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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 39. O

OLE

On the Macintosh: OLE, Publish and Subscribe

Object Linking and Embedding, or OLE, is Microsoft’s technology for embedding live, self-updating copies of one kind of data—such as spreadsheet data—in another kind of document, such as a spreadsheet. OLE exists both in Windows and on the Macintosh; the Macintosh-only Publish and Subscribe technology is similar.

OLE. You can insert OLE data from one program, such as a spreadsheet, into another program, such as Word, in one of two ways: as linked data, which updates automatically when you change the source material, and as embedded data, which, like a standard piece of pasted data, maintains no link to any extra document.

Few Macintosh programs offer OLE features; the prominent exceptions are Microsoft applications and Adobe PageMaker. Consult the application’s manual for details on how to link or embed objects appropriately.

Publish and Subscribe. Apple’s Publish and Subscribe technology is the same idea as linked objects in OLE: changes in the original “published” material, such as a portion of a spreadsheet, are reflected in any “subscribed” versions (that you have pasted into, say, the word processor). Although many Macintosh programs offer Publish and Subscribe commands, very few Macintosh users use this feature with any regularity.

If your programs offer Publish and Subscribe commands—almost every major Macintosh program does, including Word, Excel, FreeHand, PageMaker, AppleWorks, WordPerfect, and Photoshop—try the ...

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