Using The Manifest Editor

The ADT plug-in includes a visual Manifest Editor so you don't have to manipulate the underlying XML directly.

To use the Manifest Editor in Eclipse, right-click the AndroidManifest.xml file in your project folder and select Open With ... O Android Manifest Editor. This presents the Android Manifest Overview screen, as shown in Figure 3-1. This screen gives you a high-level view of your application structure, enabling you to set your application version information and root level manifest nodes, including <uses-sdk> and <uses-features>, as described previously in this chapter. It also provides shortcut links to the Application, Permissions, Instrumentation, and raw XML screens.

Each of the next three tabs contains a visual interface for managing the application, security, and instrumentation (testing) settings, while the last tag (using the manifest's file name) gives access to the raw XML.

Of particular interest is the Application tab, shown in Figure 3-2. Use it to manage the application node and the application component hierarchy, where you specify the application components.

You can specify an application's attributes — including its icon, label, and theme — in the Application Attributes panel. The Application Nodes tree beneath it lets you manage the application components, including their attributes and any associated Intent Filter subnodes.

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