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June 6th, 2007

The batch processing sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added to the samples collection. It shows how to perform batch "search and replace" any string in each MS Word Document found in a folder. Thanks to Steven Hite.

May 11th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
OLE xtra 1.3.0.29
Fixed a licensing issue. Evaluation reminder will only appear in unregistered version when asset.GetObject() has successfully returned automation object for the embedded or linked OLE object.
Updated xtra is available to download.

April 18th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
ActiveX xtra 1.0.6.22
Added HWND property to ActiveX sprite that allows access to the window handle of the ActiveX control.
Updated xtras are available to download.

April 14th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
ActiveX xtra 1.0.5.21
Fixed imaging code that might cause crashing Director by clicking on another frame while movie and ActiveX control is running.
Fixed container issue that prevented accessing DOM property of DHTML edit ActiveX control. Now DHTML edit control is fully functional in Director environment.

Minor changes in other xtras. See details in version history. Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

February 26th, 2007

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.3.2.102
System helper object now has full control over keyboard layouts. It can activate specific layout, load/unload them, retrieve the current keyboard layout and the list of available layouts. This functionality is for free. You may freely use it in your multilingual applications.
Other xtras was rebuilded due to minor refactoring of internal string classes.
Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

February 18th, 2007

The exporting PowerPoint slides sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added to the samples collection. It shows how to make JPeg images from PowerPoint slides. Thanks to Steven Hite.

December 26th, 2006

The sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added. It shows how to play PowerPoint presentation with PowerPoint Viewer. The sample uses the smart technique (Thanks to Steven Hite) of binding the viewer window to the Stage by making it a child of the Stage with BuddyApi xtra. It solves the problem of the player window hiding behind the Projector's stage window.

December 26th, 2006

The sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added. It shows how to use MediaPlayer ActiveX control to play audio, video or DVD right on Director stage. Sample Director movie is available to download.

December 4th, 2006

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
ActiveX xtra 1.0.4.17
Added more sophisticated support for handling keyboard processing by ActiveX controls. It solves the problem of Internet Explorer ActiveX control ignored Del, Tab, Ctrl+C and other keys. Now when ActiveX control has the focus all normal keyboard events are properly passed to the control.

Updated xtra is available to download.

October 23rd, 2006

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with:
VbScriptXtra 2.3.0.88
Added the new mode of handling Unicode text. Now xtra can work with Unicode text directly by using Binary wrappers.

ActiveX xtra 1.0.3.16
Some bug fixes. See details in version history.

OLE xtra 1.3.0.24
Added support for embedding links to objects. Fixed code used to resolve Automation interface for the activated link to OLE object.

ObjectBrowserXtra 2.0.0.34 - some minor bug fixes.

Updated xtras and documentation are available to download.

July 15th, 2006

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.2.0.82
New System helper object has been added to VbScriptXtra. Among other it provides support for Running Object Table (ROT) that allows accessing currently running automation objects and applications known to the system.
Type casting routines of Automation and Binary wrappers have been improved to allow handling strings with zero bytes inside.
Updated xtra and documentation are available to download.

July 2nd, 2006

The notes about translating VB macro recorded in Word, Excel, PPt etc. into VbScriptXtra's Lingo has been added.

April 3rd, 2006

ActiveCompanionSet documentation has been updated with on-line generic usage information.

March 11th, 2006

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with ActiveX Xtra 1.0.2.8. Fixed keyboard focus setting code to allow IE ActiveX control to behave correctly in Projector. Some unexpected redraws could still happen under MX 2004 Projector with Document Template. Use Dialog or Tool templates instead. Updated version is available to download.

November 30th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.1.3.80
Bug fixed that prevented getting back to Lingo modified String values when using method arguments passed by reference to the custom VB component. Updated version is available to download.

June 27th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with ActiveX Xtra 1.0.2.6. Control activation code has been changed a bit to allow some controls to be shown. Updated version is available to download.

May 22nd, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with ActiveX Xtra 1.0.1.4. ActiveX xtra sprites now have Focus property that controls whether ActiveX control's window or the Stage gets keyboard input. Updated version is available to download.

May 8th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with new ActiveX xtra, OLE Xtra 2.2.0.21, VbScriptXtra 2.1.2.79 and ObjectBrowser 2.0.0.25.
VbScriptXtra has been updated with minor events handling fix. Updated version is available to download.

The sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added. It shows how to use Internet Explorer ActiveX control for on stage web browsing preventing user from creating new IE windows. The sample Director movie is available to download.

April 12th, 2005

The sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added. It shows how to use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) together with VbScriptXtra to obtain details about logical drive or running process (Director.exe for example) including memory and process usage details etc.

April 11th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with OLE Xtra 2.2.0.20 and VbScriptXtra 2.1.2.78.
OLE xtra now supports OLE object verbs invocation. VbScriptXtra has been updated with minor error handling and dynamic properties support fixes. Updated version is available to download.

