Last July I wrote the following about Goodlinks.
In my opinion, GoodLinks is one of the best read-it-later apps out there. The reading experience is excellent. Articles and reading position sync between devices via iCloud. And best of all it’s a one-time purchase for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Since it’s a relatively new app it’s missing a few features. One big one for me is that there is no way to import saved bookmarks from other apps. I would like to use GoodLinks as my bookmark manager as well as read-it-later but until import is available that will have to wait.
Since then, the developer has been busy improving Goodlinks, and it has become my go to read-it-later and bookmark manager app of choice.
In version 1.1.1 the ability to import links from Instapaper, Pinboard, and Pocket was added. Version 1.2 added support for iOS and iPadOS 14 and widgets. And version 1.2.1 added the ability to export links.
At this time, the only thing that’s missing from Goodlinks is highlighting, but I can work around that by clipping excerpts to Drafts instead.
Give Goodlinks a try. I highly recommend it. Oh! And by the way, it’s a universal purchase, so it’s a one-time purchase that includes the Mac, iOS, and iPadOS apps. And it syncs via iCloud, so there’s no subscription.
I installed Big Sur on my 2015 MacBook Pro the other day. One area that I wanted to customize was the menubar. There is so much blank space between the icons, it’s a gigantic waste of space and looks awful. Even after installing Bartender 4 to organize my menubar I wanted to move some items to the Control Center for better organization.
Now that I have items in the Control Center, that used to be visible in the menubar, I’ll be accessing Control Center more frequently. Rather than clicking Control Center, I wanted a keyboard shortcut to toggle it open and closed. I did this with a Keyboard Maestro macro.
Credit maxwellj02 for the apple script:
tell application "System Events"
tell process "Control Center"
tell menu bar item "control center" of menu bar 1
By the way, my Big Sur install went perfectly and I haven’t had any issues.
This morning I ran Mojave Security Update 2020-03 released yesterday on my MacBook Pro. After updating to my surprise the Catalina update was back.
This pissed me off because I never planned on upgrading to Catalina. That’s why I had previously hidden it using the terminal command (sudo softwareupdate –ignore “macOS Catalina”).
Now in 10.14, you can no longer use softwareupdate —ignore to hide/block a major Update like macOS Catalina after installing the 2020-003 Security Update. I tried and this is what I got:
Ignoring software updates is deprecated.
The ability to ignore individual updates will be removed in a future release of macOS.”
Users Beware! This feels like Apple trying to trick/force us on to Catalina.
I found this Mr. Macintosh article that explains what’s happening in more detail.
A couple of days ago I installed iOS 13 on my iPhone and iPadOS on my iPad. I’ve taken some time to review the new features in both OS’s. I did that by watching the below videos by 9to5 Mac and found them to be very informative.
With iOS 13 I don’t see much that will change how I use my iPhone. On the other hand, I see quite a bit in iPadOS that will change how I use my iPad. Particularly the multitasking features.
The upgrade on my Apple Watch didn’t go smoothly. I’m not sure how to explain this but my Watch update was stuck on an old update 5.3.2 that never finished downloading and installing. My Watch was actually on 5.3.1. I got a message that the install was paused because I needed to connect the Watch to WiFi. So I did that but it was still stalled. As a last resort, I rebooted my iPhone and Watch and went back into the Watch software update and the stall cleared its self out and then the 6.1 update appeared. After that, the install completed with no problems. Bye the way, I like the new California watch faces in watchOS 6. Very cool!
As for macOS Catalina on my MacBook Pro? Well, that’s going to have to wait. It is riddled with problems that I don’t want to deal with. I might not Catalina and just wait for next years macOS update in hopes that it will be a stability update.
I don’t know about you but I have no plan to install macOS Catalina any time soon. And this is the recommendation of many prominent Apple bloggers and podcasters. Why? Catalina is full of potential problems.
That said, I was tired of the Catalina Software Upgrade notice bugging me every day. Here’s how I got rid of it How to Hide MacOS Catalina from Software Update on Mac.
I read a lot of reviews when Apple releases their new OS’s. That way I’m up to speed on what to expect when I finally decide to install them.
