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I have installed an application that is associated with a particular file type. When I double click a file of that type in Finder, the application starts, but does not open the file that was clicked. If, within the application, I use “File » Open…” to open the same file, it opens it just fine. At first I thought this was the fault of the application (Simple Comic); however, I have installed an alternative application (Sequential 2) and the behaviour is the same: when double-clicking the file from Finder, the application starts up, but fails to load the file. However files are being opened just fine if I use the “File » Open” dialog.

Both applications are distributed as app bundles (i.e. no installer) and I have placed them into the /Applications folder manually.

I suspect this is a generic OS X issue, that I am not aware of, and is not related to the particular application.

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closed as too localized by bmike Apr 12 '13 at 19:10

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What happens with .txt or .rtf files do they open in TextEdit correctly? If so then I think you have unluckily found two bad programs –  Mark Oct 28 '12 at 12:09
    
Thanks for the comment Terry. All other applications seem to work fine, however I have searched a bit more on the internet and found others having the very same problem sometimes with Adobe Acrobat or even Photoshop. So I think this is not a problem of bad application (many people use Simple Comic without any problems), but of the particular configuration (settings) on my OSX. –  Denis Oct 28 '12 at 12:16
    
Have you considered useing RCDefaultApp by rubicode to manually check if that application is taking control of the extensions and types . –  neeks Oct 31 '12 at 8:52
    
I would recommend creating a test user account on your Mac and attempting the same task in that account. I have seen apps coded using non-native Apple tools that have trouble opening files passed to it by the file system, so it is certainly possible it is these apps. –  bispymusic Mar 13 '13 at 2:17
    
If you are still experiencing this, please edit some more details or flag this for review. Thanks! –  bmike Apr 12 '13 at 19:10
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