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What are the symptoms (i.e. what do you see when you try to boot macOS Mojave from the external drive)?
The Mac just goes to the Catalina drive and refuses to deal with booting from the external SSD (with Mojave) plugged directly into the USB port.

Of course, when I try the same thing on my 2012 Mac Pro, the Mac Pro just shuts down, because it does not support Catalina.

I can boot from an external SSD that has Catalina on it, but not Mojave. So, I'm envious and wondering how people are booting into Mojave with a Catalina-updated MacBook Pro.
 



I think folks, so far, have been partitioning the internal drive to hold a Mojave volume alongside the Catalina system (i.e. no external drives involved).
I have 13-inch MacBook Pro (2012) which I've been using with macOS 10.14.6. I just added a minimal Catalina volume to the internal SSD container which already had the 10.14.6 volume. It seems to run fine with both internal volumes, and also runs fine when booted from an external USB SSD drive with macOS 10.14.6.
 


...people moving from macOS 10.13 and earlier might want to move to Mojave first, like Ralph did, as an intermediate step before jumping to Catalina.
Yup. I just made the jump to Mojave and intend to stay here until I put the OS into a Parallels container, in case I have to run 32-bit apps in the future. Converting my FreeNAS to use SMB for Time Machine instead of AFP was trivial and I haven't had any "backup failed because the volume is in use" errors since.
 



Been working out issues with some external devices not booting the machine, but, overall, it's been pretty good. A new - minor, I suppose - gripe came tonight when I went to sync my iPhone to this machine for the first time since I moved to Catalina. I like the Finder window functionality, so that's cool. What I do not like is the decrease in user feedback for the whole backup and sync process.

A moving pie chart tells you that something is going on, probably backup, then the wheel with two arrows spinning tells you that something is going on. probably syncing, but it would have been nice if they had spelled it out, as they did for every previous version of this in iTunes. It took a long time the first time, but we shall see going forward.

One more thing - where do you go to manage your backups? It used to be in iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Devices if my memory serves. Either way, I could always find it in iTunes prefs, a GUI for handling backups. Where is that now?
 


Yeah, just looked on a Mojave install. What I cannot find now used to be in iTunes > Preferences > Devices, in which there was a window that said "Device Backups," where you could see and delete these. I know where the MobileSync folder still resides, but I still miss having this interface.

Where is this functionality now?
 


Yeah, just looked on a Mojave install. What I cannot find now used to be in iTunes > Preferences > Devices, in which there was a window that said "Device Backups," where you could see and delete these. I know where the MobileSync folder still resides, but I still miss having this interface.

Where is this functionality now?
I don't have Catalina, but I'd look for a "Manage Backups..." button at the bottom of the General tab for the iDevice in Finder.
 


Yeah, just looked on a Mojave install. What I cannot find now used to be in iTunes > Preferences > Devices, in which there was a window that said "Device Backups," where you could see and delete these. I know where the MobileSync folder still resides, but I still miss having this interface.
Where is this functionality now?
In Catalina, that functionality is now found in the Finder. Open a Finder window with Sidebar shown. Your iOS devices will appear under Locations. Select one, and the main window will show you all the controls you need.
 


Yes, it's in that Finder window. I missed the radio button that said "Manage Backups." Thanks.

My remaining gripe is that it always reverts back to choosing "backup to cloud," rather than "back up to this Mac." I cannot seem to get that setting to persist.
 


My remaining gripe is that it always reverts back to choosing "backup to cloud," rather than "back up to this Mac." I cannot seem to get that setting to persist.
I have not had that issue – Backup to this Mac sticks. [But I] very much agree with disappointment in lack of feedback on what's happening during sync.
 


Aside from 32-bit loss, which is not such a big deal anymore for me, Catalina’s been much more stable than I had thought. Glad I waited. I may put my head in the nutcracker and do my 2012 Mac Pro Cheesegrater next. Things have been too quiet. ;-)
 


Has Apple finally fixed the "find" progress issue in Catalina? I'm dumbfounded that searches on high-latency storage, such as a NAS, do not trigger an "I'm busy searching" indicator (spinning disk or whatever), like it did in OSes of Apple's past. Instead, I get a blank window, and if something is found, it'll pop up. However, there is no indication that the search is ongoing or that has completed.

Is there a preference I haven't enabled?
This has been bugging me in Sierra through Mojave.

