How to Create an Interactive Thumbdrive?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by citizenzen, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

    citizenzen

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    A bigwig is showing up in a week and my boss is asking me whether I can create an interactive thumbdrive as a takeaway.

    It would include slideshows, a few videos and key links to sections of the company website.

    The end user is most likely Windows and not Mac.

    Has anybody done this?
     
  2. fig
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    Unfortunately newer versions of Windows have disabled most Autoplay functionality due to virus concerns. If you created an exe file to drive the content this would work but I don't know of a better automatic sort of option.

    Something created in Flash could drive slides and video pretty easily, could be labeled and given a slick icon with a readme file in case someone doesn't figure out they're supposed to click it.
     
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    citizenzen

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    I was wondering if Flash might be the best way to go. I have no idea what system the Big Wig uses, so making this as usable as possible would be preferable.

    Doesn't self-played Flash create .exe files for PCs? Wouldn't that encounter the same problem of virus concerns and playability?
     
  4. fig
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    It does create .exe files (or can at least, .swf is the standard web format) and you're correct in that you can't autoplay that (at least I have yet to find a way to). You'd just have the drive come up showing a cool snazzy icon that would run the .exe when clicked.
     

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