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I run Freemind on Mac OX 10.3.9
I want to edit the patterns in patterns.xml. Anyone know how I can open and edit?
G'day David W,
It's a plain text file so you should be able to open it with your favourite text editor. (Don't know if Macs are funny about that tho'?)
What is the format of such a file. On my mac, there is no such file that I can find
Thanks... but like Steve I can't find any such file. If I could I could then use textedit.
The file is embedded within the application JAR file:
Editing the file would require it be extracted using the "jar" utility in the JDK, and then replacing the original in the JAR.
Hi, Steve, could you give me (us) more details? Which utiliity exactly are you mentioning? (I'm searching at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/tooldocs/index.html but no "extract" here.
Actually, I'm so lame that I even can't get in the FreeMind dir/app (keep getting "FreeMind.app: No such file or directory")
While we're at this, why the developers didn't mention this detail for Mac users?
Here how to do it in Mac 0.9.0 RC7
Duplicate Freemind as Freemind Copy (for safety)
With Freemind Copy: Open Package Contents via Rt-Click Menu
Find freemind.jar in above (use spotlight or its in /Applications/FreeMind.app/Contents/Resources/Java/lib/
Copy freemind.jar to Desktop
Unarchive freemind.jar (becomes "Freemind" folder on desktop) (I use The Unarchiver app)
Edit the files you want to edit (edit xml with html editor; .properties files with Textedit etc)
Find (in Folder META-INF) and Copy MANIFEST.MF to root of "Freemind" folder from above
Delete folder META-INF
Recompiling the freemind.jar file:
Open Terminal and type following:
jar -cvmf MANIFEST.MF freemind.jar *
IN FINDER (replacing freemind.jar)
From Desktop: copy new freemind.jar back to where you originally got it: ie "Freemind Copy" in Applications
Check the program works.