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Beginning Mac OS® X Programming by Drew McCormack, Michael Trent

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4.5. Summary

Interface Builder is a powerful tool that's essential for designing user interfaces on Mac OS X. It allows you to design, build, and test user interfaces using simple editing concepts, such as drag and drop. Interface Builder also lets you fine-tune your interfaces using its Inspector.

In this chapter, you learned how to

  • Build menus and controls by dragging them from Interface Builder's Palettes window into your interface

  • Make windows and their contents resizable

  • Use Interface Builder's Inspector to configure individual interface elements

  • Test your interface directly in Interface Builder

In the next chapter, you learn about the structure of a Mac OS X application. Before proceeding, however, try the exercises that follow to test your understanding of the material covered in this chapter. You can find the solutions to these exercises in the Appendix A.

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