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By embedding information, you gain fast access to the features of another
application without having to go to that application each time you want to make
a change. The technique of embedding is simple: copy a selection from one
document and then insert it into another. The information you insert is called
an object. When you embed an object, any instructions needed to create the
object are inserted along with it. This includes the object's file format, the
name of the application that created it, and information about how to display
it. You don't see this information; it is simply to display and edit the
object. Embedding makes editing and updating objects quick and simple. You can
just double click the object to open it in its source application. Then you
make your changes and Exit or choose the Update command from the
source application's File menu, and the embedded object is updated
automatically. You may also want to use the Object command on the
Insert menu to create different types of objects in Smart Characters.
Editing Embedded Objects(10-
Embedded objects are saved as the source file data necessary for an OLE server
application to create and render the object, so there need not be a source file
saved by the server application.
To embed an object in a container document:
Smart Characters is both an OLE
server and client. You can link Smart Characters objects to Smart Characters
documents. See the Edit
- Use the Edit | Insert | Object command to select and launch a
server application from the list of OLE servers. You could also use Program
Manager to launch a desired application that you know is an OLE server.
- Create or open a source file in the OLE server application, and create or
identify an object that you want to embed.
- Select the object, then select Edit | Copy to copy the selection to
You do not need to save any source file.
- Switch to the destination OLE client application, position the insertion
point, then select Edit | Paste Special, and select the data type ending
with the word object, as in Paint Picture Object, and select
Paste (not Paste Link).
Editing Embedded Objects
To edit an embedded an object:
- Double click on an object, or select the object and pick Edit |
(Object). The server application will display the object, ready for editing.
- Edit the object as desired.
- Select File | Update Embedded Object to update the object in the
container document, or select File | Exit and Return to (Container
Application) to close the server application and updated the container
Because the objects you embed include the information necessary to create them,
embedding can increase the size of your files. You can reduce your file size by
changing the object to a picture. The object remains in your document, but you
can no longer change it by double clicking it.
That said, Smart Characters text representation is quite modest (a few hundred
bytes) compared to the voluminous quantities of presentation data in a picture.
The picture is always saved as the associated presentation data so that you can
view the document on a system that does not have Smart Characters installed as
a server. However, these pictures can occupy 100kb or more. We recommend disk
file compression, or storage on compressed disk volumes, of documents that
contain embedded or linked objects.
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