This is the current version of my ‘starter’ file concept. The TBX contains notes about what is in the doc. I keep a copy in my Tinderbox ‘favorites’ folder. When you’ve placed the document there, in finder open the TBX’s file info and tick the ‘stationery file’ box:
This mean that when you open the file from the Tinderbox File menu -> Open Favorites…, Tinderbox will open a new copy of the file.
This document doesn’t do anything as such. Rather it makes it easy to run quick tests. This is especially useful for action/export code, enabling text and exploration of ideas before implementing them in real working documents.
If you use the stationery file method above, it is thus simple to open a ‘new’ starter file, test an idea and then delete the file. No accretion of “test.tbx”, “test (final) copy1.tbx” files clogging your hard drive. As you work with a copy, the original remains unchanged.
This document started out as a concept some years back, before we had the sandbox group of attributes and the current simple methods for built-in templates, composites, etc. I re-wrote it for v6 when the UI changed to the single window/multi-tab layout. For v7, I added some composites. Anyway, the file should work with v6+ (and even v5).
Make it your own
By all means customise the file. Add/Delete notes and tabs pertinent to your style of use. If you’re using the file as a stationery file (see above), un-tick that OS setting before you make any changes and remember to re-tick it when done.