Compiling screen savers automatically
Screensaver Factory supports automated screensaver builds which means that you can produce screensaver files and setup packages by running Screensaver Factory from command line without user interaction.
This allows developers to build systems, applications and services that produce screen saver files. For example, it is possible for advanced developer to create a website that offers automated custom screensaver development services.
To produce a screensaver file or setup package automatically, you need to
- Generate valid screensaver project file in XML format
- Run the Screensaver Factory with appropriate command line switches
Following chapters describe how to implement both of the steps.
Creating a valid screensaver project file
Screensaver Factory project files are actually XML files of specific format. To learn the structure of project files, simply create a screensaver project file and open it in a text editor. Please note that the format is very strict, so the best way of generating valid screensaver project files is to base them on an actual file that has been created by Screensaver Factory. Currently there is no specification, so you will have to learn by experimenting.
Running Screensaver Factory from command line
To produce a screensaver file or setup package automatically, run Screensaver Factory from command line with either -mkscr or -mksetup switch followed by full path to the screensaver project file enclosed in double quotes.
To produce SCR file:c:\Screensaver Factory\scrfact.exe -mkscr "c:\projects\myproject.sfp"
To produce setup package:c:\Screensaver Factory\scrfact.exe -mksetup "c:\projects\myproject.sfp"
You must make sure that the project file contains no errors, otherwise the Screensaver Factory will stop with an error message.
- This feature is available only in Enterprise edition of Screensaver Factory.