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OS X 10.4 install may miss non-standard app locations
Authored by: rossr on May 06, '05 02:24:24PM

My method of dealing with applications in Mac OS X has enabled me to organize my apps and still have Apple apps update correctly. It worked great for the last two major upgrades to Mac OS X (Panther and Tiger).

All without overly-clever symbolic link hoop-jumping! :)

Basically, just accept the fact that Apple apps live in /Applications and /Utilites and go from there...

  1. I create a folder called zApps in /Applications and give it the same permissions as /Applications
  2. In zApps, I create categorized folders for 3rd party applications. For example: Authoring, Graphics, Internet, Fun, Tools (non-Apple utilities) etc.
  3. I make aliases of /Applications and /Utilities and put them into zApps - I re-name the aliases: Apple and Utilities
  4. I put zApps on my dock and in my sidebar for easy reference.
  5. When I install new programs, they go into the appropriate zApp folder (which is located in /Applications).
  6. All my apps are organized!

When I upgrade/update my system, all Apple apps are located in the appropriate place (because I do not categorize them - they live in Applications or Utilities), so all is good.

When accessing my apps from the dock or finder, I use zApps instead of /Applications since it gives me access to all my programs in a categorized way. The only minor annoyance (that is really not that big of a deal) is that I have to distinguish between Apple apps and third party apps. ("Safari - oh that's not in 'Internet' it's in 'Apple' cuz its an Apple app...")

I hope this helps! :)

By the way, I call it zApps so that it sorts to the bottom of the /Application folder...



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OS X 10.4 install may miss non-standard app locations
Authored by: szabesz on May 06, '05 05:39:55PM

:) I use "1app", so it is the firs folder in "as Columns" view, which is my favorite when navigating. I do not want to "hide" this folder...



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OS X 10.4 install may miss non-standard app locations
Authored by: n8gray on May 06, '05 05:53:06PM

I've been planning to do the same thing, but I'll probably put my directory at the top level: /Apps. Is there some reason not to?

I was thinking about trying to set up a folder action so that when I add an app to /Apps it automatically gets symlinked into /Applications, but I'm not 100% sure how folder actions work so I gave up on it.



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