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Xtras for Adobe Director and native extensions for Adobe AIR

March 6th, 2016

ADO sample sources is available to download. It shows how to connect to a database via ADODB right from AIR application.
This Flash Builder sample project demonstrates using ActiveX2AIR native extension with AS3. It creates ADODB.Connection object, ADODB.Recordset object, executes an SQL query and fills a flex datagrid with the returned data.

February 28th, 2016

COM/ActiveX is now available for Adobe AIR Windows desktop applications.
With ActiveX2AIR native extension you can do:
+ any ADO databasing (Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Oracle) right from Action Script.
+ control Miscrosoft Word, Excel, and other Office applications through COM/ActiveX interfaces.
+ use other COM objects

Attach ActiveX2AIR.ane to your Flash Builder (Flex Builder) project and simply use COM/ActiveX from AS3 scripts.

ActiveX2AIR native extension is available to download and purchase.

September 28th, 2010

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with Unicode builds of all xtras.
VbScriptXtra 3.0.0.135
Added UTF16 text wrapper and Memory and File Stream wrappers for operations with binary data in a stream like manner.

Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

November 4th, 2008

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
ActiveX xtra 1.0.8.25
Added support for ActiveX controls that require run-time licences. Control's run-time license is now automatically saved with ActiveX cast member during authoring.

Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

July 26th, 2008

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
VbScriptXtra 2.6.1.127
Removed unnecessary limitation in type casting of linear list of lists to array of variants.
Added support for DCOM. CreateObject call can now accept Server parameter to create COM object remotely via DCOM.

OLE xtra 1.4.2.34
Fixed minor inconsistency that prevented hyperlinks to work in running on stage PowerPoint presentation.

Updated xtras are available to download.

January 29th, 2008

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
VbScriptXtra 2.5.5.125
Added proper handling for PowerPoint events interface. Now PowerPoint events interface is detected and handled correctly. PowerPoint sample movie has also been updated to demonstrate PowerPoint events usage with a PPt presentation (OLE object) embedded right on the stage.

ObjectBrowser 2.2.1.43
Cosmetic changes for displaying outgoing interface type information.

Updated xtras and PPt sample are available to download.

January 8th, 2008

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
VbScriptXtra 2.5.4.124
Added a couple of methods to Binary wrapper: MakeImageFromRGB and GetRGBFromImage. They allow direct manipulation of raw image bytes. Also it is possible now to create Lingo image object from raw RGB bytes.
Added new wrapper object for handling images. It helps in translation between Lingo Image objects and StdOle.Picture COM objects and also HBITMAPs as well.

ActiveX xtra 1.0.7.24
Fixed a potential crash with controls that do not provide some COM interfaces.
Minor changes in closing ActiveX control procedure.
Fixed placement of ActiveX controls property pages. Now they appear at full size without truncation.

OLE xtra 1.4.1.33
Added several asset properties for fine tuning display and clipping area for the running in place OLE objects.

ObjectBrowser 2.2.1.42
Added support for alternative method of describing COM interface properties used by some ActiveX controls.
Type library loading now occurs when item is selected instead of being displayed.

Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

November 11th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet 'Unlimited Plus' license is available to purchase. It allows using of some advanced features (IUnknown based COM Automation objects) of VbScriptXtra. Among others this license allows using MontiVision SDK (Video capture, TV Tuners, DirectX filters) right in Director.

October 19th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
VbScriptXtra 2.5.1.115
Added support for non IDispatch COM Automation compliant interfaces. Newly added TypeLib and TypedInstance wrappers allow creating typed COM Automation variables that can be used for handling IUnknown based COM Automation compliant interfaces.
ObjectBrowser 2.2.0.39
Fixed a bug with browsing system registry that prevented finding and displaying type libraries whose path was defined as expandable string. Now they are handled correctly.
Added support for displaying IUnknown based COM Automation compliant interfaces. They are shown with blue key icon.
Updated xtras are available to download. Updated documentation is coming.

July 9th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.3.3.106
Added support for named arguments to simplify Visual Basic to Lingo translation. It is implemented with property lists passed as argument. In this case the contents of the property list is passed to the calling method as named arguments. Using property list that holds arguments also may be used for handling arguments that may be passed by reference.
Fixed the issue with calling methods that expect reference to Byte value. Now typecasting routine performs special processing for arguments that may be used as references. Their types are checked against what is expected by wrapped object and type casted accordingly.
Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

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