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Old Nov 23rd, 2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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Haivng my MBP for little over year I have a question about installing applications as I am not sure what I am doing is correct and what I see is normal. For the last couple of days I have downloaded and installed some personal financial applications to demo.

Here is what I do.
  • Download application DMG file
  • Double click DMG file, opens window.
  • Drag application icon onto Applications folder icon.
  • Installation Complete.

But now I am curious about 2 things. First when I go to the applications folder the application I just installed icon has a big white circle with a line on it. And on my desktop there is a drive icon with the application name. The only way to solve these 2 things is to restart the mac.

Is this normal? Am I doing it right?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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I have not seen the lined circle you mention, but re. the drive icon on the desktop, it is the mounted DMG, so you just eject it (or drag it into Trash) after installation and it's usually gone.

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But now I am curious about 2 things. First when I go to the applications folder the application I just installed icon has a big white circle with a line on it. And on my desktop there is a drive icon with the application name. The only way to solve these 2 things is to restart the mac.

Is this normal? Am I doing it right?
If the circle you speak of looks like this
Picture 1.jpeg

it usually indicates the application will not run on that particular platform, ie: Intel or PPC.
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This happened to me when I upgraded to Lion. Check the specs at the download site. It is almost certainly a PPC only app as Lion produces the line and circle symbol in my experience. If so, you cannot use that app and will have to find an Intel alternative.
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It happened with iBank, iFinance, and another app I don't remember the name of just yesterday. Which all state will run on Lion. It happens with every app I have ever installed.

Not till I restart does the correct icon show up. And it happened on SL as well.
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This happened to me when I upgraded to Lion. Check the specs at the download site. It is almost certainly a PPC only app as Lion produces the line and circle symbol in my experience. If so, you cannot use that app and will have to find an Intel alternative.
On my system - Snow Leopard 10.6.8 - I have *always* gotten the circle with the diagonal line with applications that I've downloaded. Upon first launch attempt, I'm warned that this was downloaded and am i sure that I want to open it. Part of Safari's "safe download" feature?
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On my system - Snow Leopard 10.6.8 - I have *always* gotten the circle with the diagonal line with applications that I've downloaded. Upon first launch attempt, I'm warned that this was downloaded and am i sure that I want to open it. Part of Safari's "safe download" feature?
Exactly what mine does. I have always had this. But the circle with the diagonal line is there until I restart my MBP.
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I never had that happen with SL, thus my experience with Lion producing the circle/diagonal thing. Interesting how SL behaves differently for other people.
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Exactly what mine does. I have always had this. But the circle with the diagonal line is there until I restart my MBP.
What sort of message if any do you get if and when you try and open such installed apps and before rebooting??

Or what does the Get Info window show for such apps??

And I'm sure you don't have anything forcing your Mac to only use 32 or 64 bit settings.
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But now I am curious about 2 things. First when I go to the applications folder the application I just installed icon has a big white circle with a line on it. And on my desktop there is a drive icon with the application name. The only way to solve these 2 things is to restart the mac.

Is this normal? Am I doing it right?
The circle with the line on it will disappear when you run the application for the first time, and agree to run the application after the warning message that you downloaded it form the internet. After running it, Quit the application, do not just close the window, and then the circle should have disappeared. This has been my experience up to now.
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