NavRoad User Guide
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Program Setup

Multi-users environment

Internal commands

Link with other applications

CD-ROM Distribution

Program Setup

How to view web pages offline
To view web pages offline, you must have saved the web pages on your floppy/hard disk first. Most browsers allow the saving of web pages via File | Save as. However, in most case your browser will save only the text of the page for you. NetScape users can save an inline image by clicking the right mouse button on top of the image.

Setup your own homepage
You can start NavRoad with the a blank page, or a homepage of your choice.
To setup your homepage, simply goto Options|Home Page. Select the option - 'Start NavRoad with Home Page', and assign the HTML file you want to use as your homepage to the 'Home Page Location' field.

NavRoad can also automatically re-load your homepage when there is no user activity (like a screen saver). To use this feature, please check the 'Load Home Page after..' box, then set the period of idle time (in seconds) NavRoad will wait before re-loading the homepage.

Setup NavRoad Window
If NavRoad's Window is too small for you, it can be resized. You can also position the Window anywhere on your screen, or set it to the maximum Window size. After you make those changes you can choose [Save Options] from the "Options" menu.

Config NavRoad's Directory Buttons
NavRoad allows you to setup your own directory buttons - i.e., you can change the captions on buttons, and assign your own files to those buttons. To setup directory buttons, click on the ICON beside the rightmost directory button.

Use NavRoad as your default HTML Viewer (Windows 95/98 users)

** If you have problem to start NavRoad **
Some very old VGA card drivers have problems when running in 256 color mode. If you are not able to run NavRoad, please try to switch you VGA driver to use some other color mode (true color / 16 color), or setup Windows to use one of the standard VGA driver, this will normally solve the problem. If you have any other question, please feel free to email us.

Internal commands

Integrate NavRoad commands inside your HTML
NavRoad recognises the following commands from hyper-links, so you can fully integrate NavRoad with your HTML documents:

<A HREF="Back"> - back in document
<A HREF="Next"> - forward in document
<A HREF="Print"> - print current document
<A HREF="Exit"> - exit program
<A HREF="Open"> - open a document
<A HREF="Refresh"> - refresh current document
<A HREF="HOME"> - goto home document

You may use all the above keywords in your HTML document, as well as the directory bar.

Files Copying

Message Box

You can insert the page break tag - <PAGE> in your HTML document, to enforce page breaks. If you print out this document - USRGUIDE.HTM, you will see how the page break works.

Multi-users environment

***Most commands in this section are available to multi-uses license holders only
Switch on/off NavRoad Menu Options
You can disable/enable NavRoad's functions to suit your particular needs.
Menu options are stored in the file - "NRACCESS.ini", under the section [ADVANCE]

The initial setting of NavRoad is to show all menu options,


Remove this line you will see how NavRoad can protect your work by hide options from users.

To selectively enable your menu options, please remove the above line, and then add the following lines under [ADVANCE] section to enable each menu item:

HTML_OPEN=1                        -- Enable [File Open]
XP_PLAIN=1                        -- Enable [Export file as plain text]
If you register NavRoad for multi-users (site/royalty free licensing), you will receive instructions on other switches (Edit, Save, Print, Helper Application, Bookmark, Homepage, Directory Button, Close, Option, Path List) upon registration.

Setup Kiosk Mode / Full Screen Window

Link with other applications

Config NavRoad to automatically launch helper applications

Config NavRoad to lauch default browser and email client

Config NavRoad to lauch your favourite HTML Editor and other program

CD-ROM / Network Distribution

Distribute NavRoad on CD-ROM/Floppy
  1. You must include the following files:
    • NavRoad32.EXE
    • NRACCESS.INI - contains your registration key and access control info.
    • NROAD32.INI - contains your NavRoad preferences (e.g. helper applications info, background color, homepage location, etc).
  2. Useful dynamic variables for defining homepage location:
    %exedir% - the directory of the program files
    %exedriver% - the driver ID from which the program is running from.
    These 2 variables are very useful if you need to refer programs, html files, images on your CDROM/Floppy, but don't know the driver ID where the user will run the program from. e.g. if your user install your program under E:\DEMO\NavRoad
    %exedir%content.htm -> E:\DEMO\NavRoad\content.htm
    %exedriver%\IMAGE\banner.GIF -> E:\IMAGE\banner.gif
  3. There is no difference between 16bit & 32bit version of NavRoad, except 32bit version supports long filenames. If not all your users are using Windows 95/NT, you should also distribute the 16bit version, for those Windows 3.1x users.
  4. If you distribute files on CD-ROM, or a read-only floppy, you should stop user from saving their preferences/boomarks to the same disk. You can do this by:
    • Save NavRoad.INI (or NROAD32.INI) in another directory, as explained below.
    • Hide the [Options] menu from you user - see above
  5. Register user of roylaty-free license will receive a switch to replace the 'NavRoad' title with their own title.

Save NavRoad.ini in another directory
NavRoad.INI stores information about NavRoad's settings. If you would like to place this file in a directory other than the default (the same directory as the exe file), please add the following lines to NRACCESS.INI

You can also save bookmark to another file instead of the default 'bookmark.txt'. Please add the following lines to NavRoad.INI
NavRoad.INI - Contains  users' preferences about using NavRoad (NROAD32.INI for 32bit)
NRACCESS.INI - Contains access options and registration info.

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