MP3Guard Help Contents

Introduction

There are 2 basic components to this system:
  1. MP3Guard Producer
  2. MP3Guard Player
  1. MP3Guard Producer

    - This is the software that encrypts your MP3 files so that they can only be read by the specifed MP3 Player. This program allows you to create a playlist of mp3 files and then encrypt the mp3 files with different parameters to enable various marketing uses.

  2. MP3Guard Player

    - This is the software that you distribute and/or sell to your customers to allow them access to your MP3 files. You must also distribute the data files that are generated in the output directory. The MP3Guard Player allows the user to change volume, check sound card, view ID3 details, send e-mail and visit a web site.

Overview

These are some samples of the screens. Click to enlarge.

Different Uses

There are several different ways to use this system:
  1. MP3 Only - no advertising screens and no license verification is performed. This is accomplished by not entering any data into the ShareGuard Progam field, Ad Screen image and Ad Screen URL fields. This feature is useful for marketing when you want to give away free information but you do not want them to be able to copy, print or save your information.
  2. MP3 With Advertising - An advertising screen is displayed whenever the user starts the MP3 Player to view your document. This is accomplished by entering data into the Ad Screen image and Ad Screen URL fields. This feature is useful for marketing when you want to give away free information but you want them to visit a particular web site in order to upsell them on another product.
  3. Licensed MP3 - license verification is performed. This is accomplished by entering a valid ShareGuard project filename into the ShareGuard Program field. This feature is useful for marketing when you want to ensure that all users have registered their MP3 with you. The registration process can be free if you just collect e-mail addresses or the registration can be to an e-commerce site if you wish to charge money for your e-book.

    NOTE: This method requires the ShareGuard module which is optional. You can download and try ShareGuard for free. See the Internet/Download ShareGuard on the main menu.

Security

There are 3 basic security features to this system:
  1. MP3Guard Player - the MP3Guard Player program will decrypt your document and display it to the user. The user cannot cut and paste, print or save the document.
  2. MP3Guard User Encryption - the MP3Guard encrypts your MP3 so that only the specified Player program will be able to decrypt your music and play it to the user.
  3. ShareGuard (optional) - the ShareGuard program will check the licensing of the MP3 before allowing the program to run. If the user is not licensed then the MP3 will not display your MP3 contents.

Step-By-Step Procedures

  1. Select the MP3Guard program from you Start/Programs or your desktop depending upon your installation.
  2. Create your playlist and save it. You can create a playlist from the MP3 Files page (press the Add button for each file and then Save at the end) or from the MP3 Files combo box by double-clicking and selecting files on the MP3 Filename field.
  3. Type in a title for your playlist in the MP3 Title field.
  4. Double-click the MP3 Filename field to add files to your playlist.
  5. If you want your users to be able to visit a particular web site then do the following:
    1. Enter the URL MP3 URL field.
    This is selected by Help/Web Site from the MP3 Player.
  6. If you want your users to be able to send you e-mail then do the following:
    1. Enter your contact name in the eMail Name field.
    2. Enter your e-mail address in the eMail Address field.
    3. Enter the subject of the e-mail in the eMail Subject field.
    4. Enter any notes for the e-mail in the eMail Notes field.
    This is selected by Help/Send Mail from the MP3 Player.
  7. If you want your users to be licensed to read your book:
    1. Enter the ShareGuard Project filename in the ShareGuard Program field.
    This is automatically run whenever the user starts the MP3 Player. If the user is not licensed and/or their trial period is over then the MP3 Player will not display your document. It will, however, display a form allowing them to pay and/or register to enable access to your MP3.
  8. If you want to execute another program when users read your book:
    1. Enter the executable filename in the Other Program field.
    This is automatically run whenever the user starts the MP3 Player.
  9. If you want your users to automatically see an image and be able to visit another web site:
    1. Enter the filename of the image in the Ad Screen Image field.
    2. Enter the URL of the web site in the Ad Screen URL field.
    This is automatically displayed whenever the user starts the MP3 Player.
  10. Enter a valid number from 0001 to 9999 in each of the three Encryption fields.
  11. Press the Produce button. This will automatically encrypt and copy all of the required programs and data into the output directory.
  12. Press the Play button. This will display the MP3 Player using all of the parameters that you have generated. This is for testing purposes.
  13. Once you are happy with the MP3 then create a setup program using all of the files that are in the output directory.
  14. Save the current parameters in an MP3 Project file.

