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ZamolxisArt
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Portable apps for OS-X

It would be great to have a universal portable apps application.
When I plug in my USB stick into a Windows machine I get to launch Portable apps.
I should be able to do the same thing when I plug it into my OS-X Snow Leopard.
And let's not be worried about the applications. Most of the apple applications are modular so instead of moving them into Applications folder, I can move them into portable apps folder.

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ok for mac

look here:

http://www.freesmug.org/portableapps/

many people dream of software running on every thing looking like computer regardless of operating system, hardware etc.
Somepople would expect all running also on iPhone and other things. Well this is probably far, far, future still.

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In the past most Mac programs

In the past most Mac programs where portable by default. note i said most. There are some exceptions but i cannot think of any at the moment.

I can bring an example of a app that worked on OS8.6 that i ran off a zip drive. 2 to be exact. Microsoft Office 98 and Photoshop 5.5 both ran off a zip drive on multiple mac computes with the OS ranging from 7.6.1 to 9.2.1.

I do not condone doing this to software that it is agianst the EULA to do so. these where experiments a long time ago.

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...

While in previous version of Mac OS that may have been true on Mac OS X the program may be self contained but they save all their settings (usually) in the "/Users/username/Library/" directory. Just FYI.
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in the older MacOS it saved

in the older MacOS it saved stuff in the /MacOS/system/Preferences directory. it remamde them each time you transfered the program to another computer so your preferences where not "portable".

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aah...

Ah ok. I never really used old Mac OS versions a lot. So I wasn't exactly sure Smile
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What I was looking for was to

What I was looking for was to have the Portable apps interface available on OS-X as well so that I can place my os-X apps and have them managed through the Portable apps interface when I plug in a USB Stick in the mac.
Since it sees the USB device as a mounted disk, It can launch an App when plugged in, and that should be the Portable Apps interface.
And probably there is no need for PAF files there, most of OS-X software is self-contained, but some of it it is nice to have it managed through the Portable Apps interface.

What do you guys think about this idea?

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I do not forsee it going to

I do not forsee it going to happen anytime in the near or distant future. seeing as the apps here are Win32 and sometimes 32/64 compiled. there isnt enough of a demand to make a completely seperate MacOSX app. on top of that there is many versions of a MacOSX app. PPC 32 PPC 64 Intel 64 also include the Carbon API as well as Cocoa, POSIX, X Window, Applescript and Java API's. This makes making a universaly portable app the way i think you are asking for impossible.

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they have some suite

on the
http://www.freesmug.org/fscd

but I am not sure what it is, have no mac, so can not use it .
But have alook there.
Most important apps for OSX are there too and for questions they have also a forum there and you will get mor qualified answers on macos there sure. We are here more mainstream windoze grufty club.

But the guys on freesmug seem tobe very active in portable apps, so they will certainly help you.

However their apps will not work under windows like that and those from here will not work natively under macos unless emulating and similar.

Otto Sykora
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MUG means Mac User Group.

MUG means Mac User Group. thats why they are into Mac support. Just a little FYI

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Mac os.

well as macs are built on a unix base same as linux. and portable apps will run on a linux os fine with wie installed. y is this not posable. if there is no app like wine for mac computers i wonder if the linux version would work or could be compiled to do so.

its an interesting idea and to have one set of apps that can be used cross platform woud be great.

another idea is maybe you could have the windows/linux versions and mac version apps both on the flash drive. and have the share the same settings. again i am not sure if this is possible but its worth a try i guess.

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Mac doesnt have a WINE binary (official)

so you have to have the knowlage of compiling or use the Crossover for Mac program which costs and IS NOT portable. also WINE is not portable by any means

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