KSSW-FrontendMenu Creator

Create Autorun CD Menu for CD & DVD and Front-end Menu for USB Device.
  • Autorun CD Menu Creator
  • USB Menu Creator
  • Frontend Menu Creator
  • Desktop Menu Creator

Turn Your Ideas Into Professional Presentations!

Web Menu Converter

The Web Menu Converter in the KSSW-Front End Menu Software creates an HTML document from each menu page. For the image files attached using the ImageViewer, a separate HTML file is created and connected with the corresponding button. Unformatted text files (.txt) and message boxes will also be converted to HTML files and attached.

Some Restrictions Apply

If you want to develop a menu application for all browsers and all systems, you must understand that the menu must designed for the lowest common demoninator browser and operating system. Files and presentations designed for Windows Systems usually only work as expected in the Windows environment.

Menu Objects

At the time, only the following menu objects can be used:
  • Buttons
  • Static Text
  • Group Box
  • Image Objects (gif, jpg)
  • Message Box
  • Text Area
  • Pop-up Menu und Menu bars
  • Movie-Player (only Videos of type mp4 with H264 Video Codec and AAC Audio Codec)
  • Links to local and external websites
  • Links to an Email Client (only if the email client runs on a MAPI Interface)
  • Splash Screen
The following menu items cannot be used:
  • List box

Attachments

The following attachments are not possible:
  • Video and Sound (Videos of type mp4 with H264 video codec and AAC audio codec is possible)
  • Attachments with the Frontend Menu Software Viewer (Text, RTF, HTML-Viewer)
  • Attachments to archived files (KSSW Archive)
  • Copy App
  • Slideshow

File Types

The following file types can be attached:
  • Image Files: jpg, gif, png, ico
  • Unformatted Text: txt (created in Notepad)
  • Formatted text: htm, html
  • PDF files (with restrictions)
  • Videos of type mp4 with H264 video codec and AAC audio codec
  • Executable File Types (.exe). These files are only downloadable and will not run (different from the Windows-Menu, where .exe files run). The system security settings restrict how .exe files are handled.
  • Exectuble files for Mac: These files are only downloadable and will not run.

*1) PDF files generally can be opened by all systems, given that the system has a PDF reader installed. Smart-TVs do not have this capability. On smartphones, PDF files are only downloaded and can be opened with a PDF-reader app.

File Names

For file and folder names, only use ANSI-symbols:
  • 0..9
  • a..z
  • A..Z
  • Underline and Dash
Spaces and special symbols cannot be used for file and folder names.
This means no nation-specific letters may be used.



What should be done with special document types (doc, RTF, etc)?

Each file type can be converted into a PDF with the help of a PDF-converter. You can install a free PDF-converter from Bullzip:
(e.g.: Bullzip, free: Bullzip at Chip.de)

If you want to develop a complete secure site, then simply convert your PDF files into HTML files.
e.g.: pdfonline, free: pdfonline.com)

The 100% secure File Attachment

In order to 100% secure your file attachment, follow these steps:
  • Convert your documents into PDFs using the PDF converter.
  • Convert the PDF document into an HTML document.
  • Attach your HTML document using a button in the menu window.
  • File types (htm, html, txt, jpg, gif, png, ico) are secure for attachments.

Attaching a Video File

Videos of type mp4 with H264 video codec and AAC audio codec can be attached. The following solution exists for attaching video files (other than mp4):
  • Register for a YouTube account (free)
  • Upload your video files to YouTube
  • Link to your YouTube video using a http link object (or button) in the menu window
Best Video Format fpr YouTube: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4.

Powerpoint Presentation and Slideshow

Presentations can often be converted into video files using the right software. Once your presentation is converted into a video, attach it as described above in the video file instructions.



Important Tips for the Menu Designer

Before you begin with your menu design, you should determine which devices your menu will run on. If your menu needs to run on a smarthpone with a small screen (3" - 5"), then you should be very careful to choose a small menu window (max: 600x400 pixels).

Menu Design for Devices with small screens Menu-Design (< 5 Inches)

  • Choose a menu window size that is 600 x 400 pixels at maximum
  • Create larger buttons than you would in a Windows-Menu. Buttons should be at least 200 x 40 pixels. Leave enough distance between the buttons.
  • Static text font should be at least 16 Pt
  • Do not use too many buttons or other objects in your menu window, rather use a heirarchical menu with submenu pages and separate your links into several pages.
  • Before you link your documents, convert them into HTML documents
  • Test, test, test!
    Test your menu in as many systems as possible.

Menu-Design for Windows and Mac

If you are developing files and documents for Mac and Windows (e.g. for software installation), create a menu with subpages. In the main menu, add a button to the Window submenu and a button to the Mac submenu.

If your menu must work for Mac and Windows and will be distributed via CD / DVD, you msut create a hybrid CD. On the Windows partition, you can install a Windows menu. On the Mac partition, you can install a web menu.

CDs / DVDs that can be used on a Windows and Mac should use the ISO9660 file system. This file system can be read by both Mac and Windows systems. In these systems, you can only use file names with filename 8.3 (e.g. product1.htm).

Warning: Mac systems do not support the Autorun function.



Splash Screen Because only Windows supports the Autorun function, it is important for the menu user (your customer) to have a simple root directory with ideally one file. That way it is clear where to click. A Splash Screen that connects to the main menu can help with this.

Splash Screen

Because only Windows supports the Autorun function, it is important for the menu user (your customer) to have a simple root directory with ideally one file. That way it is clear where to click. A Splash Screen that connects to the main menu can help with this.



Create a Web Menu

  • Convert your files
  • Create a Splash Screen Graphic (required)
  • Create a legal information site with contact information and copyright information.
  • As usual, create your windows menu and test your site thoroughly
  • Create a backup of your project. (Project - Create Project Backup)
  • Select from the Menu Bar of the Menu Creator: "Project - Create Web Menu (platform-independent)..."
  • The Menu Creator automatically creates all HTML documents and links.
  • Thoroughly test the web menu.



Distribute the Web Menu on CD/DVD/USB Drive

In your Frontend Menu Project folder, there will be a new subfolder named "WEB". In this subfolder, there is another folder called "WEBSERVER".
  • Open the folder named "WEBSERVER". Here you will find a file called "index.htm" and subfolder "menu".
  • Copy/Paste this file "index.htm" as well as the subfolder "menu" (with all the accompanying files and subfolders) into the root folder of your CD, DVD, or USB-drive.

Copy a Web Menu to a Web Server

  • Open the folder "WEBSERVER" . Here you will find a file "index.htm" (Splash Screen) and a subfolder "menu".
  • Load the file "index.htm" as well as the subfolder "menu" (with all accompanying files and subfolders) onto your web server and in the appropriate subdirectory of your web server.

WARNING
If you are using the web server version, you must add your own legal details with contact information and copyright protection.



Feedback

Please send the software author both negative and positive feedback. Send your annoyances and requests. We would be especially pleased with links to your web menu!



System Requirements

For the Frontend Menu Creator
  • Windows XP or higher, 32-Bit or 64-Bit.
  • The Web Menu Creator is only available on the registered version.
For the created web menu
  • Any system with a web browser. The created web menu runs on any system that has a web browser that supports HTML5, CSS3 and UTF-8 encoding. The program author is not aware of any browsers that do not support this.

Note: The Web Menu Creator is only available on the registered version.