On May 17, 2006, at 6:45 PM, Joe Lertola wrote: > . Are aliases actual finder files or are they something that I can > create and store in some kind of list? You can store aliases in a file and keep the file in the same folder as the application. If the application is an OS X bundle, the file is effectively hidden so the user is less likely to move it. A data file can be treated in the same manner with the same benefits. Some of the example programs on the FB4 release 3 CD are bundles and were created with FB > > Should I store things in a folder within the same folder as my > applications? Yes. See above. > Or should I store them in a preference file? Data and preferences should typically be kept separate although the distinction between the two is often blurred. Typically, preferences are options the user can control and change and impact program behavior These should be kept (at least for OS X) in the standard plist file for your application (using the reverse naming convention) > Can I make my program into a bundle so that I can keep my data and > the program in a folder that appears to be a program? Yes. This means the app runs in OS X only. If that is not a problem, using a bundle is preferred by Apple and is convenient for the programmer too. > Is that possible with Future Basic? Yes. > If so what are the advantages of using a bundle? See above.