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Xtra Power for Director & Authorware

DirectCommunication Xtra
 Direct access to serial/parallel ports from Director and Authorware.

Authorware 4.x Compatible Authorware 5.x CompatibleAuthorware 6.x CompatibleAuthorware 7.x CompatibleDirector 5.x Compatible Director 6.x CompatibleDirector 7.x Compatible Director 8.x CompatibleDirector MX CompatibleDirector MX 2004 Compatible Director Shockwave Compatible and Safe     MacOS 8.x and 9.x CompatibleMacOS X CompatibleWindows Compatible   

The new MacOS X compatible version 2.0 is here...

What's new in version 2.0 ?

DirectCommunication Xtra is a cross-platform Scripting Xtra for Macromedia Director, Authorware and Shockwave that provides applications with the ability to communicate with devices connected to the system through the serial port, parallel port or USB serial adapter. Such devices include modems, fax machines, card readers, mini discs, alarm systems, show control systems, laser disc players, telephone response systems, computers and virtually any other serial device.

By using DirectCommunication Xtra, Director, Authorware and Shockwave applications can:

  • Query for available serial and parallel ports on the system

  • Establish a connection with external devices

  • Send and receive text or binary data to/from connected devices

  • Get and set the baud rate, data bits, stop bits, parity, buffer size, time-outs and flow control communication settings

  • Direct connected devices to perform extended functionality and control the port signals

  • Communicate with multiple devices simultaneously

The Xtra is Shockwave safe, so it can also be used with Shockwave 7 and above and when Director safety features are turned on.
When the Xtra is in safe mode it can communicate with external devices after receiving an authorization from the user.

An auto downloadable Shockwave safe package of the Xtra is also available. It is a compressed, small sized (less than 40K) version of the Xtra that can be downloaded automatically from a web site to the user's local machine whenever needed, and once installed provides Shockwave applications on the web with the ability to communicate with external devices.

DirectCommunication Xtra is available for Director 5 and above, Authorware 4 and above, and is compatible with Windows 9X and newer (including 2000, ME, NT, XP) as well as MacOS 8, 9 and X.

Although newer Macintosh computers do not include built-in external serial ports, applications can use the Xtra to communicate with serial devices that are connected through a USB serial adapter such as the one available from Keyspan - http://www.keyspan.com

You can download a 30 days evaluation version 2.0 of DirectCommunication Xtra, PLAY WITH IT. ENJOY IT. DON'T USE IT FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

If you want to develop with DirectCommunication Xtra, license the release version!
Click here to license the DirectCommunication Xtra

The evaluation version includes a sample Director movie that demonstrates some of the Xtra features by implementing a basic terminal application.

Additional sample code, step by step instructions on how to install and use the Xtra, function reference and more can be found in the on-line Xtra documentation.

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