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How to make your screensaver available on CD or DVD



If you have built a screensaver and are trying to make it available via CD or DVD, these instructions should be useful. Please note that this is a technical process, and may require third party software. For this reason, we can not provide technical support for this process.
  1. If you are using Windows, and want to make a Windows-Only screensaver, click here
  2. If you are using Mac, and want to make a Mac-Only screensaver, click here
  3. If you want to make a Hybrid disc that works on Mac and Windows, click here

Making a Windows-format CD or DVD from a Windows computer

If you are using windows XP, follow these steps:
  1. Build your screensaver first.
  2. Insert a blank CD-R (or DVD-R) into your machine. Copy the screensaver installer file (.EXE) to the CD.
  3. Burn the disc and eject it.
  4. Test the disc on another machine : Insert the disc, open the disc icon, and double-click the EXE file to start the installer.
  5. For Windows-format discs you may want to consider including QuickTime on the disc. Click here for more info.

Making a Macintosh-format CD or DVD from a Macintosh computer

If you are using Mac OS X, follow these steps:
  1. Build your screensaver first.
  2. If you have built it on a windows machine, copy the .BIN file to a macintosh, and un-pack it using Stuffit Expander
  3. Insert a blank CD-R (or DVD-R) into your machine. Copy the screensaver installer file to the disc.
  4. Burn the disc and eject it.
  5. Test the disc on another machine : Insert the disc, open the disc icon, and double-click the installer file to start the installer.

Basic Method : Making a Hybrid disc that can be used on both Macintosh and Windows. Requires Mac OS X

Mac OS X can now burn cross-platform discs that will work in both Mac and Windows PCs. These steps provide a simple way of accomplishing this task. If you need more control over the finished CD or DVD, or if you are on a windows-only PC, you should read the Advanced Method, below
  1. Build your screensaver installers first.
  2. If you built the Macintosh saver on a Windows PC, it will be in ".BIN" format. Copy this file to a macintosh, and convert it to a regular Macintosh App using StuffitExpander.
  3. Insert a blank CD-R (or DVD-R).
  4. Copy the installer files to the disc. Remember that the Windows installer will end in ".EXE" whereas the Mac installer will be whatever filename you chose. You may want to put them in separate "Windows" and "Macintosh" folders to avoid confusion for the end user.
  5. Burn the disc
  6. Test the disc on both a Macintosh computer and a Windows PC.

Advanced Method: Making a Hybrid disc that can be used on both Macintosh and Windows.

  1. Build your screensaver first.
  2. Obtain CD/DVD Mastering software.
    If you are using a Macintosh:
    • We recommend Roxio's Toast
    If you are using Windows, try one of these:
  3. Then, you need to make a hybrid disc that contains both a Mac and Windows partition.
    Here are some sample instructions that may help:
  4. On Windows, you can set an "AutoRun" or "AutoStart" feature to automatically start the screensaver installer when you insert the disc. Click Here
  5. On Macintosh, this feature has been disabled as of Mac OS X for security reasons. However you can make the window automatically open instead. Click Here
  6. For Windows-format discs you may want to consider licensing and including the QuickTime installer on the disc. Click here for more info.