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FYI, for myself and others, updating to macOS 10.14.5 caused the Radeon Vega 64 card to slow to the speed of an RX580. We are all hoping macOS 10.14.6 will fix this.
 


QuicKeys X v4.07 (the last version) causes keystrokes to show up very sluggishly under Mojave. For example, I can open TextEdit and type "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog", and more often than not, I can type the whole thing before any letters show up on the screen.

I've just installed Mojave on a newly formatted NVMe drive on a 2010 Mac Pro, and I had been pulling my hair out trying to figure out why it was so sluggish. Finally, I tried removing QuicKeys, and it's speedy again.

I will be very sad to lose QuicKeys (I've been using since 1989) but I will lose it under Catalina anyway, so I suppose I have to get used to not having it. QuicKeys worked just fine under Sierra on this computer with no problems.

Any suggestions on how to get QuicKeys to work without slowing down the computer? By the way, I checked Activity Monitor, and QuicKeys was not using inordinate CPU cycles. But it greatly slows down keyboard responsiveness.
 


QuicKeys X v4.07 (the last version) causes keystrokes to show up very sluggishly under Mojave. For example, I can open TextEdit and type "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog", and more often than not, I can type the whole thing before any letters show up on the screen. I've just installed Mojave on a newly formatted NVMe drive on a 2010 Mac Pro, and I had been pulling my hair out trying to figure out why it was so sluggish. Finally, I tried removing QuicKeys, and it's speedy again....
I was a QuicKeys user and advocate for a long time until several years ago, when I started experiencing problems with it. I tried Keyboard Maestro while keeping QuicKeys updated for a while longer.

It was a bit of a learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, Keyboard Maestro turned out to be the right choice for me. To the present day, I’m probably using less than 30% of its features. It has performed flawlessly over a number of system upgrades, up to the present day in macOS Catalina (beta).
 


I was a QuicKeys user and advocate for a long time until several years ago, when I started experiencing problems with it. I tried Keyboard Maestro while keeping QuicKeys updated for a while longer. It was a bit of a learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, Keyboard Maestro turned out to be the right choice for me. To the present day, I’m probably using less than 30% of its features. It has performed flawlessly over a number of system upgrades, up to the present day in macOS Catalina (beta).
Some time ago, a client was dragged, kicking and complaining, through a switch to Keyboard Maestro from QuicKeys, when it was obviously at end of life. I helped create a couple of keyboard input macros that included custom date formatting. The client grokked Keyboard Maestro and has been quite happy with it since. The macOS updates since have been no problem. Keyboard Maestro earns my Good Mousekeeping™ approval.
 


QuicKeys X v4.07 (the last version) causes keystrokes to show up very sluggishly under Mojave. ... Any suggestions on how to get QuicKeys to work without slowing down the computer? By the way, I checked Activity Monitor, and QuicKeys was not using inordinate CPU cycles. But it greatly slows down keyboard responsiveness.
I use yKey from Plum Amazing and have been since the demise of QuicKeys.
 


I also use yKey and have been using it since, if I recall correctly, the last century. Its only drawback, from my experience, is that it can't address the last 3 function keys on my Magic Keyboard with keypad (which has 19 function keys). The last one it acknowledges is F16.
 


Thanks to the recommendations from TonyAguila and James R Cutler, I have purchased Keyboard Maestro. I've been using for about two weeks, and I absolutely love it. At this point, I've reproduced my entire QuicKeys library within Keyboard Maestro, and even added some additional handy macros which I couldn't do in QuicKeys.

One thing I particularly like about Keyboard Maestro is that each license covers 5 machines. The QuicKeys license covered one machine. Also, Keyboard Maestro has an elegant macro sync feature in which you can have one macro file that's shared between all of your computers. I am finding this to be a very powerful feature. I have several Macs at home - a Mac Pro and several ancient laptops. I can tweak my macros on whatever laptop I'm using, and the updated macros magically appear on all of my computers. Furthermore, you can set up specific groups in your macro sync set that only run on one, instead of all, of the computers.

