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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

Tutorials: Disable Touch Bar text prediction on MBP

Previous report said law students who have bought the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar must disable the Touch Bar functions when attending the bar examination 2017, because Touch Bar can predict text according to the words typed in.

During the exam, the Bar Examination Committee will disable MacBook Pro from accessing the Internet, apps and files, but Touch Bar on MacBook Pro can break these restrictions, that’s why Touch Bar must be disabled.

ExamSoft, the company that provides exam management solutions, said that Touch Bar’s text prediction will effect the completeness of the exam. Let’s see how to disable the text predction of Touch Bar on MacBook Pro.

  1. Open the System Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard.
  3. In the Keyboard window you can see two drop-down menus. In the first drop-down menu (Multi-Touch Bar), select Unfolded Control Strip.
  4. In the second drop-down menu, select Display F1, F2, etc.

After finishing the above settings, you will see the Touch Bar displays default function keys. The text prediction can be restored anytime it’s needed.

Be careful! Two malware appeared on Mac

Recently two Mac malware respectively called “MacSpy” and “MacRansom” which attack through MaaS and RaaS have been discovered on Dark Web.

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They both came from the same malware developer, but security companies Fortinet and AlienVault thought the developer is inexperienced, pointing out that the malware don’t have digital signature file, which means macOS that has protective measures can detect them and send alerts. Researchers called MacSpy a “better coding tool”, MacRansom is a more dangerous malware due to its ability of permanently destroying users’ files.

Fortunately, MacSpy and MacRansome haven’t spread widely, because the developer requires contact from customers for direct price negotiation. Meanwhile, Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle said Internet criminals have been focusing on Mac more and more. Researcher Ruben Dodge said that users of macOS and iOS need to be much more careful, because it’s very likely they will be targets of hackers. Despite that fact that MacSpy and MacRansom haven’t infected many computers, there can be a very powerful malware awaiting in the near future.

Although Mac computer is considered safer than Windows PC, but lately the number of outlaws targeting Mac is growing.

New macOS support device list: same as the last year

At Apple WWDC in 2017, the new macOS launched as expected, but it’s called macOS High Sierra, not the names of scenic spots in States as we guessed.

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Just like the name indicates, its coming doesn’t exclude any type of Mac. In other words, as long as your Mac computer supports macOS Sierra, it can be updated to the this new version. Specific devices include:

  • MacBook (from 2009 and later)
  • iMac (from 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (from 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (from 2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (from 2010and later)
  • Mac Pro (from 2010 and later)

Starting from last year, macOS Sierra no longer supports Mac devices produced in 2007,  2008, and 2009. Apple said that Mac’s software update cycle will be closer to the hardware update cycle. So the launch of High Sierra doesn’t mean those old machines won’t be supported, which did surprise many users.

But since currently Mac hardware update frequency has been greatly lowered, many old type of machines still have their value. Although old devices will not support every feature of the new system, many users won’t be worried their devices may lose Apple’s support due to this update.

Beta 1 of macOS 10.12.6 released on Mac App Store

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Apple has rolled out the first beta of macOS 10.12.6 for developer testing. This update is likely for bug fixing and security improvements.

Releases notes for the update can be seen by developers through the Mac App Store, but no specific focus areas are mentioned.

One day after the public release of macOS 10.12.5, which was previously only available for developers and public beta testers, the first beta of macOS 10.12.6 was released.

Now registered developers can download macOS 10.12.6; a public beta version may be released shortly.

We will update if any features are discovered in the new update.

 

How to solve intermittent WiFi disconnection on Mac?

WiFi disconnection is very frustrated, how can we deal with it?

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The reasons that cause WiFi disconnection on Mac include:

1. The router is interfered by external factors or its signal is weak.

2. Incorrect settings of Mac networking.

3. Unsafe app has been used for network freeloading, which resulted in setting modification by the unsafe app.

Corresponding solutions are as follows:

1. Change the position of the router.

2. Open “Network” from “System Preferences”, click “Automatic”, select “Edit locations…”, click “+” to add a new network site, and reboot the Mac.

3. Restore the router to its factory settings, and call the network provider to unbound the media access control code.

Additionally, if the Mac used to get impacted badly, there may be some problem with its network card. But most of the time, intermittent Wifi disconnection on Mac is caused due to router setting modification by unsafe factors.

