How to store a stack in a custom property

Judy Perry jperryl at
Sun Apr 26 23:39:44 EDT 2009

Hey Joe,

I'm there with you in not understanding it, but unlike you it's NOT 
because I can do something sophisticated and similar; I'm just clueless!

But I really want to understand how to do custom properties... do you have 
any of those tutorial links handy?

The Rev Village Idiot

On Sun, 26 Apr 2009, Joe Lewis Wilkins wrote:

> Thanks Sarah.
> I'm obviously missing something, since all of the things you mention can be 
> done with external text files or other stacks that can be read or written to 
> from scripts when their needs arise. I've done some pretty sophisticated data 
> manipulation in this manner. I guess I just don't like the name "custom 
> property" for its being to non-descriptive of what it "is/does/can do". I 
> guess it's one of those "old dog/new trick" syndromes. Jacqi once, very 
> patiently, tried to explain their use to me, all sorts of links to the 
> "tutorials" of others (probably one of yours), but since I never really had a 
> need for them I couldn't resolve otherwise, I found it impossible to focus on 
> understanding the concept. I believe Jim Ault gave it a go too. Guess I'm 
> hopeless! (smile)  Thanks, maybe you've helped someone else.
> Joe Wilkins
> On Apr 26, 2009, at 8:08 PM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:55 AM, Joe Lewis Wilkins <pepetoo at> 
>> wrote:
>>> OK, now under what circumstances might we want to store a stack in either 
>>> a
>>> Custom Property or a Var? These aren't things we'd want or have to do in 
>>> HC.
>>> At least I never did in the many hundreds of stacks I created and used.
>>> There must be some sort of unique things that can be done under these
>>> circumstances that cannot be done with "ordinary" stacks, but still not
>>> having adopted CPs, they are just not obvious to me. TIA,
>> One possibility is a document based app, where you need to create a
>> new stack every time the user wants a new document.
>> You store a template stack in a custom property and spit it out whenever 
>> needed.
>> Another idea is for saving data or settings. Since you cannot save
>> directly to the standalone (unless you have separate sub-stacks), you
>> could have a prefs stack stored in a CP. When you launch the app,
>> check if the stackfile exists and if so, read the settings from it. If
>> it doesn't exist, create one with default settings from your custom
>> property.
>> Cheers,
>> Sarah
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