Author: John Kirn (page 2 of 59)

High Sierra not compatible with older Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X

High Sierra is only compatible with very recent versions of Apple Pro Apps, including Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X.  Users of older Apple Pro Apps may need to buy new versions.

VMware Fusion upgrade now available for High Sierra

VMware Fusion 10 is now available for purchase/upgrade.  The new version adds Mac OS 10.13 compatibility, plus additional features like support for Touch Bar use in VMs.  The previous version of VMware Fusion (8.5) is not supported with High Sierra.

TextWrangler not compatible with High Sierra

Bare Bones’ compatibility page has been updated to say “TextWrangler is not compatible with High Sierra.  We suggest that you use BBEdit as an alternative”.

In case you missed, TextWrangler was discontinued earlier this year, but BBEdit can now be used for free without purchasing a license (excluding web authoring tools and other exclusive features).


Wacom table issues with High Sierra

Wacom’s table driver is not currently compatible with Mac OS 10.13, and Wacom is suggesting their customers not to upgrade to High Sierra until compatible drivers are released.

iTunes drops support for iOS app management

iTunes 12.7, released 9/12/17, has removed all iOS app management features (that previously were available when an iOS device was connected to the Mac).  This includes the iOS App Store, the ability to install/delete/backup iOS apps, and option for organizing iOS app placement on iOS screens.

This new iTunes 12.7 will show as an update for those running Mac OS 10.10.5 through 10.13, or to Windows users with iTunes installed.

The sudden removal of iTunes iOS app management has received harsh criticism, especially from the enterprise sector where iTunes is commonly used to install Volume Purchase Program iOS apps.  A high number of posts from consumer users can also be found in the various online Apple support groups criticizing Apple for their decision to abandon iOS app management from workstations.

Update – 9/23/17
In response, Apple has posted a “stealth” version of iTunes 12.6.3 that retains these iOS app management features.  It is available for download for Mac and PC, and after install the option for updating to iTunes 12.7 will no longer show.  It can also be installed on top of iTunes 12.7.

The reason I call this a “stealth” version is that Apple has stated they won’t support it, nor will it be updated in the future.  It is a short-term solution to appease people that were caught off guard by this change.

Mac trick for quickly showing hidden items

Here’s a Mac trick I recently learned… while in the Finder, with or without any Finder windows open, press command+shift+period.  This toggles the Finder’s show hidden files/folders option.  Any Finder windows you open afterwards will show hidden files/folders, and although they appear grayed out you can double click to open them.  Press command+shift+period while in the Finder to toggle this selection off.

Adobe’s “don’t work of a server” posture now includes Dropbox and Google Drive

Adobe has never supported Macs working directly off a server.  If you contact Adobe Support with a problem saving or opening files on a network file share, they will promptly dismiss the issue and point you to one of their related “don’t work off a server” support articles for Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign.

Now we all know that most Mac based creative departments that use Adobe apps also work off some type of server, and this type of workflow is considered the norm even though Adobe doesn’t support it.

Adobe has recently taken this a step further, adding “Illustrator does not support network or removable drives as scratch disks, or folders of file sync services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.”

I don’t see the logic to this, because files saved in a synced Dropbox or Google Drive folder are local to the Mac, but it’s worth noting that Adobe doesn’t support it.

Thursby DAVE discontinued

Thursby has announced end-of-life for DAVE and ADmitMac.  Both solutions have been discontinued to allow the developer to “focus on secure two-factor mobility solutions for government and commercial users”.

Update – 10/10/17
Thursby included this statement in their end-of-life announcement: “With the recent announcement of the High Sierra operating system, Thursby believes that Apple has finally culminated a total Microsoft file systems to the quality that eliminates the need for either DAVE or ADmitMac.”

To me this statement seems like a complete cop-out, because all indications are that High Sierra is going to have just as many issues with SMB and Active Directory as previous Mac OS releases.  I don’t see any major changes to High Sierra’s Active Directory binding mechanism, and the SMB driver only received a minor update (v3.2 versus Sierra’s v3.1).  We shall see.

High Sierra may end Mac Office 2011’s good luck streak

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 currently supports Mac OS 10.5.8 and later.  This includes 10.12 if fully patched (Office 2011 was last updated June 2017).  All indications are however that this good luck streak may end with macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Public beta testers of macOS 10.13 have reported that while Office 2011 apps will launch, they run at notably slower speeds, and experience frequent unexpected quits.  Some have called it a “critically unstable experience”.  For some, these problems appear to be limited to macOS 10.13 running on the new APFS file system, but others have reported similar issues with the HFS+ file system. Microsoft has posted that Office 2011 “Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided.”

macOS 10.13 will be released this Fall, and coincidentally Microsoft is ending support for Office for Mac 2011 on 10/10/2017.  No further Office 2011 updates will be released after that date.

If you’re still running Office 2011, and haven’t upgraded to Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 yet, play your cards wisely.

R.I.P. Mac startup chime

Late 2016 Mac models and newer do not have a startup chime.  Apple also removed the BootAudio NVRAM parameter from the 2017 iMac models (no more hacks to turn it on).

Apple has revised all of their Knowledge articles to reflect this change.  For example, their How to reset NVRAM article now says “Shut down your Mac, then turn it on and immediately hold down these four keys together: Option, Command, P, and R. Keep holding the keys for about 20 seconds, during which your Mac might appear to restart. (If you have a Mac that plays a startup sound when you turn it on, you can release the keys after the second startup sound.)”

Bonus trivia: All Mac models manufactured between 1999 and Late 2016 played an F-sharp major chord as their startup chime, and this sound file’s origin was from the Quadra 840AV C major chord startup chime, pitch shifted up to F-sharp major.

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