My only regret is that I didn't switch over sooner. :)
 


Thanks to the recommendations from TonyAguila and James R Cutler, I have purchased Keyboard Maestro. I've been using for about two weeks, and I absolutely love it. At this point, I've reproduced my entire QuicKeys library within Keyboard Maestro, and even added some additional handy macros which I couldn't do in QuicKeys. ... My only regret is that I didn't switch over sooner. :)
I don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts, I just want a menu bar item, like QuicKeys, that will drop down when I click on it to choose the item I wish to type in (passwords, abbreviations, etc). Does Keyboard Maestro have such a menu item? This is the only reason I have stuck with High Sierra all this time! I couldn’t give up my QuicKeys!

Thanks in advance.
 


I don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts, I just want a menu bar item, like QuicKeys, that will drop down when I click on it to choose the item I wish to type in (passwords, abbreviations, etc). Does Keyboard Maestro have such a menu item? This is the only reason I have stuck with High Sierra all this time! I couldn’t give up my QuicKeys!
Keyboard Maestro has a menu bar item, and you can choose which macros appear there. It also has "Macro Palettes". Here's a link from the documentation reviewing what is displayed for the different palette scopes, and here's another link from the forum with some organization ideas along with screenshots. I think you have to add triggers for macros to appear in either the menu bar popup or the palettes, but I am not sure. I am purely a keyboard-shortcut person and I've shut off all of the palettes and the menu bar item!
 



An odd thing in macOS 10.14.6: Search does not work in Calendar. However, Spotlight, itself, will find events in Calendar.

Calendar searching works on a clone of my system with macOS 10.15 beta. I restored 10.14.5 overnight, and now Calendar searching works. Anyone else see this?
 


An odd thing in macOS 10.14.6: Search does not work in Calendar. However, Spotlight, itself, will find events in Calendar.
Calendar searching works on a clone of my system with macOS 10.15 beta. I restored 10.14.5 overnight, and now Calendar searching works. Anyone else see this?
On my primary desktop machine I have been routinely using search in Mail since updating to 10.14.6 on July 23 with no problems noted.
 



An odd thing in macOS 10.14.6: Search does not work in Calendar. However, Spotlight, itself, will find events in Calendar. Calendar searching works on a clone of my system with macOS 10.15 beta. I restored 10.14.5 overnight, and now Calendar searching works. Anyone else see this?
Checked searching in Calendar (macOS 10.14.6). Worked fine.

However, my primary calendaring app is BusyCal,due to some incompatibilities Apple's Calendar app had syncing with Google's Calendar back in El Capitan. Appointments with alarms set in Calendar app would lose the alarms once they ended up in Google's online calendar (and then in my phone - I was always missing my appointments!).

I switched to BusyCal at that time and had no issues, sticking with it all the way up to macOS 10.14.6 and will not switch back (especially since I no longer use iCloud for syncing anything).

By the way: searching in BusyCal in macOS 10.14.6 also works fine.
 


An odd thing in macOS 10.14.6: Search does not work in Calendar. However, Spotlight, itself, will find events in Calendar.
Calendar searching works on a clone of my system with macOS 10.15 beta. I restored 10.14.5 overnight, and now Calendar searching works. Anyone else see this?
FWIW, I installed the 10.14.6 combo released today, build 18G87 (I had backed it out), and this issue has cleared up.
 


I've just updated a 2012 MacBook Pro to Mojave 10.14.6 (16GB RAM, Samsung 860 EVO SSD). Runs like a top.

However, I permitted (and regretted) installing the 10.14.6 Supplemental Update, which failed to boot its temporary disk to actually install whatever components it wanted to install. I recovered from this by booting from a Mojave installer and running First Aid then booting back into the SSD.

I see the "macOS Install Data" folder, in which I assume are the various things related to this supplemental update. I know this update isn't related to this specific machine so I will delete the folder.

But the update keeps appearing in Software Update and I do not want my client (who will receive this machine) to do that update. I will tell her, but is there a way of dropping some file into the Receipts folder so the Mac thinks it already has the update and won't keep asking?