April 2nd, 2005

The sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added. It shows how to run PowerPoint presentation right on Macromedia Director stage. Sample Director movie is available to download.

April 2nd, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with OLE Xtra 2.1.0.17
It now supports InPlace activation of embedded OLE objects. So it can place PowerPoint presentation or Excel workbook right on stage and fully control it with VbScriptXtra's Lingo. Updated version is available to download.

March 15th, 2005

The sample for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added. It shows how to use new Registry key wrapper of VbScriptXtra to store and load user's preferences in system Registry.

March 11th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.1.1.72
New Registry key wrapper has been added to VbScriptXtra. It can handle operations with system Registry. It is free. VbScriptXtra's documentation has been updated respectively. Updated version is available to download.

March 8th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.0.1.69
Fixed a bug with handling Binary wrappers in typecasting operations of Automation wrappers of VbScriptXtra (v2). It did not recognize them. Fixed.

March 5th, 2005

Some samples for ActiveCompanionSet xtras has been added.

See how to compact MS Access (.mdb) database or encrypt (or reincrypt) it with Jet password. Basic operations of using ADO with VbScriptXtra are shown with ADO samples.
See PowerPoint sample code that converts Director frame into PowerPoint slide.
There is also a sample code that shows how to open embedded Microsoft Word document from Director cast member. It uses both OLExtra and VbScriptXtra.

February 26th, 2005

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with new release of OLE xtra. OLE xtra now supports full scripting control over embedded OLE object. See more details in pdf documentation.
VbScriptXtra and ObjectBrowserXtra have also been updated with minor bug fixes and supporting code for OLE xtra.
New ActiveCompanionSet is available to download.

February 6th, 2005

The sample for ADOxtra_MUS has been added. It is a basic procedure to make ADOxtra_MUS running.

October 29th, 2004

New OLE xtra has been added to ActiveCompanionSet. OLE xtra is a replacement for the similar xtra from Macromedia. It allows inserting OLE object as a cast member. Data stored within cast member includes native OLE object's data and either DIB or Metafile data that could be optionally used for drawing object on stage.
With OLE xtra you can insert Excel table or PowerPoint slide or Equation object right in your movie. Object could be drawn either with native OLE application or with internally stored either DIB (for raster images) or Metafile (for vector images).
Also VbScriptXtra and ObjectBrowser xtras are updated with minor cosmetical changes.
Updated version is available to download.

October 20th, 2004

ActiveCompanionSet has been updated with VbScriptXtra 2.0.0.63 and ObjectBrowserXtra 1.5.0.20. Changes are related to handling connection to event sources.
Bug in ObjectBrowserXtra prevented it from showing event interfaces in some cases (i.e. SAPI - Microsoft Speech Object Library).
Bug in VbScriptXtra prevented it from connecting to the event source in some cases (and again it happened with SAPI).
Both bugs are fixed. Updated version is available to download.

October 7th, 2004

ActiveCompanionSet provides a Free licence that allows using Binary and Date/Time wrappers of VbScriptXtra. See more details in licence agreement.

October 1st, 2004

VbScriptXtra updated to version 2.0.0.62. It is now shipped within ActiveCompanionSet that is about to be released.
The ActiveCompanionSet includes documentation in PDF. It is available to download.

March 5th, 2004

BinaryXtra updated to version 1.0.1.10.
Fixed a bug, which caused Director MX 2004 to crash on start.
See more details in version history.

October 14th, 2003

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.3.4.49.
Fixed a bug with setting object property with a value that is a reference to other COM object. It failed with error "Member not found".

June 16th, 2003

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.3.3.47.
Fixed a bug with passing object pointers back to the event source via event arguments passed by reference. See version history for more details.

February 8th, 2003

New ADOxtra sample is available to download.
A very simple but quite powerfull movie demonstrating how to use ADOxtra for database driven applications. The sample demonstrates how to display texts and images based on a database.

February 8th, 2003

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.3.2.43.
Added new debugging mode. Now when VbScriptXtra detects an error, it tries to call movie level method VbScriptXtra_DebugEvent errMes, errCode. If break point is set inside this method, then whenever error occurs, it allows to see the Lingo statement where error happened, including the calling context.
To activate this mode use xtra("VbScriptXtra").Init(2). See more details about debugging recommendations.

December 23rd, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.3.1.35.
Fixed a bug which caused significant slow down of xtra("VbScriptXtra").CreateObject calls. Especially when creating an object from a type library that has a lot of enumeration values.

December 5th, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.3.0.33.
Added more sophisticated control over "Busy dialog". Now it is up to Lingo to decide how to respond on application's busy state. For example Excel falls in busy state when it has a dialog opened.
Added support for custom callback handlers.

October 8rd, 2002

ADOxtra_MUS updated to version 0.8.2.19.
Demo limitation was significantly weakened. See version history for details.

September 17th, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.2.6.26.
Improved error checking support. Added LastErrorCode wrapper object's property which indicates the numerical code of the error, which corresponds to the error description available via LastError property.

