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I’m thinking about reading from and writing to files in one of my apps, but, after reading quite a lot on the subject, NSDocument, NSSavePanel, etc… I’m a bit confused…

What I want to write to the files that will be created is : some arrays, some text, and maybe a little more data like colors…

Can anyone give me some hints of which way I should go ? Thanks…

– Trax

It depends on what your app is doing, really. If those files can reasonably be thought of as documents of your app (which it sounds like they can), you want to subclass NSDocument. Check out for that.

Having found that, you probably win an award for getting to the next stop: using NSArchiver/NSKeyedArchiver and NSUnarchiver/NSKeyedUnarchiver to actually read and write documents. Check out for the lowdown on that; you’ll need to read up on NSCoder to see what methods NSArchiver and NSUnarchiver actually implement.

– KritTer

If you’re just getting started, just stick with simple property lists. Put some arrays and some text (colors are a little more work) in an NSDictionary and call -[NSDictionary writeToFile:atomically:]. To read the data call +[NSDictionary dictionaryWithContentsOfFile:]. Easy Peasy. Creating an NSDocument subclass is not required; although it may help you if this file is a document file in a multi-document application. And once you understand this simple NSDictionary trick, you’ll know exactly what to do once you get around to subclassing NSDocument; and the whole archiver stuff will be a little less mysterious. – MikeTrent