Assistance appreciated. Perhaps someone might send me a link to that receipt file you have uploaded somewhere (assuming that's an acceptable hack)? Open to suggestions. Thanks!
 


I've just updated a 2012 MacBook Pro to Mojave 10.14.6 (16GB RAM, Samsung 860 EVO SSD). Runs like a top. However, I permitted (and regretted) installing the 10.14.6 Supplemental Update, which failed to boot its temporary disk to actually install whatever components it wanted to install. I recovered from this by booting from a Mojave installer and running First Aid then booting back into the SSD. I see the "macOS Install Data" folder, in which I assume are the various things related to this supplemental update. I know this update isn't related to this specific machine, so I will delete the folder. But the update keeps appearing in Software Update and I do not want my client (who will receive this machine) to do that update. I will tell her, but is there a way of dropping some file into the Receipts folder so the Mac thinks it already has the update and won't keep asking?
More info: Apparently, whether I boot with Mojave or High Sierra, there's a "do not enter" sign that pops up, and, after a few seconds, it switches to an Apple and then back to the do not enter sign. It repeats this for about 40 seconds until it finally settles on the Apple and boots normally; at least it does this with High Sierra, I'm not sure I want to try Mojave again.

I checked firmware, and it's up to date. Originally it was very old; I think the original drive was running Mavericks and the owner had not updated it at all until the drive failed, and she brought it to me for an upgrade to an SSD and 16 GB of RAM. I had to run through El Capitan, Sierra, then Mojave installers and updaters in order to get the firmware updated from what it was. The Mojave installer originally reported obsolete firmware and refused to install, hence the step-by-step process.

The problem now is the above-mentioned do not enter/apple appearance for the first 40 seconds after boot or restart. Sleep and wake work perfectly.

I don't see any liquid damage, but the machine has been beat up a bit over the last seven years (missing feet, dents and dings).

What do you think? Just live with High Sierra and call it a day?
 




More info: Apparently, whether I boot with Mojave or High Sierra, there's a "do not enter" sign that pops up, and, after a few seconds, it switches to an Apple and then back to the do not enter sign. It repeats this for about 40 seconds until it finally settles on the Apple and boots normally; at least it does this with High Sierra, I'm not sure I want to try Mojave again.
The "do not enter" icon usually means a boot failure - either the OS is damaged or it is incompatible with your hardware or something similar. All that blinking back and forth really concerns me.

If this just started happening out of the blue, I would make a full backup and run some tests on your boot drive and maybe replace it (if that's possible).

If it started as a result of a system or firmware update, then I would try to re-apply the update (if possible), because that might be causing the problem.

I would also check and set/reset the Startup Disk system preference. If you have been switching between a few different boot volumes, it might have gotten messed up, causing the boot loader to get confused. If that doesn't work, maybe zap PRAM and set it again.

Good luck and let us know if you find a solution.
 



I was a QuicKeys user and advocate for a long time until several years ago, when I started experiencing problems with it. I tried Keyboard Maestro while keeping QuicKeys updated for a while longer.
I've been using KeyQue for several years. It works just fine under macOS 10.14.5. My biggest problem is to remember to use it. It just displays all available shortcuts for a given environment. Quite useful. Still I would like some specialized things like in Photoshop, when selecting/eliminating photos — Command-L to turn filters on, then having to use the mouse to select the rejected flag. Would love to be able to just hit a key combo and be done. Is Quickeys the way to do this?
 


Still I would like some specialized things like in Photoshop, when selecting/eliminating photos — Command-L to turn filters on, then having to use the mouse to select the rejected flag. Would love to be able to just hit a key combo and be done. Is Quickeys the way to do this?
Tony Aquila provided a nice overview of Keyboard Maestro. Specific to your question, Keyboard Maestro has a "Click at found image" feature that works quite well. That would almost certainly work to select the rejected flag, though I can't test here, because I don't have Photoshop. Keyboard Maestro is a great program that is well supported. I currently have 160 macros, many of which I use every day.
 




