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Graphics database creation and manipulation: HyperCard Graphics Database Toolkit and Apple Graphics Source
Author(s): Jeffrey Herman; David Fry
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Paper Abstract

Because graphic files can be stored in a number ofdifferent file formats, it has traditionally been difficult to create a graphics database from which users can open, copy, and print graphic files, where each file in the database may be in one ofseverai different formats. HyperCard Graphics Database Toolkit has been designed and written by Apple Computer to enable software developers to facilitate the creation of customized graphics databases. Using a database developed with the toolkit, users can open, copy, or print a graphic transparently, without having to know or understand the complexities of file formats. In addition, the toolkit includes a graphic user interface, graphic design, on-line help, and search algorithms that enable users to locate specific graphics quickly. Currently, the toolkit handles graphics in the formats MPNT, PICT, and EPSF, and is open to supporting other formats as well. Developers can use the toolkit to alter the code, the interface, and the graphic design in order to customize their database for the needs oftheir users. This paper discusses the structure ofthe toolkit and one implementation, Apple Graphics Source (AGS). AGS contains over 2,000 graphics used in Apple's books and manuals. AGS enables users to find existing graphics of Apple products and use them for presentations, new publications, papers, and software projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1248, Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19656
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey Herman, Apple Computer, Inc. (United States)
David Fry, Harvard Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1248:
Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications
David H. Davies; Han-Ping D. Shieh, Editor(s)

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