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Director News DirectImage Xtra 3.0

Added on 11/14/2002


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Author: DirectXtras (website)

New version (3.0) of DirectImage Xtra.

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DirectXtras is pleased to announce a new version (3.0) of DirectImage

About DirectImage Xtra:
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
- 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.
- Access and manipulate image frames  layers.
- Flatten or coalesce images with multiple frames  layers.
- Set the image transparency.

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) without displaying a dialog box.

An auto downloadable Shockwave safe package of DirectImage Xtra is also
available. It is a compressed 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.

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.

New in Version 3.0
* Images may now include multiple frames / layers. A new set of
  functions was added for manipulating the image frames.
* The Xtra can now import from and export to image file formats that
  support multiple frames / layers, such as animated GIF, Photoshop
  (PSD), DCX and MNG files.
* New methods to enhance an image: imageContrast(), imageModulate() and
* New imaging effects: imageMorph() and imageCoalesce().
* New methods for importing to and exporting from image objects, with
  alpha channel support: imageLoadFromImage() and imageSaveToImage().
* The Xtra now natively supports MacOS X.
* The Xtra is now available for Authorware.
* imageGetColorCount() was added to count the number of unique colors in
  an image.
* Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

Developers who have licensed DirectImage Xtra in the past month or
obtained a Corporate license will automatically receive the upgrade
free of charge, via e-mail.

Developers who have licensed DirectImage or DirectXport Xtra in the
past but do not qualify for a free upgrade are entitled to an
upgrading discount.

Please visit for
a complete licensing information and fees.

Trial Version:
A fully functional evaluation version of DirectImage Xtra can be
downloaded from our web site:

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.

We encourage interested developers to download the trial version
and look forward to your comments, suggestions, ideas and any
questions you might have.

Best Regards,
Tomer Berda
DirectXtras - Xtra Power for Director and Authorware -
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