Proper disk image of application for distribution

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by TurboLag, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. TurboLag macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2004
    I am preparing a disk image of an application for distribution, and want to get it right.

    I have added my app and an alias to /Applications with large icons. The background of the folder instructs the user to drag the icon to the alias. There is even a graphic in the background.

    I have aligned the icons, and resized the folder before creating the disk image. However, when I open the .dmg, the icons are put in the top left corner, and in alphabetical order! How do I get them to stay put?
  2. lee1210 macrumors 68040


    Jan 10, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    I found some steps on this page:

    That worked pretty well.

    I have the finder window that opened after mounting the resulting image attached as a JPG.

    The basic steps were:
    Create your folder
    Create disk image that is read/write from the folder
    Show View Options, choose the window only, and customize icon size, etc.
    If you have a background image it can be hidden with SetFile
    Unmount the image with the finder window where you want it to appear
    Use disk utility to convert the image to a compressed image

    Good luck.


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  3. TurboLag thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2004
  4. trey5498 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2008
    How do you remove the Device and place lists on the left hand side and the menus up top and for just that one window?
  5. lloyddean macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2009
    Des Moines, WA
    Click on the little pill like button in the upper right side of the Windows title-bar.
  6. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    You mean the right side?
  7. trey5498 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2008

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