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OS X LionApple just released the first beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.7 “Lion” operating system to subscribed developers. Its meant for developers to port and test their software on the new version. However, even testing and developing needs a comfortable environment and that can be achieved by installing your daily used software. Most of my software installs and works quite well, which is remarkable considered that this is the very first beta.

However, three little tools needed some “help” to make them install: Xmarks, Dropbox and MenuMeters.


Xmarks is my favorite bookmark syncing tool as its cross platform and multi browser compatible. So I’ve all my bookmarks on my Macs and my Windows machine in sync. The Safari OS X version has a OS version check in its install routine which we need to modify. Here is how I did it:

Open /Developer/Applications/Utilities/PackageMaker (part of Xcode). Select File, Open and choose “Xmarks for Safari Installer.pkg” from your mounted Xmarks dmg. Remove the < 10.7 requirement. and press “Build and Run”. You can copy your just created .pkg to other Lion machines if you want to.


Update: Dropbox now works out of the box.

You don’t need Xcode to make Dropbox run. Just drag Dropbox.app from your mounted dmg to your Applications folder. Then use a text editor to edit /Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Info.plist and search for


Change it to


and start Dropbox. It will install now.


Update: MenuMeters 1.5 has been released which works out of the box.

I couldn’t live without my hard disk activity indicator. Installation will fail if you choose to install it in your personal preference panes folder. However, it will install when you select to install it “for all users”.

8 Responses to “Install Xmarks, Dropbox and MenuMeters in OS X Lion beta”

  1. LK says:

    Once I upgraded my system from 10.6 to 10.7 Preview, MenuMeters worked without any problem. Then, I thought I should try living without MenuMeters for once, only to regret my decision. However, MenuMeters does not load since then, tried removing every components installing with different options (all/me). Any tricks?

  2. iMar says:

    MenuMeters might install on Lion but won’t show anything in the menu bar. When selecting “Display […] Menu Meter” the Lion beta will display an error message: “Menu Extra Could Not Load”

  3. verst says:

    menumeters can’t be enabled here

    strangly on my other machine they were enabled and running after updating to Lion – but to enable a certain option is not possible 🙁

  4. Kai says:

    When you get such an error run the installer again, select uninstall and then install it again (without reboot) but choose not the same destination as before. If your first install was for all users, install it for your user only now.

  5. verst says:

    thanks – but that also didn’t help

    i’ve contacted the developer … maybe he’s willing to help 🙂

  6. Kai says:

    Strange – works fine here. Any news from the developer?

  7. verst says:

    yep – very nice guy- told me he will update menumeters soon – probably before Lion will officially be released

    i made a donation because i noticed how important the app has become for me – maybe think about it too 🙂

  8. verst says:

    the update is there and works wonderfully with Lion!

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