New Tools Released on Macros

Two new tools now available on Macros make it easy to inspect the object hierarchy, and distribute macros as add-ons. They should be of interest to anyone that
develops macros for

X-Ray is a tool that allows a developer to inspect the object hierarchy, using an interactive interface. It can display the properties, methods, services and interfaces provided by
an object. If the property or method being examined is an API object, it can also be analysed by X-Ray. If it is a simple variable, the value will be displayed. If the SDK is installed, X-Ray can
display the relevant page in a web browser.

Add-On Tool is likely to be useful for anyone that wishes to distribute their macro as an add-on. It explains how to create and install add-ons, and includes an interactive tool
(written in OOo Basic) that creates the xcu file required. The xcu file is complex, and difficult to write by hand, so this tool makes the creation of add-ons much simpler.

Posted by Russell Phillips 2003-11-24

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