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[ Via MacMinute ] Nisus Software, The Omni Group, and Blacksmith announce LinkBack, a new technology that brings embedded objects to the Mac OS X platform. LinkBack makes it possible to edit text or graphics pasted from another application by double-clicking on it. The technology will be included in future releases of Nisus Writer Express, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and Chartsmith.

LinkBack is an open source framework for Mac OS X that helps developers integrate content from other applications into their own. A user can paste content from any LinkBack-enabled application into another and
What's New
Version 1.0.3:
  • Missing Items: The LinkBack badge mentioned in the documentation is not in the distribution yet. Sorry. This will be forthcoming.
  • Documentation: First draft of the LinkBack Developer's Guide. Hey, its better than nothing. ? Seriously though, I have not written many API docs. Any feedback or suggested edits are greatly welcomed!
  • TextEdit+LinkBack: Incorporates new framework API. Pretty much this works as before though. Notice the new edit menu item introduces in 102.
  • LiveSketch: Incorporates new framework API. Modified to use some new API so that it provides all the information needed to relaunch LiveSketch. Also uses matches the new developer's guide for the window title.
  • Cool trick: Paste a LiveSketch graphic into the new version of TextEdit+LinkBack. Then quit LiveSketch and move the app to the trash. Now double-click the graphic in TextEdit+LinkBack. After a few seconds, a dialog will show telling you that the LiveSketch application should not be found and offering to take you to a web-site to get the application. This is great advertising for you!
  • LinkBack: Now server applications can include a suggested refresh rate with their data. Client applications can use this to implement automatic updating. Currently there is no special API support for automatic updating, but this should not be hard for a client to implement.
  • LinkBack: Included change sent by Andrew Stone to fix the source application name included in LinkBack data.
  • LinkBack: Added improved support for finding server applications if they are not running or if the wrong version is returned by NSWorkspace. This code uses new keys you can add to your application's Info.plist to determine which version to launch. It will search the standard directories.
Version 1.0.3:
  • Missing Items: The LinkBack badge mentioned in the documentation is not in the distribution yet. Sorry. This will be forthcoming.
  • Documentation: First draft of the LinkBack Developer's Guide. Hey, its better than nothing. ? Seriously though, I have not written many API docs. Any feedback or suggested edits are greatly welcomed!
  • TextEdit+LinkBack: Incorporates new more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later







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Version Downloads:1,661
Type:Development : Source
License:Free
Date:30 Mar 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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[ Via MacMinute ] Nisus Software, The Omni Group, and Blacksmith announce LinkBack, a new technology that brings embedded objects to the Mac OS X platform. LinkBack makes it possible to edit text or graphics pasted from another application by double-clicking on it. The technology will be included in future releases of Nisus Writer Express, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and Chartsmith.

LinkBack is an open source framework for Mac OS X that helps developers integrate content from other applications into their own. A user can paste content from any LinkBack-enabled application into another and reopen that content later for editing with just a double-click. Changes will automatically appear in the original document again when you save.

If you are an end user, use LinkBack with any of the LinkBack-enabled applications coming soon from some of your favorite software companies. If you are a developer, download the SDK to learn more about how easy it is to use LinkBack in your own application. To enable LinkBack support in your application, you need the LinkBack framework. Get the current version of the source code including two example LinkBack-enabled applications. You can also read the concept paper that describes how LinkBack works.


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