4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 6, 2015 9:09 AM by Teetan VK

    What's .idrc stand for?

    Teetan VK Level 1

      Hi everyone


      Can someone tell me what's .idrc stand for


      What's format it is?





        • 1. Re: What's .idrc stand for?
          Dirk Becker Level 4

          Probably that's short for InDesign resource compiler.


          There is no single .idrc, it is a bunch of binary formats determined by the folder containing the file.

          The whole resources folder of nested folders is a replacement for a single MacOS Classic file's resource fork, each idrc_XXXX folder stands for one type, each numbered file stands for one resource.

          Some files such as idrc_PNGA are just binary copies of .PNG .

          Most other files are produced by the ODFRC resource compiler, whose ancestors are Apple's MPW Rez compiler, later the Apple+IBM OpenDoc resource compiler. Most idrc_ formats are described by matching sources in ".fh" files of the plugin SDK, and the responsible C++ routines use streams to load them from that binary format.


          For example a randomly chosen plugin contains these resources:

          idrc_CLST - class table describing the C++ object model

          idrc_FACT - factory of implementation classes referenced by the class table

          idrc_LOCR - localization indexes

          idrc_PMST - localized strings

          idrc_PVER - general plugin version info

          idrc_VIEW - persisted views (dialogs, panels or other widgets)

          • 2. Re: What's .idrc stand for?
            Teetan VK Level 1

            Thank you Dirk Becker

            thank you so much!


            but in this pic what's .idrc stand for?







            • 3. Re: What's .idrc stand for?
              Dirk Becker Level 4

              As I mentioned above before I even saw your other thread, some resources within InDesign's own plugins are just disguised .png files.


              Rather than creating your own icons you can locate and reuse the images from InDesign's default plugins, e.g. I do that for the font icons in a beefed up Find-Change-Font dialog. I guess the screen shot is from Peter's PDF, and I think Peter also provides a list of icon resources - I don't know where because I use my own.

              • 4. Re: What's .idrc stand for?
                Teetan VK Level 1

                thank you Dirk Becker


                I think now I know what you mean.


                Thank you so much!