NTPort Library under Windows Vista Beta 2 
We will try to test all products under Windows Vista Beta 2 in this month. The first tested product is NTPort Library, our flagship product. When install it under Windows Vista Beta 2 x86 edition, its main features including fast mode worked well. But Windows Vista no longer supports .hlp file, so the online reference, ntport.hlp, can't be opened. We will change the help format to .chm in the next version.



Because Microsoft requires all kernel driver must be signed on x64-based Systems Running Windows Vista, we didn't test NTPort Library under x64 edition, we will provide signed x64 driver before Windows Vista official releases.

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NTPort Library 2.7 was released 
Zeal SoftStudio has released an update version of NTPort Library, Version 2.7.

In this version, we officially support Windows x64 driver. Thanks for all people who took part in our beta test. As we declared, fast mode is not supported in x64 driver. If you call EnablePorts or DisablePorts, you will get an error, ERROR_INVALID_FUNCTION (= 2). Windows Installer Merge Module (registered version only) still supports only x86 (32-bit) edition, and the next version will provide x64 version of merge module. Only 32-bit version of Ntport.dll is included, and we will ship x64 version of Ntport.dll in NTPort Library 3.0.

In this version, Visual Studio 2005 and Borland Developer Studio 2006 are also supported. We tested all samples under both IDEs.

A minor bug was fixed, that sometimes calling IsWin64 function will cause access violation error(#40048).

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How to open Borland C++Builder samples in BDS 2006 
In NTPort Library v2.6.1 and previous versions, we included Borland C++Builder 3.0 samples, so that all users of Borland C++Builder 4.0 to 6.0 can also open these samples. But Borland Developer Studio 2006 only supports the projects created by Borland C++Builder 5.0 and 6.0, so you can't open our NTPort Library 2.x samples in BDS 2006. You can first open and save our samples in Borland C++Builder 6.0, and then open them in BDS 2006. We will update the project format of these samples to C++Builder 6.0 in the next version of NTPort Library.

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NTPort Library got Editor's Choice Award from dailysofts.com 
NTPort Library has been awarded with 'Editor's Choice Award' based on dailysofts.com rating guidelines. Review page is located at:
http://www.dailysofts.com/program/207/1 ... brary.html



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Fast mode will not be supported in x64 edition 
Fast mode is one of most important features of NTPort Library. NTPort Library can run under two modes: normal mode and fast mode, under Windows NT/2000/XP/Server 203. By default, it runs under normal mode, but fast mode is generally faster than normal mode. We use two undocumented functions to implement fast mode, but both functions are removed from Windows XP/Server 2003 x64 edition. So fast mode will not be supported in NTPort Library x64 edition.

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Mirror site in China was changed 
We changed our mirror site in China from zealsoft.nease.net to china.zealsoft.com. We expect this new server will provide better service for our customers.

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Web server of www.zealsoftstudio.com was changed 
We moved www.zealsoftstudio.com to a new server, which has more space, more feature. We will improve our web site in 2006 to provide more help to our value customers. If you have any trouble about the new server, please feel free to contact us.

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TCL/TK samples for NTPort Library are available 
We added TCL/TK samples for NTPort Library to the download section. Those samples are requested by one of our value customers. We are not familiar with TCL/TK, so those samples may be not optimized. We provide them to demonstrate how to call our library in TCL/TK. If you find any problems in those samples, please feel free to contact us. All samples are generated by Visual TCL 1.6.0 tested under ActiveTcl 8.4.12. We recommend you to use Visual TCL to view and modify those samples. Németh József Gábor's DLL caller is also used in those samples.

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