Archive for October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Four Affordable Wireless Audio Solutions

Josh Centers:

By far my favorite gadget in this roundup is the Antec AMP SmartBean, a Bluetooth receiver with a headphone jack that works with any audio device that connects via a 3.5mm headphone plug, such as headphones, speakers, and car stereos. It sells for around $25 on Amazon.


The SmartBean supports multipoint pairing so you can pair two devices to it at the same time. However, as with all multipoint Bluetooth devices, doing this often causes more problems than it solves, so I recommend repairing with each device with which you use the SmartBean.

The downside, for car use, is that it’s another thing to charge.

Previously: Removing the iPhone’s Headphone Jack.

Window Tabbing Pox

Daniel Jalkut:

Showing or hiding the tab bar on any window sets that choice as the default for all future windows in the app. So even new documents that are created by users, and which don’t have their tab bar visible because you’ve disabled it app-wide, will have a tab bar appended when they are restored at launch time, because “Show Tab Bar” was the last user action before disabling tabbing altogether.

The long and short of it? An app stuck in this situation will not have a View -> Show/Hide Tab Bar, and none of its windows will support tabbing, except for any document that is restored at launch time. Even new documents that are created without tab bars will have the tab bar imposed the next launch.

Automatic Download of macOS Sierra

Jim Dalrymple (MacRumors):

Apple told me on Monday that it is making its new macOS Sierra available to customers as an automatic download beginning today. What this means for users is that if you have auto update downloads enabled, macOS Sierra will download in the background for you.

It’s important to note that this is not an automatic installer—this process will only download the update in the background, and then alert you that it is available to install. You can choose to install it when its convenient. You can also choose to ignore the update.

Stephen Hackett:

More importantly, this move may lessen the perceived significance of installing a major update to macOS. While Sierra doesn’t bring sweeping changes, putting it on the same level of updating Tweetbot feels a little problematic.

Unless you’re a developer, I do not recommend updating to macOS 10.12 yet, principally because of the many PDF bugs, which go way beyond what I’ve documented. It looks to me like a discoveryd-type situation. One developer e-mailed me to say:

Whoever rewrote PDFKit should be strung up. They should totally rip it out and replace it with the one from 10.11.

See also: Lloyd Chambers:

When I see a folder with zero (0) bytes, I have a tendency to hit cmd-delete to put it into the trash, and then cmd-shift-delete to empty the trash. A habit I must now unlearn, or possibly suffer data loss.

Joe Rossignol:

Following the release of macOS Sierra last month, the latest operating system has caused some compatibility and stability issues with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac that both companies are working to resolve.

A growing number of users on Adobe's support community claim that Photoshop CC crashes when attempting to print projects after updating to macOS Sierra. Doug Thomson, for example, is unable to print to his Epson 7890, while some other Epson and Canon printer models appear to be affected.

I’ve seen printing problems in a variety of apps.

Update (2016-10-04): Adam Engst has an update on ScanSnap compatibility. It sounds like the issues may not affect me, after all, but I’m going to keep running it in a 10.11 VMware just in case.

See also: Cocoa-Dev.

Update (2016-10-05): Antonio Nunes:

Whatever is going on with PDFKit, it’s not good. At least, it wasn’t for 10.11 and 10.12. PDFKit developed some serious flaws in 10.11, and despite my bug reporting these issues did not get fixed. It’s even so bad that in a 10.12 beta I reported how one of those bugs was affecting the Preview app, and in the next beta issue was fixed in Preview, but not in PDFKit. Which leads me to believe that Preview may no longer be using PDFKit, or at least not its public API in places. And no acknowledgement from Apple whatsoever about any of the PDFKit related bug reports. The issues concerning rendering in PDFKit since 10.11 cripple such a significant part of my software’s functionality, without the possibility of a workaround, that I had to decide to EOL my software, now that it is clear that they won’t be fixed in 10.12.

Disabling macOS Beta Updates

Craig Hockenberry:

There’s a good reason why I don’t want the betas installed on that Mac: it’s the one that runs the version of macOS that most of my customers will be using. It’s also the machine that submits products to the App Store, and we all know how picky they can be about tool and OS versions.


To turn off beta updates I first quit the App Store app and checked that there was a beta seed URL for Software Update using the Terminal[…] I then nuked it:

$ sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/ CatalogURL

Update (2016-10-03): Jeff Johnson:

I think sudo softwareupdate --clear-catalog is sufficient by itself. That’s all I needed to [do].

Jim Zajkowski:

sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Resources/seedutil unenroll (or you can switch to the public beta)