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Windows guy needs to make HTML distribution for Mac

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#1 alancohen


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 10:00 PM

I need to create an installation procedure for my Mac users in similar fashion to the procedure I've done for my Windows people. The problem is that I know nothing about Mac.


The best way I can describe my challenge is to tell you what I did for the Windows environment.


I have about 900 HTML files plus a 1-line script file called LAUNCH.BAT which are bundled into a Windows installation (EXE) program. It's is on my web site. When my Windows users download and run it, it uncompresses everything into a directory structure and creates a icon which, when clicked, executes LAUNCH.BAT  

LAUNCH.BAT contains only the text "START index.html" which tells Windows to start up its default browser on index.html.


(To create the distribution EXE, I used "InstallCreator" by Click Team. So, in fact, they are the guys who did the real magic for me.)


I now need to create the same user friendly sort of thing for the Mac. (I'm told that a DMG file is involved.)


It's not very user friendly but I can confirm that I CAN get things to work if I:

- put my 900 HTML files into a ZIP file

- download that ZIP file onto a Mac

- uncompress it

- click on the folder that it creates

- click on index.html in that folder


Something tells me that this should be a comparatively simple thing to do! Can someone please give me some guidance?

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#2 CKing123


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Posted 27 August 2015 - 10:20 AM

Try opening your webpage in Safari, and saving it as web archive, which is like a folder but appears like a web page.


Open index.html in Safari

Press CommandS

Save it as a web archive, but put it in a zip file (its a folder). Whenever a user downloads a zip file using Safari, it automatically decompresses the zip file.

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#3 Scottster1


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Posted 10 October 2015 - 08:13 AM

Why are you distributing HTML in this way?  Why don't you just put it on the Web so there's no distribution required? 

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