#AppleUI #Finder
 


Aside from 32-bit loss, which is not such a big deal anymore for me, Catalina’s been much more stable than I had thought. Glad I waited. I may put my head in the nutcracker and do my 2012 Mac Pro Cheesegrater next. Things have been too quiet. ;-)
Generally, no problems [for me] upgrading to Catalina. One difference I have noted about hard drives (external, using a USB bus): when selecting them, it now takes a while for them to open, even if they have been recently used and opened.
 


The thing that is still driving me wild with Catalina is the complete failure that is the Books app's handling of audiobooks. I like to be able to sort by author and year. I like to be able to edit metadata. I like to have book playlists that I sync to my iPod or phone. I'll probably end up reloading them as "songs" in the Music app and make sure that my smart playlists exclude the audiobook songs (I'm assuming they didn't break smart playlists too badly in Music, since it feels like iTunes with all the non-music functions deleted).
 


The thing that is still driving me wild with Catalina is the complete failure that is the Books app's handling of audiobooks. I like to be able to sort by author and year. I like to be able to edit metadata. I like to have book playlists that I sync to my iPod or phone. I'll probably end up reloading them as "songs" in the Music app and make sure that my smart playlists exclude the audiobook songs (I'm assuming they didn't break smart playlists too badly in Music, since it feels like iTunes with all the non-music functions deleted).
My sentiments, exactly! Of all the spinoff iTunes apps, I think Books was the worst.

For starters, I have about 1,500 audiobooks in my library, which was located on an external drive before the changeover. The other apps allow you to store your library on other volumes, but not Books. It would not be possible for me to import my books/audiobooks into my 1-TB startup drive, so I’m having to manually archive the titles that I have already read before importing the rest.

My iTunes audiobook playlist had folders for each author, sub-folders for each series, each playlist numbered according to sequence, narrators’ names replacing “Album Artist” (audiobook collectors will understand why), each read title given star ratings… and so forth.

But worse yet is that these programmers don’t even know how to alphabetize titles. For example, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn should be under T, yet it appears under A. The Winds of War under W instead of T. This did not happen in iTunes, and both Music and Apple TV follow correct alphabetizing conventions. Where did they get these people from? I’m just appalled that nobody else seems to have noticed or minded this travesty.

#applequality
 


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After way too many years of upgrading from one Mac to another and even to my current MacBook Pro, I decided it was time to wipe my MacBook Pro and do a clean install of Catalina. There were some weird things happening, and I guessed it might be related to old, dead baggage that's been moved from Mac to Mac.

Regardless, I did a Time Machine backup to an external USB drive and made sure my Documents, Desktop and everything possible was sync'd with my iCloud account. I knew I'd have to reinstall all of my applications, most from the App Store, but also quite a few from third-party developers, not through the App Store. Aside from a couple of tense moments with licensing, I was able to everything back to normal (make sure you keep a log of all of your licenses!).

The one surprise was Stickies, which I've used to hold notes in a convenient place. I wasn't able to get that back until I spoke with at least two Apple Senior Advisors. Even the person who eventually was able to confirm something I had read didn't know how to get my old Stickies until I mentioned something I had read somewhere about looking in
/Users/(home folder)/Library/Containers/com.apple.Stickies/Data/Library/Stickies​

I simply had to copy that folder to my current drive from my Time Machine backup and voila! So, for what it's worth, make note of this in case you run across the same need.
 


Just got this email from Orbicule, the developer of the UnderCover app:
Dear Undercover user,

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All Undercover support will stop on Jan. 1st 2020.
On the same date, the undercoverhq.com website and the Undercover recovery service will stop operations as well.
Undercover uninstall instructions can be found at the bottom of this email.

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We would like to thank you, as a user, for your continued support over the past 14 years. It has been a great journey!

Best wishes,
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--
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© 2019 Orbicule
Uninstalling Undercover

You can only uninstall Undercover if you are an administrator of your Mac.
Please follow these instructions:

• Go to the following folder in the Finder: /Library/LaunchDaemons
• Remove com.orbicule.uc.plist
• Go to the following folder in the Finder: /Library/LaunchAgents
• Remove com.orbicule.UCAgent.plist
• Choose Go To Folder from the Finder's Go menu
• Enter the following path: /usr/local/
• Remove the uc folder in this folder
• Reboot your Mac

This will remove Undercover from your Mac.
Why are we halting Undercover development

The main reason is that over the past 6 years, Apple has significantly increased security on macOS. While that’s a good thing in general, it makes it increasingly more difficult to reliably run hidden software like Undercover.

Another key point is that FileVault has become mainstream. This means that a thief won’t be able to access your files without your password - again a good thing. However, this also means that Undercover won’t be able to function properly, as third party developers don’t have access to the recovery partition that is being used when a thief boots your Mac without knowing your password. Only Apple has access to this recovery partition, where it can run FindMyMac.
Undercover (or any other third party application) can’t run on this recovery partition and will be useless if FileVault has been enabled.

