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 DirectImage Xtra

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   

Advanced imaging capabilities

What's new in version 3.1 ?

DirectImage (formerly known as DirectXport) is a cross-platform, easy to use Scripting Xtra for Macromedia Director, Authorware and Shockwave that provides applications with the ability to create, export, import, capture and manipulate images.

Using DirectImage Xtra, Director, Authorware and Shockwave applications can perform the following tasks through scripting:

  • Export Director image cast members, lingo image objects, the Director stage or Authorware display icons into various image file formats, including JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PICT, PSD, animated GIF and many more.

  • Import image files into Director image cast members or lingo image objects. The Xtra can read from more than 30 different image file formats.

  • Perform a screen capture into a Director image cast member or file.

  • Convert an image from one format to another.

  • Change the color depth of an image to 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 bits with palette remapping and dithering support.

  • Resize, scale, magnify and minify images.

  • Flip, flop, roll, chop, crop and shave images.

  • Rotate and shear images.

  • Perform image processing effects: blur, sharpen, oil paint, charcoal paint, implode, explode, motion blur, morph, shade, spread, swirl, wave, raise, edge, emboss, solarize and more.

  • Perform image processing enhancements: contrast, modulate, reduce noise, normalize and more.

  • Get and set the image pixels and background color.

  • Get and set the image resolution, compression type and colorspace.

  • Store application specific data as part of the image.

  • Retrieve the EXIF and IPTC information associated with imported images.

  • Access and manipulate image frames \ layers.

  • Flatten or coalesce images with multiple frames \ layers.

  • Set the image transparency.

DirectImage Xtra was designed in a way that it can easily be used in conjunction with our other Director and Authorware Xtras :

  • Director image cast members or Authorware display icons can be sent via e-mail as file attachments using our DirectEmail Xtra.

  • Image files can be imported from an FTP server using our DirectFTP Xtra, and Director image cast members or Authorware display icons can be exported to image files on the server.

  • A Director image cast member or an Authorware display icon can be set as the desktop wallpaper using our DirectOS Xtra.

  • Applications can use DirectOS Xtra to manipulate open windows prior to capturing the screen using DirectImage Xtra. For example, all open windows can be minimized in order to capture the desktop image.

DirectImage 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 import and export image files through a built-in file selection dialog box from/to anywhere on the local machine, or directly from/to the Shockwave support folder (dswMedia folder) or any other local dswMedia folder without displaying a dialog box.

An auto downloadable Shockwave safe package of DirectImage Xtra is also available. It is a compressed (600K - 800K) 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 advanced imaging capabilities that the Xtra provides.

DirectImage Xtra supports the following file formats :

Format

Description

Mode

AVI Microsoft Audio/Visual Interleaved Import

AVS

AVS X image

Import & Export

BMP

Microsoft Windows bitmap

Import & Export

DCX

ZSoft IBM PC multi-page Paintbrush image

Import & Export

DIB

Microsoft Windows Device Independent Bitmap Import & Export

DPX

Digital Moving Picture Exchange Import & Export

EPDF

Encapsulated Portable Document Format

Export

EPS

Adobe Encapsulated PostScript

Export

EPS2

Adobe Level II Encapsulated PostScript

Export

EPS3

Adobe Level III Encapsulated PostScript

Export

FAX

Group 3 TIFF

Import & Export

FITS

Flexible Image Transport System

Import & Export

FPX

FlashPix Format

Import & Export

GIF

CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format

Import & Export

HTML

Hypertext Markup Language with a client-side image map

Export

ICO

Microsoft icon

Import

JBIG

Joint Bi-level Image experts Group file interchange format

Import & Export

JP2

JPEG-2000 JP2 File Format Syntax

Import & Export

JPC

JPEG-2000 Code Stream Syntax

Import & Export

JPEG

Joint Photographic Experts Group JFIF format

Import & Export

MIFF

Magick image file format

Import & Export

MNG

Multiple-image Network Graphics

Import & Export

PBM

Portable bitmap format (black and white)

Import & Export

PCD

Photo CD

Import & Export

PCDS

Photo CD with sRGB color tables

Import & Export

PCX

ZSoft IBM PC Paintbrush file

Import & Export

PDF

Portable Document Format

Export

PICT

Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT file

Import & Export

PNG

Portable Network Graphics

Import & Export

PS

Adobe PostScript file

Export

PS2

Adobe Level II PostScript file

Export

PS3

Adobe Level III PostScript file

Export

PSD

Adobe Photoshop bitmap file

Import & Export

RLE

Utah Run length encoded image file

Import & Export

SGI

Irix RGB image

Import & Export

SUN

Sun Rasterfile

Import & Export

TGA

Truevision Targa image

Import & Export

TIFF

Tagged Image File Format

Import & Export

TXT

Raw text file

Import & Export

WBMP

Wireless bitmap

Import & Export

WMF

Windows Metafile

Import

 

The 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.



You can download a 14 days trial version 3.02 of DirectImage Xtra,
PLAY WITH IT. ENJOY IT. DON'T USE IT FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

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

The trial version includes a sample Director movie that demonstrates some of the advanced imaging capabilities that the Xtra provides by allowing you to import or capture an image, manipulate and then save it back to file, at any of the supported formats.

While downloading the Xtra, we invite you to take a look at the DirectXtras Gallery -  to read about our other Xtras and how they are being used in real Director and Authorware applications.

 

 


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