Type Method


Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether the receiver reads multiple documents of the given type concurrently.


+ (BOOL)canConcurrentlyReadDocumentsOfType:(NSString *)typeName;



The string that identifies the document type.

Return Value

NO by default; subclasses can override to return YES, thereby causing documents of the specified type to be read concurrently.


Your NSDocument subclass can implement this method to return YES to enable loading of documents concurrently, using background threads. When this facility is enabled in this way, initWithContentsOfURL:ofType:error: executes on a background thread when opening files via the Open panel or from the Finder. This allows concurrent reading of multiple documents and also allows the app to be responsive while reading a large document.

The default implementation of this method returns NO. A subclass override should return YES only for document types whose reading is thread-safe, as described in Multicore Considerations. You should disable undo registration during document reading, which is a good idea even in the absence of concurrency.

If you are checking the current Apple Event for a search string, you should not enable concurrent document opening, because code handling a document opening triggered by an Apple Event cannot get the current Apple Event. This happens because the event is suspended until all documents are read to enable correct reporting of success or error.

See Also

Reading the Document's Content

- readFromURL:ofType:error:

Sets the contents of this document by reading from a file or file package, of a specified type, located by a URL.

- readFromFileWrapper:ofType:error:

Sets the contents of this document by reading from a file wrapper of a specified type.

- readFromData:ofType:error:

Sets the contents of this document by reading from data of a specified type.