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How to quickly finish updating macOS?

Isn’t it boring when updating macOS, all you can do is waiting and watching the progress bar? Lately a user posted on Reddit to share a Terminal command that can speed up macOS update.

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The user said it usually takes half an hour to update macOS through the App Store. macOS now has a built-in utility that quickens the update, and users can use their devices while updating the system.

The user also said it only took him 10 minutes to finish updating to the latest version of macOS 12.6. The device needs to restart during the update, so you won’t be able to use your device for about 2 minutes.  The user suggested using the following commands for update:

softwareupdate -l 

softwareupdate -i -a

The first one is to check for updates, the second is to install the update. During the process you’ll be prompted to restart the device.

The post soon received replies – another user discovered a method with higher efficiency. This user said executing “sudo softwareupdate -ia;sudo reboot” command will automatically do the tasks one by one, so that during the update you can put the device aside and do other things.

Another method is to execute “sudo sh -c “softwareupdate -ia && sudo reboot” command. The device will restart after the first task is done, and you’ll be prompted if the device fails to restart.

The last but the better way is to execute “sudu sh -c “softwareupdate -ia && reboot” command.

Well, no matter which way you choose to update the device, backup is always suggested.

Fantastical 2 update: several new features added

Fantastical 2, Mac calendar app released by developer Flexibits, has now receive its 2.4 version update, which includes some great new features. This can be the greatest update since 2015.

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In version 2.4, Fantastical 2 users will be delighted to find out they can add attachments to this app. Besides the attachment functions, many changes for view and usability have also been made in this Mac app.

The following is the update details of Fantastical 2 stated in the Mac App Store:

  • Atachments! View, create, and edit attachments on iCloud and Exchange
  • View attachments on Google Calendar
  • Travel Time! Receive notifications when you need to leave to reach an event on time
  • Define travel time so you can plan how long it will take to reach an event
  • Fantastical 2 will now combine identical events that are on multiple calendars
  • Undo and redo adding, editing, and deleting events and reminders
  • Click “more…” on a busy day in the month view to show more events and reminders
  • Customize the number of weeks shown in the month view

Currently Mac users who run OS X 10.11 or higher (64-bit processor only) can download version 2.4 of Fantastical 2 from the Mac App Store.

See what’s new on Safari 11

Apple has declared war against annoying auto-playing videos and creepy ad tracking across the websites users visit. In High Sierra, the company has ramped up Safari’s capabilities to shield users against both. And these auto-playing defenses are incredibly effective so far.

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You can set preferences for individual websites or a blanket rule that bans all autoplay, only stops content with sound, or lets everything play:

I haven’t found any site that can successfully break through Safari’s new safeguards against unexpected media playback. Loading animations made clear that sites were trying to auto-play something, but they still failed. Apple insists that it’s way faster than Chrome.

With the new update, though, Safari lets you make it the default way to view web pages, where possible. You can also choose to have the Reader mode activated just for specific websites.

Public beta of Mac blog publishing app MarsEdit 4 is now available

A new version of the MarsEdit blog publishing app has been rolled out. If you’re running the current version on your Mac, you can try out the public beta for free ahead of its release.

This is from the MarsEdit 4 public beta announcement:

“It’s been over 7 years since MarsEdit 3 was released. Typically I would like to maintain a schedule of releasing major upgrades every two to three years. This time, a variety of unexpected challenges led to a longer and longer delay.

The good news? MarsEdit 4 is finally shaping up. I plan to release the update later this year.

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If you decide to install the beta, please join us in the Red Sweater Slack team to discuss the upcoming release. As always, I welcome bug reports and other feedback via email as well.”

If you don’t have a MarsEdit 3 license, you’ll need to purchase a license between now and launch for $39.95 to run the public beta, then upgrade to MarsEdit 4 without an additional charge.

Briefly MarsEdit 4’s top new features and changes include:

  • Editor Enhancements
  • WordPress-specific enhancements
  • Improved system integration
  • Expanded post downloads
  • Automated preview templates
  • Safari App Extension
  • Application Sandbox