TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Detect Multifinder
Volume Number:6
Issue Number:3
Column Tag:TechNotes

Related Info: OS Utilities

Detecting MultiFinder

By Paul Davis, Dunedin, New Zealand

Note: Source code files accompanying article are located on MacTech CD-ROM or source code disks.

Detecting MultiFinder from THINK Pascal

I am currently engaged in researching Mac language technology for the application of expert systems to the finance industry. I’ve been involved in IBM PC software since 1983, and managed the company which developed and released Pertmaster Advance, a project management package, on that platform. Since buying my first 128k Mac I’ve been interested in the potential of the Mac. With the release of the Mac II, I began working with Mac software full time.

I am convinced that OOP is here to stay, and using THINK Pascal V2.0 to explore it. After a brief exposure to MacApp I started writing a smaller MultiFinder friendly OOP application shell I’m calling MiniMac, working from the Apple demo programs OOPTextEdit and Events, the class structures of Coral LISP, Prograph, and SmallTalk; and any other Mac system class structures I can find.

While doing this, I noticed that it is useful when trying to decide how to deal with DA’s and activate events to be able to tell if MultiFinder is running, and not just if _WaitNextEvent is implemented as Apple DTS seems to think. If MultiFinder is running you can depend on resume, suspend and mouse-moved events. With just Finder running you have to use some other scheme to handle the cursor and detect whether an activate involves scrap conversion.

Noticing that one of the tech notes mentions that mouse-moved events are received as long as the mouse is outside the cursorRgn provided in a WaitNextEvent call, I wrote the following small routine. For my purposes it works beautifully.

By the way, you have to compile it into a standalone application to try it, THINK never passes my applications any app4 events while running under MultiFinder. I’ve tried it and it works great on my system: MacSE with 2.5Mb Ram, Radius 68020,68881 and TPD, System Software 6.0.3.

Explanation of the Code:

Multifinder test: hasWaitNextEvent is a boolean function set by the normal checking of the _WaitNextEvent trap described in Tech Notes and repeated below. If it is not true then MultiFinder couldn’t be running anyway. If WNE is implemented then I create a new region, which according to Inside Mac is set to a (0,0,0,0) rectangle. The mouse couldn’t be in there, so I do WNE’s with that region for kTries times or until I get an App4 (MultiFinder) event. I found that on my system I receive 4 null events before I get an App4 event so kTries of 10 works fine. You may need to experiment for an absolutely safe number of tries.

Shortcomings: You lose the first kTries events when your application is launched. This shouldn’t be critical, as applications generally flush the event queue anyway. Hasn’t been a problem for me anyway. You probably should use this routine before you put up any windows or other screen items so you don’t lose any update or activate events.

{1}

function multiFinderTest: Boolean;
{ a little event loop to test for MF }
{ if MF is running we are sure to get }
{ mouse-moved events with a tiny region }
  const
    kTries = 10;
{ number of events to check for mouse event }
  var
    mouseRgn: RgnHandle;
    count: Integer;
    gotEvent: Boolean;
    theEvent: EventRecord;
  begin
    multiFinderTest := False;
    { assume false }
    if hasWaitNextEvent then
    { otherwise always false }
      begin
        debugBanner(‘has WaitNextEvent’);
        gotEvent := False;
        count := 1;
        mouseRgn := NewRgn;
        { should be empty region (0,0,0,0) }
        while (gotEvent = False) and 
              (count < kTries) do
          begin
            gotEvent := WaitNextEvent(        
           EveryEvent, theEvent, 0, mouseRgn);
            if theEvent.what = app4Evt then
              multiFinderTest := True;
            count := count + 1;
          end;
        DisposeRgn(mouseRgn);
      end;
  end; { multiFinderTest }

Since THINK won’t give you MultiFinder events you have to have a way to check on what is going on from outside the THINK environment. The following routine displays a little box with a message in it without messing up the event queue or MultiFinder levels like an alert did. In the above routine I insert a:

{2}

debugBanner(StringOf(‘MultiFinder found after ‘,count,’ tries.’));

in the innermost if. This routine requires a WIND resource of convenient size and I use a proc of 2 though others would do. You can also use it to check the type of events coming through and debug your detection of mouse moved, resume, suspend and scrap convert events in the main event loop, none of which come through THINK. The {$R+-} is to disable/enable range checking to use the string as an array.

