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The Mini Shell Extension Framework – Part III

, 18 Sep 2005
Discussion of a small C++ framework to create Windows shell extensions (IShellFolderImpl).
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README.TXT for the Mini Shell extension Framework (MSF)
-------------------------------------------------------


Introduction
------------
MSF is a collection of C++ template classes that can be 
used under the LGPL licence to create shell extensions.

The supported compilers are:

 - Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 (needs latest platform SDK)
 - Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
 - Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 beta 2

Shell Extensions are COM objects. MSF depends on ATL (7.0/7.1) to
provide this support.


Validated Operating systems
---------------------------
- Windows 98
- Windows ME
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP


Documentation
-------------
I have writen a couple of articles on www.codeproject.com how to use MSF.


Licence
-------
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
    modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
    License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
    version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

    This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
    Lesser General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
    License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA


Version History
---------------
0.91 : Added support for sub folders in IShellFolderImpl.
       Extended the columnproviderimpl to support standard column uuids.

0.90 : Added support for copy, paste, cut and drag\drop 
       in IShellFolderImpl.
       Added support to 'sort' in Windows 98
       Added central error handling in IShellFolderImpl.

0.87 : Added IShellFolderImpl, IShellFolderViewCBImpl, IItemNameLimitImpl,
       IBrowserFrameOptionsImpl and support classes to make it possible
       to create shell folder extensions. Copy, cut and paste operations are 
       not (yet) supported.
       Added _sf.rgs files to let Infotip and ContextMenu work together with a
       user created shellfolder.
       Fixed the issue that IInfotipImpl and IContextMenuImpl didn't register 
       properly on W2K.
       Created support for owner drawer context menus.

0.85 : Added IContextMenuImpl to support context menu extensions
       Added MSF_COM_CATCH_HANDLER macro to let user control how MSF should
       catch exceptions.
       Fixed FriendlyTypeName registration bug

0.80 : Initial release.


Contact
-------
Please feel free to contact me by email: vba64@xs4all.nl



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