Compatibility of my apps with Mojave: details and advice
Matthew Stickler has kindly started a private tap for Homebrew hosted on Github, which has many of these apps: please visit it here for further details. Many thanks to Matthew for doing this.
Apps for Mojave and High Sierra only
Signet – scans and checks bundle signatures
New! Scans a selected folder looking for apps and other bundles. For each found, checks it signature and reports any problems, including revocation, missing signature, or obsolete signature type. Invaluable for finding gronky old software, apps which have had their certificates revoked, and more. Does Gatekeeper’s job properly. Second (stable) beta, notarized.
Signet 1.0b2 (Mojave and High Sierra only)
Apps for Mojave (not High Sierra or earlier)
Nalaprop – multilingual natural language parsing
Parses multilingual text to mark up its different parts of speech. Documentation include relevant source code. Works brilliantly in Dark Mode. Seventh beta release, notarized, analyses interactively while you are writing, word frequency counts include option to count by stem/root (lemma) of word, extensive find, colour keys.
Nalaprop 1.0b9 (Mojave only)
Apps (for Macs running El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra or Mojave)
Some are now available using AutoPkg: see this article for details.
LockRattler – a quick check of your security systems
SystHist – lists full system and security update installation history
32-bitCheck – checks installed apps, code bundles, command tools and more for those which are 32-bit
Cirrus – takes control of iCloud, investigates and diagnoses its problems
Cirrus has four main functions. It can download and evict (from local storage) items stored in iCloud so that you can manage them properly. It provides full details about files and folders held in iCloud. It performs a test file upload, which can help unstick pending uploads. It also provides specialised access to iCloud-related log activity. New iCloud Browser gets info straight from iCloud, works with Desktop & Documents Folders option, saves detailed reports, and runs on El Capitan too (except log feature). New version notarized for Mojave.
Cirrus 1.3 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Precize – looks deep into files, bundles and folders to show their full size including extended attributes, provides macOS Bookmarks and volfs paths as enduring file references, and detailed information contained in Bookmarks and Aliases
Drag and drop items onto Precize and it tells you how much space they really take on disk, including all their extended attributes. It lists all inode data and gives
volfs and File Reference URL paths to an item. It also provides macOS Bookmarks, and its integrated Bookmark Resolver locates and previews files from their Bookmarks. New version shows internal data within Bookmarks and Aliases, even those which can’t be resolved.
Precize 1.7 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Revisionist – opens up the full power of the macOS versioning system
Revisionist makes deep copies of documents with all their versions, and carries versions across iCloud Drive and other barriers. It also identifies and lists files with multiple versions, lists versions with details for individual files, previews them using Quick Look, and removes/deletes selected versions from the macOS database. New version is notarized for Mojave, and all-round better security.
Revisionist 1.2 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
xattred – full-featured extended attribute editor, can also add quarantine xattrs
Scrub – cleans folders and volumes of potentially leaking sensitive data
Scrub clears extended attributes which can show when a file was downloaded, and where from; old versions; turns off Spotlight indexing; clears the QuickLook cache; can even set all file dates to 1970. These greatly limit the forensic footprint of your most sensitive files. Powerful, so please read the docs carefully before use. Second beta release fixes bug handling individual files, and is now notarized.
Scrub 1.0b2 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Aquiline Check – clear your QuickLook cache to protect your privacy
Aquiline Check lets you empty your QuickLook cache to remove all trace of thumbnails and previews of old documents, such as those from encrypted disks. It can also disable caching, and check that the cache is being managed safely. Second beta release, with Aquiliner menubar companion app now in version 1.0.
Aquiline Check 1.0b2a (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Bailiff – menubar control over whether iCloud documents are kept in local storage
Bailiff is a simple menubar app which lets you evict iCloud files and folders from local storage, or download them when you want. Saves your Mac’s startup disk from getting cluttered with files you don’t want or use. Update looks much better in Dark Mode, and helps you through Mojave’s privacy controls.
Bailiff 1.3 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
DeepTools – three quick and simple tools to preserve versions associated with your documents when copying or moving them
DeepCopy preserves versions when copying/moving within a local volume, or between volumes. DeepArchive and DeepUnarchive ensure complete mobility, keeping versions intact for other Macs on iCloud, when copying to memory sticks, networked storage (NAS), even sending documents by email, and with other operating systems including Linux/Unix and Windows. Now fully compatible with Dark Mode and notarized.
DeepTools 1.2 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
SearchKey – adds metadata to any file to aid Spotlight search
SearchKeyLite – lightweight tool to add metadata to documents to aid Spotlight search
UTIutility – UTI scanning and conversion utility
UTIutility can scan folders to discover and list all the different UTI type designators used, and converts between UTIs, filename extensions, MIME types, and more. Update adds more info about UTIs, works excellently in Dark Mode, and is notarized.
