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    How to change file 'kind'?
    I am trying to get my mac set up for Flash development and I would like to have .AS files open with the correct program and show up with the correct kind and icon in finder.

    Unfortunately there are no good actionscript editors for mac so that's a loss (IMO), but I would like to know how to change the icon and the 'kind' of .as files. You can see in the screenshot that the kind says "AppleSingle Archive". This is not what I want; I want to specify a custom kind such as "ActionScript Document". How do I do this?

    Second, how can I set the .as file icon to a custom icon of my choosing? I know that I can change the default open-with application to something like Flash CS5 but I do not want that, I want to use a custom icon.

    I've tried using "Default Apps" to change these but that hasn't helped. Somehow the stupid AppleSingle UTI is linked to the .as extension. Even if that wasn't locked down there still doesn't appear to be any place to set a custom kind and icon.
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    Place the file on your desktop. Right-click on the icon and click 'Get Info'. Under "Open With", click the arrow to expand and then change the field to 'Other' and select the application you'd like to associate .as files with.



    Then you can use the 'Change All' button to make the association global.

    To change the icon:

    Mac 101: Change your icons
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    Thank you for your reply.

    I've already tried changing the "open with" property of a file using the process you described and clicking "change all". This changes the application that opens when I double click the file, the icon, and the kind, but this is not what I want though. I haven't found any good actionscript editors so I just want to open .as files with TextEdit. This is what I have it set up to do now. However choosing TextEdit makes the 'kind' revert back to "AppleSingle archive" and the icon is the ugly blank paper icon. What do I have to do to specify a custom text for kind?

    As for the icons, I was able to change the icon of one .as file with the link you gave me. How can I apply this change to all the other .as files I have as well as new ones that are created?

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    I'm guessing that it should be pretty easy to do, I just need to know where the option to change it is located at. In Windows I can do this with 5 clicks.

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    How you can do anything in Windows is irrelevant. Let's try to figure out how the Mac works.

    Are you using the terms "icon" and "text" interchangeably in the last two sentences of the long paragraph above? I kind of lost what you're trying to describe.

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    ****WARNING: Be Careful in here, make back-ups etc.*****

    Navigate to:
    Code:
     /System/Library/CoreServices/Archive\ Utility.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/InfoPlist.strings


    open that file in TextEdit.app (or textwrangler if you use it).

    THe 2nd line from the bottom reads "AppleSingle archive" = "AppleSingle archive"

    If you REALLY want to change the listed name you change the text in the second mention of it (I colored it blue here"

    To change the icon..
    Find the icon you want to use, and (make sure it is in .icns format, Rename it bah-as.icns and drop it in the folder before the folder you just edited… namely
    Code:
     /System/Library/CoreServices/Archive\ Utility.app/Contents/Resources/

    Now logout.. and back in.

    Let me know if that does it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Are you using the terms "icon" and "text" interchangeably in the last two sentences of the long paragraph above? I kind of lost what you're trying to describe.
    No, I'm just saying that there are three properties of a file type that I am interested in:

    -Open-with Application
    -Icon
    -Kind text

    But the only way I've found so far to edit these is by setting the open-with application and that doesn't give me control over icon and kind.

    For example, if I set the open-with to Adobe Flash CS5, I get:

    Icon: A red gray and white icon from adobe.
    Kind text: "Adobe CS5 Document"

    But with TextEdit (which is what I want the open-with app to be):

    Icon: Blank
    Kind text: "AppleSingle archive"

    RiDE:

    Thanks for the reply, that sounds promising; I'll try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiDE View Post
    ****WARNING: Be Careful in here, make back-ups etc.*****

    Navigate to:
    Code:
     /System/Library/CoreServices/Archive\ Utility.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/InfoPlist.strings


    open that file in TextEdit.app (or textwrangler if you use it).

    THe 2nd line from the bottom reads "AppleSingle archive" = "AppleSingle archive"

    If you REALLY want to change the listed name you change the text in the second mention of it (I colored it blue here"

    To change the icon..
    Find the icon you want to use, and (make sure it is in .icns format, Rename it bah-as.icns and drop it in the folder before the folder you just edited… namely
    Code:
     /System/Library/CoreServices/Archive\ Utility.app/Contents/Resources/

    Now logout.. and back in.

    Let me know if that does it for you.

    ****WARNING: Be Careful in here.. Make back-ups etc*****
    Well I guess this works (it does what I originally wanted) but it seems pretty hackish. I don't understand why .as files have this hardcoded connection to AppleSingle. Is there really no way to separate the two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smagfx View Post
    Well I guess this works (it does what I originally wanted) but it seems pretty hackish. I don't understand why .as files have this hardcoded connection to AppleSingle. Is there really no way to separate the two?
    Glad it helped you.

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