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Installing on Mac 10.6.X (Snow Leopard or Older)

(Tested on 10.6.8)
  1. Ensure you have installed Java 6. 
    • Goto Applications/Utilities/Java Preferences
    • If it says Java SE 6, you have it installed. Be sure it's checked, and on the top of the list. If it's not on top, you can click and drag it to the top. It doesn't seem the matter, but I prefer to have "Enable applet plug-in and Web Start applications" checked.
  2. Download dsBudget 2.0.22
  3. Install dsBudget 2.0.22
    • Once downloaded, locate dsbudget.2.0.22.tar.gz on your computer
    • Double-click dsbudget.2.0.22.tar.gz. A folder called dsbudget will be created in the same location. This is the program folder.
    • Move the dsbudget folder into your Applications folder. 

  4. Run dsBudget 2.0.22
    • You can do the following tasks manually, or you can use a small Applescript I've made which automates the tasks outlined here. This Applescript acts as a shortcut to the dsBudget application. To use it, you MUST have the program files located at Applications/dsbudget.
    • Download the shortcut here:

      • Manual instructions:
      • Open Applications/Utilities/Terminal
      • In the window that appears, type out the following command, and hit return:
                   cd /applications/dsbudget
      • In the window that appears, type out the following command, and hit return:
                   java -jar dsbudget.jar 
      • The program will launch in your browser. You will see a graph icon at the upper right corner of your screen. You can click this icon to Open dsBudget again in your browser, or to close the program.

  5. Notes and Tips
    • You need to need to leave Terminal running while using dsBudget. Don't quit or close Terminal before exiting the dsBudget program from the icon menu at the top-right corner of your screen.
    • If you want to keep using dsBudget, and you don't want any Terminal windows in your way, select the Terminal application, and press Cmd-H to hide the application. This will leave it running, but out of the way.