UTIutility 1.0b3 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
alisma – a command tool to create Finder aliases, and to resolve them to full paths
alisma is a small command tool which gives access to Finder aliases from Terminal and shell scripts. It has two options, one which creates a Finder alias to a given file/folder, the other which resolves and existing Finder alias to the full path to the file/folder. Now compatible with Mojave too.
alisma 1.1 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
cmpxat – a command tool to compare all the extended attributes (xattrs) between two files, reporting any differences
Apps (for Macs running Sierra, High Sierra or Mojave)
Albinoz has revised and repackaged Alex Karahalios’ original shell script and Automator workflow to convert JPEG images to HEIF/HEIC format. They are both available from this article, which explains more fully.
Pratique – simple utility to mark document quarantine flags as clear
Sandstrip – strips unwanted quarantine flags written by sandboxed apps
ArchiChect – drag-and-drop check of executable code architecture, and whether 64-bit
The Time Machine Mechanic (T2M2) – a quick but thorough check of Time Machine backing up
Consolation – a log browser for macOS Sierra and High Sierra
Podofyllin – lightweight PDF viewer and analyser
Alifix – refreshes Aliases and identifies broken Aliases
New! Scans folders deeply to identify and refresh all Finder Aliases, including those made by
alisma. Reports all that are broken, and optionally writes adjacent text file with their internal details to help you repair the Alias. Second beta for High Sierra 10.12.2 and later, with much improved refreshing of Aliases. Ideal before and after cloning or copying large folders or volumes, and as periodic housekeeping.
Alifix 1.0b2 (for Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave).
DelightEd – Rich Text (RTF) editor with special Dark Mode features and interlinear text
Taccy – troubleshoot privacy problems
Taccy examines an app’s Info.plist file and its code signature to discover its full settings for accessing protected data, particularly in Mojave. Helps you decide whether to add it to Full Disk Access, and debug problems with the privacy system, TCC. Ideal for advanced users, sysadmins, developers, security researchers, and anyone exploring macOS. Fifth public beta, adds log browser to inspect what is happening with TCC and more.
Taccy 1.0b7 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
RouteMap and Whither – performance analysis for apps, scripts, and more
Woodpile – a new type of log browser, which explores long periods from the top down
RunConsolation – runs Consolation2 as root to enable log browsing when in normal user mode
MakeLogarchive – a utility for creating logarchives readable by Console from ‘live’ logs or raw log folders
RunT2M2 – runs T2M2 as root to enable assessment of Time Machine when in normal user mode
KeychainCheck – a quick check of your keychain setup
If you’re suffering problems with your keychains, KeychainCheck provides a basic set of information about them which you can use in diagnosis.
Version 1.3 (Sierra, and High Sierra)
KeychainCheck 2 – thorough diagnostics and tools for your keychain
Completely rewritten, this uses lower-level access to keychains, and will offer sophisticated analysis to perform more thorough diagnosis of keychain problems, and provide tools to fix them. This third alpha release contains more detailed features to work with local and iCloud keychains, in Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave, and works properly in Mojave’s Dark Mode.
Dystextia – encodes and decodes Unicode Latin text using unconventional code points
A unique app which lets you explore hidden reaches of Unicode. Converts text so that it can still be read normally by a human, but uses weird character encodings which break search and string comparison operations. Can be used to electronically obfuscate text, for privacy, spoofing, and more. Version 1.2 also has a Maximum mode for total obfuscation. Now notarized for Mojave.
Dystextia 1.5 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
PermissionScanner – searches folders for files which are either not writable or not readable
Performs deep search of folders containing Preferences and other files to alert you to potential problems with their permissions. An alternative to the blunt tool of repairing permissions on your whole Home folder, perhaps. Updated to run better in the background.
PermissionScanner 1.3 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
RepairHomePermissions – repairs the permissions in your Home folder
The only app which will help you repair the permissions in your Home folder, which can fix a variety of different problems, according to Apple. Saves you using Terminal’s command line. First full release, works in background and notarized for Mojave.
RepairHomePermissions 1.1 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
DispatchView – analyses the log for task dispatching issues
Rosettavert – converts between different text encodings
Uses the command tool
iconv to perform conversions between around 144 different text encodings. Update fully compatible with Mojave and notarized.
Rosettavert 1.2 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Apfelstrudel – check the normalisation of Unicode text, to spot potential problems with file systems other than HFS+
Apfelstrudel details the four Unicode normalisation forms for entered text, including that for the Mac Extended file system, HFS+. Use it to explore potential problems with normalisation, such as working with Linux and Apple’s new APFS file systems, and to explore Unicode representations of text. This update has been notarized for Mojave.