{3}

procedure debugBanner (msg: Str255);
  const
    numTicks = 1 * 60; { seconds * ticks/sec }
    kResWIND128 = 128; { WIND resource }
  var
    discard: LongInt;
    banner: WindowPtr;
    oldPort: GrafPtr;
    lineWidth: Integer;
  begin
    GetPort(oldPort);
    banner := GetNewWindow(kResWIND128, nil, 
                           Pointer(-1));
    if banner <> nil then
      begin
        ShowWindow(banner);
        { make the window visible }
        SetPort(banner);
        PenNormal;
        ClipRect(banner^.portRect);
{$R-}
        lineWidth := TextWidth(QDPtr(@msg[1]), 
                          0, Integer(msg[0]));
{$R+}
        with banner^.portRect do
          MoveTo(((right - left) - lineWidth) 
                div 2, (bottom - top) div 2);
{$R-}
        DrawText(QDPtr(@msg[1]), 0, 
                 Integer(msg[0]));
{$R+}
        Delay(numTicks, discard);
        { wait a while }
        DisposeWindow(banner);
        { get rid of window }
      end;
    SetPort(oldPort);
  end; { debugBanner }

Finally, for those who aren’t sure how to test for WNE, I include the following:

{4}

function hasWaitNextEvent: Boolean;
{ determines if hardware has WNE trap }
  const
    kVersRequested = 2;    { as of 6.0.1 }
    kWaitNextEventTrap = $A860;
    { trap address for WaitNextEvent }

{ system error constants that are missing }
{ from THINK interface }
    envBadVers = -5501;
    envVersTooBig = -5502;

  type
    pInteger = ^Integer;

  var
    result: OSErr;
    theRec: SysEnvRec;
    theRecPtr: ^SysEnvRec;

  function GetTrapType (theTrap: Integer)
                       :TrapType;
    const
      kOSTrapMask = $0F00; 
{ OS traps start with A0, Tool with A8 or AA.}
    begin
      if BAND(theTrap, $0F00) = 0 then
        GetTrapType := OSTrap
      else
        GetTrapType := ToolTrap;
    end; {GetTrapType}

  function TrapExists (theTrap: Integer)
                      : Boolean;
    const
      kUnimplementedTrap = $A89F;
      { unimplemented trap value }
    begin
      TrapExists := GetTrapAddress(kUnimplementedTrap)
         <> NGetTrapAddress(
      theTrap,GetTrapType(theTrap)
      );
    end; {TrapExists}

  begin
    hasWaitNextEvent := False;
    theRecPtr := @theRec;
    result := SysEnvirons(kVersRequested, 
                          theRecPtr^);
    with theRec do
      case result of
        envNotPresent: 
          debugBanner(’64k ROMS’);
        envBadVers: 
          debugBanner(‘negative version number 
                       passed SysEnvirons’);
        envVersTooBig, noErr: 
          begin 
   { good environs call, fill related fields }
            if machineType > envMac then
              hasWaitNextEvent := 
               TrapExists(kWaitNextEventTrap);
          end;
      end; { case }
  end; { hasWaitNextEvent }

The above routines are incorporated in a small application which calls MultiFinderTest and then displays whether finder is running or not:

{5}

program test;
  var
    multiFinderIsRunning: Boolean;

begin
  multiFinderIsRunning := multiFinderTest;
  if multiFinderIsRunning then
    debugBanner(‘multiFinder running’)
  else
    debugBanner(‘multiFinder not running’);

end. { test }

That about sums it up. Let me know if this doesn’t work in any other environments.

 
AAPL
$99.76
Apple Inc.
+2.09
MSFT
$44.08
Microsoft Corpora
+0.45
GOOG
$520.84
Google Inc.
+9.67

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

TechTool Pro 7.0.5 - Hard drive and syst...
TechTool Pro is now 7, and this is the most advanced version of the acclaimed Macintosh troubleshooting utility created in its 20-year history. Micromat has redeveloped TechTool Pro 7 to be fully 64... Read more
PDFKey Pro 4.0.2 - Edit and print passwo...
PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/... Read more
Yasu 2.9.1 - System maintenance app; per...
Yasu was originally created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks... Read more
Hazel 3.3 - Create rules for organizing...
Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications. Organize your files using a... Read more
Autopano Giga 3.7 - Stitch multiple imag...
Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images. Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga: Choose between 9... Read more
MenuMeters 1.8 - CPU, memory, disk, and...
MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for Mac OS X. Although there are numerous other programs which do the same thing, none had quite the feature set I was looking... Read more
Coda 2.5 - One-window Web development su...
Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few... Read more
Arq 4.6.1 - Online backup to Google Driv...
Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up... Read more
Airfoil 4.8.10 - Send audio from any app...
Airfoil allows you to send any audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs, all in sync! It's your audio - everywhere. With Airfoil you can take audio from any... Read more
Apple iMovie 10.0.6 - Edit personal vide...
With an all-new design, Apple iMovie lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