Main Form

This is main form for creating and publishing an MP3. There are two pages - the Publish Page which contains the MP3 parameters and the Write Page which contains the text editor.

MP3 Title

This is the title that will appear as a caption in the title bar on the MP3 Player program.

MP3 FileName

This is the filename of the mp3 file that you wish to produce (encrypt). Double-click this field and select a file in mp3 format (*.mp3). You can also use the MP3 Files Page to create a playlist within this software.

NOTE: This is a required field.

MP3 URL

This is the URL of the web site that the users can visit by selecting Help/Web Site from the menu of the MP3 Player.

eMail Name

This is the name that will appear in the Name Line of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the MP3 Player.

eMail Address

This is the e-mail address that will appear in the Send To Line of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the MP3 Player.

eMail Subject

This is the e-mail subject that will appear in the Subject Line of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the MP3 Player.

eMail Notes

This is the e-mail notes that will appear in the main body of the mail message for the sendmail feature of the MP3 Player.

ShareGuard Program

This is the ShareGuard Project file to use for the MP3 Player.

NOTE: This is an optional feature. ShareGuard is an additional program that works with MP3Guard. You can try ShareGuard for a free trial period by selecting Internet/Download ShareGuard. The ShareGuard Calling Program must be the MP3 Player program (ZSMPP.EXE).

Other Program

This is the executable file name to use for the MP3 Player.

NOTE: This is an optional feature. The other program is any executable file that you wish to be run when the user starts up the MP3 Player. This can be AdWare or any program that you ship with the Setup program.

Ad Screen Image

This is the image file name to use for the MP3 Player. This can be either a JPEG image (*.jpg) or a BITMAP (*.bmp) image. This will start another form to display with the specified image. You can also select an Ad Screen URL which will display a button for the user to press. If the user presses this button it will take them to the URL specified.

NOTE: This is optional feature.

Ad Screen URL

This is the URL to use for the MP3 Player Ad Screen. Entering a valid URL in this field will display a button on the Ad Screen. If the user presses this button it will take them to the URL specified.

NOTE: This is optional feature.

Ad Screen Delay

This check box is for the Splash Screen. If the user checks this box then the splash screen will display for 4 seconds and then automatically close. If this box is not checked then the user must close the splash screen manually (pressing the Close button).

Ad Screen - Visit URL Automatically

This check box is for the browser to open automatically. If this box is checked then the default browser will open to the specified URL. URL format is www.yourwebsite.com

Remember to always use different encryption parameters to ensure the best security.

Encryption Key 1

This is the first of three keys to use to encrypt your document. You should select your own set of keys to ensure that no other MP3 Player can decrypt your document. You must select a valid number from 0001 to 9999.

NOTE: This is a required field.

Encryption Key 2

This is the second of three keys to use to encrypt your document. You should select your own set of keys to ensure that no other MP3 Player can decrypt your document. You must select a valid number from 0001 to 9999.

NOTE: This is a required field.

Encryption Key 3

This is the third of three keys to use to encrypt your document. You should select your own set of keys to ensure that no other MP3 Player can decrypt your document. You must select a valid number from 0001 to 9999.

NOTE: This is a required field.

Button Produce

This will encrypt your mp3 files with all of the parameters specified. The files are written to the output directory.

Button Play

This will start the MP3 Player program to test your mp3 playlist with all of the parameters specified. The files are run from the output directory called 'PlayList'.

Button Close

This will close the MP3 Producer program.

MP3 Files PlayList Editor

This editor will allow you to create a playlist.

Button Open

This will open an MP3 (*.mp3) format file and load it into the PlayList Editor.

Button Save

This will save the MP3 playlist created and current in the MP3 Files PlayList Editor. It will save to the MP3 Filename combo box on the Produce Page.

Menu

File

These are all of the File options to clear, open, save and print your work.

File/New

This clears all entries on the current page only.

File/New Project

This clears all entries on all of the pages.

File/Open

This opens a file for the current page only.

File/Open Project

This opens a project file for all of the pages.

File/Save

This saves a file for the current page only.

File/Save Project

This saves a project file for all of the pages.

File/Save As

This saves a file for the current page only. It prompts you for a new filename.

File/Save Project As

This saves a project file for all of the pages. It prompts you for a new filename.

File/Exit

This closes the program. It will prompt you to save your current project before closing.

