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Xtras are extensions for Director. They extend Director's capabilities,
meaning they allow Director to do things that it does not natively support.
They exist in the form of a file with a .xtra file extension (for
Windows anyway). Some were produced by Macromedia (or Adobe now) and
others are produced by third party developers. Some are free and others
What they do is wide and varied. For example the BuddyAPI xtra contains
many system related functions, for example a function to get information
about the processor installed (and much more).
You will find a a pretty good list of available Xtras here
Sorry, I meant to say the file extension for an Xtra is .X32 in a
Windows environment (not enough coffee this morning).
Dave C wrote:
> Xtras are extensions for Director. They extend Director's capabilities,
> meaning they allow Director to do things that it does not natively support.
Just to elaborate on Dave's answer -
Xtras are files that provide capabilities to Director on the form of
- cast member support
- scripting extension
- development tools
Cast member Xtras are the most common Xtra type. The standard installation of
Director uses Xtras to give support to various media types like Flash swf,
Quicktime. When Flash 7 was updated to Flash 8, the Flash Xtra needed to be
updated to give support to the new functionality of that version. Director 10
(MX 2004) supported Flash 7. You need the 10.1.1 update (free) to give Flash 8
support. You can buy Xtras that provide support for media not part of the
standard Director install. For example, Impressario gives PDF support to
Transition Xtras add more transitions to the transition library. Director's
internal transitions are not based on Xtra files.
Buddy API is a popular scripting Xtra. It extends coding capabilities to allow
things like copying and deleting files, and Operating System level controls.
Development tool Xtras work inside Director, that will typically open as a
window through the Xtras menu. The 3DPI is a good tool Xtra that provides
information on Shockwave 3D members.
The Mile High Table contains all Xtras available for Director. Not everything
on the table is an Xtra. It also has programs that are useful to work alongside
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