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Sprocket Menus 3
Volume Number:11
Issue Number:7
Column Tag:Getting Started

Sprocket Menus, Part 3

By Dave Mark, MacTech Magazine Regular Contributing Author

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

Last month, we added a new class to our Drag Manager friendly picture window program. In addition to the Drag Manager friendly text window, we also added a pair of menus to the program. The Text menu appeared when the frontmost window was a text window, and the Picture window appeared when the frontmost window was a picture window.

We learned about static data members and member functions, and added the data member fgMenu to both the TTextWindow and TPictureWindow classes. fgMenu contains the MenuHandle for either the Text or Picture window. We also added a static member function named SetUpStaticMenu() to both classes. SetUpStaticMenu() registers the commands associated with its classes’ menu (go back a few columns if you don’t know about menu commands and CMNU resources). Since fgMenu is static, it is global to the class, and not to a specific object. That means we don’t need to create a new Text menu for each TTextWindow object we create. By having a single menu per class, we can register the menu commands at initialization, then leave the commands registered as we delete the menu from the menu bar and reinsert it, depending on the type of the frontmost window.

Static members are important. We’ll be adding more of them in this month’s column, so before you read on, be sure you have this concept down.

When you ran last month’s program, the Text menu was incomplete. It featured three items, Font, Size, and Style, each of which was a hierarchical menu without a corresponding submenu.

This month, we’ll add the three submenus, then add the code to bring the Size and Style submenus to life. As you’ll see, this is no trivial task. Let’s get started.

Sprocket Resources

We’ll base this month’s program on the Sprocket and SprocketStarter code we worked with last month. If you are downloading the code, look for folders labeled “Sprocket.02/01/95” and “SprocketPicText.03/25/95”. Duplicate the “SprocketPicText.03/25/95” folder and name the copy “SprocketPicText.04/25/95”. Since we won’t be making changes to Sprocket (except for a minor bug fix), there’s no need to duplicate the “Sprocket.02/01/95” folder.

Launch your favorite resource editor and open the file SprocketStarter.rsrc inside the SprocketPicText.04/25/95 folder, inside the SprocketStarter subfolder. You’re going to create two new CMNU resources, one each for the Size and Style submenus.

Why not a CMNU for the Font submenu? A CMNU resource give syou a way to assign a command to each of your menu’s items. Since the contents of a Font menu can’t be predicted in advance, a CMNU doesnt really make sense. We’ll base the Font submenu on the Font Menu resource that already exists in StandardMenus.rsrc inside the Sprocket.02/01/95 folder.

Figure 1. The Size CMNU resource. Notice that all the sizes are in outline font.

Figure 1 shows the CMNU resource for the Size submenu. When you create this resource, be sure to change the resource id to 132 in both places (select Edit Menu & MDEF ID... from the MENU menu and Get Resource Info from the Resource menu). Change the style of each of the six size items to outline (choose Outline from the Style menu). Be sure to assign a command number to each of the 9 non-separator line items. Figure 2 shows my list of items and command numbers:

Figure 2. The command numbers for the items in the Size CMNU resource.

Figure 3 shows the CMNU resource for the Style submenu. Once again, be sure to change the resource id to 133 in both places. Change the style of each item to reflect its name (i.e., change Bold to boldface, Italic to italic, etc.)

Figure 3. The Style CMNU resource. Notice that each item reflects its style.

Figure 4 shows the command numbers for the Style items. Be sure not to assign a command number to the separator line.

Figure 4. The command numbers for the items in the Style CMNU resource.

Before you leave your resource editor, open up the File CMNU (resource id 1000). Notice that the command-key equivalent for New Picture Window is set to AppleT. Change this to AppleR. By convention, AppleT is the command key equivalent for a Style menu’s Plain Text item.

If you happen to have a copy of Inside Macintosh: Macintosh Toolbox Essentials, you should check out the chapter on the Menu Manager, Chapter 3. There’s a lot of useful information in this chapter. In particular, look for pictures of sample Font, Size, and Style menus, along with descriptions of the rules you should follow when implementing these menus.

Modify TextWindow.h

Your next job is to update TextWindow.h to reflect the changes we’ve made to the TTextWindow class. Here’s a new version of the enum at the beginning of TextWindow.h:

enum
{
 mText  = 1002,
 cFont  = 1004,
 cSize  = 1005,
 cStyle = 1006,
 
 mTextFont= 131,
 
 mTextFontSize   = 132,
 cFontSize9 = 1007,
 cFontSize10= 1008,
 cFontSize12= 1009,
 cFontSize18= 1010,
 cFontSize24= 1011,
 cFontSize36= 1012,
 cFontSizeLarger = 1013,
 cFontSizeSmaller= 1014,
 cFontSizeOther  = 1015,
 
 mTextFontStyle  = 133,
 cFontStylePlain = 1016,
 cFontStyleBold  = 1017,
 cFontStyleItalic= 1018,
 cFontStyleUnderline = 1019,
 cFontStyleOutline = 1020,
 cFontStyleShadow= 1021
};

Basically, we’ve added constants for each of the menus and for each of the command numbers associated with the Size and Style CMNUs. Since the Font menu is implemented by a MENU instead of a CMNU, the Font menu has no command number constants.

Here’s our new version of the TTextWindow class definition:

class TTextWindow : public TWindow
{
  public:
 TTextWindow();
 virtual  ~TTextWindow();

 virtual WindowPtr MakeNewWindow( WindowPtr behindWindow );

 virtual void    Draw(void);
 
 virtual void    Activate( Boolean activating );
 
 virtual void    Click( EventRecord * anEvent );

 virtual void    AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection( void );
 virtual Boolean DoMenuCommand( unsigned long menuCommand );
 
 virtual void    ClickAndDrag( EventRecord *eventPtr );
 
 virtualOSErr    DragEnterWindow( DragReference dragRef );
 virtualOSErr    DragInWindow( DragReference dragRef );
 virtualOSErr    DragLeaveWindow( DragReference dragRef );
 virtualOSErr    HandleDrop( DragReference dragRef );
 
// Non-TWindow methods...
 virtual void    AdjustSizeMenu( void );     
 virtual void    SetNewTextSize( short newSize );
 
 virtual void    AdjustStyleMenu( void );
 virtual void    DoStyleCommand(unsigned long menuCommand);
 
 virtual Boolean   IsTextFlavorAvailable( DragReference 
        dragRef );
 virtual Boolean IsMouseInContentRgn( DragReference
        dragRef );
 static voidSetUpStaticMenu( void );

protected:
 static MenuHandle fgMenu;
 static MenuHandle fgFontSubMenu;
 static MenuHandle fgSizeSubMenu;
 static MenuHandle fgStyleSubMenu;
 
 static unsigned longfgWindowTitleCount;

 BooleanfCanAcceptDrag;
 Handle fDraggedTextHandle;
 BooleanfIsWindowHighlighted;
 
 short  fCurrentFontSize;
 short  fCurrentFontStyle;
};

The new member functions and data members are set in boldface. There are six new member functions and five new data members. AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection() gets called automatically when a command key equivalent is typed or when a mouseDown occurs in the menu bar. We’ll use this routine to add or remove check marks from items, and to enable or disable menu items as appropriate.

DoMenuCommand() takes a menu command and dispatches it. For example, if you select Bold from the Style submenu, DoMenuCommand() will run the code that changes the text in the text window to boldface. Note that DoMenuCommand() does not add the checkmark to the Bold item in the Style submenu. That’s the job of AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection(). This is an important concept. Menu adjustment happens immediately before a menu is selected. Menu commands are executed immediately after the item is selected.

AdjustSizeMenu() does the check marks and enabling/disabling of the Size menu. SetNewTextSize() takes a new font size and changes the font size of the current text window.

AdjustSizeMenu() does the check marks and enabling/disabling of the Style menu. DoStyleCommand() changes the style of the text in the current text window.

fgFontSubMenu, fgSizeSubMenu, and fgStyleSubMenu each hold their respective MenuHandles and are each static. As you’ll see, fgSizeSubMenu and fgStyleSubMenu are based on CMNU resources and will have their commands registered. fgFontSubMenu is based on a MENU resource, and we’ll use AddResMenu() to add the currently installed fonts to the menu.

fCurrentFontSize holds the size of the text in its window. The bits in fCurrentFontStyle hold the style settings of the text in its window. If all the bits are off (if fCurrentFontStyle is 0), the style is Plain Text. Otherwise, we’ll have to check individual bits to see if individual styles are turned on.

Modify TextWindow.cp

Add these two constants to the top of the file, just after the other const definitions:

const short kMinimumFontSize = 6;
const short kMaximumFontSize = 255;

Next, add these three static definitions just after the definition of TTextWindow::fgMenu. Once you get your code working, try commenting these three lines out to see what happens.

