Desktop item is a great way to display your application permanently
in background mode. Users will be able to access all the application's
features like they would do for a regular shockwave movie. You can tell
the desktop item how often it should update itself, display content
there depending on time so your customers are always stay informed and
much more. But how to allow a shockwave active desktop item to interact
with other Desktop elements and applications? Our Drag&Drop Xtra
provides this functionality - user can just drag items to your Active
Desktop shockwave movie and drop them, the movie can also read and write
data from/to clipboard. Drag&Drop Xtra is marked as shockwave safe
itself so it works fine being placed to Shockwave Player's Xtras folder.
So, to make all the drag and drop features available for your active
desktop shockwave application all you need is to copy the Drag&Drop
For Shockwave Players 8 and 8.5 (Macromedia Director 8, 8.5, MX)
the Xtras folder is C:\Windows\System\Macromed\Shockwave 8\Xtras
for Shockwave Player 10 (Macromedia Director MX 2004) it is
Note, user's machine may have Windows installed
into a different directory, it can or can't be "Windows".
To get the Windows directory name use the dtGetWindowsDirectory()
function provided by the Desktop Xtra. To copy the Drag&Drop Xtra's
file to Shockwave Player's Xtras folder use the dtCopyFile() function
that is also provided by the Desktop Xtra.
When the Drag&Drop Xtra has been placed to the "Xtras"
folder feel free to launch shockwave movie as an active desktop item,
all drag and drop functionality will be available.