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QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 - Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you probably have many questions about the QSAPI Active WebMenu. We have answered some of the most common ones here in this FAQ.

If you don't find the answers that you are looking for, please let us know! If your question makes it into the FAQ, we'll even send you a free QSAPI T-shirt!.

Please send your questions to [email protected]

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Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about QSAPI Active WebMenu.
General Questions:
What is the QSAPI Active WebMenu, exactly?
What can I use the QSAPI Active WebMenu for?
How can the QSAPI Active WebMenu make my web site better?
What are the key features of the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Why is the QSAPI Active WebMenu better than DHTML menus?
Why is the QSAPI Active WebMenu better than Java based menus?
How do I get the QSAPI Active WebMenu on my computer?
Development Questions:
What skills do I need to work with the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Where can I get samples and demos for the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
What is the QSAPI Active WebMenu Software Developer Kit (SDK)?
Can I use my own custom icons in my toolbars and menus?
Where can I find documentation for the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Where can I find support for the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Where should I go to make a bug report?
Can you help me build my QSAPI Active WebMenu application?
Technical Questions:
How does the QSAPI Active WebMenu work?
Which web browsers are supported by the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Why can't I use the QSAPI Active WebMenu in a Netscape web browser?
I've heard that "ActiveX" controls are dangerous. Is this true?
How do I deploy the QSAPI Active WebMenu in my web pages?
How do my web site visitors download and install the QSAPI Active WebMenu control?
What is a CAB File?
How big is the CAB File that is downloaded by my web site visitors?
Does the QSAPI Active WebMenu CAB File have a "digital signature"?
What does the "digital signature" on the CAB File do?
Does the QSAPI Active WebMenu support "cross-frame" menus?
What scripting languages can I use with the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Licensing Questions:
How is the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit licensed?
What type of licenses apply to the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control?
Is there a demo or development version of QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5?
How does the QSAPI Active WebMenu Deployment License work?
Can I use the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control without a deployment license?
When I'm ready, how do I purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License?
How much does a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License cost?
What do I get when I purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License?
Why do I need a Deployment License Key?
Will I be charged for updates to the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control?
What is the QSAPI Active WebMenu, exactly?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu is a 32 bit ActiveX control. It was built using C++ and ATL to achieve maximum performance in the tiniest package possible. The QSAPI Active WebMenu ActiveX control is developed exclusively for use inside of Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher.

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What can I use the QSAPI Active WebMenu for?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu can be used whenever you need to add an advanced, high performance user interface to your web page or web application.

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How can the QSAPI Active WebMenu make my web site better?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu adds a professional, high performance user interface to your web site or web based application. With the QSAPI Active WebMenu, you can leverage the full power of a Microsoft Office� 2000 user interface to give your web site visitors an enhanced user experience.

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What are the key features of the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
The key features of the QSAPI Active WebMenu are detailed on the "Key Features" page.

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Why is the QSAPI Active WebMenu better than DHTML menus?
DHTML menus have two major shortcomings when compared to the QSAPI Active WebMenu. First, the QSAPI Active WebMenu gives you super-fast performance because it is a native Win32 executable. Second, the QSAPI Active WebMenu simply offers more features than any DHTML menu or toolbar system ever built.

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Why is the QSAPI Active WebMenu better than Java based menus?
The main advantage of using the QSAPI Active WebMenu instead of a Java based menu is "cross-frame" capability. Drop-down menus created by the QSAPI Active WebMenu control can be viewed across multiple frames within your web page.

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How do I get the QSAPI Active WebMenu on my computer?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu can be installed on your computer as part of the QSAPI Active WebMenu Software Developer Kit (SDK). The QSAPI Active WebMenu SDK can be downloaded for FREE at any time from the QSAPI.com web site.

Download the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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What skills do I need to work with the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu has been designed to make development as easy as possible. If you have a basic knowledge of client-side (web browser) scripting techniques using JavaScript or VBScript, you will find it easy to use the QSAPI Active WebMenu Object Model.

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Where can I get samples and demos for the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
You can view a LIVE demo of the QSAPI Active WebMenu right here on the QSAPI.com web site. You can also get samples and tutorials in the QSAPI Active WebMenu Software Development Kit (SDK). This is a FREE download from the QSAPI.com web site.

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What is the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK)?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK) is a FREE suite of documentation, tools, and samples that help you build a web page or web application that uses the QSAPI Active WebMenu.

Download the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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Can I use my own custom icons in my toolbars and menus?
Absolutely! It's easy to add your own custom icons to the QSAPI Active WebMenu User Interface. Everything you need is in the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK), available for FREE at the QSAPI.com web site.

