Where does Lion get the "Kind" info for Applications?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by supaflyryan, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. supaflyryan macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    I love the new "Sort by Kind" feature in Lion, but it behaves a little differently in the Applications folder than everywhere else.

    It automatically seems to lump apps together by a genre type, but I can't seem to edit this at all. "Get Info" doesn't seem to be of any use.

    Here's a screenshot of what I'm referring to:


    I have a feeling this ties in to the automatic naming of folders in iOS/Launchpad... when I stack two "similar" apps to create a folder, it will sometimes automatically be named something like Games or Productivity.

    Any ideas?
  2. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    I don't know, but it sure is impressive! I'm guessing they have a database of popular Apps and categories, especially for ones from the App Store and the built in ones...
  3. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    You choose an App store category in Xcode when you make your app.

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  4. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Presumably apps without a category will be pulled from whatever they're filed under in the Mac App Store?

    Has anyone tested it with intentionally unknowable apps, i.e - ones without a category that aren't on the app store?
  5. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    I'm still running Snow Leopard. But regardless, you can choose to show the contents of an application bundle and have a look at the Info.plist file in the Contents folder. For relatively recent apps, you'll find an LSApplicationCategoryType key-value-pair there.
  6. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Off topic, but I find it sad that more than half the categories are different types of games. Maybe I should get out and play more.

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