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MacOS Catalina

Now that Catalina is out, the temptation is always to update to the latest, greatest new OS but this is one version that requires greater care and thought before updating.

Some of the issues that one may experience is related to the new security requirements where software such as plugins require to be from identified developers. I personally found a major issue with this requirement relating to Rapidweaver add-ons that had not been signed. Basically it prevented me from using any not signed. I now have to wait for the few add-ons to be updated before I can use them again on my Catalina installation. Fortunately I only updated the MacBook and not the iMac where I perform most of my work. I found the same issue with one of my plug-ins for QuarkXpress that stopped working.

Another major change is that 32 bit apps are no longer supported so it is best to check if any of your important apps are 32 bit before updating. You can do this by going to About this Mac/System Report/Applications and then sort the 32/64 bit column. This will list all the 32 bit apps. If any of them are critical, do not update.

In my case, I have kept my main machine on Mojave and created a Mojave VM where I installed the critical 32 bit apps for the short term.

There have been a number of articles on all the new features of Catalina so I will not repeat what is already readily available but the new OS looks great and has provided many improvements.

Check out
https://macmost.com where Gary has released several videos on Catalina.
Other sources include
https://appleinsider.com and https://9to5mac.com as well as many others.
Of course Apple has information about all the new features as well.

Let me know by
email or completing a service request form if you would like some more specific links or help with Catalina.

iOS 13, iPadOS Release Date

The next iOS and the new iPadOS is scheduled for release on 19 September 2019. This will be followed up at the end of the month with another update that will provide some of the features that had been previously promised but failed to make the final version of iOS13.

According to Apple: “iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. With iOS 13, you can now use cutting-edge technologies to build unparalleled augmented reality experiences with ARKit 3, Reality Composer, and RealityKit. Core ML 3 and the new Create ML app help you deliver personalized app experiences quickly and easily with industry-leading, on-device machine learning. Users can sign in to your apps with their Apple ID. And you can take advantage of the latest improvements to Siri Shortcuts, camera APIs, and other exciting technologies.”

Also, “iPadOS features additional technologies that take advantage of the unique functionality of iPad using the iOS SDK. With iPadOS, your iPad apps can now deliver multi-window experiences, add full drawing experiences for Apple Pencil, and contribute fonts for systemwide use”

As well as the release of the new mobile OS’s there are some new iPhones being released as well. Check out Apple’s site for the details at

Catalina will be released some time in October. An article on this is at https://www.cnet.com/how-to/macos-catalina-will-ship-in-october-but-you-can-get-ready-now/

A few reference sites for this are at:

macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update fixes glitches with sleeping Macs

Apple is recommending that all Mac owners install the patch.

The update states:
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update –– Restart Required
The macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update fixes an issue that may prevent certain Macs from waking from sleep properly.
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

According to AppleInsider, “The original version of macOS 10.14.6 was released July 22. That sought to fix graphics glitches when waking a Mac, and it may be that Apple caught exceptions to its work in later testing. The software also made various other bug fixes and closed security vulnerabilities.”

MacOs Supplemental Update

iWork Suite vs MS Office

One of the issues that Mac users face is dealing with the differences between Microsoft Office and the iWork suite of apps.

Obviously if you are creating a new document, you may consider that you start from scratch in Pages, Numbers or Keynote. These apps are very powerful and have numerous features but many who have come from the PC Windows world are used to using the Microsoft Office products.

Personally, I considered myself the Excel and Word guru and found at first that I would gravitate to MS Office. This applied in particular to one complex spreadsheet that I was using which contained over 70,000 rows which of course Numbers does not support. Also, the complexity of the formulae made it difficult to convert. But, this was the only one and if I really needed this in the future, the free Open Office seemed to handle this very well.

Many of the difference require some different thinking. For example, Numbers does not support pivot tables but you can easily achieve the same result as pivot tables in other ways (let me know if you are wondering).

If you wish to check the differences, Apple have provided information concerning this on their site at
https://www.apple.com/au/mac/pages/compatibility/. This also has all the documentation online as well.

MacMost also has very useful information about the products at

The main advantage as I see it for learning and using Pages, Numbers and Keynote is that they come free with every Mac and iOS device. MS Office costs money and for many people, the specific features in MS Office may be overkill, besides, Open Office, which is free, may meet the requirements such as my example where I have an enormous spreadsheet but then, if you are developing a spreadsheet, you may as well design it in such a way where it will work in Numbers.

You Might Want To Uninstall VLC. Right Now. Immediately

In an article published on Gizmodo, they have indicated that there is a security flaw that affects VLC on all but the MacOS platforms.
"The vulnerability allows for RCE (remote code execution) which potentially allows bad actors to install, modify, or run software without authorisation and could also be used to disclose files on the host system. Translation: VLC’s security hole could allow hackers to hijack your computer and see your files."


5G Energy Levels

As it says in the article from ZDNET:
For conspiracy theorists, looks like it's time to head back to chemtrail forums and hating on fluoride, because 5G is no better or worse than the other frequencies used, according to tests from Telstra.
This seems to be in line with information available including the last blog post “
5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?
ZDNET article can be found

Apple issues second iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6, macOS 10.15 betas

The new builds can be acquired by developers in the beta as an over-the-air update on devices enrolled into the program, or via the Apple Developer Center. Public beta versions of each operating system normally arrive a few days after the developer betas, though so far they have not been made available for the milestone versions, and are made available via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Information about the new features of the new operating systems for the different platforms is available on a variety of sources such as
AppleInsider, Catalina Preview , Apple Developer - Beta 2 Release Notes as well as a host of other locations such as TechRadar that reported on the WWDC 2019 event.

One of the many significant changes are with the MacOS which will lose support for 32 bit apps and the iPadOS will have much better functionality with using storage devices for files. Something that has been a long time coming but most probably held back to avoid cannibalising the Mac sales.

How to Record Your Screen on iOS

The following steps will let you record your screen:
  1. Go to Settings / Control Center / Customize Controls.
  2. Select Screen Recording by clicking a green plus icon next to it as shown in the screenshot below
  3. Select Screen Recording by clicking a green plus icon next to it as shown in the screenshot below.
  4. Close the settings and open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (from top right diagonally to centre on iPhone X).
  5. Tap Screen Recording icon, then wait for the three-second countdown.
  6. If this mode is on, you will see a red bar at the top of the screen. To disable recording, simply click the same icon and your video will be saved in the Photos app.

iOS Screen Capture.001

View a short video on the steps

Apple WWDC 2019

Apple will be conducting their Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, June 3rd (US PDT).
It is expected that announcements will be made about the next MacOS 10.15, iOS 13 and as usual, many other announcements ranging from new initiatives to potentially new hardware.
Many IT magazines and bloggers speculate on what to expect. Sometimes they are completely wrong and other times mostly right. It is interesting to speculate but we do not need to wait too long to get the real facts.
theverge published a story found
here and another from MacRumors.

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