MacStories reviews are always one of the best.
iOS and iPadOS 13: The MacStories Review
No stone is left unturned in iOS 13 – and that includes iPad too.
macOS Catalina: The MacStories Review
With Catalina, Apple has taken clear, though not always successful, steps to bridge the divide between the Mac and iOS. App functionality has been realigned, System Preferences has been rearranged, and new features have been added to make it easier to move from one platform to the other.
If you have iOS devices and an iPad or Mac you’re going to want to read this Apple Support article regarding the new Reminders app before you upgrade to iOS 13. This may save you a lot of frustration.
Upgraded reminders aren’t compatible with earlier versions of iOS and macOS. If you upgrade your reminders on your iPhone with iOS 13, your iPad and Mac using the same iCloud account can’t access your reminders until iPadOS and macOS 10.15 Catalina are available.
I thought I was having intermittent WiFi dropouts with my MacBook Pro. It started all of a sudden a couple of days ago. The odd thing is, it wasn’t happening on any other devices or my wife’s new MacBook Air.
It was getting frustrating. Websites would take forever to load. Sometimes they would time out. I rebooted my MacBook and turned WiFi on and off. I rebooted my modem and Eero. I ran a speedtest and that also checked good. And after all that the issue persisted.
At a loss for what to do next, I finally remembered that I’m using Cloudflare’s 18.104.22.168 DNS servers. Could that be it?
Yes! I switched back to my ISP’s DNS servers. After doing that everything was working as it should work. I then switched to OpenDNS servers and they worked fine as well.
I’m guessing Cloudflare is having some sort of an unresolved issue with there 22.214.171.124 servers.
It was very disappointing to read that 1Password 6 will stop working with Safari 13.
On Monday, Apple released the macOS Catalina public beta that includes a preview of Safari 13, which is set for release this fall. We’ve discovered there’s lots to love about Safari 13, but we’ve also learned that it will no longer work for customers using 1Password 6.
I moved from LastPass to 1Password when LastPass had a security issue a few years ago. Another thing with LastPass, I didn’t like having my passwords on LastPass’ servers. At that time the 1Password vault was locally stored which is what I was looking for.
Now, here’s my dilemma. One, 1Password 7 is a subscription, which I don’t want, or I could buy the upgrade for the standalone version at $49.99 which I don’t want to do either since 1Password 6 does everything I need.
Here are my options:
1Password 6 will continue to work in Firefox and Chrome so I could switch to Firefox.
1Password 6 will continue to work with other browsers. Safari lovers like myself won’t want to hear this one, but if you’re stuck and really can’t upgrade, you can still use 1Password 6 in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi.
Or I could switch password managers and continue using Safari as my preferred browser. I have Enpass installed on my Macs, and iOS devices but haven’t used it. One thing I like about Enpass is vaults are locally stored and can sync via iCloud. I also like that Enpass is a purchase and not a subscription.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to experiment with my options.
My iMac is a late 2013 non-retina model. That’s close to 6 years old but it still runs fine. The only problem has been that it’s still on Sierra.
I’ve been reluctant to upgrade it to Mojave for two reasons. One is I was afraid I would run into the same problems I had when trying to upgrade from Sierra to High Sierra. I wrote about it here. Two is a problem that I read about on several forums where after upgrading to Mojave fonts are blurry on non-retina Macs.
So, here’s what finally convinced me that I needed to bite the bullet and attempt to put Mojave on my iMac. A few days ago Agile Tortoise released a Mac version of Drafts. Drafts is an app that I use regularly on iOS so of course, I wanted to have it on my Mac as well. So off to the Mac App Store I go to get the app. Come to find out the Mac version requires macOS 10.13 or higher and I’m running 10.12. I need to update my macOS.
To make a long story short I upgrade my Mac to Mojave without a hitch. I didn’t notice any blurry fonts but a few articles suggested running this terminal command so I did.
Apple’s macOS Mojave disables subpixel antialiasing, also known as font smoothing, by default. On a MacBook Air or a desktop Mac hooked up to a non-Retina display, upgrading will make your fonts look worse.
Update: We’ve found a better method that will actually re-enable subpixel antialiasing rather than just relying on font smoothing. Open a Terminal and run the following command:
defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO
Log out and log back in for your changes to take effect. Thanks to Dean Herbert for reporting this to us.
I now have Drafts on my Mac as well as the latest macOS.