Is it just me, or is installing many applications on Mac OS X fairly newbie unfriendly?
January 29, 2009 12:14 PM Subscribe
Is it just me, or is installing installerless applications on Mac OS X fairly newbie unfriendly?
posted by realpseudonym to Computers & Internet (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For instance, say I download 'VLC' a fairly popular alternative media player. When I double-click the .dmg file, it shows a window with the following icons
- Read Me.rtf
- Goodies Folder
- alias to 'Applications'
The 'Applications' alias seems fairly common in many .dmgs.
It seems like the 'obvious' thing to do would be to select the first 3 icons and drag them to the 'Applications' alias, which now leaves a 'Read Me.rtf' and 'Goodies' folder in the Applications folder.
2 months later, I would have no idea that the 'Goodies' folder came with VLC. Also, both may get overwritten by another application that I try to install in the same way.
What I do to avoid this is create a folder first within 'Applications' called 'vlc' and copy the files to the newly created folder. Easy enough for me. But I'm pretty sure my grandma would be puzzled why the 'Applications' alias is shown, but I'm telling her to ignore it. And I also need to tell her how to create a new folder.
Is there a different way to install programs like this (no installer program, which seems to be more common in the OS X world) that I'm missing that is more newbie friendly? Is this just the way it is?