Skin Properties

Applies to HTML Viewer, IE Browser publications.

About skins

One of the most interesting features of publications made with HTML Executable is their skin support. The entire look and feel of the application (its windows and controls) may be changed through a simple click thanks to skins.

The skin feature is similar to the Windows themes, except that HTML Executable applications use their own skin engine.

Just select the skin you want in the list and that’s all!

A small preview of the selected skin is automatically displayed but you can get an extended preview by clicking “Skin Full-Preview”. Note that previews do not take into account other properties.

HTML Executable has a skin editor (which is a separate component that you can get from your registered user account page because it is not shipped with the original distribution). You can customize existing skins or create new ones from scratch using this editor. Just click “Open Skin Editor” to launch it.

HTML Executable comes with several ready-to-use skins. Some skins also feature specific Aero effects (for Vista and Windows 7 only).

Note: you do not need to distribute the skin file: it is automatically compiled into your publication data.

Enable Roll Window Up button

This special feature lets your end users reduce the window to its title bar (rollup), so they can have access to the other windows behind the latter. To restore it, just click on the button again.

Show publication icon in the title bar

Turn this option on to display the publication’s icon in the main window’s title bar (allows end users access to the system menu).

Create a window with no title bar

Enable this option to remove the title bar of the window. Be sure to inform your end users that they must press ALT+F4 in order to close the application.

Enable alpha-blending effect when displaying windows

A small effect when windows are shown/hidden.

Disable skin effects

Some skins feature special animation effects (menus, window title bar…). If you want to disable these effects, enable this option.

Hide caption buttons

If you would like to remove all system buttons from the title bar (system menu, minimize, maximize, close, etc…) and keep a title bar, then turn on this option. Important: please give your users a way to properly close the application (although they can still press ALT+F4).

To create a kiosk window: see the ebooks in kiosk mode page.

No skinnable window

This option disables the skin feature for the window itself; thus, you get a normal window (interesting option for Vista or Windows 7). Other controls are still rendered by the skin engine.

Show layered borders

Enables or not special shadow and frame effects for windows. Some skins do not support layered borders. Use the “Skin Full-Preview” button to find out whether layered borders are handled.

Show button glow frames

Enables or not the glow effect for buttons.

Show caption button glow frames

Enables or not the glow effect for system buttons.

Enable Aero blur effect

Allows Windows to apply the Aero blur effect (Windows Vista / 7) to the main window.

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