We just released a new version of xScope that adds compatibility for the upcoming version of macOS Catalina. You can update using the Mac App Store or with “Check for Updates…” in the xScope menubar. If you’re new to xScope, you can download a FREE trial from the product website.
The most visible change on Catalina is a series of new prompts for Screen Recording after you first launch xScope on the new OS. This slight inconvenience is a good thing, because there are a lot of bad things that could happen if an app abused this feature.
We have never stored the screen recording except by explicit user action, such as taking a screenshot. We have never performed any processing on the image that would extract your personal information. And we never will, so we hope you’ll grant us permission to use this feature.
The first dialog is a prompt by the app that explains why we need the permission:
After you dismiss that dialog, you’ll see the new prompt from macOS. Click Open System Preferences to continue and give xScope the required permissions.
If all goes well, you’ll end up with blue checkmark next to xScope on this screen in System Preferences:
If you choose to deny permission, xScope tools like Rulers, Guides, Frames, Crosshair, and Text will continue to work, but in a limited fashion. It’s your choice and we’ll do our best to respect it.
For more information about this release, check out the version history. If you love the Doctor Who wallpaper in the screenshots above, it and many others are available from our Patreon account. Enjoy!
We’re all excited about the changes coming in the new iPadOS. The urge to install the new shiny is strong with this one!
But before you start your download, be aware that you’re likely to have problems with both Linea Sketch and Linea Go. Some early adopters have lost access to drawings and aren’t able to create new sketches.
We’re still trying to understand what’s causing this data syncing issue. It may be specific to Linea or a more general problem with iCloud. As we learn more, we’ll update this post.
If Linea is a part of your workflow, our current recommendation is do not install the iPadOS or iOS 13 beta.
Updated July 1st, 2019: We have released version 2.6.1 which blocks Linea from running on iOS 13. If you absolutely need to run on the new OS and are willing to take the risk of data loss, we can add you to our beta test. Please get in contact to set this up.
Updated July 2nd, 2019: The release notes for iOS 13 Beta 3 indicate that there are many known issues with iCloud. If you are using a beta of either iOS or macOS that’s connected to iCloud, you run the risk that the beta will delete information and the data removal will propagate to devices using production releases. If you have any device running a beta release, make sure you have a backup of your iCloud Drive. The easiest place to make this backup is on a Mac running Mojave.
Updated July 9th, 2019: These problems with iCloud are affecting many apps. If you have an iOS or macOS beta installed, we recommend that you disable iCloud on the device or login with a test account where you don’t mind losing data. Otherwise, you’ll lose data on your production devices.
Updated July 10th, 2019: We submitted a detailed incident report with Apple’s Developer Technical Support only to find out that beta releases are not supported. If you’re a customer using iOS 13 or macOS Catalina, this means app developers can’t get any direct help for these iCloud issues. All we can do is submit feedback and wait for the data loss to stop (FB6337265).
The amazing folks over at App Camp for Girls have been hard at work preparing for Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, and we wanted to help get the word out. They’re an incredible organization that inspires and empowers girls, transgender, and gender nonconforming youth to pursue careers in technology. Helmed by some of the most talented and committed people in the technology community, App Camp for Girls is making a difference in the lives of kids, and we fully support their vision of gender equality in the tech industry.
One way you can support them is to grab a ticket for LIVE near WWDC, a James Dempsey and the Breakpoints concert benefitting App Camp for Girls. The show will be Wednesday, June 5th from 7pm – 11pm in San Jose, and features a musical band of techies, nerds, and community luminaries performing a full concert of humorous, original, programming-oriented songs. You don’t need a WWDC pass to attend, but you will need a ticket and they’ll sell out fast, so don’t wait – this is one party you don’t want to miss! The group hopes to raise $25,000 to support future camp events, a worthy goal.
Attendees can also snag a snazzy App Camp for Girls enamel pin that we designed especially for the occasion! With a limited run these pins will surely become coveted collector’s item and are just another reason to attend this night of fun.
Finally, there are still three days left to pick up your exclusive Owl-tline T-shirt from Cotton Bureau. Proceeds go to support App Camp for Girls, so what other great reason do you need? Pick up an event ticket, order a shirt, and help bolster the gender diversity of tomorrow’s tech industry.
In preparation for Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, and the rumored new dark mode coming in iOS 13, we’ve created a fun t-shirt that Mac geeks are sure to love. Clarus the dog cow lights up the night in this fun shirt inspired by the iconic artwork of Susan Kare. The shirt is on sale now for the next 13 days so don’t wait to pick one up.
One other hint we wanted to drop – our Patreon backers are enjoying a 15% discount at checkout when they order the shirt from our good friends over at Cotton Bureau. Backers get exclusive wallpapers, avatars and all kinds of goodies like advanced access to beta software & special discounts. If you’re not a subscriber to the Iconfactory’s Patreon, now would be the perfect time to sign up! Moof!
Are you one of the many people affected by a MacBook keyboard failure?
If so, you now have the slightest hint of what it’s like to live with a disability. You can’t use a product like everyone else and it’s preventing you from achieving your goals.
Maybe you say “screw it” and write an article for the Wall Street Journal without those keys. Or maybe you hang on desperately to an old laptop (these words are coming from a MacBook purchased in 2013.) An external keyboard might be a temporary workaround.
But there is a clear distinction here: you have a course of remedy. You can take the laptop in for service or choose a different model. And while a failing keyboard is definitely a problem, it pales in comparison to someone’s permanent disability.
Unfortunately, options are often more limited for people with physical challenges, and they may have to make the best of a less-than-adequate product. There’s no store that can fix the problem.
The good news is that there’s plenty you can do as a developer to start helping someone. Try using that new keyboard to make another person’s life better – it not only feels great to be making a positive change in the world, but you’ll also end up with a better app that appeals to a more diverse audience.