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Creator Code kill off worries
by Nick Farrell on24 September 2009
All is not well among developers in Apple land after the release of Snow Leopard.
Snow Leopard's abandoned Creator Code metadata which was used to open a file with its creating application. Apple is convinced that it has invented a superior alternative for the old Creator Code in order to support a variety of new features. But word on the news groups is that some developers feel that Apple has killed off a core Mac-centric feature.
Apple developed a variety of unique conventions which it felt made the Macintosh easy to use. One of these allowed invisible file metadata to identify documents using Type and Creator Codes. Each file was tagged with both a Type and a Creator. This allowed the system to work out the applications that could open a file and the default application that should open the file. Basically any document created in Word would open in Word.
This was different from Windows which needed a file extension to know how to open the file. However Creator Code only worked while documents stayed on the Mac and didn't go to other operating systems which could not open them. What has replaced Creator Code is certainly much better and continues a move away from such code which was started in Tiger.