MenuHandleTTextWindow::fgFontSubMenu;
MenuHandleTTextWindow::fgSizeSubMenu;
MenuHandleTTextWindow::fgStyleSubMenu;

Add this code to MakeNewWindow(), just before the call to ShowWindow():

 fCurrentFontSize = 18;
 TextSize( fCurrentFontSize );
 
 fCurrentFontStyle = 0;

The first two lines initialize fCurrentFontSize and set the newly created window’s text size. The last line sets fCurrentFontStyle to Plain Text, which is the default style for the new window.

Go to the bottom of the file and add this code to SetUpStaticMenu():

 TTextWindow::fgSizeSubMenu = 
 gMenuBar->GetMenuFromCMNU( mTextFontSize );
 InsertMenu( TTextWindow::fgSizeSubMenu, -1 );
 TTextWindow::fgStyleSubMenu = 
 gMenuBar->GetMenuFromCMNU( mTextFontStyle );
 InsertMenu( TTextWindow::fgStyleSubMenu, -1 );
 
 TTextWindow::fgFontSubMenu = GetMenu( mTextFont );
 InsertMenu( TTextWindow::fgFontSubMenu, -1 );
 AppendResMenu( TTextWindow::fgFontSubMenu, 'FONT' );

The first two lines load the Size CMNU resource, register its commands, and add it to the Menu Manager’s data structure as a hierarchical menu. The next two lines do the same thing with the Style CMNU. The last three lines load the Font MENU, add it as a hierarchical menu, then adds all the current fonts to the menu. Note that AppenResMenu() will add both ‘FONT’ and ‘FOND’ resources, whether you specify ‘FONT’ or ‘FOND’.

Next comes a small bug fix from last month. The routine Activate() calls gMenuBar->Invalidate() after it inserts the new Text menu. This eventually forces the menu bar to redraw itself, removing the Text title. Unfortunately, we forgot to add the Invalidate() call when we deactivate. Here’s the new version of Activate() with the new lines shown in boldface:

void
TTextWindow::Activate( Boolean activating )
{
 if ( activating )
 {
 InsertMenu( fgMenu, 0 );
 gMenuBar->Invalidate();
 }
 else
 {
 DeleteMenu( mText );
 gMenuBar->Invalidate();
 }
}

Next, you’ll add the six new functions we added to the class definition in TextWindow.h:

 virtual void    AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection( void );
 virtual Boolean DoMenuCommand( unsigned long menuCommand );
 virtual void    AdjustSizeMenu( void );     
 virtual void    SetNewTextSize( short newSize );
 virtual void    AdjustStyleMenu( void );
 virtual void    DoStyleCommand( unsigned long menuCommand );

Here’s the code for AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection(). All it does is call the two menu adjustment routines:

void
TTextWindow::AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection( void )
{
 AdjustSizeMenu();
 AdjustStyleMenu();
}

Here’s the code for DoMenuCommand(). This routine gets called when a menu item is selected that has a registered command associated with it and when this window object is the frontmost window.

Boolean
TTextWindow::DoMenuCommand(unsigned long menuCommand)
{
 switch (menuCommand)
 {

Since we have overridden the TWindow function of the same name, we need to either include code that handles the cClose command, or else call the inherited TWindow::DoMenuCommand() function.

 case cClose:
 if (this->Close() && this->DeleteAfterClose())
 delete this;
 return true;
 break;

These commands call SetNewTextSize(), passing the font size associated with each command.

 case cFontSize9:
 SetNewTextSize( 9 );
 return true;
 break;
 case cFontSize10:
 SetNewTextSize( 10 );
 return true;
 break;
 case cFontSize12:
 SetNewTextSize( 12 );
 return true;
 break;
 case cFontSize18:
 SetNewTextSize( 18 );
 return true;
 break;
 case cFontSize24:
 SetNewTextSize( 24 );
 return true;
 break;
 case cFontSize36:
 SetNewTextSize( 36 );
 return true;
 break;

These commands make the font size one larger or one smaller:

 case cFontSizeLarger:
 SetNewTextSize( fCurrentFontSize + 1 );
 return true;
 break;
 case cFontSizeSmaller:
 SetNewTextSize( fCurrentFontSize - 1 );
 return true;
 break;

This command is supposed to put up a dialog box that prompts you for a specific font size. Since I didn’t want to clutter up this article with simple dialog handling code (oooh, that sounded good! What really happened was I ran out of time <g>), we’ll just respond to this command by passing in a font size of 22. I’ll try to add the dialog code to next month’s column.

 case cFontSizeOther:
 SetNewTextSize( 22 );
 return true;
 break;

