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Toolbox resource decompiler released

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Jan 2003, 03:11:45 | Permalink | Printable

This one goes out to all you toolbox users

GCCide author Dave Appleby has this week released another programming tool for developers that use toolbox Resource files in their applications.

The toolbox is a handy interface for getting the OS to provide and handle standard user interface objects like menus, program information boxes, colour pickers and more, for the programmer. Resource files describe how you want your software to appear to the user and are editted using the toolbox editting application ResEdit.

Dave's latest app, CCres takes resource files and converts them into a text file format for people and other programs to read and edit. This makes diff'ing and cvs'ing resource files less of a pain, for example. It can also convert generated text files back to their original Resource files.

"Having done some PC/Windows programming, I missed the flexibility of having the resource file in text format", commented Dave to drobe.co.uk. "!ResEd is OK(ish), but some things can be done easily in text format that are annoying or tricky in a GUI.
"There's also potential for setting various flags, colours and validation strings that are not available from the GUI editor - while keeping one eye on the Style Guide of course".

CCres is currently freeware but its sources will be GPL'ed once the program is found to be stable. Dave also has another interesting development up his sleeve that he'd like to introduce to CCres before the sources are released.


CCres 1.00 website

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If you try and load a file with a version of ProgInfo of less than 1.01 (i.e. one without the visit_url option), it dies with an abort on data transfer just when about to write the 'visit_url' bit.

Other than that, it looks great.

 is a RISC OS Userhutchies on 6/1/03 8:23PM
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Don't forget to email the author with your bug report :)

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/1/03 10:25PM
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