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

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    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:

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    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

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    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

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    You choose an App store category in Xcode when you make your app.
     

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  4. haravikk macrumors 65816

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    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

    tkermit

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    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

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    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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