This page contains programming information about Mac OS that I assembled over the years and that might be helpful for others like you, too. Unless otherwise noted, all information is copyrighted 1999 by Thomas Tempelmann.
Documentation about the DTDB
These articles have been written by me:
- Contents of the Desktop Database and how the Finder and other extensions (such a Mac OS Easy Open) build it.
- The Finder's algorithm for looking up the creator application of a specific document. Also teaches some basics on File Types and Creator Codes.
Desktop DB Diver (freeware)
This is a Macintosh application for viewing the contents of the Desktop Database. I used it to analyze the DTDB format and to test tools of mine like Reveal Creator.
It does not have much documentation yet. Some items have balloon help, however.
Usage: Either start to browse a DTDB from the given list of volumes, or open a document (either by using Open from the menu or by dragging a file onto the app) in order to view all applications that are registered in the DTDB for that creator.
New in version 1.0.6:
- Supports the Edit command Copy now in all text windows.
Download v1.0.6 here as a Stuffit Archive (940 KB) via http.
These are C source code files for different purposes that I frequently use in my own projects. Feel free to use them, too, but please leave my name as the originator in them in case others find your copies and want to get in contact with the author (me or whoever else).
Updated July 31, 99: Added "inBackground" parameter to some LaunchLib functions.
Updated Jan 22, 01: Added "QuitHandler" and fixed some compile problem with recent versions of Universal Headers.
Download them all at once as a Stuffit Archive (24 KB) via http.
Questions, comments? Write to macdev*tempel.org
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