HTML Executable 4.8 - major release available - July 7th, 2016

HTML Executable 4.8 available

Turn your websites, HTML and PDF files into secure ebooks or apps for Windows. Our ebook compiler has been updated with new content protection features to stop screen grabbers, app menu button for ebooks, Windows 10 skins and much more. Upgrade is highly recommended if your maintenance is still active.

All Changes

  • New content protection feature: it enables publications to protect their own onscreen window content from being captured or copied through screenshot utilities. If someone tries to capture the window, the latter will appear black. The feature is only available on Windows 7 (Desktop Window Manager must be enabled) and later.
  • New “If Content Protection cannot be activated, show an error message and exit publication” option to ensure that your ebook will only work if Content Protection is active.
  • New software blacklisting feature: you can manage a list of forbidden programs (such as screenshot capture software, screen gabbers and other screencorder software). It is possible to provide process names and keywords to search in all active window titles. When a forbidden program is found, the publication exits.
  • New Main Menu button that appears in main window title in order to replace menu bars. This will give a modern look to your publications.
  • New Search box that allows users to type their search query directly. Search results are now displayed on the right side (except in RTL mode, on the left side).
  • New option to show or hide the search box.
  • New skins to give a Windows 10 look to your ebooks/publications:

  • New option in the “New Publication” wizard that lets you create a modern Windows 10-like application without menu bar, with Windows 10 skin and application menu button.
  • The HTML5 video tag now works properly on Windows 10.
  • New HTML5 MP4 video demo and topic in HTML Executable Help file.
  • Improved playing of media files in general through HTML5 and/or Flash.
  • Improved behavior on Windows 10.
  • New option to use short 10-digit registration keys instead of normal ones. Be sure to upgrade your registration key generators with new versions if you use this option in your publications.
  • The Table of Contents now accepts PNG images and alpha transparency for image items.
  • New Table of Contents image editor which also imports PNG images and bitmap strips.
  • SHA2 code signing and dual SHA1-SHA256 signatures are now handled.
  • Time stamping uses “RFC 3161 compatible” timestamp server in addition to Authenticode timestamp server when possible. You can configure your own timestamp servers in the Environment Options.
  • It is now possible to use certificates available from the Windows Certificate Store (based on Subject Name or Thumbprint).
  • Links to bookmarks in PDF files are now supported.
  • The PDF Viewer sample has been upgraded to show new features (bookmark jump, external URLs…).
  • New option to remember last current page of PDF files. A menu command is also added to ebooks to let users disable the functionality if they don’t want it.
  • Context menus are now always disabled in popup windows unless you set the global variable named “heenablectxmenuforpopup” to “1”.
  • The status bar now bears a size grip if the main window is resizeable.
  • Online activation now handles TLS/SSL protocols, which means you can use HTTPS for your activation/deactivation URLs if your server uses a valid SSL certificate.
  • You can now type the path of the source folder in the “New Project Wizard” or drag and drop the homepage file.
  • New “Paste From Clipboard” button in Activation screens: you must reset system HTML pages in order to make it appear.
  • New DisableHTTPNegociateProtocol property for IE Browser component. It offers a possible workaround if your publication uses Flash and you have troubles: frozen or not responding application, EXE that hangs and so on.
  • Better handling of confusing-letters in registration keys (I/1, l/1, S/5, G/6, Z/2…)
  • Change: the built-in server is now enabled by default. It is recommended to reset the Special Content list (Content Filetypes) to take account of recent changes for Windows 10.
  • A new 24x24 icon image has been added for Windows 10.
  • Added support for WOFF2 fonts and SVG files.
  • “Comments” field in version information has been replaced by “LegalTrademarks”.
  • New ButtonAlign property to align toolbar buttons to the left or to the right. Useful for RTL languages.
  • New main window option: “No DPI aware flag: use Windows dpi scaling”. This will modify the manifest resource embedded in EXE files automatically: no need to do it yourself.
  • New “Open Destination Folder” button on the compilation log page.
  • New OnRestoreFromTray HEScript event.
  • Improved Java applet support with recent Oracle JVM security changes. The help topic tells you how to get your Java applets working.
  • Better stability when processing large publications (project creation, compilation…).
  • Zoom is also applied to popup windows, dialog boxes and HTML panels.
  • New Windows 10 notifications when a build is finished.
  • Fixed problems with large Self-Extracting publications.
  • Fixed “Data Error” for large EXE and/or HEDATA files (2 GB and more).
  • Fixed context menu in script editor.
  • Fixed: EXE does not close if Validation fails.
  • Improved High DPI and per monitor-DPI aware support.
  • Better compatibility with protection software such as Obsidium: search for Obsidium in the documentation.
  • HTML Executable activation/deactivation now uses SSL/TLS by default.
  • Updated HEScript scripting, engine skin engine, PDF viewer engine, HTML viewer engine.
  • Updated documentation and help file.
  • New resource strings: Ypaste, SErrorCopyProtectFailed, SErrorForbiddenProgramDetected.
  • Files are now signed with SHA2 signatures.
  • Updated Spanish, English and French language files.
  • Lots of internal changes and improvements.

Compatibility for projects made with previous versions of HTML Executable

It is recommended to reset the Special Content list (Content Filetypes) to take account of recent changes for Windows 10, and to reset your system HTML pages.

Runtime modules for version 4.8 are not compatible with publications made with previous versions of HTML Executable.

Download your HTML Executable copy

About HTML Executable the Ebook Compiler