It’s easy to beat up on Interface Builder, which until 10.5 ships, still feels a little crufty. It’s lagged behind Xcode in the major overhaul department. But sometimes I discover features that suprise me, like this tidbit from Apple’s Technical Q&A:
(Link compliments of Justin Anderson)
What the Q&A describes is a way to quickly identify the UI corresponding with any UI instance in IB’s hierarchical instance view. Just hold down control-shift and click an item:
Before learning of this feature, I’d just double-click items in the list to see where they were. A clunkier and less precise mechanism for browsing the whole nib quickly. Note: I had trouble getting this to work, but it seemed to me that if I just tried a few times it “cleaned out IB’s pipes” or something. Or maybe I was just doing it wrong at first.
Combined with Scott Stevenson’s recent bindings visualization discoveries, there seem to be a heap of features that I simply haven’t noticed. I guess I better keep my mouth shut before lambasting it too hard… nah!