Version 11.5 is here with a new lower price!
With over 140 utilities, editors, and short-cuts, the Platte Canyon® Plug-In Pro
is the ToolBook® developer’s best friend.
Version 11.5 fully supports ToolBook 11.5 and has the ability to import and export PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP, WMF, and
EMF files. You can choose to import or export only particular image types. For
example, you might want to replace all your BMP resources with .PNG equivalents.
You can use the Plug-In Pro to export only the BMP format bitmap resources to
external files. Then overwrite them with .PNG equivalents and the use the Plug-In Pro
to replace all those resources with the PNG ones. You can also find which objects are
using particular resources, again by image type. Version 11.5 also has great
tools to create image objects and populate them with
external graphic files (which are in turn imported as resources). You can put
all the images on one page or put each one on its own page. If you still want to
use the Web Graphic Placeholder, you can do the same thing with it. The Plug-In
Pro also has the ability to copy actions between objects (even from
different books!), merge pages to different backgrounds, a tool to
save and restore your Command Window scripts, a tool for
listing all the web graphics and adjusting their external files if desired, a
tool to find all your media players and list/adjust their media, the ability to
import clips and see all your clip information, the ability to write your
sticky notes to a file, the addition of simulation information such as Instructions
and Feedback to the generated spell-check file, and much more!
In addition to all its tools, the Plug-In Pro provides interfaces to
undocumented features and adds new ones. Tired of having text that you paste
from Word or PowerPoint show weird font tags? Just check the "Paste as Text"
button and all text will come in unformatted. Need to add a "Debug" window for
testing your LMS, just check that box. Want to control the SCORM settings sent
when the user closes your lesson window, select it from the Options screen.
Need to dig into Actions Editor properties directly, check a box to make them
show up in the Property Browser.
The Plug-In Pro is always available via the “Platte” menu on your ToolBook menu bar. You can show any of the 10 specialized Plug-In Pro
palettes. You can even modify the custom palettes and custom menu items with
the features you use most!
New & Featured Tools
Plug-In Pro adds a number of cool features and functions including:
- Select a source page, background, or book and copy its actions
to an object or the current page, background, or book.
Merge pages from
onto the same background.
Save your Command
for later use.
- Import PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP, WMF, or EMF files from an external directory as either resources or as
images/web graphic placeholders.
View and edit
your external graphic placeholders.
List your media players
and their associated media.
List your clips,
their media, and their properties.
from a directory of media files.
with simulation information and only the pages/backgrounds/information you
- Click a button to see all the objects with Actions
on the page or background. Select the object and then see a list to the right
of the events handled for that object. Click to display the Actions Editor for
that object with that event already loaded. Do that same thing with the page,
background, and book itself.
- Similar functionality to the above with shared scripts. See a list of objects with shared scripts
and then be able to select one and open in the script editor.
Delete a page
or range of pages (by page number or background) AND delete all
that are freed up by the deletions. For example, delete pages 10 – 20 and have
the tool delete any bitmap or icon resources used exclusively by those pages.
palette to make it easier to enter characters such as À, Ì, Ö, á, ó, etc.
Export a list
with information about the source and other properties.
- New “sticky note” tools to
tile, resize, select , and save sticky notes.
Color Spy tool
that allows you to click on a screen region and see the color in RGB and HLS
Resources and Clips
- Edit Object
Actions on a page. Quickly see a list of objects on the page and
quickly access those actions for any of the objects.
- Merge multiple pages
from different backgrounds onto a single background.
- Field, RecordField, Button,
editors let you work with all Text/RichText of the selected type on the page as
well as other setting unique to the object. This helps when you want to quickly
work with the content of all fields on a page.
You can also edit actions or scripts for the objects directly from within the
- CBT Question
Editor provides a quick way to edit a question on a page. No additional
pop-up boxes are needed to set all properties of the question.
Edit question actions from within the editor as well.
- View A Page allows
you to access another page in your current book or another book without
having multiple instances of ToolBook open. You can copy objects from the
viewed page with ease.
- Compact book
file size and backup the file by using the one-click "compact" feature to save
the book as an alternate name and then save it back as its current name.
- Create a file containing all content (including all question content). This
file may be used in MS Word or a similar program to check the spelling of your entire application.
- Generate a detailed
technical report on your file.
- Use the navigation
tool to quickly navigate your application.
- Export all scripts
of the book for future reference or documentation.
Alignment & Art
- Open the powerful Align/Distribute/Size tool to distribute objects based on complex
relationships including space between objects, edge of objects and much more.
You can also size selected objects based on the largest, smallest, and even
average size of the objects.
Paint Objects for editing in your graphics program. Then import them automatically replacing your current ones.
- Magnify a page
and use the page at author or reader level.
Plug-In Pro 11.5 works with ToolBook 11.5. Plug-In Pro is also optimized for use with Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista® but works on any operating system that ToolBook supports.
Plug-In Pro Pricing
|Plug-In Pro upgrade from Plug-In Pro 11.0
|Plug-In Pro upgrade from Version 10.5 and older
Educational discounts are available.
Download a fully-functional evaluation version that loads with ToolBook books
of up to ten pages. Click here to get started.
One of the Plug-In tools I use a lot is "Page - View a Page," which allows me to view another page in the same book OR a page in any other book. This is really helpful, so I use it all the time.
If you like the DevEx Tools, you will love Platte Canyon's Plug-In Pro. While it is not FREE, it will save you lots and lots of time. Actually, it will easily pay for itself in your first ToolBook project so after that, in a way...It's FREE after that :-) Just the option to always paste text as unformatted is worth the price, but on top of that you get a bunch (over 140 to be exact) of other utilities like sticky notes, hide and show hidden objects, the CBT question editor and lots more.
Since it sounds like you are spending a lot of time doing ToolBook stuff, I recommend that you buy a plug in tool for ToolBook that will make you even more productive. We all use it extensively while doing development. It's called "Plug-In Pro" and comes from a great company called Platte Canyon in Colorado Springs. It's the best use of $495 I can think of.
Plug-In Pro is GREAT. My biggest problem with it is that there are so many things it does that sometimes I could kick myself for not looking at it before I go to great lengths to do something (like the "go to next background" feature).
The Plug-In Pro software is a much appreciated time saver. The software would be worth the price if it only had one button (the compact button).
WOW. What a time saver!