Each of these next commands gets sent on to DoStyleCommand():

 case cFontStylePlain:
 case cFontStyleBold:
 case cFontStyleItalic:
 case cFontStyleUnderline:
 case cFontStyleOutline:
 case cFontStyleShadow:
 DoStyleCommand( menuCommand );
 return true;
 break;
 }

If we handled any of these commands, we’ll have already returned true. If not, we’ll return false, telling the command dispatcher we didn’t handle the command.

 return false;
}

Here’s the code for AdjustSizeMenu():

void
TTextWindow::AdjustSizeMenu( void )
{

We’ll start by checking to see if the current font is the smallest font size allowed by our application. I didn’t pick 6 for any particular reason. If we’re at the smallest possible size, we need to disable the Smaller menu item, otherwise we’ll enable it.

 if ( fCurrentFontSize == kMinimumFontSize )
 gMenuBar->EnableCommand( cFontSizeSmaller, false );
 else
 gMenuBar->EnableCommand( cFontSizeSmaller, true );

We then do the same thing for the Larger menu item, disabling it if we are already at the largest allowed size.

 if ( fCurrentFontSize == kMaximumFontSize )
 gMenuBar->EnableCommand( cFontSizeLarger, false );
 else
 gMenuBar->EnableCommand( cFontSizeLarger, true );

Next, we’ll remove the check mark from all the checkable menu items. Note that this list includes the Other... item, which will be checked if the font size is not one of the six we’ve called out. The first parameter is the item’s command number. The second parameter is true if the item is to be enabled, and false otherwise. The third parameter is true if you want a check mark, false otherwise.

 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize9, true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize10, true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize12, true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize18, true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize24, true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize36, true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand(cFontSizeOther,true,false);

Finally, we’ll add the check mark to the item that reflects the current font size.

 switch ( fCurrentFontSize )
 {
 case 9:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize9, true, true );
 break;
 case 10:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize10, true, true );
 break;
 case 12:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize12, true, true );
 break;
 case 18:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize18, true, true );
 break;
 case 24:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize24, true, true );
 break;
 case 36:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontSize36, true, true );
 break;
 default:
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand(cFontSizeOther,true,true);
 break;
 }
}

Note that we really should have changed the Other... item to reflect the current font size, assuming it is not one of the six size menu items. For example, if the current font size is 22, the item should read something like Other (22)... and if the size is one of the built in fonts, the item should read Other... Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to add this code. If you want to add it, this routine is the place to add it. I’ll try to get to it next month.

Here’s the code for SetNewTextSize():

void
TTextWindow::SetNewTextSize( short newSize )
{
 GrafPtroldPort;

We’ll start b y saving off the old port and making the current window the current port.

 GetPort( &oldPort );
 SetPort( fWindow );

Next, we’ll be sure that the specified new font size is in bounds.

 if ( newSize < kMinimumFontSize )
 newSize = kMinimumFontSize;
 
 if ( newSize > kMaximumFontSize )
 newSize = kMaximumFontSize;

Now we call TextSize() to make the new size this port’s current size, then update the value of fCurrentFontSize, so this value stays with our object.

 TextSize( newSize );
 fCurrentFontSize = newSize;

Finally, we’ll force a redraw and set the port back to whatever it was.

 InvalRect( &(fWindow->portRect) );
 
 SetPort( oldPort );
}

Here’s the code for AdjustStyleMenu():

void
TTextWindow::AdjustStyleMenu( void )
{

We’ll first clear all the Style item check marks.

 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStylePlain, 
 true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleBold, 
 true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleItalic, 
 true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleUnderline,
 true, false);
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand(cFontStyleOutline, 
 true, false );
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleShadow, 
 true, false );

If the current style is Plain Text, we’ll check the Plain Text item.

 if ( fCurrentFontStyle == 0 )
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStylePlain, 
 true, true );

Otherwise, we’ll check each of the five style bits we handle (we don’t handle condensed, extended, or color styles), checking all that apply.

 else
 {
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & bold )
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleBold, 
 true, true );
 
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & italic )
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleItalic,
 true, true );
 
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & underline )
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleUnderline, 
 true, true );
 
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & outline )
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleOutline, 
 true, true );
 
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & shadow )
 gMenuBar->EnableAndCheckCommand( cFontStyleShadow, 
 true, true );
 }
}

Here’s the code for DoStyleCommand():

void
TTextWindow::DoStyleCommand( unsigned long styleCommand )
{
 GrafPtroldPort;

We’ll first save off the old port and make our window object the current port.

