those of you in the northern hemisphere have had a nice summer
and to those of us in the southern hemisphere...summer is just
around the corner.
Click to Activate FreeBee
Solves An Annoying Problem for ToolBook DHTML Users
Over 135 developers have downloaded
the Click to Activate FreeBee that I developed to stop the
annoying "Click to activate and use this control" message that
DHTML end users get every time they try to run embedded media such as
a flash file. This issue was addressed and fixed by
SumTotal Systems in Hotfix 1 for ToolBook 2004 SP3. But,
this only fixed the problem
with draw objects being exported as vector graphics and fixing
existing projects means re-exporting each ToolBook file.
My Fix Click to Activate FreeBee does not require re-exporting;
it can be applied to already exported files,
it also fixes the problem with all Active X controls like Flash and Windows Media
If you haven't downloaded the
FreeBee yet, click here. If
you want to make sure that you don't have this problem in the
future and you haven't downloaded the SumTotal Systems Hotfix,
If you would like
this issue fixed in a way that you don't have to remember to run
my FreeBee after each export then see
and Export Utility below.
I am pleased to announce an
upgrade of the Quiz Summarizer Widget. The upgrade includes
several new features that have been suggested by fellow
ToolBookers and customers.
Here are the new features:
Number Answers and Results: There is a new check box in the "General" tab of the Extended
Properties Editor that when checked the Answers and Results
columns will be numbered. This makes it easier for users to see
the different answers and/or results. Note that the results are
in the order presented in the question and not the order that
the users selected them.
New Feedback column: This column displays the Delayed feedback of the question
object. The Quiz Summarizer will determine if the question has
been answered correctly, incorrectly or partially correct and
display the appropriate delayed feedback.
Styles Tab: Advanced users who would like to change the style of various
aspects of the Quiz Summary page, will now have access to that
If you wish to review the full details of the new features,
to review the user guide.
Here you will be able to see the first two new features
displayed by scrolling down to item 9 in the "How to Use the
Quiz Summarizer" section to the "Really Hard Words Vocabulary
NEW Knowledge Base Tip!
Have you ever wanted
a simple solution to providing mouse over and mouse off effects
without having to create individual images for:
(typically Normal by the caption is grey)
Mouse over or
hover (this is the checked graphic in ToolBook)
Actually this has
been a request on the ListServ from several ToolBookers for many
Well I finally cracked it and have published a way that you can
add this new feature to your projects on the
ToolBookDeveloper.com Knowledge Base. Click
here to go to that article.
For the past several years PayPal
has been the only payment option on the ToolBookDeveloper.com
on-line store. The reason is that I wanted my prices to be
in US Dollars yet, as an Australian, I was not able to accept US
Dollars on my website. Charging in Australian Dollars when
most of my customers are American didn't make sense and with
daily fluctuations on exchange rates, if the prices were in
Australian Dollars, customers would never know the true cost of
the order until credit card company converted the funds.
Recently however, I have been able to make an arrangement with
an Australian bank to accept credit card transactions in US
dollars. This means that you can make purchases on
ToolBookDeveloper.com using Visa, MasterCard, and American
Express, or if you prefer, I still accept payment by PayPal.
The Special Actions and Export Utility
is actually three utilities in one:
It goes beyond the capabilities
of standard ToolBook to validate actions and will perform deep
validation of your Actions. This will ensure that your
action sequences will export properly.
It will fix your export, as you
export, to eliminate the "Click to activate" message.
While my FreeBee Tool
fixes this problem, it needs to be run after each
export. When you have the Special Actions and Export
Utility, you simply need to check the box indicating that
you wish to have the files updated with the fix and from
that point forward, every project that you export will be
It fixes the color palettes of
GIFs created during the export process so they better
reflect what you see in native ToolBook. If you are
frustrated with the way that ToolBook changes the look of
your graphics after they are exported, then you will love
For more information on the Special
Actions and Export Utility, click
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