Xcode 4.3 Changes

February 17th, 2012

Filed under: Xcode | Be the first to comment!

Apple recently released Xcode 4.3. I did not notice many changes in Xcode 4.3, not enough for me to update Xcode Tools Sensei. This post details what changed in Xcode 4.3.

The Xcode Tools Are Packaged in a Single Application

The biggest change in Xcode 4.3 is how Xcode is installed and packaged. Previous versions of Xcode required you to run an installer that installed the Xcode Tools in /Developer or another directory. Xcode 4.3 works like a typical Mac application, where the Xcode Tools appear as a single application in the Finder and install in your Applications folder. Xcode 4.3 is easier to install, uninstall, and update.

Launching Other Developer Tools

Since Xcode 4.3 is a single application you may be wondering how to launch the other tools that come with Xcode, such as Instruments. Launch them from Xcode by choosing Xcode > Open Developer Tool. Choose the tool you want to launch from the submenu. If the tool you want to launch is not in the submenu, choose More Developer Tools. Choosing More Developer Tools takes you to Apple’s developer downloads page, where you can download and install additional tools. If you want to run the Mac OpenGL developer tools that I cover in Chapter 11 of Xcode Tools Sensei, you must choose More Developer Tools and install the Graphics Tools for Xcode package from Apple’s developer page. Download the disk image and drag the applications to your Applications folder.

I don’t know how to add tools to Xcode’s Open Developer Tool menu. I downloaded the Graphics Tools for Xcode package and copied the applications to the Contents/Applications folder inside Xcode’s application bundle, but the applications did not appear in the Open Developer Tool menu. I asked about adding tools to the Open Developer Tool menu on Apple’s paid developer forums, but I have not received any answers.

Update (February 22, 2012)

I received an answer on Apple’s developer forums to my question on adding tools to the Open Developer Tool menu. You can read the solution by reading user18861’s answer to the following question on the Ask Different website:

In Xcode 4.3, where do I put the additional tools?

When the answer mentions /Applications and /Resources, it means the Applications and Resources folders inside Xcode’s application bundle.

Installing Command-Line Tools

Xcode 4.3 does not initially install a copy of command-line tools that allow you to compile programs from the Terminal. You can install the command-line tools from Xcode’s Downloads preferences.


Accessing File and Project Templates

Because Xcode 4.3 does not reside in a Developer folder, you must open the Xcode 4.3 application bundle to access things like Apple’s file and project templates. Select Xcode from the Finder, right-click, and choose Show Package Contents to examine the application bundle. The most interesting directory in Xcode’s application bundle is the following directory:


Auto Layout

Cocoa application projects created with Xcode 4.3 enable auto layout. If you don’t want to use auto layout, select the xib file from the project navigator, open the file inspector, and deselect the Use Auto Layout checkbox.

ARC Conversion

In Xcode 4.3 you can use Xcode’s ARC migration tool to convert an existing project that uses garbage collection. Xcode 4.2 could not convert a project to ARC if the project used garbage collection.

Developer Mode

When you build your first project in Xcode 4.3 an alert may open asking if you want to enter developer mode. Entering developer mode lets you do things like debug your project without Xcode asking you for your user account’s password.

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *