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Search for "CD replication" and get some price quotes in the 500-1000 disk range for your client. (You can also find CD replication services by looking in the classified section at the back of any musicians' magazine... ;) )
If it becomes a hassle to coordinate the CD replication, etc., add an "Administrative Fee" to the final invoice as well...
Nothing standard for that sort of thing, I don't think. CD Biz cards are fairly new, but you can take some notes from regular CD cover/graphic design (if you can find rate info anywhere).
I know someone who has patented an idea
Basically, its a business card, but within the card, on the bottom side, is a mini-CD ROM. On this CD-ROM, naturally, you could store thousands of HTML documents.
And its a business card in itself!
Its quite a nifty idea, in fact, the guy has a patent for the idea.
I dont really know how this fits into the whole topic, but you can get quite creative offline as well as online!
all links and image calls are relative
include a hidden field or notation in the title that lets your client know that the contact resulted from the CD rather than the regular website.
Besides the fact that bandwidth isn't an issue, are there any other differences between creating an online Web site and a Web site for CD?
Search optimizing would be entirely different... ;)
I sometimes use absolute urls online... can't do that on disk... but otherwise I would think that any site that you can run on a hard drive will run on a CD. Flash works beautifully on a CD (if you don't force people to sit through animated splash pages).
It occurs that CGI would probably present problems... maybe even a simple form wouldn't work... but then why would you have a form on a CD?
These CD jobs can turn into nightmares when you find you've had a thousand junk CD's burned for you. Maybe the copying companies I've worked with have been bad, but they don't tend to accept responsibility for any mistakes, and your client is unlikely to pay for re-runs either.
You want to factor this risk into your pricing, and make sure your QA is really robust.
i never know whether it's appropriate to post a url or not, so if you want the details of this particular company that offers the software - stickymail me.
as for CD-cards i found an initial Flash-based startup program was a good start as it loads very fast, and then (depending on content/etc) using Director for other tasks/goals (it's nice for detecting a web-connection). A flash-based initial autorun is also a nice way to make the cd-based web site run.
I think I am right in saying that now there are business card CD's which are a product in their own right, rather than just cut down versions of full size CD's.
These new CD's are very reliable, so far they have been successfully used in a whole variety of CD drives.
You can run CGI programs from those cd's, basically it's a regular cd with less space (about 60mb instead of 600), you could run anything you want off them. It'd take a little programming work to setup but I'm pretty sure you could distribute a copy of apache and perl on the cd, setup an autorun.inf file to start up apache with settings that point to the cd and launch a web browser to the local host (there is a lot of work involved in making that alone work but once finished it'd be easily repeatable... and there is the problem of running programs on different operating systems). I guess the point is the sky is the limit and jumping into anything fancy with those little cd's might take a LOT of foreplanning.