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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu Apps
I've been annoyed that the identifier string that Adobe has coded for Photoshop CS2 (and CS3) shows up as a ridiculously long string in the "Open With" contextual menu, as seen in this screenshot:


After some work, I found the solution -- it requires editing a file within the CS2 (or CS3) application bundle. Full instructions can be found in this thread on Adobe's forums.

[robg adds: The linked thread has more detailed instructions and a screenshot. In case that ever goes away, however, here's the executive summary version:
  1. Quit CS2/CS3 if it's running.
  2. Control-click on CS2/CS3 in Finder and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  3. In the new window that opens, navigate to Contents.
  4. Make a backup of Info.plist
  5. Open Info.plist in your favorite pure text editor. Near the bottom, you'll find three instances of the super-long version string. Change the long string in all three lines to 9.0.2 (or 10.0 for CS3) and save the file.
I haven't seen this issue on my machine, but judging by the comments to the linked thread, it's a problem that's affecting more than just one person.]
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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: morespace54 on Jun 04, '07 08:39:36AM
That is annoying...

The only problem is (as far as I know) that you have to do it on an per application basis... but once it's done...

http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?mode=view&cid=86836


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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: Phosphor on Jun 04, '07 08:43:57AM

I agree, morespace.

I saw your posts to the MOSXH forum about this.

Fortunately, the excessive string length exhibited by Photoshop is the only one I've ever seen that's that long. There may be others, but I haven't seen them, and I have MANY applications loaded on my system.



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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: b00le on Jun 04, '07 08:48:01AM

I don't see this -- nor do I see the '.app' extension or the detailed version number. I can see the extension if I turn on the option in Finder Preferences, but not all that other stuff. Do you see all this info also in Finder views?



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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: kohlmannj on Jun 04, '07 08:49:13AM
If you're just looking to fix only the Open With menu in Finder's info window and contextual menu, you can just change the CFBundleShortVersionString value.

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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: sd on Jun 04, '07 02:20:26PM

sure Adobe should learn that a "Short Version String" should be... short!
And also that not everyone want a "Help Viewer" stuck in /Applications.



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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: chabig on Jun 04, '07 09:22:28AM

I think there is something wrong with your installation. That's not normal.



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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: asher on Jun 04, '07 11:42:04AM

I see the same string and think my installation is pretty normal.



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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: acalado on Jun 04, '07 12:53:29PM

I don't see those long names on my OS X install of CS3. In the "Open With" menu, it just says "Adobe PhotoShop CS3", "Adobe Flash CS3", "Adobe Illustrator CS3", etc. I also don't get the ".app" extension showing up. Something has been tampered with on your install I suspect if you're having this problem.



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Shorten CS2/CS3's name as seen in Open With menu
Authored by: Phosphor on Jun 04, '07 01:17:59PM
I prefer to see the extensions, and have set the preference to do so with Onyx (I think). As for why I see the long string, I'm thinking it might be from Super Get Info, or something similar. My system (OS X 10.4.8 on a G4) otherwise is in top-notch shape. Either way, I'm just glad to have figured out how to truncate it.

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