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Installing and using VPT plug-ins

VAKCER Project Tracker 2.1 supports 2 types of plug-ins: COM Add-ins (.vca) and DLL Plug-ins (.vpg). Each type of plug-in uses different technology and in fact are two different types of application extensions. The two have different ways of installing.

COM Add-ins

In order to install a COM Add-in, download it and extract the file(s) from the ZIP archive. You can use WinZip or any other archiving utility that can handle ZIP archives. Then just right-click on the vca file in Window Explorer and select Install from the pop-up menu. Note that you need to restart VAKCER Project Tracker in order to use the newly registered plug-in. 

If you decide that you don't need the plug-in any longer you can remove it from the system. First, you need to unregister the plug-in. Close VAKCER Project Tracker then select the .vca file and right-click on it. Select Uninstall from the popup menu. Now you can delete the .vca file and any other file associated with the plug-in.

Note, some COM Add-ins are created with Visual Basic and require Visual Basic run-time library (MSVBVM60.DLL) and sometimes Microsoft AddinDesigner control (MSADDNDR.DLL). If you have problems running VPT after installing a plug-in make sure you have this or any other dependent file (for example, custom control libraries, etc). The plug-in listing on this Web site specifies any other additional files required by a plug-in. Should you need to install the file(s), just copy them to your Windows\System folder (on Win NT/2000 - WinNT\System32). Note that files with OCX extensions must be Registered on your system. Just copy the file in the System folder then go to a DOS prompt box and type the following:

C:\Windows\System> Regsvr32 yourfile.OCX

This should register the file for you (you will get a confirmation message). The same applies to MSADDNDR.DLL if it is used by a plug-in you are installing.

DLL Plug-ins

In order to install a DLL Plug-in, download it and extract the file(s) from the ZIP archive. Then copy all the files extracted into Plugins subfolder of VAKCER Project Tracker installation (by default, "C:\Program Files\VAKCER\Project Tracker PE\Plugins"). If this folder doesn't exist, create it. Restart VAKCER Project Tracker.

In order to remove DLL plug-in, close VAKCER Project Tracker and just delete the .vpg file from Plugins folder.

Using Plug-Ins

When a plug-in is installed, normally it adds one or several menu items in Tools menu. It also may add several tool bar buttons for quick access to plug-in commands:

Some plug-ins may add a button to Client Manager dialog. When this button is clicked, a pop-up menu appears with available plug-in commands:

Some plug-ins may also modify pop-up menus that appear when you right-click projects and application nodes in the main application tree. Just keep in mind that the actual behavior of a plug-in depends on the way it is created by its author.

Return to Plug-in Listing.


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