RCDefaultApp
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Easily change the default application for opening file types.   Free
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RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or later preference pane that allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, MIME types, and Uniform Type Identifiers (or UTIs; MacOS 10.4 only). MacOS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file (such as an unknown URL protocol, or a media stream).

RCDefaultApp also allows setting the application when digital
What's New
Version 2.1:
  • Added ability to ignore creator codes for extensions (MacOS X 10.4 and above).
  • Added IM selection (i.e. aim:// protocol) to the Internet pane.
  • Added Blank/Video BD (Blu-ray) and DVD Device to the Media pane on MacOS x 10.5 (Leopard and above).
  • Added Spanish localization.
  • Only show one version of an application on 10.4 and above, per system limitation.
  • Fixed bug with the File Types tab on Intel machines.
  • Improved discovery of existing settings.
  • Built with a 64-bit Intel binary to work with the Snow Leopard System Preferences.
  • Fixed a couple of other minor bugs.
Version 2.1:
  • Added ability to ignore creator codes for extensions (MacOS X 10.4 and above).
  • Added IM selection (i.e. aim:// protocol) to the Internet pane.
  • Added Blank/Video BD (Blu-ray) and DVD Device to the Media pane on MacOS x 10.5 (Leopard and above).
  • Added Spanish localization.
  • Only show one version of an application on 10.4 and above, per system limitation. more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later



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RCDefaultApp User Discussion (Write a Review)
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E.M.9727 reviewed on 19 Nov 2013
For more years than I can remember -and I won't even count how many OSs- this wonderful little gem still works! I mean... it's late 2013... am runnin' 10.8.3 Mountain Lion... and it still works!!

Further, the Apple method via "Get Info" just doesn't always work (had the same trouble users below had) which makes this tool invaluable.
[Version 2.1]


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BlackMacX reviewed on 22 Sep 2012
This little gem has worked for years and has helped me easily change default applications for extensions, et al., quickly and painlessly. From OS X 10.2 to 10.7, it worked without issue. But with MacOSX ML, it seems to have broken, I suspect it's related to GateKeeper potentially (just a hunch). I would love if the application could be updated for continued use; but sofar, though it installs, I can't change default applications with anymore.

I have emailed the developer and asked if RCDefaultApp will be updated to work with ML; I hope; but understand if it isn't. A great application though nonetheless for anyone using OS X 10.2-10.7.
[Version 2.1]

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Doca Cola replied on 10 Jan 2013
So far i had no trouble with ML, RCDefaultApp still works fine for me.
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Livinglife reviewed on 23 Feb 2012
Excellent app! The only way I know to change URLs like “tel”.
[Version 2.1]


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Jam Master Gee reviewed on 28 Aug 2011
Just downloaded and installed to get control over which program was opening .flv files. Mission accomplished. Provides great control over what applications open what files. Easy interface. Good work.
[Version 2.1]


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Mutant tipped on 09 Feb 2010
The most recent version of Boxee took over the associated app for .mkv files. RCD was the best way to fix that noise. :)

Great app, very useful.
[Version 2.1]

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xXAkumuXx replied on 30 Mar 2011
Another easy way to fix that is to highlight a .mkv file (or any file type you wish)... press 'command + i' (or right-click the file and select 'Get Info' from the drop down menu), go to the 'Open with:' option, select the application of your choice, then press the 'Change All...' button. Now all .mkv files will open with the app of your choice from now on. So... like this ->

http://i56.tinypic.com/2j463pd.png
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SweetP-Productions reviewed on 27 Nov 2009
Great App!

Transmission has recently added Magnet link support into the latest nightlies, and there is no way(that I know of) to change the default app (from Vuze to Transmission).

this app makes it super easy!
[Version 2.1]


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Espiridion reviewed on 20 Sep 2009
I recently had some issues with the default application for segmented files. I remembered RCDefaultApp and installed the older 2.0.1 and my problem was solved.
It's great to see this update. Thanks!
[Version 2.1]


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St00pid-M0nk3y commented on 13 Jun 2009
OS X now does this by default via the Command + I info window and Change All function.
[Version 2.0.1]

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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 17 Jun 2009
Come on. RCDefaultApp does a lot more than that.
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Easer replied on 20 Sep 2009
I've also found that, despite trying to set these preferences using Apple's Finder, sometimes apps still open in other programs (e.g., MW Word seems to love to take over). But with RCD, my choices stay steady.

Oh, and thanks for the update!
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St00pid-M0nk3y replied on 17 Feb 2010
I know it does a lot more and I still use the program every day. I just didn't realize the option was there... lol. Was a new discovery to me. I wish they'd support the app though. = Hasn't been updated in an eternity.
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Easer replied on 17 Feb 2010
See my post below. I've found the Finder to be inconsistent in this regard. That's why I eventually opted to use RCDefaultApp.
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Splunk23 commented on 19 Oct 2007
anybody figure out how to get nntp urls to map to google groups in the default web browser?
[Version 2.0.1]


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bob_tm commented on 31 Jan 2007
Hmmm.... in theory this would be a nice app. Changing default app in Finder for MP3s changes this for almost all MP3 files, but some files are still given the iTunes icon and starts iTunes when clicked. Unfortunately, this application crashed with no error after selecting VLC as default app for MP3.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Mvasilakis rated on 15 Dec 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Lemerlot rated on 28 Sep 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Runtime rated on 18 Mar 2013

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Buffalo~ rated on 12 Mar 2013

[Version 2.1]



Jnd_au rated on 27 Jan 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Doca Cola rated on 22 Nov 2011

[Version 2.1]



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Kana01 rated on 28 Jul 2011

[Version 2.1]


Downloads:47,796
Version Downloads:20,249
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:20 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or later preference pane that allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, MIME types, and Uniform Type Identifiers (or UTIs; MacOS 10.4 only). MacOS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file (such as an unknown URL protocol, or a media stream).

RCDefaultApp also allows setting the application when digital cameras or FireWire webcams such as iSight are connected to the computer.


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