MacOS packaging options (DMG, Zip, etc)

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    mattatoffleash

    What you want on Mac is a dmg. With it, you can spec a background image that has the drag arrow hint and an alias to the Applications folder. You can't do that with a zip.

    As this link indicates, you can create dmg images on a Mac.
    http://answers.bitrock.com/questions/463/how-can-i-create-a-dmg-disk-image-for-mac-osx

    Just using a Mac is what I have always done. hdiutils will work, and I have used ant to drive creation of a dmg, but in the end, I found this Mac tool more useful http://www.araelium.com/dmgcanvas/

    It's only $15, and provided an easy way to define and create the dmg. Since it makes a project file that can be built from the command line, you can probably integrate it as post build step into IB.

    That said, there are tools on Windows that will do it. MagicISO can do it- I haven't used them for this purpose, so I can't speak to dmg creation, but their software is pretty good. Also, in web searching MagicISO, I came across PCDmg http://www.acutesystems.com/scrpd.htm

    Which seems perfect since it is command line tool. FWIW, the cmd line is always the deal break on these tools. Some tools can work with dmg files, but they don't support cmd line usage.

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