My Road to Digital Forensics Excellence

OutsideIn Part 3

Posted by Paul Bobby on October 15, 2010

So how do we get there?

  1. Put all your exhibits in a single folder
  2. Set up your Output folder structure
  3. Edit batch files/config file to point to correct paths
  4. Go

All of my exhibits are in the OutsideIn HTML SDK Samples Files folder at “E:\downloads\outsidein\outsidein-html\sdk\samplefiles”.

My output folder structure is like this:


@echo off
del navi-source.htm
for /f %%a IN ('dir /b %1\*.*') do call runner.bat %1 %%a


@echo off
echo "Processing %1\%2"
e:\downloads\outsidein\outsidein-html\sdk\demo\exredir.exe %1\%2 d:\temp\output\report\%2.html d:\temp\output\default.cfg
echo.^<a href ="report\%2.html" target ="showframe"^>%2^</a^>^<br^> >> navi-source.htm

The ‘^’ in DOS batch files is the escape character.


 <frameset cols="200,*">
  <frame src="navi-source.htm" />
  <frame src="intro.html" name="showframe" />


  Please click a document on the left, and navigate

Kick off the process by executing “go.bat <path to exhibit folder>”, for example:

go e:\downloads\outsidein\outsidein-html\sdk\samplefiles

For each file in the folder, runner.bat is executed, which calls the executable exredir.exe, the file that performs the actual conversion. The output of the conversion is to the folder “d:\temp\output\report\”, and reads the configuration for the conversion from “d:\temp\output\default.cfg”

“default.cfg” is the default configuration file that came with the OutsideIn demos. The only option I changed in this file is which HTML template to pick. In the output folder structure screenshot above, you’ll see a folder called “standard”. This contains the HTML template that I used to generate my HTML output for each processed file.

The OutsideIn process creates a navigable HTML interface for each individual file, my batch files wrap a second frame around this so that the reviewer can select which file to view.

The frames are controlled in “report.html”; the navigation frame is populated at runtime in a file called “navi-source.html”, and the default frame is “intro.html”.

The contents of navi-source.html after the processing is completed:

<a href ="report\adobe-acrobat.pdf.html" target ="showframe">adobe-acrobat.pdf</a><br>
<a href ="report\amidraw-bitmap.sdw.html" target ="showframe">amidraw-bitmap.sdw</a><br>
<a href ="report\annotate.doc.html" target ="showframe">annotate.doc</a><br>
<a href ="report\" target ="showframe"></a><br>
<a href ="report\autodesk-autocad.dxf.html" target ="showframe">autodesk-autocad.dxf</a><br>
<a href ="report\bitmap.bmp.html" target ="showframe">bitmap.bmp</a><br>
<a href ="report\bullet.gif.html" target ="showframe">bullet.gif</a><br>
<a href ="report\corel-presentation.shw.html" target ="showframe">corel-presentation.shw</a><br>


All that’s left is to double click report.html and navigate through the report.

Note: if you view report.html in Internet Explorer, you can see a preview pane in the bottom of the second column (doesn’t work in Chrome).


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