ActiveXplorer v4 - The library file viewer and manager

COM & .NET There are hundreds of libraries on your computer. What are they doing there? Are they installed correctly? What's in them? ActiveXplorer is a library file manager and analyzer for COM libraries - ActiveX controls, TLBs, DLL and EXE servers - and .NET assemblies.

Your component is ready, but the help file is rather undone? Found a new component but no docs? Relax! ActiveXplorer will create the missing documentation - CHM, HTML, or RTF - in a minute.

Why do I need ActiveXplorer?

See inside components. Analyze them. What classes, methods and properties do they contain?

Document components. Automatically generate full technical documentation for binary files. List installed files and document their contents.

Escape DLL Hell. Solve installation problems, find missing files, and register files correctly.

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Escape DLL Hell!
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For system maintenance

Manage your component files. What's installed? ActiveXplorer shows the details of all COM libraries and .NET assemblies on your system. Know about the file versions, CLSIDs and installation paths.

Keep your Registry in a good shape. Is your system registry up-to-date? Use ActiveXplorer to find missing files and clean the registry of extra entries. Right-click any COM file to register it correctly.

View Registry entries. Browse the registry entries that are related to a component.

Instantiate controls in your browser to see what they do.

Compare file properties. Compare two files to see changes in file properties.

For software development

Learn to use undocumented controls. Analyze any COM component or .NET assembly to see what's inside it. View the available properties and methods with descriptions on how they should be called.

Document COM and .NET files. Generate a technical document for any component in a minute. Use the type library and reflection information already stored in the files without the need for a manual rewrite. Generated file formats are .html, .chm and .rtf.

Review file dependencies. Find out which other files a library requires to work properly.

Try it!

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The free demo shows 50 components and displays one class per component.

Compatibility and version notes

.NET compatibility. ActiveXplorer covers features of the .NET framework v1.x. Features introduced in .NET v2.0, 3.0 or later are not covered. The .NET framework is not required for ActiveXplorer to run.

Upgrade policy. Minor version updates (bug fixes) are free within v4.x. New features are not planned to be added in v4.x.

Windows Vista compatibility

ActiveXplorer: Set Privilege Level to 'Run this program as an administrator' on Windows Vista

ActiveXplorer v4 is not readily compatible with Windows Vista. One can run it on Vista by the following instructions:

1. Install Visual Basic 5.0 run-time files (msvbvm50.dll)
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This step is necessary only if you get a warning about missing msvbvm50.dll.

2. Set to run as Administrator. Right-click the ActiveXplorer shortcut, select Properties and set the Privilege Level as shown in the image on the right. ActiveXplorer is system utility and it requires administrator privileges to run.

Tasks to solve with ActiveXplorer: unregister missing dll, generate ActiveX documentation via TypeLib info, view ocx files, analyze and clean system registry, generate document from .tlb, generate HTML from ActiveX. Built-in features: tlb viewer, dll viewer, dll manager, register dll by right click.

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