File Properties Summary - Set Or Read Without WMI

Hello All,

I need to when creating or listing a file I need to be able to read or write the file summary properties (when you right click on file and select "Properties" and "Summary".) so I can read this information into a datatable. I can't use WMI because boss won't allow the reference to be added to project.

Thank you for your help.
scorpion53061Asked:
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grayeCommented:
That not quite as easy as it first seems... it will require a COM-based reference to dsofile.dll that you can download here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9BA6FAC6-520B-4A0A-878A-53EC8300C4C2&displaylang=en
However, if "they" won't let you use WMI (which is already installed), then what's the chance they'd let you install a DLL?
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scorpion53061Author Commented:
They will not. The references on thsi project I am on are already scrwed up beyond belief. I thought about the dsofile.dll a while back and tried to get permission and they would not.
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grayeCommented:
Then you're pretty much screwed...     So, that means your only hope (other than finding work somewhere else) is to essentially re-write the DSOFILE.DLL functionality "by hand"
I'd recommend you start with the Office SDKs (multiple versions, I'm afraid) and try to figure out where and how the Summary data is stored in each document type.   You might have some luck with the source code to OpenOffice as they might have already figured it out.
 
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