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Mac OS X Jar Bundler Summary

When it comes to making my Java application look more like a native Mac application, I like to think of Apple's Xcode Jar Bundler as a tool that helped point me in the right direction. It has a few flaws, but it did a lot of initial legwork for me, and from that I was able to see the proper directory structure, and it also gave me a sample Info.plist file to work with.

More importantly, with these improvements my Java application now installs like a native Mac application, has an icon that works in the Finder and in the Dock, has a correct Get Info window, and has all the Mac-specific benefits I outlined in my earlier tutorial.

In the end I think it's better (i.e., more repeatable) to create this directory structure as an Ant task, and I look forward to digging into that next.