Installing Extensions

Applies to AQTime 8.81, last modified on January 18, 2022

AQTime is built on an open, COM based architecture, which allows you to write external plug-ins for it or install plug-ins from any source. You select the plug-ins to be included in AQTime during the product installation. By checking or unchecking the plug-ins in the list submitted by the installation wizard, you tell the installation program to install plug-in files to or delete them from AQTime. By default, the plug-in files are copied to the <AQTime>\Bin\Extensions folder. However, they can be located in any other folder.

All of the installed plug-ins are shown in the Extensions dialog. Here you can temporary disable or enable the plug-ins and check whether a plug-in conflicts with another plug-in. Conflicting plug-ins are automatically disabled. Using the dialog, you can also install third-party plug-ins. This dialog is available if you use AQTime as a standalone application. They are not available if you integrated AQTime into Microsoft Visual Studio or into Embarcadero RAD Studio.

To install or uninstall a plug-in included in AQTime installation
  • Close AQTime.

  • Open the Control Panel. Click Add or Remove Programs.

  • Select SmartBear AQTime 8 in the list of installed applications and click Change/Remove. This will launch the AQTime installation program.

  • In the appeared dialog select Modify and press Next. The installation program will show the list of available plug-ins.

  • In the list, check the plug-ins you would like to install and uncheck the plug-ins that you would like to delete. Then click Next. AQTime will install the checked plug-ins and uninstall unchecked ones.

  • After a plug-in is installed, it will be shown in the Extensions dialog.

Note that you can also disable a plug-in. Disabling is similar to uninstalling (the plug-in becomes inactive) except that the plug-in is not removed from the AQTime plug-in list that is shown in the Extensions dialog. When the plug-in is disabled, it releases all of the memory it occupies. You can disable unnecessary plug-ins to get more memory resources for your system.

To disable a plug-in
  • Select File > Install Extensions from AQTime main menu. This will call the Extensions dialog.

  • In the dialog, uncheck the plug-ins you want to disable and click OK.

To install a third-party plug-in
  • Open the Extensions dialog (To do this, choose File > Install Extensions from AQTime’s main menu).

  • Press Add in the dialog.

  • In the ensuing Open File dialog, select the plug-in file and click Open. AQTime will add the plug-in to the plug-in list.

    Once the plug-in has been added, AQTime will check whether this plug-in conflicts with any other plug-ins and whether a newer version of the same plug-in is already installed. If any of these checks fail, the plug-in will be unchecked and will not be installed in AQTime.

  • To complete the installation, click OK in the Extensions dialog. This will install the plug-in into AQTime.

If you do not need a third-party plug-in, you can disable it as it was described above for the plug-ins that are shipped along with AQTime.

See Also

Extending AQTime
Creating Custom Plug-Ins
Extensions Dialog

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