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Microsoft KB Archive/171604

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Article ID: 171604

Article Last Modified on 10/1/2003


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On computers that support only 16-color display, the AutoRun splash screen customized background and buttons specified in the IEAK wizard will not be used. In order for the custom background and buttons to be used, the display must support at least 256 colors.


CD AutoRun

You can customize the CD AutoRun program with your own background and buttons. To do this, create the bitmaps using a graphics program, such as Paint, and then specify their location in the wizard.

In order for your customized background and buttons to work properly, make sure that both the background and the button files are optimized to the same 256-color identity palette. Instructions doing this are included below. In addition, your custom buttons must be the same size and shape (square) as those specified in the Template.bmp file included in the Custbtns\Template folder on this CD.

You can use palette index 250 or 251 to add transparent (250) or transparent shadow (251) areas to your buttons. The CD Autorun application will automatically create these transparent areas at runtime.

Note: The custom backgrounds and buttons will be displayed only on computers with 256-color (8-bit) display capabilities. On computers with 16- color (4-bit) display capabilities, a standard low-resolution background bitmap and button set will be displayed.

Converting 24-bit Images to a Common 256-Color Identity Palette

Note: These instructions assume that you are starting with 24-bit RGB bitmap files. If your file is not a 24-bit RGB bitmap, you must convert it.

  1. In your graphics program, create a working file for your palette. To do this, paste both your background and your button file into a single file. Make sure to paste the files side by side, not overlapping.
  2. Save the file as Palette.bmp.
  3. In BitEdit, open the Palette.bmp file. When you open the file, BitEdit prompts you to reduce the colors to 236 colors. Keep this number in the Edit field.
  4. On the Options menu, click Palette. PalEdit starts, displaying the palette to which your file has been indexed.
  5. On the Palette menu, click Make Identity Palette. PalEdit will add 20 Windows colors to the first and last 10 indices of the palette.
  6. Save the palette as Palette.pal.
  7. Switch to BitEdit, and open your original background file.
  8. Save the file with a different name, such as Bgnew.bmp.
  9. Open the renamed background file. On the Options menu, click Color Reduction. Then click Palette File and select Palette.pal. BitEdit then dithers your background to the common palette.
  10. Save this file.
  11. Follow steps 7 through 11 for the button file.

Both your background and your buttons will be indexed to the same palette
Readme.txt can be found in the IEAK directory

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