Distributing Mac apps

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
Sun Sep 27 00:27:05 EDT 2009


I'm one of those renegades that insists on moving non-apple apps into a
directory named "Applications Third Party" at the same level as the
Application Folder. The App folder is a mess when one puts more than the
Apple apps in there. Inside the third party folder, I separate the apps by
function, like AV,Graphics, Internet, etc. I also use directories around
most of my third party apps to contain docs and serial numbers. Only a
couple apps have complained.
 I HATE IT when a third party application *insists* on being in the
'Application Folder'. I just have too many applications..  I want to use my
own organizational system. I assume Apple apps always want to be there.
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Stephen Barncard
San Francisco
http://houseofcubes.com/disco.irev


2009/9/26 Joe F. <joef1 at mac.com>

> 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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