Mac XCode question - building a ".app"

toddburch

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I've written a C program to dump a file for viewing in hex. I call it "Dumper". It works great as an executable in either a Debug build or a Release build.

I (think I) want to package it so that I can drag it to the Dock and simply drag and drop a file onto it and have it display the dump output. To do this, I think I need to build a .app, so I would have a Dumper.app in my Applications folder, which I could then drag to the Dock.

I went through XCode help and saw I needed to create a new Target "Wrapper" to get a .app. I did that, then set my Active Target to Dumper, and built it. A Dumper.app was created - so far, so good. I think.

I dragged it to my Applications folder. In Finder, I right-clicked the file I wanted to dump and picked "open with", but my Dumper.app was grey-out and not selectable.

What am I missing???

Thanks, Todd
 

kainjow

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Jun 15, 2000
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You may be interested in Platypus.

I'm not sure if Xcode can do what you want without you having to create a Carbon/Cocoa target and write the code yourself.
 

Lorthirk

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May 16, 2007
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Couldn't the problem be an incorrect/missing file type handling in the main .plist?
 

toddburch

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Couldn't the problem be an incorrect/missing file type handling in the main .plist?
?? I'll have to research my OS X book on this one. I'm familiar with this concept and implementation on Windows - to associate a file type with an application... just have not ventured into this area with OS X yet).

Thanks!
Todd
 

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