Apfelstrudel 1.2 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
HelpHelp – diagnose and fix problems with Help Books, and open selected ones for search
HelpHelp lists all the currently-available Help Books, and provides detailed paths and signatures for them. It can register an app of your choice, so overriding settings to use a specific Help Book. This helps you diagnose and fix problems. It will also perform a search on any selected Help Book without opening its app. Somewhere between High Sierra 10.13 and 10.13.4, Apple has made major changes to the Help system, and HelpHelp no longer works on 10.13.4. It remains compatible with Sierra 10.12.6, though.
HelpHelp 1.1 (Sierra)
unorml – a command tool to normalise a string to any of the four Unicode forms
unorml converts the string supplied as its argument to any of the four (C, D, KC, KD) Unicode normalised forms, and helps you address normalisation issues, as may arise on Apple’s new file system, APFS. Now compatible with Mojave.
unorml 2.1 (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Blowhole – a command tool to write into the log in macOS Sierra and later
BasicPDFViewer – complete Xcode 10.1 project and source for a PDF reader and PDF Help book
A complete Xcode 10.1 project written in Swift 4.2 for a PDF reader app, using PDFKit and AppKit. See articles here for a blow-by-blow account of how to make your own. Version 1.0b3 adds Help support using a PDF Help book which can be used for almost any app. Compatible with Sierra and later, and probably El Capitan too. Copyright-free, for free use in any app, including commercial.
ScriptBase – a kickstart project for scripting using Swift 4.0 in Xcode 9.2
A complete Xcode 9.2 project written in Swift 4.0 for compatibility with El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra. Use as the start of a new script project, or follow its detailed step-by-step guide to create your own. Includes many useful helper functions for single-window apps. Copyright-free, for free use in any app, including commercial.
Dropsy – a project prototype for droplet apps to process files using Swift 4.0 in Xcode 9.2
A complete Xcode 9.2 project for a document-based app written in Swift 4.0 and compatible with El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra. Includes example code which makes a copy of any files or folders dropped onto it, or opened via its menu. Complete with documentation, and for free use in any app, including commercial.
MacAppScaffold – a quick start Xcode project for scripting
An Xcode 8.3 project for a document-based Mac app written in Swift 3.1. Use as the basis for a new script project, or create a new project and copy across the Storyboard and ViewController.swift files from this. Includes additional helper source code. Described in this article.
Version 1.0 (release)
DispatchRider – an experimental utility to schedule and run background tasks using DAS and CTS dispatching
DispatchRider lets you set command tasks to be run automatically like Time Machine, using Apple’s ‘smart’ energy-efficient systems, rather than at fixed times using
DispatchRider 0.3b1 (Sierra and High Sierra)
Tinderbox/Storyspace Hypertext documents
Consolidated articles to help you diagnose and manage Mac problems, drawn from this blog (still growing), for Tinderbox, Storyspace and Storyspace Reader: Mac Problems 3
A Swift Scrapbook, of Swift Snippets, Swift 3.1 code for a wide range of common or useful tasks in macOS Sierra. Primarily for Tinderbox 7, although it can also be used in Storyspace: Swift Scrapbook
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book 1, in parallel Latin and English translation (text only): Metamorphoses Book 1
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book 1, in parallel Latin and English translation (with 21 paintings): Metamorphoses Book 1 illustrated
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book 1, in parallel Latin and English translation (with 21 paintings) for Tinderbox 7: Ovid Metamorphoses Book 1 (TB 7)
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book 1, in parallel Latin and English translation (with 21 paintings) for Tinderbox 7, Storyspace 3.3, and Storyspace Reader 3.3: Ovid Metamorphoses Book 1 (all)
The Salome Story: an examination of dozens of paintings, plays, texts, and even movies which tell the story of Salome, Herodias, Herod, and John the Baptist, to discover when, how, and why it changed: The Salome Story
Telling Elaine from the Lady of Shalott: full text of Tennyson’s three poems, together with thirteen superb paintings, covering these two Arthurian legends, ready to open in Storyspace, Storyspace Reader, or Tinderbox: Elaine of Astolat and The Lady of Shalott.
Tinderbox export to HTML to make a Help Book: a step-by-step guide to creating custom HTML export templates to create the files needed, then building them into a Help Book: Tinderbox 7 document and the folder ready to turn into a Help Book.
LaTeXport: writing LaTeX documents using Tinderbox. A complete set of custom export templates and prototypes for the article document class which can be modified for other types of LaTeX document: LaTeX Paper (version 2).
LaTeXport: writing LaTeX documents using Tinderbox. A complete set of custom export templates and prototypes for the superb tufte-book document class which can be modified for other types of LaTeX document: