TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Jul 94 Top 10
Volume Number:10
Issue Number:7
Column Tag:Think Top 10

Think Top 10

By Yuen Li, SQA Engineer, Symantec Corp.

This is a monthly column written by Symantec’s Technical Support Engineers intended to provide you with information on Symantec products. Each month we cover either a specific application of tools or a “Q&A” list.

Top Ten Questions about VA (Visual Architect) and Symantec C++
Cross Development for PowerMac:

Q. How can I use VA to create and add a tearoff menu to my menu bar?

A. Go under View menu items and select “New View...”. Pick “Tearoff Menu” from the “View Kind” list, and name your view. Now you created a tearoff menu. To add this to your current existing menu bar, go to the Edit menu items and select “menu bar..” Choose from the “Add menu” scrolling list, and you’ll find an item called “tearoff”. Rename the menu item from the generic “tearoff” to your own tearoff menu name. Otherwise, it may become unclear when you try to generate another tearoff menu, it will be generated with the default name “tearoff” again.

Q. What is the field “library class” in the Classes dialog box for?

A. It’s so you can put in your own defined class. This lets your user-defined object use this class rather than use a TCL class directly. Then you can select the TCL base class that the user-defined class derives from.

Q. How can I create a scrollable editing text pane from the VA?

A. First you create a scrollable window. Remove both the vertical and horizontal scroll bars, but keep the sizebox. You can select the edit pane icon from the Tools tearoff menu, and paste it on the window. Then try to expand the size of the edit pane to be the same size of the window. If you can’t do a perfect match up with your eyes, you can always do it by coordinates!

Q. I’d like to add one of my own color icons to use with VA. But why doesn’t it show up in CIconButton icons list, even after I added the icon to the VA resource?

A. You need both the color and black and white versions of the same icon resource added to the VA resource, in order for the icon to show when you want to choose from CIconButton list.

Q. Do I need to know a lot about TCL 2.0 before I can use VA?

A. No, but it helps. You can just start using VA without any prior knowledge in TCL. However, if you know how TCL works, then you’ll find the relations between the objects you created with VA and TCL classes much easier to understand.

Q. I tried to change the default window type to other window types in the View info dialog. However, after I did that, selecting the default window type with scrollbars doesn’t generate a window with a scrollbar or sizebox at all. What’s the problem here?

A. When you selected a different window type that doesn’t have scrollbars, the vertical, horizontal scrollbars, sizebox checkboxes were unchecked. Even though you went back and selected the window type with scrollbars, these checkboxes remained unchecked. Checking them again will turn them back on. This is our current choice for the correct behavior.

Q. I have the latest and the greatest Symantec C++ Cross Development for PowerMac. When it gets to linking, it stops with a link error like “Bad xcoff file....”? What does it mean?

A. It may not mean anything at all, but you may be running out of memory from ToolServer because of PPCLink. For the first attempt to resolve any ambiguous link error, try bumping up the ToolServer partition size.

Q. How do I convert my 68K projects to PowerPC projects?

A. You can create a new PowerPC project using the project mode and then add your source files to the project. Or you can simply delete all the standard libraries in the project, then add the following libraries:

/* 1 */
 PPC CPlusLib.o

Then you need to copy both the “PPCBuild.ts”, “cfrg.r” and “SIZE.r” files to your project folder. Add them to your project as well. Rebuild the project and it’s now a PPC project !

Q. How do I debug a PowerPC application with the Cross Development?

A. You can use either the Macintosh Debugger for PowerPC from Apple, which you should find it in your “CDK Extras” folder after the installation, or use MacsBug v6.5dx with dcmds. The Macintosh Debugger for PowerPC from Apple is a two-machine debugger for Macintosh with PowerPC applications. The instructions are in the Mac Debugger ReadMe inside the same folder as the debugger.

Q. How do I build a fat application with Cross Development?

A. A fat application contains both 68K and PowerPC executable code so the application can run its native processor-based code on either 68K-based or PowerPC processor-based Macintosh computers. To build a fat application, you simply add a filename extension to your pre-built 68K application. Then add the file extension mapped with the Resource Copier in the Extension option dialog in the TPM. And now when you go ahead and build the PowerPC project, the 68K code is stored in 'CODE' resources in the resource fork as before, while the PowerPC executable code is stored in the data fork.