Download the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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Where can I find documentation for the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
The documentation for the QSAPI Active WebMenu is included as part of the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK). Remember, this is a completely FREE download! If you want to view just the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 HTML Help File, you can download it separately.

Download the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

Download the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 HTML Help File.

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Where can I find support for the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
You can access online technical support for all QSAPI products by visiting the QSAPI support web site at http://www.QSAPI.com/Support. You can also send support requests by email to [email protected].

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Where should I go to make a bug report?
Any bugs that you can identify should be submitted to the QSAPI Active WebMenu development team by sending an email to [email protected].

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Can you help me build my QSAPI Active WebMenu application?
If you need assistance building a world class QSAPI Active WebMenu based web site, the QSAPI development consultants at VectorNet can help you out. Please send all inquiries to [email protected] for more information.

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How does the QSAPI Active WebMenu work?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu is an ActiveX control that is "embedded" in your web page by using the HTML <OBJECT> tag. Once it is embedded and initialized, you can build and customize your menus and toolbars entirely through JavaScript or VBScript.

The entire QSAPI Active WebMenu user interface can be modified at any time as your web page is "running". Any changes made through script are instantly reflected by the user interface.

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Which web browsers are supported by the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
Currently, the QSAPI Active WebMenu supports only Microsoft� Internet Explorer web browsers version 4.01 and higher. Any version of Microsoft� Internet Explorer from 4.01 on up are fully supported by the QSAPI Active WebMenu.

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Why can't I use the QSAPI Active WebMenu in a Netscape web browser?
Netscape browsers do not support the use of ActiveX controls. Because of this, the only web browser that you can use the QSAPI Active WebMenu control inside of is Microsoft� Internet Explorer. Currently, it is estimated that over 80% of the web browsers in use on the Internet are Microsoft� Internet Explorer.

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I've heard that "ActiveX" controls are dangerous. Is this true?
Like anything else in the world, ActiveX controls are only "dangerous" when they are designed carelessly, or with some malicious purpose in mind. The QSAPI Active WebMenu ActiveX control has undergone rigorous testing and is completely safe for use on any supported computer system.

Furthermore, the CAB File that is used to distribute the QSAPI Active WebMenu is digitally signed by VectorNet Integrated Solutions, Incorporated. This lets your web site visitors know exactly who has written and published the software that they are about to install on their computer.

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How do I deploy the QSAPI Active WebMenu in my web pages?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu control is "embedded" in your web pages by using the HTML <OBJECT> tag. If the QSAPI Active WebMenu control is not already installed on your user's system, Internet Explorer will automatically download the CAB File that contains the QSAPI Active WebMenu control. Once the CAB File is downloaded, Internet Explorer will automatically install the QSAPI Active WebMenu control and your user will see all of your menus and toolbars!

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How do my web site visitors download and install the QSAPI Active WebMenu control?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu control is stored in a CAB File that is automatically downloaded whenever your web site visitors view a web page that "embeds" the QSAPI Active WebMenu control.

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What is a CAB File?
CAB (short for cabinet) Files are compressed archives, similar to ZIP files. Internet Explorer uses CAB Files to download and install software like the QSAPI Active WebMenu control.

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How big is the CAB File that is downloaded by my web site visitors?
The CAB File that is downloaded to your user's computer is only 80 KB!

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Does the QSAPI Active WebMenu CAB File have a "digital signature"?
Absolutely. Every CAB File that is published by VectorNet (the company that develops QSAPI components) contains a digital signature provided by Verisign.

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What does the "digital signature" on the CAB File actually do?
The digital signature used to "sign" the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 CAB File validates that the CAB File was published by VectorNet, the company that developed the QSAPI Active WebMenu software.

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Does the QSAPI Active WebMenu support "cross-frame" menus?
Definitely! The cross-frame capabilities of the QSAPI Active WebMenu are one of the key features that allow you to create a high performance user interface for your web based applications.

Cross-frame compatibility means that your menu / toolbar system does not need to be re-loaded and re-initialized every time your web site visitors want to navigate to a different page.

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What scripting languages can I use with the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
You can use any scripting language that is supported by the version of Microsoft� Internet Explorer that your web site visitors are using to view your web pages. Currently, this includes only JavaScript and VBScript.

You are welcome to use whichever scripting language that you are most comfortable with. The QSAPI Active WebMenu control and Object Model are fully compatible with either JavaScript or VBScript.

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How is the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK) licensed?
The QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK) is licensed to you at NO COST! This is an absolutely FREE set of documentation, tools, and samples designed to assist you in developing your own QSAPI Active WebMenu based web sites and web applications.

