Friday, March 27, 2009

Icons for Multiple Developer Tool Installs

If you have multiple copies of the Developer tools installed on your Mac (say, one for SDK 2.2.1, and one for 3.0), somebody on Twitter (maybe Craig Hockenberry?) suggested altering the icon of one of the two copies of Xcode so you can tell which is which in the Dock. I thought that was a brilliant idea.

Here is an icon file you can use if you want. Right-click and choose "Download Linked File" to save it.

This is what it looks like (nothing too fancy):


To change the icon, navigate to the Applications subdirectory of the beta /Developer folder, then right-click on Xcode.app and select Show Package Contents to open up the bundle. Once the new window comes up, drag the new appicon.icns to the folder inside the bundle called Resources, choosing to replace the existing file.

You may need to log out and back in to make the change take effect in your dock. You could also quit the Dock from the command line, or remove and re-add the beta Xcode icon.



16 comments:

Manpreet Singh said...

Hi Jeff,

Can you also post some pointers on how to install multiple Xcode versions? Is this something in the docs?

Thanks,
Manpreet.

Dr Nic said...

Perhaps also check out IconMerge which let's you create new merged icons, designed originally for multiple Xcode project icons in the doc. Hope its useful.

Dr Nic said...

Oops, url is http://mocra.com/projects/iconmerge

Jeff LaMarche said...

Nice, Dr. Nic. I may have to a separate posting on IconMege. Thanks for letting me know about it.

Jeff LaMarche said...

Manpreet:

It's actually very easy. Michael Jurewitza, Apple's Dev Tools Evangelist posted instructions on the beta devforums here:

https://devforums.apple.com/thread/10285?tstart=0

You'll need to log in to see the posting, but there's no point in me repeating it here.

JeffreySambells said...

Manpreet, Check the devforms at apple (http://devforums.apple.com). They have a confidential section for 3.0 discussion with instructions how to install both.

Manpreet Singh said...

Great, thanks guys.

luz said...

Funny, I did *exactly* the same (red BETA overlay) last week. But I recommend to do it for the Simulator as well (<XCode beta folder>/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhoneSimulator.app)

Matt Thomas said...

I just wanted to say thanks as well. I originally just tried pasting an icon in the "get info" window but it didn't stick after startup. This does.

Fraser Kuyvenhoven said...

Here is an icon I made for the same purpose. A little more professional, using the caution tape look.

Enjoy!

Download

magma said...

Excellent! I also like Fraser's icon.

skieter said...

I can't find IconMerge, and I like Fraser's, but had to have for IB and Instruments as well, so made these. Here you go.

Download Xcode-Beta-Icons.zip

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Unknown said...

Thanks for the icon. Note that there is an easier way to change the icon. Just copy the image, do get info on the application, click the icon on the top left of the info window, then paste.