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Chapter 10. Moving on Down the Road: Int... > Emo, The Extension Manager

Emo, The Extension Manager

What, you mean you don’t name your utilities? The Extension Manager is a key component in Macromedia’s strategy for the MX product line. One of the obvious bottom-line benefits of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash is their extensibility. To really take advantage of the extensions being produced for the programs, a central storage facility, the Macromedia Exchange, was developed—along with a central tool for managing them, the Extension Manager. The Extension Manager is accessible from the Commands menu as Manage Extensions. After you’ve installed a number of extensions, you are ready to take advantage of the Extension Manager’s special features. If you have a lot of extensions, you can find the one you are looking for quicker by using the sorting capabilities of each column. In addition to sorting by name, you can also sort by extension author and type—very handy when you’re trying to track down a behavior and can’t remember which one it is. Another useful feature is the On/Off toggle. To disable an installed extension, just uncheck its entry. Why not just uninstall, you say? Sometimes you just want to disable an extension temporarily—often because of conflicts with another extension—and the On/Off toggle is far more efficient than uninstalling and re-installing.


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