The Breakroom

xScope, Catalina, and Screen Recording

August 16, 2019

By Craig Hockenberry

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:

xScope screen recording dialog in macOS Catalina

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.

macOS Security & Privacy preference panel showing xScope with a blue check next to it

If all goes well, you’ll end up with blue checkmark next to xScope on this screen in System Preferences:

macOS asking to open System Prefs and grant xScope permission in Catalina

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!