OSX Standalone Question

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Fri Jul 10 14:58:01 EDT 2015

On 7/10/2015 1:56 PM, J. Landman Gay wrote:
> On 7/10/2015 1:14 PM, William Prothero wrote:
>> Folks: Dumb question, but can’t find an answer anywhere. The OSX
>> standalone settings has a box for “Signature” which is filled with
>> ???? by default. I assume this is my name that I use as a developer?
>> TRUE?
> No, this is called the "creator code signature" and is a unique series
> of exactly four characters that identifies your app to Apple. It was
> required in OS 9 and is still accepted in OS X, but I don't know if it
> is entirely necessary any more. To get a creator code signature, you
> need to go to Apple's web site and try different combinations until you
> find one that has not yet been used. Apple will then enter it into their
> database and your app will be the only one that can use it. Generally
> the creator code signature is marginally related to the name of your
> app. For example, I have registered "Casey's Solitaire" with a creator
> code of "cSOL".
> If you have not registered a creator signature, the four question marks
> are the default and you should leave them there. If you do want to
> ensure a unique signature for your app, you can get one here:
> <https://developer.apple.com/datatype/creatorcode.php>

Addendum: I just saw that creator codes are now ignored by OS X after 
Snow Leopard. So you probably don't need one.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com

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