This is definitely a reminder post for myself. Twice now I have fallen victim to issues working with 32-bit COM libraries running under ASP.NET websites under Windows 64-bit. The main issue in this case was a library used by a legacy app that had to be ported from an older server to a newer one.
The library is SWFToImage, was (discontinued support) a piece of software by ByteScout that converts a flash file into a JPEG. I won’t go into the reasons and requirements of such a library but here are the simple steps to make it work.
- Install Flash Player v11.x ActiveX control content debugger
- Enable 32-bit applications in the App Pool your website is running in under IIS
- regsvr32.exe the SWFToImage.dll
And that’s it.