7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 28, 2008 2:13 PM by Newsgroup_User

    director with access

    nikos20002
      HOW CAN I CONNECT DIRECTOR MX WITH WINDOWS ACCESS????
      AND IF IS THAT POSSIBLE HOW CAN I PULL FROM DATABASE DIFERENTS VIDEO OR DATA...
        • 1. Re: director with access
          Level 7
          There is no need to shout.

          Check the Mile High Table for applicable xtras. I have used DataGrip
          successfully.
          http://www.updatestage.com/MileHighTableOfProducts/products.shtml
          • 2. Re: director with access
            Chunick Level 3
            nikos20002, please don't use all CAPS again, Thank-you.

            Now, here are some other options available:
            ADO Xtra -- http://www.xtramania.com/Products/ADOxtra/
            dmmMDB Xtra for Microsoft Access -- http://www.web-cd.net/mdb/description.aspx
            Valentina - may or may not be what you're looking for -- http://www.paradigmasoft.com/
            • 3. Re: director with access
              Ex Malterra
              I've used the VbScriptXtra with great success.

              http://www.xtramania.com/Products/VbScriptXtra/
              • 4. Re: director with access
                Level 7
                As others have suggested, there are several commercial Xtras available
                that will let you work with a MS Access database. I thought I would
                suggest another option for your consideration.

                The very talented and generous Valentin Schmidt has made a free Xtra for
                SQLite databases. Get the extra here
                http://staff.dasdeck.de/valentin/xtras/sqlite/ Be sure to get the SQLite
                browser from his tools folder or from
                http://sourceforge.net/projects/sqlitebrowser/

                SQLite is not the most powerful database, but it is still quite useful
                and itself is free as well as open source. You can learn more about
                SQLite here http://www.sqlite.org

                Now Valentin's xtra will not work with your access database, but you
                probably can export the database to a CSV file, and then import it into
                SQLite. Not that the commercial Xtras are all that expensive, but if
                cost is an issue at all it may be worth your time looking into it. Also
                I like to support open source software whenever I can.

                Good luck.
                • 5. Re: director with access
                  Level 7
                  Hi Dave,

                  > Also, I like to support open source software whenever I can.
                  I take it you mean free software, right?
                  There is free software, and there is commercial software. Both require time
                  to be built. However, when a product is made available for free, that can
                  do -usually 'more or less'- what a commercial product can, the latest
                  becomes endangered species.
                  There are cases, -and I' speaking in general here, and by no means referring
                  to Valentin- when a developer can afford working for free. Might be for the
                  glory, because he has no financial problem, for fun or just because.
                  But this does have an impact on the rest of the developers that may not be
                  able to afford the same luxury, and, no matter how good the outcome of their
                  work could be, it will never be produced if it can't be sold.
                  Therefore, releasing free software may lead to lower quality products and/or
                  higher price tags for the commercial ones.
                  Personally, I believe that, for educational purposes, everything should be
                  free.
                  When it comes to building commercial products though, all tools should have
                  a price tag.
                  From a certain point of view -and for certain cases- releasing free software
                  can be considered worse than software piracy.. Can cause far more damage..
                  Imagine you have two grocery stores in your neighbourhood, and the owner of
                  one of them wins the lottery.
                  In order to help the people in the neighbourhood, he promises to everyone
                  free products for .. let's say 6 months.
                  What do you think this will cause in the long run?

                  I'm not saying I don't like finding free tools to do the job - except if I
                  find it right after I've paid for one that is...
                  I'm just saying that, when looking at the bigger picture, you might find
                  that free software might not be as harmless as it seems. Especially for
                  relativelly small markets, like director Xtras.

                  "Dave C" <no@no.com> wrote in message
                  news:fq58it$e9j$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                  > As others have suggested, there are several commercial Xtras available
                  > that will let you work with a MS Access database. I thought I would
                  > suggest another option for your consideration.
                  >
                  > The very talented and generous Valentin Schmidt has made a free Xtra for
                  > SQLite databases. Get the extra here
                  > http://staff.dasdeck.de/valentin/xtras/sqlite/ Be sure to get the SQLite
                  > browser from his tools folder or from
                  > http://sourceforge.net/projects/sqlitebrowser/
                  >
                  > SQLite is not the most powerful database, but it is still quite useful and
                  > itself is free as well as open source. You can learn more about SQLite
                  > here http://www.sqlite.org
                  >
                  > Now Valentin's xtra will not work with your access database, but you
                  > probably can export the database to a CSV file, and then import it into
                  > SQLite. Not that the commercial Xtras are all that expensive, but if cost
                  > is an issue at all it may be worth your time looking into it. Also I like
                  > to support open source software whenever I can.
                  >
                  > Good luck.




                  • 6. Re: director with access
                    Level 7
                    I'll concede that the whole open source / free software issue is a
                    complicated one. I can't even pretend to hold up in a debate over it.

                    I will say that the support you have given to this forum over the years
                    is worth much more than what you were paid for providing it!
                    • 7. Re: director with access
                      Level 7
                      Thanks, on behalf of everyone in this forum that are still visiting the
                      forum past their 'asking days'...

                      Yep, it is a complicated issue. But keeping it to Director an Xtras, all I'm
                      saying is that, personally, I'd try to avoid releasing for free an Xtra that
                      does something a commercial Xtra does, long as, and here comes the
                      subjective factor, we are talking about a tool/engine and not a
                      utility/couple of commands that may prove handy. And, to partially
                      contradict my original argument, the existence of free Xtras (and Xtras in
                      general, therefore the 'partially') is a plus to director, and perhaps one
                      of the reasons that it's still alive, despite the treatment it got from mm
                      the last years.


                      "Dave C" <no@no.com> wrote in message
                      news:fq70rc$fjk$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                      > I'll concede that the whole open source / free software issue is a
                      > complicated one. I can't even pretend to hold up in a debate over it.
                      >
                      > I will say that the support you have given to this forum over the years is
                      > worth much more than what you were paid for providing it!