Richard, what range of macros do you use beyond texts and opening apps?
Hi, Ted. I converted all my useful macros from QuicKeys about five years ago and have built up many more since then. I only write a macro if I think it will pay off in reduced time. I'm not always right, but I use my macros dozens of times every day. Each one is invoked with a single keystroke (usually with modifiers). The macros range from very simple to fairly complex.

In preparing to reply I found that Keyboard Maestro allows you to sort macros by how often they’re used! So here are my top 28 macros (out of perhaps 80 that are commonly used), grouped into the apps I use them for.

iTunes:
  • Play / Pause iTunes
  • Show the selected track in my Rotation playlist
  • Select a random album from my library
  • Add the selected tracks to Rotation playlist
  • Copy Rotation playlist’s play order to the cloud so my phone picks it up
  • From any application (usually while perusing Metacritic for new music): search for selected text in Apple Music
Photos:
  • Crop current photo to 16:9 (doesn’t matter if photo is in Edit mode or not)
  • Find (makes Cmd-F work no matter what mode you are in)
  • Copy GPS coordinates of current photo (can then paste into other photos to record their location)
  • Next / Previous photo while in Info window (Photos has no way to do this in a single keystroke)
  • Put the current photo in Markup mode and insert text with the clipboard (I tag concert photos this way)
  • Edit this photo in Pixelmator Pro (doesn’t matter what mode Photos is in)
  • Copy Title to Description for the selected photos
Safari:
  • Open a new window with all my daily-viewed sites in tabs
  • Open a new window with my favourite music-oriented sites
General:
  • F1 to F16 open various favourite apps (I have a printed template taped to my keyboard)
  • Ctrl Page Down will press Page Down then move the window back up a bit. This is for sites and apps that aren’t aware there should be a one line (or equivalent) overlap when using Page Down. Also have a similar Ctrl Page Up macro.
Two solitaire games:
  • Space bar deals the next card
Mail:
  • Change Cmd-W so that it closes the frontmost window unless it’s the main window. (I often accidentally hit Cmd-W while viewing an email in the viewing pane in the main window—without this, macro hilarity ensues).
  • Open a new email message (from any application)
Excel:
  • I have a movies spreadsheet with metacritic scores. This macro moves to the next movie, copies its name, switches to Metacritic in Safari, does a search, switches me back to Excel and tabs to the score field. I then manually key in the score and start the macro again for the next movie.
  • Paste values with a single keystroke
  • Paste formats with a single keystroke
  • New workbook using my default template
Quicken
  • macro that helped me put stock symbols into my stocks
  • Find backwards in the current account
  • Repair dates in most current price
  • Clear the current split
 


... We have a machine running Mojave and need to share some folders and volumes to network users. It's bound to our Open Directory server. We have one volume (which just happens to be an external drive attached via USB-C) which is working perfectly. It is sym-link'd to the web documents folder.

We need an additional folder - also in the web documents folder - to be shared, as well. As we now don't have Sharing in Server.app, I head to the Sharing preference pane and add the folder. I then give it identical permissions as the functioning share and... nothing. I give the Everyone account full access and still nothing.

I try logging in with the local admin account (the owner of the folder) and nothing. When logging in as the local admin user, I can see all the volumes attached to the machine but not the shared folder. I try both AFP and SMB and nothing.

Something is seriously broken in Mojave sharing. On the surface, it's looking like folders can't be shared whilst volumes can. In reality I think it's a far deeper issue - it's just seriously broken. We can't even share the default Public folder.
 


OK, I've just realised the Mojave folder is APFS, so can't be shared via AFP, but the volume is HFS+, so it can.

However, even with SMB I'm still having trouble. I try to login to the server via SMB, with correct credentials, and it's giving 'you don't have permission' errors. I do the same thing via AFP and it allows me to connect (and see the HFS+ share) but won't show the APFS folder because of Apple's silly AFP policy.

If I login using the server’s local admin user, everything works. There definitely seem to be issues with Open Directory network users and SMB. At this stage it looks like we'll stop using Open Directory on this server and create local users for everyone who needs to connect - absolutely ridiculous.
 