This Week at 148Apps: October 13-17, 201...
Expert App Reviewers   So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just... | Read more »
Angry Birds Transformers Review
Angry Birds Transformers Review By Jennifer Allen on October 20th, 2014 Our Rating: :: TRANSFORMED BIRDSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Transformed in a way you wouldn’t expect, Angry Birds Transformers is a quite... | Read more »
GAMEVIL Announces the Upcoming Launch of...
GAMEVIL Announces the Upcoming Launch of Mark of the Dragon Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 20th, 2014 [ permalink ] Mark of the Dragon, by GAMEVIL, put | Read more »
Interview With the Angry Birds Transform...
Angry Birds Transformers recently transformed and rolled out worldwide. This run-and-gun title is a hit with young Transformers fans, but the ample references to classic Transformers fandom has also earned it a place in the hearts of long-time... | Read more »
Find Free Food on Campus with Ypay
Find Free Food on Campus with Ypay Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 20th, 2014 [ permalink ] iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad | Read more »
Strung Along Review
Strung Along Review By Jordan Minor on October 20th, 2014 Our Rating: :: GOT NO STRINGSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A cool gimmick and a great art style keep Strung Along from completely falling apart.   | Read more »
P2P file transferring app Send Anywhere...
File sharing services like Dropbox have security issues. Email attachments can be problematic when it comes to sharing large files. USB dongles don’t fit into your phone. Send Anywhere, a peer-to-peer file transferring application, solves all of... | Read more »
Zero Age Review
Zero Age Review By Jordan Minor on October 20th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MORE THAN ZEROiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad With its mind-bending puzzles and spellbinding visuals, Zero Age has it all.   | Read more »
Hay Ewe Review
Hay Ewe Review By Campbell Bird on October 20th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SAVE YOUR SHEEPLEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Pave the way for your flock in this line drawing puzzle game from the creators of Worms.   | Read more »
My Very Hungry Caterpillar (Education)
My Very Hungry Caterpillar 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Care for your very own Very Hungry Caterpillar! My Very Hungry Caterpillar will captivate you as he crawls... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

2013 15-inch 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pro availa...
B&H Photo has leftover previous-generation 15″ 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pros now available for $1599 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $400 off original MSRP. B&H... Read more
Updated iPad Prices
We’ve updated our iPad Air Price Tracker and our iPad mini Price Tracker with the latest information on prices and availability from Apple and other resellers, including the new iPad Air 2 and the... Read more
Apple Pay Available to Millions of Visa Cardh...
Visa Inc. brings secure, convenient payments to iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3as well as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Starting October 20th, eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple Pay,... Read more
Textkraft Pocket – the missing TextEdit for i...
infovole GmbH has announced the release and immediate availability of Textkraft Pocket 1.0, a professional text editor and note taking app for Apple’s iPhone. In March 2014 rumors were all about... Read more
C Spire to offer iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3,...
C Spire on Friday announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both with Wi-Fi + Cellular, on its 4G+ LTE network in the coming weeks. C Spire will offer the new iPads with a range of... Read more
Belkin Announces Full Line of Keyboards and C...
Belkin International has unveiled a new lineup of keyboard cases and accessories for Apple’s newest iPads, featuring three QODE keyboards and a collection of thin, lightweight folios for both the... Read more
Verizon offers new iPad Air 2 preorders for $...
Verizon Wireless is accepting preorders for the new iPad Air 2, cellular models, for $100 off MSRP with a 2-year service agreement: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi + Cellular: $529.99 - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi... Read more
Price drops on refurbished Mac minis, now ava...
The Apple Store has dropped prices on Apple Certified Refurbished previous-generation Mac minis, with models now available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available for up to $180 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Refurbished 2013 MacBook Pros available for u...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros available starting at $929. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (4GB RAM/... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…customers purchase our products, you're the one who helps them get more out of their new Apple technology. Your day in the Apple Store is filled with a range of Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** At the Apple Store, you connect business professionals and entrepreneurs with the tools they need in order to put Apple solutions to work in their Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** The Apple Store is a retail environment like no other - uniquely focused on delivering amazing customer experiences. As an Expert, you introduce people Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** As businesses discover the power of Apple computers and mobile devices, it's your job - as a Solutions Engineer - to show them how to introduce these Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.