Because graphic files can be stored in a number ofdifferent file formats, it has traditionally been difficult to create
a graphics database from which users can open, copy, and print graphic files, where each file in the database may
be in one ofseverai different formats.
HyperCard Graphics Database Toolkit has been designed and written by Apple Computer to enable software
developers to facilitate the creation of customized graphics databases. Using a database developed with the toolkit,
users can open, copy, or print a graphic transparently, without having to know or understand the complexities
of file formats. In addition, the toolkit includes a graphic user interface, graphic design, on-line help, and search
algorithms that enable users to locate specific graphics quickly. Currently, the toolkit handles graphics in the formats
MPNT, PICT, and EPSF, and is open to supporting other formats as well. Developers can use the toolkit to alter
the code, the interface, and the graphic design in order to customize their database for the needs oftheir users.
This paper discusses the structure ofthe toolkit and one implementation, Apple Graphics Source (AGS). AGS
contains over 2,000 graphics used in Apple's books and manuals. AGS enables users to find existing graphics of
Apple products and use them for presentations, new publications, papers, and software projects.