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Managing installed structure definitions

Structure definitions were introduced by Xcode 3.0 and are implemented as Xcode plugin files. Initially, these were plain XML files with a .xcodeplugin file extension, but then starting in Xcode 5, they changed to being full fledged code bundles with an extension of .dvtplugin. PlistEdit Pro supports both types of plugins, but can only read .dvtplugin style structure definitions, whereas it can both read and write .xcodeplugin style definitions. This means that definition files that ship with Xcode can be used by PlistEdit Pro, but not vice versa.

Xcode stores its structure definition plugins inside the Xcode.app application bundle, in Xcode.app/Contents/PlugIns, and will also read .dvtplugin style definitions stored in ~/Library/Application Support/Developer/Shared/Xcode/Plug-ins.

PlistEdit Pro ships with several of its own built-in .xcodeplugin structure definitions which are located inside its own application bundle. These structure definitions will only show up in PlistEdit Pro, and not Xcode or Property List Editor. PlistEdit Pro will also read definition files from ~/Application Support/PlistEdit Pro/Structure Definitions, which will be used as the default save location for new definition files created by you.

You can see what structure definitions you have installed by going to the Definitions tab in the preferences window of PlistEdit Pro.

 All installed structure definitions will be displayed in the Definitions table on the left. Note that a single plugin file can contain multiple definitions, such PlistEdit Pro’s built-in definitions for Applescript .scriptSuite and .scriptTerminology files, which are both stored in the same plugin file. On the right you will see the following information for the selected structure definition:

Note that if more than one copy of a particular structure definiton is present (based on the “identifier” field of the definition), PlistEdit Pro will only list one copy of the structure definition. Definitions installed in the user’s home folder take precedence over PlistEdit Pro built-in definitions, which in turn take precedence over Xcode built-in definitions.

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