iWork API?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by AlmostThere, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. AlmostThere macrumors 6502a

    Is there an iWork API or Framework, similar to OLE (or whatever MS are calling it now, I haven't touched it for 6 years), so that I can incorporate functionality from, for example, Numbers into my own app? Nothing started yet just one or two ideas brewing.

    I have only seen some documentation relating to iWork file formats on Apple's developer site.
  2. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    If there was, you can bet your ass that Apple would have posted it already. So, no.
  3. AlmostThere thread starter macrumors 6502a

    In case this comes up for anyone else, I found this on the developer site (link):

    Not sure I am really up for re-implementing large swathes of existing functionality.
  4. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    I feel your pain on this one, but at the same time, OLE is a very odd technology that Apple at one point did try to reproduce (OpenDoc back in the late 90s), and killed it because nobody was interested in it. Not that OLE is bad, but from my perspective, it is one of those features done for the sake of the feature, despite the security issues it posed an aren't exactly easy ones to solve. Microsoft has put tons of work into making it work.

    Apple lately has seemingly decided the route is to offer file format views as frameworks, to help you embed other document types you don't understand. Images, PDFs, Web views, are all pulled in via Apple-provided frameworks. It would be kinda nice if QuickLook could be used to embed/view data like that, but I am not sure that will happen anytime soon. :|

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