for windows, it requires an autorun.ini file. i've used it to autorun applications, not so sure about documents or others. as for macintosh, never seen any before. i think there's a 'security feature' that prevents apps from being launched automatically
If you're talking about auto-launching a slide-show from the collection of images on the CD-ROM, there are many freeware on the Net to download to use. I used to play with such slide-show programs few years back when I started digital photography, they're quite easy to use.
Your image viewer program must be a stand alone one and should be a single file that can run from the cd. It will not work if the program needs to be installed e.g running setup.exe etc. I know what you want to do...correct me if I am wrong. You want to store your jpg files on the cd and also put the image viewer file on the cd. When the cd in inserted it will autorun the image viewer software showing all the image. If this is the case then do as what leumas01 said with the inf file. However you will need a software that can run on it's own without installing.
You can try this...
1. Use Photoshop Automated's Web Photo Gallery
2. Launch notepad and add the following:
3. and saved as autorun.inf
7. Put this autorun.inf in the folder Photoshop created and burn to CD
The Cd-ROM will launch the web browser on the viewer's machine. I am sure every PC has one...
No need to fiddle with extra software.