Special thanks to the entire QA staff, John Micco and Jeanne Munson for helping me with this article.


Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
The best games like Animal Crossing on m...
Animal Crossing amiibo Festival is out right now for the Wii U, reminding us of just how much fun that world can be. Or at least to go back and check in on our villages once in a while. [Read more] | Read more »
Between 2 Taps - Tap for Tap interview M...
Hello, and welcome back to Between 2 Taps, Tap for Tap’s Indie Dev interview series. [Read more] | Read more »
Facility 47 (Games)
Facility 47 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: You wake up alone and freezing in an icy cell. You try the cell door but it’s locked, it seems that you are stuck with no... | Read more »
The best Photoshop alternative on iPad
Instagram and Lightroom are great and all, but sometimes people need to get extra creative with their image editing.Like, Photoshop creative. If you're one of these people, take a look at our pick for the best mobile Photoshop experience on iPad... | Read more »
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land guide -...
A new update for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land was released last week, making it the perfect time for you to head back to your base and take out some walkers. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new to the game, and how to take advantage. [Read more] | Read more »
Goat Rider guide - Tips and tricks to st...
We've all been there. One second, we're riding high on a crazed goat, and the next, we've been tossed off it like someone who's no good at goat ridin'. [Read more] | Read more »
Real Boxing 2 CREED: How to become a gre...
Just in time for Rocky fans who can’t wait to see CREED, the latest movie, we have the official tie-in game,Real Boxing 2 CREED. It builds on the success of its predecessor and there’s lots to take in so we at 148apps thought we’d run you through... | Read more »
CoinOp Heroes 2 guide - How to build an...
CoinOp Heroes 2 justlaunched and, like all clickers, it's dangerously addictive stuff. You have to furiously tap your screen to defeat wave after wave of foes and earn an insane amount of cash to spend on character upgrades and an army of minions... | Read more »

Price Scanner via

Best Buy Black Friday deals: Up to $200 off M...
Best Buy has posted their Black Friday sale prices for 2015. Save on MacBook Pros, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, iMacs, iPads, and Apple Watches. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more
Save $30-$40 on new Apple TVs after rebate
Adorama has new Apple TVs on sale for up to $40 off MSRP after mail-in rebate, good through December 15th. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 32GB Apple TV: $119.99... Read more
13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more
Target Black Friday Early Access deals: $100...
Target is offering early access to their Black Friday deals on Apple products on their online store for today, the 25th, only. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - Apple... Read more
BlackBerry Q3 Mobility Index Report Finds iOS...
BlackBerry has announced results of its thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report, showing that organizations are increasingly building custom secure apps. Among Good Powered by BlackBerry (formerly Good... Read more
Wednesday roundup of early Black Friday Mac s...
Save up to $500 on a new Mac with these early Black Friday deals from Apple resellers, currently the lowest prices available for these models: (1) B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $... Read more
iPod nano on sale for $119, $30 off MSRP
Walmart has the 16GB iPod nano (various colors) on sale for $119.20 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $30 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale... Read more
Adorama Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off Ma...
Adorama has released their Black Friday deals for 2015. Save up to $400 on MacBook Pros, $200 on MacBooks and MacBook Airs, and $270 on iMacs. Use code RYBFDEAL during checkout to see these prices.... Read more
B&H Photo Deals: $200 off 12-inch 1.2GHz...
In addition to the B&H Photo Black Friday week sales we posted yesterday, B&H has lowered their price on two products to $200 off MSRP: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1399 save $200 - 13... Read more
Best Buy Early Access: Today only, Up to $125...
Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $125 off MSRP and Apple Watch models on sale on their online store for up to $100 off MSRP with special codes through midnight CT tonight. Choose free... Read more

Jobs Board

Hardware Systems Integration Engineer - *App...
# Hardware Systems Integration Engineer - Apple Watch Job Number: 39380139 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Apr. 23, 2015 Weekly Hours: **Job Read more
Sr. Technical/Project Manager, *Apple* Educ...
# Sr. Technical/Project Manager, Apple Education Job Number: 36588557 New York City, New York, United States Posted: Jul. 30, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Merchant Operations Manager: *Apple* Pay -...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more than Read more
*Apple* Pay QA Manager - Apple Inc. (United...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more than Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.