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new mac user can't open downloads

by iluvsummertime / June 24, 2010 1:04 PM PDT

This is,of course, a simple thing, but I am more simple still. Have program downloaded on my new macbook pro. Some I click on in the download file and they start right up. Of coarse, the ones I really want do not. Would really appreciate some help.

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Downloaded programs.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 24, 2010 10:10 PM PDT

Files that contain programs for the Mac are usually downloaded as .dmg (Disk Image File) or .zip (Compressed File) files. (.exe files are for Windows machines and, for the sake of this post, should be ignored entirely)

Once you have downloaded your file, your next task is to locate it. By default, if you are using Safari as your browser, the file "should" be in the Downloads folder. (This is a setting that you can make inside Safari Preferences if your downloaded files do not go to the Downloads folder)

Double click the .dmg or .zip file.
If the file is a .zip, then the system will expand the file and create another file, usually with the same name, in the same place. This is the file that actually contains the program. Double click this file and follow any instructions.
If the file is a .dmg, double click it. Follow any instructions.

You will find that, usually, when you double click a .dmg file, an icon that looks like a hard disk appears on the desktop. Usually, another window opens with the actual contents of that image but not always. Double clicking the icon will open it for you.

More to follow if necessary.


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new user can't open download
by iluvsummertime / June 25, 2010 2:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Downloaded programs.

I guess more is necessary. All of that works. I've even carried the thing into the applications file. But if I get anything but another icon I get a long row of titles contained in file. Some of them open, not all, and none are the activity fie.

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OK, more it is,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 25, 2010 6:26 AM PDT

give me the name and url of a program that you are trying to download.

we'll do a step by step on that


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new mac user can't open downloads
by iluvsummertime / June 25, 2010 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: OK, more it is,

Thanks for your patience. One program is simple invoice. I don't know where you find a uri.

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Simple Invoice & URL's
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 25, 2010 11:27 PM PDT

A Google search returns loads of links to Templates for Excel & Word.

Is that what you are trying to make work or is Simple Invoice a program?

A URL (Universal Resource Locater) is the address of a web site.

Like;posts is the URL of this discussion.

Go to the website that you are trying to download your software from and, in the address bar at the top of your browser, you will see http:// followed by a bunch of letters and/or numbers. Take your mouse and highlight the entire line by clicking in the white space at the end of the line, holding the mouse down and dragging to the left. Once it is all highlighted, let go of the mouse button. Hold down the Command key and press "C". You just copied the URL.
Now come back to this forum and answer this post. In the Message body, hold down the Command key and press "V". That will paste the URL into the post.


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new mac user can't open downloads
by iluvsummertime / June 26, 2010 10:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Simple Invoice & URL's

the name of program is Simple Invoices and comes from Cnet downloads address is simple Hope that's what you mean. However, that is not the only one doing this, but not everyone does.

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The answer to this problem is quite simple.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 26, 2010 10:11 PM PDT

This is NOT an application that you can just uninstall and run on your Mac.

This is what is required to make Simple Invoices work:
Apache (Web server)
MySQL (Database server)
PHP 5 (Programming language)
For PDF export to work your PHP needs:
GD2 support
php.ini needs to be edited with a max memory of 24M
For Reports to work your PHP needs:
xsl support (in PHP5)

Simple Invoices is not an application that you can run on a regular computer to produce Invoices. It is a web based system that you have to create yourself.

How about another example of your problem?


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new mac user can't open downloads
by iluvsummertime / June 27, 2010 2:03 AM PDT

Okay- snes9 a game from cnet downloads. I guess you know I won't try that other stuff. Thanks

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Not exactly a game, but
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 27, 2010 7:08 AM PDT

this is an emulator that will allow you to play a bunch of Super Nintendo Games, with one drawback.

You have to have the Super Nintendo Games ROM (the actual software for a particular game). It is not a game in itself.

1. Download the file, snex9x-1.52.dmg.gz
2. Once downloaded, double click it.
3. This produces a file called snes9x-1.52-macosx.dmg
4. Double click this file
5. This produces a window that contains 4 items:
a. Snes9x - This is the actual application (program)
b. A folder called Docs
c. A folder called See Snex9x Help from Help menu
d. A folder called Copy Snes9x to your Application folder
6. Drag Snes9x, the one in a., to your Applications folder

You can now close all the windows that you have open and drag the Snes9x disk image, the one on the desktop, to the trash.

If you go to your Application folder and double click on Snes9x, it will launch but will not do anything until you supply the necessary games ROM for it.

As choices for downloads go, right now not on a winning streak.

Any other stuff you have downloaded?


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new mac user can't open downloads
by iluvsummertime / June 29, 2010 3:47 AM PDT

Thank you so much. At least I have a better understanding of things that are not all my fault. Think I'll quit downloading for now. Thanks for your patience.

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