I also use yKey and have been using it since, if I recall correctly, the last century. Its only drawback, from my experience, is that it can't address the last 3 function keys on my Magic Keyboard with keypad (which has 19 function keys). The last one it acknowledges is F16.
I have assigned F19 to open the hard drive, and it has worked perfectly in each of the last three macOSes - currently Mojave 10.14.6.
 


OK, I've just realised the Mojave folder is APFS, so can't be shared via AFP, but the volume is HFS+, so it can. However, even with SMB I'm still having trouble. I try to login to the server via SMB, with correct credentials, and it's giving 'you don't have permission' errors. I do the same thing via AFP and it allows me to connect (and see the HFS+ share) but won't show the APFS folder because of Apple's silly AFP policy. If I login using the server’s local admin user, everything works. There definitely seem to be issues with Open Directory network users and SMB. At this stage it looks like we'll stop using Open Directory on this server and create local users for everyone who needs to connect - absolutely ridiculous.
There could be a few things going on:
- Do those users have access to the files and folders (what does Get Info say, or what, as well, as to the share point?​
- Have you given the specific Open Directory group that contains your users permission?​
- Does the volume have permissions enabled?​
- Have you propagated permissions from the top level down?​

We have macOS 10.14.6 sharing out files from internal drives, external drives and an external iSCSI-connected volume, and all work. That being said, we are moving to a dedicated NAS machine. We lose a bit of the ease of Open Directory, but we get a better sharing and server platform.
 


There could be a few things going on:
- Do those users have access to the files and folders (what does Get Info say, or what, as well, as to the share point?​
- Have you given the specific Open Directory group that contains your users permission?​
- Does the volume have permissions enabled?​
- Have you propagated permissions from the top level down?​
We have macOS 10.14.6 sharing out files from internal drives, external drives and an external iSCSI-connected volume, and all work. That being said, we are moving to a dedicated NAS machine. We lose a bit of the ease of Open Directory, but we get a better sharing and server platform.
Thanks Mike. Yes. In fact I'm testing this with my account, which has admin permissions for everything. The interesting thing is the Get Info pane constantly says 'fetching' when looking for sharing permissions, which is why I suspect it's having problems getting the information from the Open Directory server. It is bound correctly and shows as working in the Users preference pane.
Yes.
Yes.

I have created local users for all the people who need to share (thankfully, only six), and everything is working perfectly - I just added the local users, and bingo.

I maintain that it's an issue with Open Directory and Apple's SMB. We have no issues with SMB on our Synology - it's just very slow for sharing, hence why we're keeping Mac sharing as long as possible.
 


A 15” 2014 MacBook Pro Retina (2.5GHz i7, 16GB, 500GB) has me stumped.

It won’t complete a Mojave install, and…​
Under Mojave, Wi-Fi becomes so unstable as to render the computer useless.​

Here are the bullet points
  • Prior to three installation attempts, the MacBook Pro worked without issue, running a full and well-used installation of High Sierra.
  • Prior to my installation attempts, PRAM was zapped, SMC reset, and the internal SSD erased.
  • The installations were attempted using three different external, bootable install drives. All were created using createinstallmedia in Terminal. Two of the drives had previously been used to upgrade many computers successfully. The third drive was a new Samsung T5, its installer generated from a fresh download of the Install macOS Mojave app.
  • Two of the attempts froze before the first restart, at “2 minutes remaining”, the third after the restart, with “17 minutes remaining”.
I began to wonder if the computer would even boot under Mojave, so I created a new and unmodified macOS 10.14.6 installation on the new SSD.
  • At first, under Mojave, the computer was unusable. Power On to Login took 10+ minutes, Login to Desktop & Menu Bar, 15 minutes. It would hang for minutes at a time. Wi-Fi menu was glacially slow to respond, and Wi-Fi connections would drop after a few minutes. Network System Preferences would take minutes to list network interfaces, if at all.
  • With Wi-Fi off, the hanging stopped.
  • With Wi-Fi off and connected via Ethernet (using an Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter), the MacBook Pro ran at speed, without any issues, but when Wi-Fi was re-enabled, the issues with the Wi-Fi menu and Network preferences would reappear.
  • Booting into recovery mode—again, from the external SSD—the computer froze just before the macOS Utilities window should have appeared.
Other observations…
  • The computer has no issues booted into High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan.
  • Wi-Fi issue persists regardless of network. (I tested using three unrelated networks/routers.)
  • Other than the install hard drives, no peripherals were connected.
  • There are no signs of impact damage or fluid infiltration. inside or out.
  • According to the owner, the MacBook Pro has never been serviced.
  • The owner somehow managed to install the Mojave upgrade initially, but the computer became “impossible to work with”. An Apple Store and two different Apple-Authorized service centers worked on it and found no hardware issues. The computer became usable again only after downgrading to High Sierra, but unfortunately, it was returned with much of her data missing. (That’s when she contacted me.)
Conclusions?

