January 27th, 2003
DirectXtras is pleased to announce...
is a Scripting Xtra for Macromedia Director which
provides Director applications with additional capabilities to
interact with the user.
By using DirectInteraction
Xtra, Director applications can:
Place icons on the tray bar (also known as the taskbar's status
to represent the application and serve as status indicators.
Get notification upon user interaction with tray bar icons.
Tray bar icons include transparency support, can be set from image
cast members and may be animated or modified in real time.
Display balloon ToolTips over the tray bar.
Get notification when the balloon ToolTip is shown, clicked or
Get notification when the user drops file(s) on the Director stage.
Obtain the full pathname of the dropped file(s) as well as the
dropping point coordinates.
Create, display and manipulate context pop-up menus (also known as
shortcut menus) which can be displayed anywhere on the screen and
may include nested sub menus.
Get notification when the user rotates the mouse wheel, moves the
mouse or presses one of its buttons, including support for the mouse
middle and extra buttons.
Get notification when the user switches to or from the application.
Get notification when the screen saver activates.
The Xtra is available for Director 7 and above and is compatible
Windows 9X and newer (including 2000, ME, NT, XP).
An evaluation version of DirectInteraction Xtra can be downloaded
from our web site:
The trial version includes a sample Director movie that demonstrates
many of the Xtra features as well as a detailed technical discussion on
how each feature is implemented.
Additional technical information can be found in the on-line Xtra
We encourage interested developers to download the
and look forward to your comments, suggestions, ideas and any
questions you might have.