Access NTFS read-write functions on macOS Sierra

This has been tested successfully on macOS Sierra. I put NTFS in another disk partition (also works for mobile HDD). There are many similar articles on the Internet, but none of them said the test was successful, probably because of different system versions. I couldn’t index NTFS disk, even after we tried to recreate system index, there were still missing files for unknown.

Return to the subject, here are the steps:

1. Open the Terminal, enter the following command to view disk information – your partitions under Name (Mine are C, D, E, F).

diskutil list

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2. Check /etc/fstab files – fstab is a text file, which should be empty if it hasn’t been modified. This file is used to configure file system, and all your plug-in partitions must be in this file, otherwise they won’t be added the next time you start up. You’re suggested using Notepad to modify, just enter the this command:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Then enter the system password (it will skip if no password has been set), you will see the file content.

3. Type the following commands. The “C, D, E ,F” represent my NTFS partitions, just replace them with your partition names, each line for one partition. Use \404 to replace blank space in your volume labels if there is any. When you finish typing in these commands, press ctrl + X, and the Notepad will ask you whether to save it. Chooose “yes” and exit.

LABEL=C none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

LABEL=D none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

LABEL=E none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

LABEL=F none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

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4. Eject the mobile HDD/Plug in the computer, use an uninstall tool for removal, then successively add them in the disk utility.

5. Enter the following command to mount the disk volume lables (If you can’t perform this step, it may not be seen in Finder).

sudo In -s /Volumes ~/Desktop/Volumes

Surprise! Workflow updated to resupport Chrome

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Workflow, a few days ago, released an update to fix bugs and resupport Google Chrome and Pocket. Before this, after Apple acquired Workflow, users discovered that they couldn’t operate Chrome and Pocket on this app. This update also added two features for Apple Music.

After Apple acquired Workflow, this app remained on the App Store, and Apple has allowed part of the users to apply for refund. Although team of the app said there wouldn’t be any update in the near future, Apple just brought us this little surprise still.

Workflow 1.7.4 update allows users to continue using Google Chrome and Pocket. For example, users can open particular URL on Chrome using the app. On Pocket, items can be added to the reading list, and items can be obtained from the reading list.

Additionally, this update provides Add and Remove for Apple Music’s Up Next, plus a series of actions, the automation will be able to create an Up Next playlist quickly.

Workflow can be downloaded from the iOS App Store for free on iPad and iPhone.

Steps to clear all user log files on Mac

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The logging system of macOS is very elaborate that i can monitor and log various system level and app level functionality, including app crashes, problems, and internal errors with apps.

Here you can learn how to access the raw log files and clear these user level logs from your Mac. But this is aimed at advanced Mac users instead of the average or novice users.

To be perfectly clear, these logs are almost entirely crash and error logs for particular apps. Despite what some third-party utilities may claim, removing user level logs is not a necessary task and nor should this be encouraged.

How to clear user logs from macOS

You’re suggested backing up your Mac before doing this.

1. From the Mac finder, pull down the “Go” menu and select “Go to folder”

2. Enter the following directory path exactly, including the tilde:

~/Library/Logs

3. Selectively choose the logs you want to inspect or delete, or alternatively you can select and trash them all

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4. Empty the Trash

Please note that you may not restore any meaningful disk space by deleting log files, which may take up just a couple of megabytes or maybe even just kilobytes. And doing this will not speed up your Mac.

Feature of Office was designed on Mac

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In Windows, Clippy can help PC users with their Microsoft Office software. Despite it’s meant to be good, it’s not favored by everyone. “You’re writing, need some help?” This prologue of Clippy is the biggest reason that Microsoft Office users don’t like it.

Since 1997, we could see Clippy automatically appear in Microsoft Office, until 2001, it’s no longer a default feature of the software. Microsoft even made fun of Clippy in the ads of new Office software to emphasize the convenience of their new product. In the 2007 version and higher, Microsoft Office has completely terminated the Clippy help system.

Recently the designer of Clippy, Kevan Atteberry, mentioned this work in the interview of Motherboard, retrospecting many interesting things and the process of designing Clippy back in the old days. He said there were 250 designs to choose in total, and Microsoft, designers and social psychologists of Stanford University together made the decision of choosing his design. None of them thought it would be disliked by users.

But the most unexpected is that since Clippy was chosen, Atteberry never saw it himself. You might have guessed it: Atteberry designed Clippy on Mac, which he works with all the time without using Windows, so he hasn’t gotten a chance to see Clippy.