ActiveX is a high level programming interface. ActiveX, formerly
known as OCX and OLE, was developed as a proposed standard by Microsoft in
the mid 1990s and is built upon Microsoft's Component Object Model (COM).
One of the most popular uses for ActiveX controls is developing interactive
content for rich and sophisticated Web applications and desktop applications
to produce image animations, other multimedia effects and user interaction.
There are a wide range of ActiveX components available that
can be used to extend the capabilities of ActiveX-aware web browsers like
Internet Explorer versions 4 and above. ActiveX controls are easy to use;
implementing a web page to scale images or convert images from one format
to another can be done with just a few lines of script. ActiveX components
can include rich functionality to enable a web site developer to build robust
imaging applications as if they were an imaging expert.
For a web administrator, ActiveX components open the door to
add new features to their web server and to their web pages in an efficient
compiled form. For a website's end-user, ActiveX is a way to extend and enhance
their Internet Explorer web browser to enjoy a richer experience.
is a List of ActiveX Imaging Components Available to Make Your Next Project