View

These are all of the pages accessible in the program. This is an alternative to using the tabs. A check indicates the current page.

View/Produce

This page contains all of the parameters required to build and/or publish an MP3 playlist for the MP3 Player.

View/MP3 Files

This page allows you to creat a playlist of MP3 files.

Options

These are all of the options available to the program. This contains fonts and settings.

Options/Fonts

This allows you to select a different font size and style. Select your font and then press Apply. These fonts will remain in effect until you change them back.

Options/Settings

This page allows you to change the following settings: Project Directory and the output directory for the published book.

Options/Settings/Project Directory

This is the path for your project files that you will create. You may want to save them in a different directory.

Options/Settings/Output Directory

This is the path for your application software and your MP3. Please use all of these files to create your setup program.

Internet

This allows you some options to access the internet.

Internet/Search Internet

This will open your default browser to Google for searching.

Internet/Send Mail

This will send an e-mail to anyone that you specifiy.

Internet/Download ShareGuard

This will download the current version of ShareGuard for evaluation. ShareGuard works with the MP3Guard product.NOTE: If ShareGuard is already installed then this option will not appear.

Help

These are all of the help options available to the program. This contains access to the Help Contents, Help Index, Help On Help and About.

Help/Contents

This is the page of all of the help contents. The page you are currently reading here is the contents page.

Help/Index

This is the page of the index for the help contents. Clicking on any item will send you to the specified position within the contents page .

Help/Help on Help

This is the page containing information on how to use the help system.

Help/Web Help

This will open your default browser to Zapper Software so that you can view any additional help or updates regarding MP3Guard.

Help/E-Mail Help

This will send an e-mail directly to Zapper Software for personal help.

Help/About

This is the page containing information about the MP3Guard program.

Form Options Directory

Path Project

This is the directory path for your MP3Guard project files.

Output Directory

This is the directory path for your MP3Guard output files. These are all of the files that are required to run the MP3Guard Player. You will create a setup program containing all of these files. See Help Section at Zapper Software for more information on creating Setup files. If you cannot do the Setup program by yourself then contact me through the Zapper Sofware web site.

Image Form

This is form for displaying your Ad Screen image.

Image

This is verifying the image for the Ad Screen.

MP3 Images

You can display your own JPEG images on the MP3Guard Player by any of the following options:

Default Image

Create a JPEG file called default.jpg. This will display at start up and will replace the current image.

Music File Images

Create a JPEG file called xxx.jpg where xxx matches the name of your song (e.g. rocknroll.jpg will match rocknroll.mp3). This will display whenever the song is started. You can create an individual JPEG file for each of your songs.



Output Folder

This is the folder containing all of the files required for distributing your MP3 Files. This folder is called c:\Program Files\MP3Guard\Output.

Output - How to Distribute MP3 Files

After you press the PUBLISH Key, all of the required files are copied into the OUTPUT folder.
The files are as follows: Place all of the files that you required from the OUTPUT folder into a zip file or use an Software Installation program. See the C:/Program Files/MP3Guard/Samples/SampleSetup.ISS file which can be used with Inno Setup Compiler (which is free). See the help section on the website for How To Install Software Using Inno Setup

Output - How to Unlock MP3 Files

If you are using ShareGuard then you will need to provide keys in order to unlock the MP3 player. Please see the ShareGuard documentation for the most current information on the ShareGuard software.

See C:/Program Files/MP3Guard/Samples/SampleKey.ISS file for an example of distributing a software key to unlock an MP3 player. This is an Inno Setup Compiler file (see above).

ShareGuard Overview: NOTE: The ZSSGKEY.BAT program (on the ShareGuard Locksmith Key Batch File page) contains all of the parameters to call ZSSGKM.EXE or ZSSGK.EXE. You cannot call ZSSGKM.EXE or ZSSGK.EXE by itself - it does not know what tasks to perform. The ZSSGKEY.BAT will call ZSSGKM.EXE if you specify Single User Key or will call ZSSGK.EXE if you specify NO for Single User Key. Send the user the ZSSGKEY.BAT and the ZSSGKM.EXE without any product key specified. After their product key is displayed, they will e-mail you or phone you with the product key. You can then enter it into the Locksmith Key page - Product Key field. Generate the parameters and Key Batch file and send it to the customer. It will unlock ONLY that computer for that software MP3 player album title.


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