A third reason is that with macOS Catalina, Apple is refreshing its FindMyMac app (now called FindMy) and will leverage its large installed base of Macs and iPhones to track stolen devices, even if they never connect to the internet. They do so by using Bluetooth connections of nearby devices that are connected to the internet. Again a great idea from Apple, but Undercover or any other third party application, do not have access to this functionality.

When launched in January 2006, Undercover was groundbreaking software. The fact that Apple has replicated Undercover-like functionality and embedded it deep into iOS and macOS shows the value of the theft-recovery genre that Undercover has pioneered. At this point, however, we feel that we can no longer deliver reliable software due to security restrictions, while having a hard time carving out a successful business model competing with free Apple software that is installed by default on every Mac and has access to system features that we can only dream of.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
FYI, from Howard Oakley:
Eclectic Light Co. said:
Are you having weird problems with Catalina?
Just when you think it’s safe to upgrade to macOS Catalina, we start hearing of strange and serious problems, like its security checks getting completely out of hand and slowing app launch drastically. Over the last few weeks, as more Mac users take the plunge and upgrade, I’ve been hearing of more and more such cases. Are these bugs and should we still hold off upgrading?

In making the decision to upgrade to Catalina, you must bear in mind that in terms of structural change this is possibly the most major upgrade since you first installed Mac OS X. Because of that, the risk of the upgrade not working perfectly the first time is significant. This all comes back to the introduction of the read-only System volume.

... Catalina does still have plenty of bugs, but if you seem to be the only person affected by something quite prominent, it’s more likely to be a clash with third-party software, or an error in its installation. If addressing those doesn’t help, try contacting Apple Support, who by now should be well aware of how to deal with your problems.
#applequality
 



Ric Ford

MacInTouch
A pretty good article about Unix shells, Apple issues and macOS Catalina:
TidBITS said:
Resources for Adapting to zsh in Catalina
macOS 10.15 Catalina brought many big changes to the Mac, like lack of support for legacy 32-bit apps, but one change you could have easily missed is the default Terminal shell being changed from bash (the Bourne-again shell) to zsh (Z shell). It’s an easy change to miss if you don’t use the Terminal, but also because if you upgraded from an older version of macOS, bash remains the default, though you’re prompted to switch.

If you’re a Terminal user, you need to be aware of the change, and if you’re merely Terminal-curious, now is a great time to dive in and learn more about the shell, since so many Mac-friendly user guides are being published. In our last reader survey, Terminal coverage wasn’t high on the list of desired topics, so I won’t dedicate a ton of space to zsh here, but instead point you to resources to help learn more about it.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
FYI:
DigitalTrends said:
How to fix the “Update Apple ID Settings” bug in MacOS Catalina
If you’ve upgraded your Mac to MacOS Catalina, you may be experiencing a frustrating bug in System Preferences where you are repeatedly asked to update your Apple ID settings. No matter how many times you try, that little red “1” icon in the Dock just won’t go away, and you keep getting pestered to update your settings.
#applequality
 


I had a serious variation of this problem last week. I was unable to sign back into my AppleID after signing out, because my Mac had clung onto a corrupted Keychain file, which persuaded my computer that it was still signed in (even though it wasn't).

The confusing symptom was that in the Internet Accounts preference pane, iCloud did not appear at all, though my computer believed it should be there (and directed me there to find it).

After escalating over several hours through three Apple Support techs, to a longtime "senior adviser," the problem was solved when he directed me to open Keychain and delete (!) all references containing my Apple ID. (Yes, I was frightened by his instruction, but he assured me it would be OK, so I crossed my fingers and trusted him.) After deleting those Keychain items, I restarted my computer... but I was still unable to sign in to my Apple ID account.

The senior Apple tech then instructed me how to use Terminal to delete all references to my "MobileMe" account (yes, I guess the Mac system still refers to those files by that now-abandoned Apple moniker). This, too, was a bit scary. But I needn't have worried.

After another restart, I was able, simply, to sign-in again to my Apple ID accounts (including iCloud, Music, Photos, etc.). When I later checked Keychain, all but two of the previously deleted items had been restored (presumably now uncorrupted). I'm guessing the two which did not reappear were the culprits.

