Distributing Mac apps

Joe F. joef1 at mac.com
Sat Sep 26 23:58:28 EDT 2009


I prefer the disc image with root Applications alias. It's simple and  
obvious.

I found that a lot of apps allow you to install anywhere when they  
actually need to be in the Applications folder; as if the developer  
never considered that a user might do it otherwise.

The main reasons to do it "by the book" are permissions and OS  
updates. I haven't done Snow Leopard yet but the Leopard transition  
was great for me, very little setup once it was installed.

Also, if you want to update your app you know where everything is.

Joe F.

On Sep 23, 2009, at 1:00 AM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM, J. Landman Gay
> <jacque at hyperactivesw.com> wrote:
>> Sarah Reichelt wrote:
>>
>>> In response, someone else posted a complementary idea, having the  
>>> app
>>> offering to move itself to the Applications folder if it is launched
>>> from any other folder.
>>> <http://www.potionfactory.com/node/251>
>>
>> I recently installed an app that did that. I didn't like it, I had  
>> installed
>> it in a different folder on purpose. Fortunately it only bugged me  
>> once
>> about it on first launch.
>
> Perhaps a neater method would be to offer to move it only if it was
> being launched from the Downloads folder.
>
> Sarah
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