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by Ishan on Wed 27th Aug 2008 09:46 UTC
Ishan
Member since:
2007-10-24

They should have gone even further in the easy install of applications and do something similar to OSX IMHO. i.e.: no install, a drag and drop of a special directory containing everything. Not orthodox, not the most efficient space wise (but who cares?) but very easy and clean (you don't add anything to the system)

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RE: .app
by dagw on Wed 27th Aug 2008 11:38 in reply to ".app"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Even after having used OS X for years I'm still not convinced that drag and drop to a special folder is a better solution than a self contained installer you double click on. Installers offer much more flexibility, like adding shortcuts to menus and connecting mime types to the app etc. Sure you could have a setup program that runs the first time you run the program, but I'm not convince you win anything.

As for uninstalling you could simply have something like right click the apps menu shortcut and select uninstall. Quick, easy and just as intuitive.

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RE[2]: .app
by Ishan on Wed 27th Aug 2008 16:48 in reply to "RE: .app"
Ishan Member since:
2007-10-24

Well, I noticed in OSX you just have to d'n'd an application for it to become associated automatically with its file type. I didn't analyze this too much but it's certainly some parameters in one of the .app dir doing that. Very clever but could generate conflict when more than on .app want a file type.

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RE[2]: .app
by Sabon on Wed 27th Aug 2008 17:37 in reply to "RE: .app"
Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

"Even after having used OS X for years I'm still not convinced that drag and drop to a special folder is a better solution than a self contained installer you double click on."

Based on many years of using Windows and some use of Linux, I DEFINITELY am convinced. Trying to clean up after Windows or Linux is a pain compared to Mac OS X.

Yes there is still some stuff left behind on OS X but it is a far cry less than what is left over from uninstalling programs on Windows or Linux. Being a Desktop Analyst I'm constantly cleaning up Registry BLEEP in Windows from applications that get corrupted Registry settings and straight uninstalls, reboots, and re-installs don't fix.

With Mac OS X. Usually all you have to do is delete the corresponding plist file from root/library/preferences and all app preferences are deleted. You open it back up, set your preferences again and most times everything is good. Sometimes you have to do more. But the vast majority of the few times I have to fix apps on Mac OS X this fixes it. Sure is a lot faster than fixing Windows computers.

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