 GetPort( &oldPort );
 SetPort( fWindow );

Next, we’ll check to see which command we are handling. If the command was cFontStylePlain, we’ll set fCurrentFontStyle to 0. Otherwise, we’ll need to flip the bit associated with the command. If the bit was set, we’ll clear it. If the bit was clear, we’ll set it.

 switch( styleCommand )
 {
 case cFontStylePlain:
 fCurrentFontStyle = 0;
 break;
 case cFontStyleBold:
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & bold )
 fCurrentFontStyle -= bold;
 else
 fCurrentFontStyle += bold;
 break;
 case cFontStyleItalic:
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & italic )
 fCurrentFontStyle -= italic;
 else
 fCurrentFontStyle += italic;
 break;
 case cFontStyleUnderline:
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & underline )
 fCurrentFontStyle -= underline;
 else
 fCurrentFontStyle += underline;
 break;
 case cFontStyleOutline:
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & outline )
 fCurrentFontStyle -= outline;
 else
 fCurrentFontStyle += outline;
 break;
 case cFontStyleShadow:
 if ( fCurrentFontStyle & shadow )
 fCurrentFontStyle -= shadow;
 else
 fCurrentFontStyle += shadow;
 break;
 }

Finally, we’ll set the window to the new style, force a redraw, then reset the current port.

 TextFace( fCurrentFontStyle );
 InvalRect( &(fWindow->portRect) );
 
 SetPort( oldPort );
}

SprocketMain.cp

You should never have to change the source code that makes up the Sprocket framework. Unless (you saw this coming, right?) you encounter a bug that you need to fix before the next version of Sprocket rolls out the door. Yup. We’ve hit just such a beast. If you compile and run just what you have so far, the routine AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection() will only get called when you type a command key equivalent. Here’s a temporary fix to get your code up and running until I get hold of the real fix. Remember, this is just a patch I put together and is not intended as a permanent fix. When you make this change, be sure you comment out the old code and mark it well. You might find yourself changing it again when I get the real fix from Dave F.

Chances are, when you edit SprocketMain.cp, you’ll see this icon in the lower left corner of the window.

This is CodeWarrior’s way of letting you know that this file is marked as read only. To override this, click in the icon so it looks like this:

You’ll now be able to edit the file.

Find the routine HandleMouseDown(). It’s toward the bottom of the file. Find the switch statement, and the inMenuBar case. This is the code you’re going to change:

 if (wobj != nil)
 wobj->AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection();

Change the two instances of wObj to topWindowObj, so the lines look like this:

 if (topWindowObj != nil )
 topWindowObj->AdjustMenusBeforeMenuSelection();

That’s it! Save your changes and run the sucker!

Running the Program

When you run the program, a text window will appear, just like it did last month. This time, however, when you click on the Text menu, a submenu will be attached to each of the items Font, Size, and Style. Test out the Size and Style menus. Select 9 point, then select Smaller repeatedly until the item dims. Select each of the styles, making sure that the check marks that appear make sense.

Create a second text window (AppleN will do the trick) and give it a unique size and style. When you switch back and forth between the two text windows, the Style and Size menus should change to reflect the frontmost window.

Till Next Month

There are definitely a few things we didn’t get to this month. We need to implement the code that’ll bring the Font menu to life. We also need to add the dialog box that appears when you select Other... from the Size menu. We also need to change Other... to reflect the current font size, assuming the font size is not one of the called out font sizes. While we’re at it, we might as well implement the two items in the Picture.

 
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27-inch 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1698, save $...
Abt has the 27″ 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1698 including free shipping. Their price is $101 off MSRP. Read more
Mac Backup Guru 2.0 Drive Backup/Cloneing Uti...
Mac Backup Guru developer MacDaddy has released Mac Backup Guru 2.0, offering new and enhanced advanced features, such as bootable backups, synchronised volumes and folders, and a Snapshot mode that... Read more
Operate GE’s New Free-Standing KItchen Range...
Think you accidentally left the oven on? Switch it off while on the go. The new free-standing Profile™ Series gas and electric ranges are GE’s second cooking appliances, following their wall oven, to... Read more
Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop 10 for...
The no. 1-selling software for running Windows applications on a Mac becomes an even easier choice for millions of consumers and IT professionals worldwide with the launch of the most powerful... Read more

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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** 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
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
Project Manager / Business Analyst, WW *Appl...
…a senior project manager / business analyst to work within our Worldwide Apple Fulfillment Operations and the Business Process Re-engineering team. This role will work 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
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