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10.7: Change an application's category
Authored by: TouchOfGray on Oct 23, '11 03:27:26PM

Encountered two hurdles while using this useful hint...

1) Applications that are in folders within the Applications folder will not appear in their assigned category field when sorted. They will continue to remain in their folders under the Other category. To remedy, move the application outside its folder and into the Applications folder.

2) Some info.plists are locked by their developers and aren't editable.



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10.7: Change an application's category
Authored by: sd on Oct 25, '11 01:48:19PM

yes thanks for the edit #1. I forgot this!

For point #2, have you some examples of not editable plist ? Isn't it a problem of priviledge?



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10.7: Change an application's category
Authored by: TouchOfGray on Oct 26, '11 06:38:11PM

Aha. You are correct. When I attempted to edit the info.plist for AutoDesk's Sketchbook Express app, an error message indicated I did not have appropriate permissions. I fumbled for awhile, changing the permissions on the app itself and on the info.plist before realizing that it was the info.plist's parent folder (the Contents folder) that needed the permissions adjusted. After I changed the parent folder's permissions, I was able to edit and save the info.plist. The app moved to the category I assigned after I moved it out of and back to the Applications folder.

BTW, moving apps outside of their unique folders may disable some of their features. When I moved the Adobe Illustrator app out of its folder and into the overall Applications folder, it disabled the plugins for that app.



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