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3.1   Basics

DropDMG automatically determines what you want it to do based on the files or folders that you give it. The goal is to create an output file that matches the options you’ve chosen in the preferences. For example, suppose you’ve set DropDMG to create compressed .dmg files:

When given multiple files or folders, DropDMG creates a separate disk image or archive for each. To group multiple items into a single image or archive, move them into a new folder, and then drop it on DropDMG.

So how do you “give” DropDMG a file or folder to work with? There are many ways:

DropDMG Window
Drag and drop onto the DropDMG window, or click the toolbar buttons. Control-click or right-click on an entry in DropDMG’s log to operate on that output file.
Menu Bar
All of DropDMG’s commands are available in the File menu.
Dock Icon
Drag and drop onto the DropDMG icon in the Dock.
Finder Icon
Drag and drop onto the DropDMG application icon in your Applications folder. You can also add DropDMG’s icon to the Finder’s toolbar.
Services Menu
Select a file in the Finder (or another file manager) and choose DropDMG: Use Current Configuration or DropDMG: Ask for Options from the Services menu in the applications menu.
Contextual Menu
The services menu commands are also available when you Control-click or right-click on a file. Requires Mac OS X 10.6.
Keyboard Shortcut
Use the Keyboard pane of System Preferences to assign a keyboard shortcut to DropDMG: Use Current Configuration or DropDMG: Ask for Options.
Automator
You can use Automator to create workflows incorporating DropDMG actions. Frequently used workflows can be accessed from a contextual menu in the Finder or saved as droplets. DropDMG includes a Create Disk Image/Archive action for making new images and archives, and also a Expand Disk Image action for converting a .dmg disk image back into a folder.
AppleScript
In AppleScript Editor, choose File ‣ Open Dictionary… to see the scripting commands that DropDMG provides. Example scripts are available to show how the commands work.
Command-line Tool
You can install the dropdmg command-line tool from the Advanced preferences. To see the available options, type man dropdmg in Terminal.
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