How to make my application executable in Mac OS X?

Hi all,

I am trying to make my new wxRuby app look as professional as possible
on Mac OS X and I’ve encountered two annoying problems I could use some
help with.

  1. How do I make my app into an executable?

So far I’ve tried these 2 options:

a) Make an executable shell script that calls the app

Simple but opens a terminal window as well as my app => unnacceptable.

b) Use platypus to create an apple app.

Very nice but there are still 2 icons in the dock: the platypus
application and my wxRuby icon. How can I reduce that to one icon?

Crate allows you to static link your whole app + gems + ruby in one
executable. This might solve my problem but is really not a route I want
to go unless there is no other option.

  1. How do I rename the first menu column?

The default is “ruby”, should be my application’s name.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Regards,
Simon

Hi

Simon Vdm wrote:

I am trying to make my new wxRuby app look as professional as possible
on Mac OS X and I’ve encountered two annoying problems I could use some
help with.

Given the questions you’re asking, the following should make sense:

http://weft-qda.rubyforge.org/svn/trunk/weft-qda/rake/rake_osx.rb

It tackles both the issues and also packaging in a .dmg.

b) Use platypus to create an apple app.

Very nice but there are still 2 icons in the dock: the platypus
application and my wxRuby icon. How can I reduce that to one icon?

The created App bundle has a file Contents/Info.plist, the XML
description. There’s an element “LSUIElement” - change the value of this
from 0 to 1. Then it will only show a single icon in the dock, which as
you probably know you can change with Wx::TaskBarIcon.

I think Platypus 4 has an argument for this, but the first release was
buggy so I carried on using 3.

Crate allows you to static link your whole app + gems + ruby in one
executable. This might solve my problem but is really not a route I want
to go unless there is no other option.

  1. How do I rename the first menu column?

The default is “ruby”, should be my application’s name.

I haven’t figured any way of doing this apart from bundling my own ruby
and renaming the executable that’s bundled by Platypus. wxWidgets
development has a method wxApp::SetAppDisplayName which sounds like it
should do the right thing. But wxRuby 2.0 is based on the stable 2.8
release.

alex

Dear Alex,

your answer was quick and to the point. Problem solved.
The rake file is a nice bonus indeed.

Thank you,
Simon

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