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Recipe 5. Configure the Main Menu > Step 2: Add a Read Me Menu Item to the Help...

Step 2: Add a Read Me Menu Item to the Help Menu

In the days of the Classic Mac OS, it was customary to include a separate read-me document in a folder holding an application and other supporting files. The read-me document explained who wrote the application, how to install it, what it does, and where to send the money. Now, in Mac OS X, applications come in the form of an application package, a folder disguised to look like a single file. A document that you formerly put in an installation folder alongside the application itself can now be put inside the application package, where it is much less likely to become separated from its owner. Some developers make an application’s read-me file available outside the application by putting an alias file pointing to it alongside the application on the installation disc. That way, a new user doesn’t have to launch the application to find out what it does.

To make the read-me file easily accessible to the user even while the application is running, you can add a menu item to the main menu so that the user can open the file at any time. The techniques you learn in this step can be used for other files as well, such as a quick-start document and a version-history document.


  

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