While running the brand new version 6.9.3 of the amazing Digital Asset Manager NeoFinder for Mac through our extensive and complex testing plan, we have discovered a couple of strange bugs and secret hidden features in Apples new operating system macOS Sierra.
But the really good news first:
NeoFinder Mac 6.9.3 runs really nice and smooth in macOS Sierra, and will be released on Monday, September 26, 2016!
NeoFinder is able to catalog text excerpts from RTF and Microsoft Word documents, among others. macOS Sierra adds a very interesting new twist to that.
If your document contains one of the Apple standard fonts that seems to be no longer automatically installed (probably to save space and download time, who knows), macOS Sierra now offers to download and activate that font for you:
While that is an interesting and possibly nice feature for some users, this really is a problem when you catalog a disk with thousands or millions of text files in NeoFinder. In that case, cataloging will pause until you have replied to that dialog.
And if you select “Skip”, that exact same dialog will show up seconds later for that exact same font in another document. Bummer.
Most unfortunately, there is completely zero official documentation from Apple about this unexpected behaviour, and so far no way to turn off this disruptive feature during cataloging.
We have posted a bug report with Apple, and hope to get a reply from them soon.
Until then, you have two options:
- Turn off the option to catalog the text contents of files. That will prevent NeoFinder of cataloging all text files, though. You can have a finer grained exclusion of only .RTF text files, as described in the NeoFinder Users Guide.
- Download and activate the required fonts from Apple once, and be done with it.
As with most new operating system versions in the past 6 years, macOS Sierra has some strange visual glitches. We saw them during testing of NeoFinder in NeoFinder itself, but also in Apples Finder and other applications. Things like the blue background of selected items in an outline view sometimes disappearing, and such.
So far, none of these have caused any real problems, and we expect Apple for fix them in 10.12.1 or 10.12.2, as they did in the previous five major OS releases.
The HFS Standard filesystem is no longer supported
This short sentence in the official technical documentation about macOS Sierra from Apple (https://developer.apple.com/library/content/releasenotes/MacOSX/WhatsNewInOSX/Articles/OSXv10.html) should start to make you nervous.
It means that Apple no longer cares about their original file system.
But that is so long ago, who cares?
You may care a great deal!
If you have a large archive of data CDs or DVDs, those created prior to 1998, you may not be able to actually read them in macOS Sierra, even if these disks are still perfectly OK.
So go and check your digital data archive. If there are files on these older disks that you may still want to use, now is really the time to copy them to a new device!
One massive problem we have encountered during the upgrade from Mac OS X 10.10.5 to macOS Sierra was the complete disappearance of every single mail in Apples Mail.app!
So far it is unclear what caused this, but even though Mail was able to use all existing mail accounts, it has simply deleted every single mail in our massive mail folder.
Good thing we always try these upgrades only on our test machines with a copy of the real data, so in our case, no real data was lost.
So if you like to keep your mail, make sure you have a valid and current backup, if you really think about upgrading to macOS Sierra today.
We will postpone upgrading our work machines to macOS Sierra until Apple fixes the problems in Mail.