3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 15, 2008 12:31 AM by Newsgroup_User

    what is a Xtra?

    josealmudever
      hi!
      I'm new using Director and I'm searching the Usefulness of a Xtra. If you can give me an example are so good.


      Thanks
        • 1. Re: what is a Xtra?
          Level 7
          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
          cost money.

          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
          http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/MileHighTable/
          • 2. Re: what is a Xtra?
            Level 7
            Sorry, I meant to say the file extension for an Xtra is .X32 in a
            Windows environment (not enough coffee this morning).
            • 3. Re: what is a Xtra?
              Level 7
              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.

              Hi,

              Just to elaborate on Dave's answer -
              Xtras are files that provide capabilities to Director on the form of
              - cast member support
              - transitions
              - 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
              Director.

              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
              Director development.
              http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/MileHighTable/

              regards
              Dean

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