click on the related “More information” link.
|Self-Extracting||WebBrowser / IE||Stand-alone HTML Viewer|
|More information topic||(click here)||(click here)||(click here)|
|Single executable file (your publication is a real executable file that you distribute to your users)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Requires an external Web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera…)||Yes||No. Under unsupported Windows 9x: requires Internet Explorer 4.0+ (not necessarily set as default browser).||No. The publication has its own built-in HTML Viewer.|
|Support for standard HTML 4, pictures, sounds, animated GIFs, Cascading Style Sheet…||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Support for HTML 5 / CSS 3||Yes if the end user’s browser supports it.||Yes, starting from Windows 7 (or IE9 and higher installed).||No|
|Support for Java applets||Yes||Yes, but requires changes to HTML source code (more info)||No|
|Adobe Flash support (requires Adobe Player Player)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Adobe Flash video (FLV) support (requires Adobe Player Player)||Yes||Yes||Yes, may require change to HTML source code|
|Display of PDF documents||Requires Adobe Reader||Yes, built-in viewer||Yes, built-in viewer|
|Adobe Shockwave support (.DCR files) (requires Adobe Shockwave Player)||Yes||Yes, partially||No|
|Other ActiveX controls||Yes||Partially (experimental feature)||Partially (experimental feature)|
|Sources files (HTML, graphic…) need to be unpacked to hard disk||Yes||No||No|
|HTML source code can be accessed||Yes||No||No|
|Context menu (and the Show source code command) can be disabled||No||Yes||Yes|
|Password/page protection||At startup, a password may be prompted.||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced security options for HTML pages (copy/print/select/restricted access…)||No||Yes||Yes|
|HTML printing and print preview support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The browser’s user interface (GUI) can be customized.||No, only startup dialogs.||Yes||Yes|
|Support for skins||No||Yes||Yes|
|Custom menu bar, toolbar and taskbar (own items)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Table of Contents||No||Yes||Yes|
|Strong file compression||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Can create restricted, trial (users need to register your publication after a specific number of days/runs) and hardware-locked publications||No||Yes||Yes|
|Localization (translation into different languages)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Is a runtime module required?||No||No if you create a stand-alone executable file. Yes otherwise.||No if you create a stand-alone executable file. Yes otherwise.|
|Possibility to change the version information and icon of the .exe file||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Digitally sign publication .exe files with Authenticode.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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