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Chapter 3. Application Dumpster Diving > Searching Through Alternate Locations

3.4. Searching Through Alternate Locations

As you just saw, one of the easiest customization tasks is to replace a sound file with one that has your own twist. For many applications, it is extremely simple to adapt or replace alert sounds. Mail is just one of these many easy-to-change apps, since it stores its alert sounds as Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) files in the top Resources folder. Replace the sound file and you've replaced the sound. It's as simple as that.

Unfortunately, not all applications are so standard. Unlike Mail, many of iChat's sounds are stored outside the application bundle. They can sometimes be found in an external framework. Frameworks, which are discussed in Chapter 2, provide a modular way to program and deliver Mac OS X applications.


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