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10.6: Launch FreeMind without using Rosetta Apps
After installing 10.6 and downloading and installing the latest version (8.0) of FreeMind, attempting to run FreeMind would display a dialog requiring that I install Rosetta before I could run the application.

Actually, the part that needs Rosetta is JavaApplicationStub, a small program that allows Java app bundles to be launched just like any other standard Mac OS X app. The problem is that the JavaApplicationStub bundled in FreeMind was a PowerPC executable. I wanted to avoid using Rosetta if easily possible. Looking around, I found some information about JavaApplicationStub.

In Terminal, I navigated into the FreeMind application bundle:
$ cd /Applications/FreeMind.app/Contents/MacOS
Once there, I did the following:
$ mv JavaApplicationStub JavaApplicationStub.old
$ cp /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Resources/MacOS/JavaApplicationStub JavaApplicationStub
I made a copy (rather than a symbolic link, as per the blog article above) in consideration of the warning at the bottom of the blog article: Multiple applications linked to the same JavaApplicationStub might not be able to be running at the same time. I haven't tested whether that's still an issue or not, but since the stub is a mere 60KB or so, a copy is no big deal.

Now, launching FreeMind in the usual way (i.e. via the Finder) will use the native JavaApplicationStub rather than the old, bundled PPC stub. I imagine this should work for any Java application using an old version of this stub.
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10.6: Launch FreeMind without using Rosetta
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 05, '09 08:20:12AM

Because you made a copy, you may need to repeat this every time there is a Mac OS X or Java update.



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10.6: Launch FreeMind without using Rosetta
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 05, '09 04:09:34PM

Or you could wait for the Application vendor to update their application...



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10.6: Launch FreeMind without using Rosetta
Authored by: TvE on Oct 06, '09 07:37:14AM

OR - even better - file a bug report to the vendor of the application :-P



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10.6: Launch FreeMind without using Rosetta
Authored by: cintra on Oct 06, '09 08:47:55AM

If I may take the liberty..

I used Freemind (and iMindMap) for quite a while, until I came across MindNode. The basic version is free, and I found it simply a joy to use compared with the others. You can open Freemind maps, and export in Freemind document mode too.

Mvh



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10.6: Launch FreeMind without using Rosetta
Authored by: nanoboy on Oct 08, '09 09:01:52AM

Thanks for the pointer to MindNode - you're right, it's such ease and fun to use!!



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