How Launchpad works?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by johnywalker1989, May 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I would like to know how launchpad works. Is there a specific way that developers referred to the icons of a program that want them to show on launchpad?

    For example games or the older version of Xcode which isn't a package. How launchpad recognizes that Xcode.app, instruments.app etc will show up on there?
     
  2. gentlefury, May 17, 2012
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    X11 will no longer a part of OSX in Mountain Lion...so no worries there ;)
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I asking generally how it works.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    I don't know for sure, but my guess is that it just picks up whatever is in the applications folder. It probably also has a plist file somewhere to specify presentation.
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    I have some obscure, not app store bought apps..and they all appear in the launchpad fine...im guessing its just pulling from the applications folder.
     

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