Creating my first app - Where do I start?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by mcsolas, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. mcsolas, Jul 27, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014

    mcsolas macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    Over the past year or so, I have really been working hard to re-establish my workflows as I have migrated away from Windows to OSX. One thing that is driving me crazy is that there is no easy way to use finder to view files and folders consistently grouped together. You can sort by type and get them to appear that way at certain times, but finder seems to forget the settings on restart. As well, when you switch between the different views of looking at the files, it forgets your settings.

    I would like to create a utility that groups the folder display globally as a default setting. I found a tutorial on how this can be done by editing the file... but I am not sure if that would hold up on system updates. I figure that you might have to go back and update that edit all the time.

    Also thought this would be a good exercise for me to delve into app development. If anyone has any ideas how I could go about creating this app, please let me know. I am a solid web designer/programmer but have not yet coded anything for OSX.

    edit- found this page and I am downloading xcode which seems to be the first step in the process...
  2. beauch11 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014
    I have absolutely no programming experience. I have an idea for an app, but I haven't the slightest idea how to start. Do you have any suggestions?
  3. briloronmacrumo macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2008
    Look at the video tutorials shown in the links at this other MacRumors post:
  4. mcsolas thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    Very cool! I really appreciate the info. Going to bookmark those videos for when I can dig into this in more detail.

    Incidentally, the developer of xtrafinder was nice enough to answer my question via email. You can check a setting on the featured tab to give me a more familiar manner of displaying files/folders.

    However, I have some other ideas. I used to use an app to rename files rapidly and also right click to resize photos... so I have a few places I want to poke around, like how I can modify the right click menu for starters : )

    Thanks again!
  5. Manesh macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2013
    You'd be surprised how much you can learn just through youtube.

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