troubles moving to the 10.9

Over the weekend, I decided to take a plunge and move my development machine to the 10.9 Mavericks and new Xcode. The biggest problems was with making sure the same application binary runs well both on 10.8 AND 10.9. This was a bit more challenging then I initially suspected, but I think I have managed at the end.

Some things to be aware of:

The permission settings for ‘assistive devices’ have changed in the Mavericks.

The “Enable access for assistive devices” in the Accessibility pane of the System Preferences is gone now. You’ll have to go to the Security & Privacy > Privacy and make sure the application in question (ActoTracker, TagoMan, etc.) shows up in the list of applications allowed to control computer and is enabled. If the application is not in the list, you can add it by dragging it in.

This is well known issue and many apps are affected by this change.

There is nice vimeo showing how it works here: ,although it is not directly related to my apps.

The ActoTracker may crash right after the ‘online update’ on 10.8

This is one ugly problem that may happen on limited number of machines. Because the crash happens right during the startup, the only way to recover is to download the new version directly from the site and install it manually. Updates will continue to work for upcoming versions.

The VipRiser’s driver re-install on 10.9

You may need to re-install the print driver on the 10.9. One way to do it is to use Install Print Driver in the Help menu and follow the instructions through.

Transportable Journal

The revised ActoTracker’s journal format makes it very easy to share information with other Macs. As it is just a regular folder with all records contained within it, it can be synchronized in various ways. Zip + email it, sync it with drop box or the google drive.

The ActoTracker also allows you to store an arbitrary documents inside the journal folder, such as MS Word or KeyNote document and reference it in a journal by its path. Doing so will automatically make the document path relative to the enclosing journal folder.

You can use new “Archive to Document Folder” menu to copy a file references from a journal entry right into the journal folder.