Developer Documentation FAQ

How can I get the latest Developer Documentation?

With a few exceptions, you can get all of Apple's current, up-to-date Developer Documentation free in HTML and/or PDF formats via the Developer Documentation home page on the Apple Developer Connection website. A subscription to the monthly Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Mailing gets you the quarterly Reference Library Edition CD, which includes nearly all the Developer Documentation currently posted on our website, in both HTML and PDF formats.

How do I know when there's new documentation available?

To get timely notifications of new documentation, sign up for the weekly Apple Developer Connection News email via the Developer Programs page on Apple’s website. New documentation is posted to our website, and is then included on the next available monthly Developer CD.

How do I get early "seed" or pre-release documentation?

To get early drafts of documentation with product seeds or pre-releases, you must join the Select or Premier Developer Program.

How can I provide feedback on Developer Documentation?

You can help us help you by sending us your comments and suggestions. Click the Feedback link on the Developer Documentation home page or on any page where the link is available.

What other documentation resources are available?

Here is a list of other Apple and third-party documentation resources that may be helpful to you.

  • Apple Style Guide
    An updated version of the style guide used by writers and editors in Apple publications groups.

  • develop, The Apple Technical Journal
    Legacy articles that contain sample code and time-saving programming techniques.

  • Discovering QuickTime and QuickTime for Java
    The first books in the new QuickTime Developer Series are available now from Apple and from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc. Developed in close association with Apple, these books provide authoritative tutorial and reference materials for the latest release of QuickTime.

  • MacTech Magazine
    Articles and columns written by some of the industry's top professionals (including Apple engineers).

  • Stepwise
    A server providing a central access point for news and information related to Mac OS X.

  • Omni Development, Inc.
    A Mac OS X, WebObjects, and OpenStep software company specializing in information exchange applications.

  • WOSource
    A website providing information about WebObjects, Apple's Web and database application development platform.

Where can I get printed documentation?

Most of Apple’s Developer Documentation is available in PDF files on our website and on the Developer CD. You can print these yourself or have a reproduction service print them for your personal use. You can also buy Discovering QuickTime and QuickTime for Java, the first volumes of our QuickTime Developer Series, through Apple or through Morgan Kaufmann. We are currently working on other print options as well.

How can I get information on how to produce and publish documentation for my application?

The Apple Publications Style Guide, which shows Apple terminolgy and preferred style, is essential for any developer writing documentation for their Macintosh application. It has recently been revised and is now available for free. We also provide documentation on Apple Help, explaining how to program help into your application.

Other Technical Publications Links

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