September 5th, 2002

Sending e-mail sample has been added to the samples collection for VbScriptXtra.

September 3rd, 2002

ADOxtra_MUS updated to version 0.8.1.18.
Fixed several bugs. See version history for details.

August 5th, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.2.5.22.
Added support for non Integer enumeration values to provide better integration with CDO (Collaboration Data Objects).
ObjectBrowserXtra updated to version 1.2.3.14.

July 25th, 2002

ADOxtra for Shockwave Multiuser Server is available to purchase.

July 10th, 2002

Demo movie "VbScriptXtra & ADO databasing guided tour" with sources is available at Downloads.

June 12th, 2002

ADOxtra for Shockwave Multiuser Server is about to be released. Demo version is available at Downloads.

May 30th, 2002

MSN Messenger sample has been added to the samples collection for VbScriptXtra.

May 5th, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.2.4.21.
Added support for multilingual environment by customised Unicode/MBCS text conversion.
See more details in version history.

March 24th, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.2.3.20.
Automation events handling code was greatly improved. Several bugs fixed.
See more details in version history.

March 18th, 2002

Several check points for proper installation of RDS (Remote Data Sevices) was added to the FAQ collection of ADOxtra. Be sure to read them to find out whether you have correct installation for remote databasing with ADOxtra.

February 19th, 2002

BinaryXtra updated to version 1.0.1.9.
Fixed a bug in ReadFromFile() method.
See more details in version history.

February 18th, 2002

The site was moved to a new provider.

January 11th, 2002

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.2.2.18.
The code has been optimized a bit. Now property access at xtra's side is faster up to 10%.
See more details in version history.

January 11th, 2002

ObjectBrowserXtra updated to version 1.2.2.12.
Fixed a bug, which prevented getting correct values of enumerations.

December 13th, 2001

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.02.001.
Added a detection of the 'busy' state of the server application.
The problem arose for example with Excel being in a cell editing state. VbScriptXtra failed with Lingo error while accessing to any method or property of Excel while it was in 'busy' state.
See more details in version history.

November 18th, 2001

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.02.000.

November 14th, 2001

ObjectBrowserXtra updated to version 1.02.001.
Now it fully supports Browse Lingo method, which allows easily get the description of Automation object contained in a VbScriptXtra wrapper.

November 14th, 2001

VbScriptXtra documentation (printable version in PDF) has been added to VbScriptXtra downloads.
BinaryXtra documentation (printable version in PDF) has been added to BinaryXtra downloads.

November 11th, 2001

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.01.000.
Added support for COM Automation Events. VbScriptXtra wrapper objects now support EventsHandler property. Events generated by wrapped automation objects are passed to a parent script attached to this property of the wrapper.

November 11th, 2001

ObjectBrowserXtra updated to version 1.02.000.

November 4th, 2001

VbScriptXtra updated to version 1.00.005. See Version history for details.

October 24th, 2001

New Free BinaryXtra released.
VbScriptXtra updated to 1.00.003.
ADOxtra updated to 1.11.001.
BinaryXtra extends the capabilities of ADOxtra and VbScriptXtra in handling BLOB data in databases.
Both ADOxtra and VbScriptXtra has been updated to support BinaryXtra.
BinaryXtra and updated ADOxtra and VbScriptXtra are available at downloads section.

October 12th, 2001

VbScriptXtra updated to 1.00.002.
Fixed a bug with Failed and Succeeded properties which always indicated successful completion status, even when LastError property returned a description of a error. More detailed description has been added to VbScriptXtra's version history.
New version is available at Downloads section.

October 9th, 2001

Using ADO to open an Access database from a read only media (CD-ROM) has been added to the FAQs collection for ADOxtra.

September 27th, 2001

Using DAO or ADO for databasing in Macromedia Director has been added to the FAQs collection for VbScriptXtra.

September 19th, 2001

ADOxtra documentation (printable version in PDF) has been added to ADOxtra downloads.

September 14th, 2001

Free auto documentation companion for VbScriptXtra is available in downloads section. It is a tool similar to Visual Basic's Object Browser, which allows you to view all available scriptable components, to view their interfaces, methods and properties, enumerations right from Director. See more info at VbScriptXtra Reference.

September 5th, 2001

Comparison of ADOxtra and VbScriptXtra for databasing in Macromedia Director has been added to the FAQs collection for ADOxtra.

August 16th, 2001

Several useful Lingo utilities has been added to the samples collection for ADOxtra.

August 1st, 2001

ADO sample has been added to the samples collection for VbScriptXtra.

July 24th, 2001

Site navigation: added left side quick navigation bar.

July 10th, 2001

Microsoft Word and Excel automation samples has been added to the samples collection for VbScriptXtra.

July 10th, 2001

VbScriptXtra is available to purchase.

June 27th, 2001

Internet Explorer automation sample has been added to the samples collection for VbScriptXtra.

June 24th, 2001

VbScriptXtra documentation is ready.

June 16th, 2001

Site is created.

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