It’s possible the computer’s AirPort card is faulty, but given that it functions properly under previous OSes, that seems unlikely.

Is it a Mojave issue, a bug in the Airport driver? That seems more likely, but though there have been scattered reports of Mojave Wi-Fi issues, I couldn’t find any which clearly related to my experience.

I’ve returned the computer to the owner, who has decided to stick with High Sierra until her next Mac, but it irks me that I couldn’t identify the culprit.

Can any of the troubleshooters in the MacInTouch community shed any light?

#applequality #airport #wifi #troubleshooting
 


Ric Ford

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... Can any of the troubleshooters in the MacInTouch community shed any light?
I wonder if it's an iCloud issue. In my experience, macOS Mojave is more demanding than previous macOS versions about phoning home to Apple (you can see this via Little Snitch).

Perhaps the owner is using some of Apple's new "features" that blur the line between the Mac and the cloud and exchange files between the two, and Mojave is trying to sync a massive amount of data with iCloud?

If none of that is relevant (i.e. my guess is wrong), perhaps there's some issue with macOS Mojave's AirPort driver software. It certainly doesn't sound like a hardware issue or a wireless access point issue, based on your report.
 


I wonder if it's an iCloud issue. In my experience, macOS Mojave is more demanding than previous macOS versions about phoning home to Apple (you can see this via Little Snitch).
Can't see how it could be an iCloud issue. The 10.14.6 system on the external drive I used to boot the system hadn't been logged into iCloud. It was "virgin", fresh from installation, with no internet-using services or apps configured. Also, an iCloud issue would not explain the failed Mojave installs to an erased internal SSD.
 


Can any of the troubleshooters in the MacInTouch community shed any light?
I wonder whether the appropriate firmware update(s) happened. Check the firmware version to see if it matches what is supposed to be there for your computer when Mojave 10.14.6 is running; SilentKnight seems to do this for you, along with checking for some other things that might be relevant (like the software update I hadn't noticed until just now).

And if it seems to be taking a while for something to happen (even with 2 or 17 minutes allegedly remaining), just wait it out for a while longer just in case that's the missing link.
 




At the site Apple - Support - Downloads there is a new Combo 10.14.6 updater, as well as the new supplemental update. Does this mean that the Combo updater includes the supplemental one? Very confusing.
After applying last week's combo updater version, System Preferences > Software Update showed that everything was up to date.

My understanding is that the first supplemental update was rolled into the combo update.

Today, Software Update still says I am good, implying (if you trust macOS) that my 2018 MacBook Pro Touch Bar does not need this second supplemental update... I think...
 


After applying last week's combo updater version, System Preferences > Software Update showed that everything was up to date. My understanding is that the first supplemental update was rolled into the combo update. Today, Software Update still says I am good, implying (if you trust macOS) that my 2018 MacBook Pro Touch Bar does not need this second supplemental update... I think...
Today's up-to-date Mojave system is macOS Version 10.14.6 (18G95).

This information is available in About this Mac and also using various tools from The Eclectic Light Company, including LockRattler, SilentKnight, and SystHist. If you want suspenders with your belt, launch LockRattler and click on Install all pending updates or launch SilentKnight and click on the Update button, if it appears.
 


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