Chapter 14. External Files

External Files

Director works with many different external files. Table 14-1 addresses external applications and the documents that they use.

Table 14-1. External File Operations

To Do This

Refer To

See Also


Run an external application


See "External Applications.”[a]

Open an external document, such as a PDF or HTML file


See "External Applications.”[a]

Choose an external application or document from a dialog

FileIO Xtra, MUI Xtra, or third-party Xtra[a]

See "File Dialogs" later in this chapter.

Open a Web browser or HTML page



See Chapter 11, Shockwave and the Internet, in Director in a Nutshell.

Read or write a Windows INI file or the Registry file

Third-party Xtra such as Buddy API[a]

See "Operating System Files" later in this chapter.

Read or write text file

getPref, setPref, or FileIO Xtra

See "External Text Files" later in this chapter.

Create an Installer

Third-party installer software or Xtra[a]

See Appendix C, Checklists, in Director in a Nutshell for third-party installers

Copy, move, or delete files

Download NetThing, FileIO, FileXtra, or third-party Xtras[a]

See "External Applications"[a]

[a] 1 See "External Applications" later in the chapter for a list of Xtras that perform many system-level operations.

Lingo Commands for External Files

Table 14-2 lists the Lingo commands that pertain to external files in some way.

Table 14-2. External File-Related Lingo Commands

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