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 newObjects Active Label ActiveX   
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Compatibility and requirements

Compatibility

newObjects Active Label does not depend on other components or OS features that are specific to the latest versions only. You will be able to use it on your machines without need of OS or hardware upgrades. 

OS compatibility

The newObjects Active Label ActiveX and the supporting application Active Label Browser are compatible with:

Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003 and will work on any future version.

On Windows 95 and NT4 it is recommended to have Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or later installed otherwise some features that depend on Windows features usually installed with IE may not be fully available.

Browser compatibility 

The ActiveX can be embedded in WEB pages shown in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or later. IE 3 also can be used but is not recommended.

Mozila FireFox and Netscape with ActiveX plug-in - see this address for download and information: http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/plugin.htm
Note that this ActiveX plug-in must be configured to allow each particular ActiveX. By default it only loads Windows Media Player and nothing else.

It may be possible to use the same ActiveX plug-in with the Opera browser, but we have not tested the plug-in and the ActiveX with Opera.

Protocol compatibility

Active Label ActiveX and Active Label Browser application support label data download as well as download of image and text elements. This can be compared to a WEB page behavior where the label can be compared to the page itself and the images on the label are like the images on a WEB page. Furthermore newObjects Active Label supports also upload of labels and their elements (images for instance). This is close to a form upload from a WEB page, but the resemblance is not as close as it is in the case of data download. 

For download operations Active Label can work over the same protocols as Microsoft Internet Explorer:
Standard protocols: http:. https:, ftp:, file:, res:, mk: (Windows HTML help) and so on
Protocols from other vendors: alp (see www.activelocalpages.com):, hsp: and any other protocol that supports data download.

For upload operations newObjects Active Label fully supports URL protocols that resemble HTTP behavior. This means they must support at least POST verb with data and query string parameters. Header support is not required.
Standard protocols: http:, https:
Protocols from other vendors: alp:
Protocols which support data upload but do not resemble HTTP behavior are only partially supported. This means that success/failure reports will not be reliable and the meta data sent with the upload may not be entirely available. This concerns FTP for instance.

What is URL protocol?  Microsoft Windows supports an abstract protocol layer API which allows the construction of components that process custom or specific URL and isolates the consumer application from the nature of the protocol/media over which the data is actually received/sent. Examples: the http handler supports the HTTP transfers over TCP/IP which is something everyone would expect, but Microsoft includes with Windows a protocol called mk: which behaves just like HTTP from the consumer's point of view (browser's point of view) but serves data from a local HTML help file and not from an WEB site. More advanced solutions such as ALP do even more - they behave again like HTTP but they process the request locally, execute CGI or ASP pages locally as like as they are a WEB server, but all this is done without any use of a network (i.e. such protocols simulate WEB server behavior inside the consumer process). There are various implementations from different vendors and some of them can be quite useful, a simple example based on well-known tools would be putting a Active Label ActiveX in a Windows HTML help file which with a little Javascript can act just like Widnows application. 

The URL protocols are more often distinguished from each other by the protocol scheme which is the keyword before the first ":" (colon) character in the URL. For examle:
http://myserver/something - is an HTTP URL
alp://C:/somedir/default.asp - is an ALP URL
ftp://someserver/directory - is an FTP url
mk:C:\somedir\\somefile.chm::/htm/somefile.htm - is a HTML help URL

Common usages of URL protocols - simulation of network functionality on the local machine (pseudo servers etc.), filtering of online content, custom encryption and/or custom transfer protocol with custom servers etc.

Printer compatibility

newObjects Active Label is compatible with any printer equipped with fully functional printer driver for Windows. This covers virtually all the office printers (Laser, Ink jet and dot matrix printers), almost all the thermal and transfer label printers and many others. VisiLabel works with raster printers, it is not compatible with plotters and other vector printing/drawing devices that support only vector operations.

Because Active Label is primarily designed for customers interested in labels we will put here links to some manufacturers of specialized label printers:

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If you are a label printer manufacturer and your WEB site is not in the list tell us.

Compatibility of the newObjects Active Label ActiveX with other applications and development environments.

The Active Label ActiveX can be used with any development tool that supports ActiveX hosting and enough features to allow control over its functions programmatically. This includes Microsoft's Visual Basic, Visual Studio (incl. .NET), Delphi, Internet Explorer, NSBasic and many others.

Active Label ActiveX is not intended, nor convenient for inclusion in document oriented applications (typical office applications such as MS Word for instance). We have a separate Barcode ActiveX that can be used to mark documents with barcodes, put on forms, in report generators and so on. It has minimal size and memory footprint.

Technical requirements for developer license

If you plan to use Active Label ActiveX in Windows application (written in C, VB, .NET, Delphi or other language/tool capable of producing Windows applications) you need a license which will permit royalty free redistribution of the application with the ActiveX used in it (see more details about the licensing policy on the pricing and license types page). To use such a license your application must:

  • Have own executable (EXE) file.
  • Version information in the exe file, which includes at least your company name and the product name.
  • A string resource entry with the license key.

This means that you must be able to control the Windows resources in your main executable file. In some RAD environments the resources are generated automatically and you may need to consult their documentation to see how to add a resource manually. This is generally possible in all the development environments that produce executables. If you are not sure contact us - if we do not know already the development tool you use we will test it and find out how to do it.



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