James, your OS controls Xtra seems to be the superior method
comboBoxes and other controls. The pricing is well worth the
money for those
developing commercial applications. In my case however, I am
completely freeware game as a hobby. Have you ever considered
licensing model for educational/non profit users with at
reduced price? I
realize there isn't much incentive for you to do so, and you
deserve to be compensated for your top quality professional
Unfortunately in my case I simply can't justify the expense.
The OSControl Xtra saves you time. It provides you with a
variety of controls that you would otherwise have to code manually,
and in addition it gives you the platform-dependent skin for the
If you were doing woodwork as a hobby, you would have to buy
a certain number of tools in order to achieve your ends, even if
you gave away all the constructions that you made.
The same is true when your hobby is creating software. You
need to purchase a copy of the development software (Director), and
you can become more productive by purchasing a number of
third-party xtras. How much is the time you could save by using the
OSControl Xtra worth to you?