I am working on a simple version of dragndropoutlineview, the apple sample code that comes with XCode. The first step has been to create the outline view. In this example they use a dict file (to generate the outline view), with KVC. My problem has been that I can't create the dict file myself. I tried to open an empty file then paste the XML code from the apple sample, with the idea that I could edit and simplify it. The problem is that when you save it as a dict file then it goes to a non-text format, so I can't paste the code. When you don't save it as a dict file then the file has no extension, so I can't really reference it in my code. I guess I am just asking how to create a basic text file that can be saved with a .dict extension, to use in KVC. Thanks for any help.