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This may seem silly, but in OS X, is it possible to copy an application's icon from one Mac to another and have it actually function on the other computer? Now that a lot of applications are contained as packages instead of spread throughout the system, I thought it would be easier to transfer a program from say, my desktop to my laptop. For instance if I misplaced the install disks for Stuffit, but it's running on my desktop, can I just drag the Stuffit icon (which is the icon for the Stuffit package, right?) from my desktop to my ...

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    Default Copying applications from one Mac to another

    This may seem silly, but in OS X, is it possible to copy an
    application's icon from one Mac to another and have it actually
    function on the other computer? Now that a lot of applications are
    contained as packages instead of spread throughout the system, I
    thought it would be easier to transfer a program from say, my desktop
    to my laptop. For instance if I misplaced the install disks for
    Stuffit, but it's running on my desktop, can I just drag the Stuffit
    icon (which is the icon for the Stuffit package, right?) from my
    desktop to my Powerbook?

    Please correct me if I'm way off base, and forgive my ignorance.

    Thanks,
    m
    mrb Guest

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    Default Re: Copying applications from one Mac to another

    mrb <com> writes:
     

    I couldn't speak for Stuffit in particular, but the answer
    to your question is "it depends".

    Certain apps are fully self-contained in the app package.
    Those should be as simple as drag a copy over.

    Others are not.

    If the app's original install procedure was "mount put a disk
    image, drag the app over to your Applications directory", it
    should be that easy.

    If the app's original install procedure was "start up this
    installer program, give it your admin password, sacrifice
    a couple of goats, reboot and do a funny dance", it's probably
    not going to be that easy.

    Note, too, that even if the install was as simple as "drag the
    app over", if it was, say, a shareware app that you had to
    enter a license code to fully enable, then the install on the
    new machine will be an unlicenced copy - you will need to re-
    enter the license information.



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