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SocketTools ActiveX Edition

by Catalyst Development Corporation - Product Type: Component / ActiveX OCX

Twenty Internet communication controls for Visual Basic, FoxPro, and PowerBuilder. SocketTools ActiveX Edition gives you the ability to provide client interfaces for application protocols such as file transfer (FTP), simple mail transfer (SMTP), post office (POP), domain name (DNS), hypertext (HTTP), and Telnet. Include extensive Internet communication in your application without being required to learn complex TCP/IP protocols.

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SocketTools 8.0 ActiveX Edition

Add to Cart $ 387.10 1 Developer License Delivered via Download
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SocketTools 8.0 ActiveX Edition - Upgrades

Add to Cart $ 191.10 1 Developer Upgrade License from any previous SocketTools ActiveX Edition Delivered via Download
Mfr. Part No: VIS8-EU
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Add to Cart $ 284.20 1 Developer Upgrade License from any previous SocketTools ActiveX Edition with 1 Year Priority Support Delivered via Download
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SocketTools ActiveX Edition Support Renewals

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What’s new in SocketTools 8.0?

New FTP and HTTP Server Components
SocketTools 8.0 includes new file and web server components that make it easy to incorporate server functionality into your own applications. With these new controls and libraries, you can enable clients to upload and download files directly to your application, or you can implement a custom web interface to your software. The servers support the protocol standards and many of the common extensions, however you're also free to implement your own custom commands just to meet the specific needs of your application. Both standard and secure connections are supported.

New Asynchronous File Transfer Methods
Easily perform multiple background transfers simultaneously. With a single method call you can start a background transfer and your application is notified when it has finished. Each background transfer that you create is referenced by a task number, and you can suspend, resume and abort those background tasks as needed.

Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
SocketTools is designed to take advantage of new features introduced in Microsoft's latest operating systems, while maintaining backwards compatibility with earlier versions such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Differences in functionality are managed internally by the component and do not require you to make platform-specific changes to your code. For example, SocketTools supports both IPv4 and IPv6 networking transparently, depending on the version of Windows and how the system is configured.

Build Custom Server Applications Effortlessly
SocketTools 8.0 has improved the Internet Server component to simplify the development of custom servers, providing an easy-to-use framework where the only code you need to write is in response to events that are sent to your application. With a single function call, you can create a scalable, multi-threaded, event-driven server that can be used to accept connections from clients anywhere in the world, or just on your local intranet. All of the networking, thread management, synchronization and messaging are handled internally by the framework, allowing you to focus on writing your own code without worrying about the complex details of the server implementation.

Enhanced Security Features
SocketTools 8.0 supports 256-bit AES on the Windows 7 and later platforms, enabling your application to take advantage of the latest security features without requiring any changes to your applications. ActiveX controls and .NET classes make it easier to work with client and server certificates that are stored in files on the local system using the standard PKCS12 format, as well as the certificate store in the registry.

Improved Support for Firewalls and Proxy Servers
New options for the File Transfer Protocol allows you to specify alternate port ranges for active mode transfers, making it simpler to integrate with software and hardware firewalls which limits access to certain ports. The Hypertext Transfer Protocol components have improved proxy support and automatic proxy detection which makes it easier to integrate your applications on a customer's network. Support has also been added for virtual hosting, where an FTP server is configured to support multiple domains using a single external IP address.

Expanded Technical Reference Documentation
Available in HTML Help and PDF format, the SocketTools documentation includes a Developer's Guide to get you up and running quickly, and a Technical Reference that provides extensive documentation for every API function, class method, property and event. As an example, the documentation for the SocketTools .NET classes is over 3,200 pages and the SocketTools API is over 2,000 pages.

What's new in SocketTools V7.2?

  • New text messaging (SMS gateway) component that enables an application to send SMS text messages to a mobile device using a wireless carrier's gateway service
  • Support for secure connections using TLS version 1.1 and 1.2
  • Support for compressed HTTP downloads

What's new in SocketTools V7.1?
SocketTools 7.1 includes a number of corrections and improvements. In particular, some internal changes have been made that will generally improve performance over high-speed Internet connections and local networks. Also improved is compatibility with IPv6. Some security and compatibility issues with older versions of Windows have been addressed, primarily Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, with the new networking code in version 7. It also includes updates to the documentation and examples.

What's new in SocketTools ActiveX Edition V7.0?
Now includes both 32-bit and 64-bit components, supports IPv4 and IPv6 network connections, and includes all of the security features that were previously only available in the Secure Edition products.

What's new in SocketTools V6.0 SP3?

SocketTools 6.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been released which includes updates for all of the components, documentation and examples.

What's new in SocketTools V6.0?

SocketTools 6.0 has been released and offers developers exciting new features, improved performance and full compatibility with the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. The version 6.0 components are compatible with version 4.0 and 5.0 and support side-by-side deployment, simplifying the upgrade process so that you can spend your time improving your software, not rewriting it.


The following are the features in the SocketTools ActiveX Edition:

  • Standard ATL based ActiveX controls compatible with any COM compliant development tool
  • Low resource utilization and no external dependencies on third-party libraries
  • A comprehensive product with 18 ActiveX controls for all of the major protocols
  • Fully compatible with Visual Studio.NET, including Visual Basic.NET and C#
  • Includes both high level and lower level interfaces for maximum flexibility
  • Support for both synchronous and asynchronous network connections
  • Thread-safe implementation with full support for multithreaded applications
  • Support for proxy servers, including secure proxies, using FTP and HTTP
  • An extensive Developer's Guide and online Technical Reference

The following protocols are supported by the SocketTools ActiveX Edition:

  • Domain Name Services (DNS)
  • File Encoding and Compression
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Finger Protocol
  • Gopher Protocol
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
  • Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)
  • Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)
  • Post Office Protocol (POP)
  • Remote Access Services (RAS)
  • Remote Command Protocol (RCP)
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • Telnet Protocol
  • Terminal Emulation
  • Time Protocol
  • Whois Protocol
  • Windows Sockets

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