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Putting Your Projects on CD 302 Figure 17.11. This CD is starting to take shape. 8. 9. Drag files from other Finder windows to the folders that you created in Step 6. You can also place files at the root level of the CD if you prefer to leave them "loose." Continue placing files and reorganizing the CD until you have it just the way you want it. Until you burn a CD, you can change its contents in any way, such as by removing files, creating new folders, moving files and folders around, and so on. Building a ReadMe File You should include a ReadMe file on your CD to explain its contents, to provide your contact information, or to provide any special instructions to the viewer (such as dragging Quick- Time movie files to their hard drive for maximum performance). To create a ReadMe file, you can use any word processor, such as Microsoft Word or Mac OS X's TextEdit. When you save the version of the ReadMe file for the CD, make sure you save it in a format that is viewable by standard applications on any computer on which the CD will be viewed. The lowest common denominator is a plain text file because every computer contains at least one application that can open plain text files. Another viable option is the Rich Text Format (RTF) that enables you to include formatting. Mac OS X's TextEdit application has native support for RTF files so RTF is a good choice if you are sending the CD to other Mac users. Burning the CD After you have built the CD, it is time to make your work permanent. Burn a CD from the Finder 1. 2. 3. 4. Check the CD one more time to make sure that it has all the files you want to include and that they are organized appropriately. Select the CD's icon in a Finder window or open the CD in a Finder window. Choose File, Burn Disc. In the resulting dialog, click Burn. You'll see a progress bar that tells you how the process is proceeding. The process will work through several stages including preparing the data, writing to the disc, and verifying the disc. Fortunately, you can use your Mac for other tasks while it is burning a CD because the Finder will continue to burn even when it is in the background. Depending on your Mac's speed, what else you are doing on the machine, and how much data is going on the disc, the process can take from several minutes to a half hour or so.