HTML Executable stores all of its settings (the project) in a file called project file (file extension: .hepx). You can use the Open/Save buttons in the main window's bar to open or save project files at any time. But before that, you need to create a new project.
To create a project file, select New Project in the Application menu after clicking (or click Start a new publication project in the toolbar) and this window will appear:
This window is called the New Publication wizard: it will assist you in the creation of your new project and it gives you advice about the different steps you need to follow.
There are four steps that we will describe below.
The source folder is the folder that contains all files that compose your website. HTML Executable will consider it as the root of your website: it will become the root of your publication / ebook, and all the files inside this folder and its subdirectories (if any) will be automatically added to the publication when the project is being created. You can, of course, add/remove files later if you wish.
The directory structure of your website is stored in the publication: the source folder is set as the root of the publication/website. File paths will be stored relative to this source folder so links between HTML pages will work exactly as if you were navigating through a website on a server (see virtual paths). You can consider a compiled publication as a server.
The index page is the first page that is displayed to your end users when the publication is run. It is considered the Home page (it will be displayed when end users click the Home button).
HTML Executable lists all files available in the source folder and you have to select which HTML page (or PDF file) you want to set as the index page. An HTML file inside a subfolder is accepted.
It is possible to choose a PDF document as the homepage, but this is recommended only if you want to convert a single PDF file to a secure ebook (“PDF to EXE”).
You can then go to the last step by clicking Continue.
Before you continue, please read the ”About Publication Types” topic.
When you choose a publication type, the corresponding description is displayed.
If you are a beginner, we recommend you to use the WebBrowser (Internet Explorer) publication type.
IMPORTANT: if your title contains a quote (”) character, be sure to replace it by two quotes ”” in order to avoid script compilation errors.
Finally click Finish to create your project.
HTML Executable will then prepare a blank project, configure all settings by default and automatically add files from the source folder. It generally takes a few seconds depending on the number of files you have in your source folder.