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An AppleScript to reinstall custom icons after updates
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 20, '09 09:20:44AM

I don't get it? How can it possibly be better to modify a script with two new paths, then run it, than to cmd>i copy, cmd>i paste?

Even if the suggestion is to save a copy with the paths for each app you might update, the time saving vs the time used must be minuscule.

If it interupted any update process to copy old icon, then paste into the new version, maybe, but I'm afraid this strikes me as yet another script to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Sorry.



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An AppleScript to reinstall custom icons after updates
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 20, '09 10:47:12AM

For most of my applications using the Sparkle framework, I have set up automatic updates. I find that whenever a program updates in this fashion, customized icons are ignored and replaced with default icons..

Additionally some apps, Dropbox in particular, change icons without updating. Dropbox for instance likes to change my folder icons to a default icon nearly every time I restart the program.

So, for both of these reasons, I find that my Dropbox icons are changing several times per week.

You're right that it does only take but a moment to fix these icons manually, but it's irritating to have to do this as often as as I do.

So, my solution was to automate this via script to save me small moments of minor irritation several times per week - arguably the very point of automation scripting. :)

Edited on Nov 20, '09 10:51:16AM by Andrew J Freyer



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An AppleScript to reinstall custom icons after updates
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 20, '09 01:09:25PM

Thanks Andrew. I guess I can see that having a script prepared for a given app, if that app returns to default several times a week, could be handy, though your hint didn't describe that problem.

I think I'd be asking why this is happening though - I have all my apps set up to auto update, and yet very rarely see an icon change. Maybe I just don't use custom icons enough for it to be an issue, though I do use them.

Perhaps you could use your script as a folder action, tied to a folder that you know changes when an app updates? That way you wouldn't have to do ANYTHING?



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An AppleScript to reinstall custom icons after updates
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 20, '09 01:51:36PM

I actually do have a Hazel (noodlesoft.com) rule that does just that. However, the vast majority of the time, it is the restarting of Dropbox that changes the icon.

It's bad form on Dropbox's part, and I hope that it will be fixed soon.



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