I too needed ioncube (mandated by customer) to work with EXEOut. Have to place some files in Data folder and cannot be readable by human eye. Cannot get it to work after days of trying all of the above. Following instructions in docs @ http://www.exeoutput.com/help/phpextensions
Installing for any other type of local server for windows is simple, installing for EXEOut is a nightmare and yes, I understand there is a difference between local server and EXEOut.
Looking at phpinfo() see that uses zend extension API320160303,NTS,VC14 and thread safety is disabled. With that info should be able to download @ http://www.ioncube.com/loaders.php
Then adding ioncube_loader_win_7.1.dll as described by your docs does nothing. Still get message that ioncube is not loaded.
Have tried compiling into exe and end up with blank screens on start of app. No error messages produced with php debugging turned on.
Have tried to place in Data folder. App starts but get error that ioncube is not installed.
So, reading above I take you have no interest in helping us getting this to work? Would it be possible for you guys to try this and see if possible to get ioncube working with EXEOut?
As an alternate way to protect files in Data folder, why not build option to protect them as you do with other php files in file manger?