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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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?


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


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


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


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.