Download the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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What type of licenses apply to the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control?
QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 operates in three distinct license modes:

LITE Mode:
This is a FREE operation mode that you can use for small implementations of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, you can create up to three menus (including submenus), one toolbar, and three toolbar buttons. When you keep under this limit, there are NO "nag screens" and no decrease in functionality!

TEST Mode:
This is a FREE operation mode that you can use when prototyping a full scale implementation of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, the full functionality of the QSAPI Active WebMenu is available and there are no restrictions on the numbers of menus, toolbars, or toolbar buttons. There is, however, a notification dialog box that appears each time a toolbar button or menu item is clicked.

PROFESSIONAL Mode:
This is the full operation mode of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, there are no restrictions on the numbers of menus, toolbars, or toolbar buttons. No "nag screens" will appear at any time. You will need a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License to use the QSAPI Active WebMenu in PROFESSIONAL Mode on your web site.

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Is there a demo or development version of QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5?
Absolutely! There are two FREE operation modes that do not require you to pay for a QSAPI Active WebMenu Deployment License.

LITE Mode:
This is a FREE operation mode that you can use for small implementations of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, you can create up to three menus (including submenus), one toolbar, and three toolbar buttons. When you keep under this limit, there are NO "nag screens" and no decrease in functionality!

TEST Mode:
This is a FREE operation mode that you can use when prototyping a full scale implementation of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, the full functionality of the QSAPI Active WebMenu is available and there are no restrictions on the numbers of menus, toolbars, or toolbar buttons. There is, however, a notification dialog box that appears each time a toolbar button or menu item is clicked.

Download the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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How does the QSAPI Active WebMenu Deployment License work?
Each QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License allows you to use the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control in PROFESSIONAL mode when embedded in the web pages that are hosted on EXACTLY ONE WEB SITE.

This type of license works on a web site by web site basis. For example, if you wanted to use the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control in PROFESSIONAL Mode in a web page from "www.SiteA.com", while at the same time using it in PROFESSIONAL Mode in a web page from "www.SiteB.com", you would need to have two separate deployment licenses.

Multiple deployment licenses may be purchased concurrently at a substantially discounted price. You can purchase your QSAPI Active WebMenu Deployment License right now from QSAPI.com.

Purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License.

Download the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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Can I use the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control without a deployment license?
Absolutely! There are two FREE operation modes that do not require you to pay for a QSAPI Active WebMenu Deployment License.

LITE Mode:
This is a FREE operation mode that you can use for small implementations of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, you can create up to three menus (including submenus), one toolbar, and three toolbar buttons. When you keep under this limit, there are NO "nag screens" and no decrease in functionality!

TEST Mode:
This is a FREE operation mode that you can use when prototyping a full scale implementation of the QSAPI Active WebMenu. In this mode, the full functionality of the QSAPI Active WebMenu is available and there are no restrictions on the numbers of menus, toolbars, or toolbar buttons. There is, however, a notification dialog box that appears each time a toolbar button or menu item is clicked.

Download the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

Check out the LIVE QSAPI Active WebMenu demo!
When I'm ready, how do I purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License?
You can purchase a deployment license for the QSAPI Active WebMenu right here on the QSAPI.com web site.

Purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License.

Download the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

Check out the LIVE QSAPI Active WebMenu demo!
How much does a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License cost?
QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment Licenses can be purchased one at a time, or in quantities of 3 and 5 for substantial savings.

$149.95 - Single Web Site Deployment License
$299.95 - Three Web Site Deployment Licenses
$449.95 - Five Web Site Deployment Licenses

Purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License.

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What do I get when I purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License?
When you purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu Deployment License, you will receive an email that contains your Deployment License Key. Your Deployment License Key will allow you to use the QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 control in PROFESSIONAL mode on your web site.

If you have any questions about licensing the QSAPI Active WebMenu, you can always ask the QSAPI Sales team via email. Please send your questions to [email protected].

Purchase a QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License.

Download the FREE QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Software Developer Kit (SDK).

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Why do I need a Deployment License Key?
Your QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5 Deployment License Key enables you to use the QSAPI Active WebMenu control in PROFESSIONAL mode. This means that you will have access to the full capabilities of the QSAPI Active WebMenu.

If you don't think that you need the full PROFESSIONAL mode of the QSAPI Active WebMenu, then you are free to use either the LITE mode or TEST mode. Just put the string "LITE" or "TEST" in the "licenseKey" parameter tag within the <OBJECT> tag block that embeds the QSAPI Active WebMenu control in your web page.

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Will I be charged for updates to the QSAPI Active WebMenu?
There is no charge for maintenance updates to QSAPI Active WebMenu 1.5. When a new version of the QSAPI Active WebMenu is released (i.e. QSAPI Active WebMenu 2.0), special upgrade pricing will be available.

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