Development Tools

Software Developers Prefer Co-Star®

Software developers prefer Co-Star because we provide so many simple programmer hooks to our powerful document management features. Retrieving a document from a ten million document repository, for example, can be accomplished with a single Co-Star command issued in a variety of ways:

  • By executing a COM/ActiveX method from any ActiveX friendly environment
  • By issuing a DDE command directly from an existing application.
  • By writing an ASCII command set to a queue to be processed by a Co-Star service.

Co-Star can provide a simple and straightforward interface that is best suited to your environment.

COM/ActiveX, Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)

Co-Star communicates with other Windows applications using simple COM/ActiveX or DDE methods. If your development environments can support these platforms, you can easily add document imaging functions directly into your application.

Co-Star Host Support

Co-Star provides a simple straightforward interface to its command set. This gives a wide range of platforms access to the full power of Co-Star without requiring additional hardware or platform specific API’s. In the case of minicomputers and mainframes, this access is usually accomplished using functions built into client software which communicates to the host system. Since Co-Star runs on Windows workstations, a terminal emulator or client-server application is used to interface the host to the workstation user. We have worked with the following host client platforms:   Rumba, Reflection, Attachmate, Visual Basic, Accuterm, TinyTerm,  Host Access, wIntegrate, SB Client, Via Systems and many more…

Any application using a client platform that supports VBA or VB-Like macros can also be quickly linked to a Co-Star repository.


Co-Star provides an array of index output options to support a wide variety of host databases.  Depending on the options set within the Co-Star filing system, indexes can be written in the following formats:

  • Microsoft SQL Server Tables
  • Any database that can be defined by an ADO or ODBC source
  • Fixed-format ASCII text files
  • Comma separated values (CSV)
  • Random Files