For Immediate Release

Classical Software releases TFM 1.0.1 for Mac OS X

May 27, 2002: An update to Classical Software’s TFM, a tool for searching
and viewing documentation and source code, is now available at:


TFM 1.0.1 changes: registration bug fix
selectively add files (only “.c” or ObjC HTML, etc)
searches open books for HTML links

What is TFM ?

With TFM you can search, study or simply browse: Mac OS X developer
documentation, framework headers, source code examples, system header files
and your own source and documentation.

Key features include: fast searching
display of HTML & source code
understanding ObjC inheritance

Screen shots are here:


After creating a new document you drop a folder (like
“/System/Library/Frameworks”, “/Developer/Examples” or one of your own) on
it and then TFM:

Provides a full-text index of files, (having parsed the HTML & C/ObjC to
extract inheritance, naming and sectional information)

Provides a simple “Find Next” and larger “Find All” for searching.
Supports ^, $, |, &, () meta-characters and relevancy ranking of results.

Groups related files together
NSColorWell.h goes with NSColorWell.html, etc.
When viewing the “NSString.html” page the NSMutableString,
NSAttributedString, etc, pages are just one click away.

Provides a quick overview of a page so you can quickly scan all the methods
in a class and easily jump to any of them.

Shows an inheritance hierarchy view:
NSColorWell -) NSControl -) NSResponder -) NSObject
Lists all methods so it’s easy, for example, to find out what drawing
messages you can send to an NSColorWell object: just type “draw” in the
filter field.

Shows meaningful page names
like: Model Objects Represent Data and Basic Behaviors
not: AppDesign.2.html


TFM requires Mac OS X v10.1 or greater.


TFM can be downloaded for free, but will expire after 30 days. After that a
license is required for use, which costs $39.


Classical Software has been producing Macintosh software and providing
consulting services since 1984.

Please send any comments to:

Thank you,

Matt Covey
Classical Software