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 Post subject: Apple Creator Code 101
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:37 am 
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Can somebody thats been there explain in a nutshell about Apple Creator Codes for an application?

1. Can I apply for the code before the app is finished?
2. Does it expire?
3. Is it free?
4. Anything else I need to know or have before I start?

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 Post subject: Re: Apple Creator Code 101
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:15 am 
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Davebert wrote:
Can somebody thats been there explain in a nutshell about Apple Creator Codes for an application?

1. Can I apply for the code before the app is finished?
2. Does it expire?
3. Is it free?
4. Anything else I need to know or have before I start?


Technically, you should apply for the code before entering it. There used to be a button in RB 5.5 that took you to Apple's web page (not sure about RB 2005). At this web page, you enter your contact information and the code you desire. In a day or so, Apple will e-mail you saying that you "own" that code or someone else already "owns" it.

It doesn't expire and is free.

Anything else to know? Well, OS X uses creator codes and extensions to figure out which app to launch for a selected document. I believe if no extension is on a file, it will then use the creator code.

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1. Yes (I did)
2. No (the only way I've heard is if you inform Apple you no longer wish to use it).
3. Yes
4. Go to Apple's site and enter the Devloper section. You can then sign up for a free Developer account. Search for Apple Creator Codes in Apple's knowledge base for articles - certain codes are for Apple use only.


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Ok, Thanks for the info. A couple of last questions.

1. Ok to use on shareware?

2. Example of creator code? [ex:1234, ABCD,1A2b...?]

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Davebert wrote:
Ok, Thanks for the info. A couple of last questions.

1. Ok to use on shareware?


Yes.

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2. Example of creator code? [ex:1234, ABCD,1A2b...?]


Any 4-byte sequence that's not already in use. Apple reserves a certain range, all codes consisting of all lowercase letters, if memory serves me correctly. Check the Apple Developer web site for details. But if you apply for a reserved creator code, they'll just tell you you can't have that one.


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From what I recall, and it's been since System 7 that I registered one, Apple reserves:

All codes in all-caps: "APPL, TEXT, TTXT" etc.

All codes in all-lowercase: "code, pict, html" etc.

And disallows all codes that consist only of extended ASCII characters.


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Ok, I will give it a try and see how it goes...I appreciate the added info on the code formats and reserved words.

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 Post subject: Question on Apple
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:03 pm 
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Is Apple kind of like Microsoft as far as doing things on time etc and having useful (less) phone support etc? I filed for Apple Creator Code(s) on Sunday and today (Thursday) I still have heard nothing and the site says 2-3 business days...So I called the number and got some help ( :roll: ) and felt like, well, you know... Anyway, he asked if this call had anything to do with "Apple"? So how long does it really take to get an Apple Creator Code??

Followup: I went back and tried to search codes etc and although I signed up for 2 of them, only one was available. So I signed up again and redid the one that showed available and also the one that showed it was taken. It allowed me to sign up for both of them even though a search showed one already taken. Finally after a few tries they both looked like they were taken (hopefully by me). I will wait a few more days and see what happens...

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hmmm... I did one a couple of weeks ago, submitted it on a Thursday and got it on the following Wednesday so it was more like 5 working days, not the 2-3 stated on their page, but I was in no great hurry, I always allow extra time 'cos I know few companys keep to their promises for one reason or another.


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Back when I did it, you had to use the good ol' US Postal Service. You guys are lucky, even if it takes 5 days. ;)


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blakeyrat wrote:
All codes in all-caps: "APPL, TEXT, TTXT" etc.


Apple reserves all all-lowercase creator codes. But not all-uppercase creator codes. I believe I've registered at least a few all-uppercase creator codes myself.


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