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Part III: Special Topics > Extracurricular Lingo: Xtras

Chapter 21. Extracurricular Lingo: Xtras

An overview

Xtra types

Bundling Xtras

The headless Xtras

Working with FileIO

Points to remember

Although you may not have been aware of it, you've been using Xtras since you started using Director. Xtras are software module add-ons that you can apply to the basic Director program. Xtras are among the most powerful means of enhancing the capabilities of Director, but with this power comes complexity. Because each of these software modules is written to perform a different task, each tends to play by its own set of rules.

In this chapter, we'll tackle the issues involved in putting Xtras to work: how to add them to your movies, how to decode their methods of operation, and how to write scripts that adapt those methods for your purposes.


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