The Future of Computing Applications!
The OpenDoc project has been awarded Byte's Award of Distinction for 1994!
See also CILabs,
information from Apple, and
OpenDoc Resource Links
OpenDoc is the cross-platform, compound document architecture that Apple and
other notable companies are developing. They formed
Component Integration Laboratories to carry out the work and govern
As a Macophile this page is intended as a one-stop evangelism center for
references to OpenDoc information. Text descriptions are just my
understanding of the current situation and thus should be taken with a grain
"OpenDoc is an open compound document architecture that is system
independent and highly extensible. It is being implemented on Microsoft
Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, and Unix systems. It builds on industry standards
such as the CORBA specification for distributed object management."
- The most recent technical documents may be found on the Developer Release
- OpenDoc overview: Postscript (122K),
Rich Text (154K), or
Also compressed Postscript slides (668K).
Also relevant are Apple's Bento as the persistent
storage mechanism, IBM's System Object Model for
distributed objects, and Apple's Open Scripting Architecture
as a scripting framework.
"Bento is a portable object storage library and format that allows OpenDoc
to store and exchange of compound documents and multimedia.
Documents stored in Bento are platform independent and can be accessed
independently of the applicationthat creates them.
A library for reading and writing Bento is available in source code
form from Apple. The library is highly efficient, platform- independent,
and very portable. Bento is in use on many platforms including Microsoft
Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, and various flavors of Unix.
To get more information on the Bento library, send email to
- Brief introduction to Bento
- Bento design overview
- Version 1.0d5 of the Bento specification (PS)
OpenDoc alpha documentation indicated that the Macintosh implementation would
rely upon the Code Fragment Manager.
- SOM Reuse Reality (Based on article in First Class)
- SOM vs. COM Comparison
- SOM vs. COM Summary
- SOM 2.0 Developer's Tool Introduction
- SOM 2.0 Overview
- SOM 2.0 Technical Overview (7/12/94?) (1.6 Mb Postscript)
- also available as a 810Kb PDF file.
for the PDF files.)
- A non-CIL
collection of information.
July 14, 1995 - Robert Lentz