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OpenPList is a contextual menu item, for Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5, and service application for Mac OS 10.6+, for opening, revealing, trashing or deleting the property list of an application, if it can find one in the Preferences folder of your Home directory. It can also be used to open the "Info.plist" file inside the applications bundle.

Note: Contextual Menu plug-ins are not supported in Mac OS X 10.6 and above. Please use the service application OpenPListService instead of OpenPListCM.

OpenPListCM is part of the Limit Point Software "Utilities Bundle." Visit the Utilities home page at: more...

What's New

Version 1.0.6:
  • The remaining functions available to the classic contextual menu have been added to the service: Delete Property List (deletes the property list file immediately), Reveal Property List (shows the property list file in the Finder), Trash Property List (moves the property list file to the trash can), Open Info.plist (opens the info.plist of the associated app or app.)


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Pneshati Member IconReview+59

When I first saw this program, I thought it seemed like a solid application. It worked just fine, but I was annoyed by the items it added when I right-clicked on anything (it needs to only show up when selected file is a Property List). After the ten day trial expired, I was left with grayed out advertisements telling me to buy a license every single time I right-clicked. In frustration, I deleted the Contextual Menu Item plugin and the preference pane. I'm not sure how, but even when both the plugin and preference pane had been deleted (rm'd, in fact), the menu items still showed up when I right-clicked. Apparently, you need to uncheck the "On" button in the preference pane in order for it to go away. I'm not even going to rate the software's functionality on this one, it's just shameful advertising. Plus, most of the users wouldn't know how to uninstall it (there's no "Uninstall OpenPlistCM" guide). This is the biggest disgrace I've seen since AlphaOmega.

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Version 1.0.4
Limit Point Software (Developer)


No, the contextual menu is not intended to only display when you right click on a property list file. It is primarily intended to display when you click on an application - so you can see it's property list. Why would you expect it to operate on the property list file itself? If you were going to actually find the plist yourself to right click on it, you may as well just double click it to open it. You are missing the point of the program.

In the new service item version, which I just introduced for Snow Leopard, the behavior has even been extended so that when you click on a document, the property list for the application associated with the document has its property list displayed. I have not put in the other functions on the service item yet, because I am not sure I want to support them anymore, and I am moving away from "classic" contextual menu because Apple is.

The removal of the contextual menu is the reverse of the installation. When you installed you were told to put the preference pane and plugin into "PreferencePanes" and "Contextual Menu Items" folders. To uninstall you remove them from these locations and restart the Finder - which you can do in two ways: use the force quit window in the Apple menu, or log out and back in. That's the only way to unload the plugin. Just removing it does not unload it. The "On" button only controls the display of the menu items when the plugin is loaded.

I disagree that the "advertising" is misleading. I think it does what it says it does.


No, I know how to remove the files an restart Finder. I'm not an idiot. I've done what you're saying several times, and it doesn't work. Why does the context menu appear when I'm right-clicking on text?

Maybe the term "advertising" was the wrong one to use. But I keep getting the grayed-out nagging contextual menu item, even though I've removed the related files.
Badly made, and the developer seems to think I don't know what the point of the program is.

Limit Point Software (Developer)


The contextual menu loads in any application that supports contextual menus, not just the Finder. The contextual menu did not filter out things that were not references to files because technically it could operate on strings too, since they could be pathnames. The service item does do such filtering, courtesy of the system actually.

But, after you remove a contextual menu all applications that were launched when the plugin was still in the Contextual Menu Items folder will still have it loaded until they also are restarted, just like the Finder. Restarting only the Finder will not remove the plugin from those applications, they too must be restarted.

If you did that, and it is still showing, then perhaps you have it installed in another location too.

meatmcguffin Member IconComment+1

Excellent program, although i deleted it immediately after finding out there is no confirmation after clicking 'delete property list'.

Although the seperator bar is welcome, the lack of a confirmation dialogue is a little disconcerting

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Version 1.0.2
Limit Point Software (Developer)

I agree, but the functionality is provided as a contextual menu, and therefore lacks a user interface. Thus, no alerts are possible.

I am considering replacing that with a "move to trash" operation instead, maybe as an option. Problem is that specifying options for a CM again requires a UI, and hence the need to create a preference pane for it.



Fair enough. How about replacing the delete option with a 'reveal in finder' option?

That way the user can delete it in the finder if he needs to and there's no danger of accidental deletion.

Limit Point Software (Developer)

Wonderful idea! I'll put that in the next update. Thank you for sharing your idea!



No problem! Cheers again for an awesome program

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Date 07 Feb 2011
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