#applequality
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Low-level issues discovered...
Eclectic Light Co. said:
Stick a fork in it, and other flashbacks
... Thus Catalina does appear to have a bug which can cause unexpected behaviour when accessing resource forks using deprecated interfaces. In the right circumstances, this can lead to data loss in a few applications like Script Editor which are still thought to rely on those interfaces. Suggesting that Apple and third-party developers should stop using those interfaces isn’t helpful either: the Resource Manager and related support for the resource fork may have been deprecated for over seven years, but there are no suitable substitutes.

So long as AppleScript and its editors still rely on resource forks, Apple is going to need to support and maintain the Resource Manager and namedfork mechanism for accessing resource forks in the traditional way. Maybe it’s time to dedeprecate them after all.
 


TechTool Pro is out in a new Version 12 for macOS 10.12,...
The new TechTool Pro 12 seems to run fine on Catalina. But on my maiden voyage with it.. it seems to have "failed" when verifying the "volume structures" test on all my external APFS drives, including a brand new one. All those drives showed no problems on any other tests, and I consider it highly unlikely that every single drive would fail on the same test at the same time. So I'm crossing fingers and hoping that's actually a bug in the new TechTool Pro 12 test.
 


Now wouldn't it be nice if someone could come up with a similar hack for QuickTime 7 player? I've posted on MacInTouch previously about the frustration of using the more recent QuickTime versions when all I want to do is "cut, copy, and paste" video. This simple task was in every QuickTime version up to QuickTime 7. The current versions' ability to "split" is a clumsy substitute. Still haven't found a simple, easy, substitute for QuickTime 7, which now goes away with Catalina. Holding off on Catalina for that reason.
Since posting my comment in October... I haven't seen anyone with a viable replacement for the simple cut, copy, or paste capability of QuickTime 7, and I've been looking all over the web.

I don't want video effects. I don't want millions of codecs. I don't want to change the colors or add thought balloons. I just want a simple video editor that can cut copy and paste video pieces the way QuickTime Player versions 1 through 7 was able to do. Anyone with ideas on this?
 



Don't know if anyone else has seen this since updating to macOS 10.15.2, but after the update, Safari (13.0.4) had apparently "forgotten" where I had my Preferences > General > File download location set.
 



Fetch Softworks now offers a 64-bit version of their long-running FTP software, Fetch. It appears to be made especially for Catalina (MacOS 10.15).
Great news! If I ever sell my Flextight scanner and upgrade to Catalina, that was one of my concerns. I had bought Transmit as a replacement, but don't find it as simple to use.
 


I have been thinking about giving macOS Catalina a try using a spare Mac Mini as the testbed. One thing that I have worried about is my Fujitsu scanner software. I’m still using the ScanSnap software that is not listed as compatible with my old faithful ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM scanner but works anyway. It is 32-bit, so it won’t work with Catalina. The Fujitsu site is discouraging - they support Windows and even Linux better than they do Macs.

I had heard a while back that VueScan supported the ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM, so I downloaded the latest Pro version (bless the author's heart for lifetime updates on the Pro version), and it works great on Mojave. I am going to interpret that as an indication that it will work fine with Catalina as well.

I will say that is seems a little slower, and it doesn't work exactly the same, but it is certainly close enough. I went through the settings and pretty much turned on all the features and set them all to automatic. Results are good so far.
 


Since posting my comment in October... I haven't seen anyone with a viable replacement for the simple cut, copy, or paste capability of QuickTime 7, and I've been looking all over the web. I don't want video effects. I don't want millions of codecs. I don't want to change the colors or add thought balloons. I just want a simple video editor that can cut copy and paste video pieces the way QuickTime Player versions 1 through 7 was able to do. Anyone with ideas on this?
Have you tried QuickTime 10? Granted the little sliders are easier to use in QuickTime 7, but the workflow in QuickTime 10 doesn't seem that onerous. From the Help instructions:
Apple said:
Add an entire movie
  1. In the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, open the movie you want to add to, then choose View > Show Clips.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Insert the clip at the end of the movie: Without selecting any clips, choose Edit > Add Clip to End.
    • Insert the clip at the beginning of the movie: Without selecting any clips, press Option, then choose Edit > Add Clip to Beginning.
    • Insert the clip elsewhere in the movie: Select a clip, then choose Edit > Insert Clip After Selection.
  3. Find and select the movie you want to add to your movie, then click “Choose media.”
Add a new clip
  1. In the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, open the movie that contains the clip you want to add.
  2. Choose View > Show Clips.
  3. Select the clip, then choose Edit > Copy.
    The selected clip is outlined in yellow.
  4. Open the movie that you want to add the clip to, then choose View > Show Clips.
  5. Choose Edit > Paste.
    The clip appears at the beginning of the movie. Drag the clip to rearrange it
 


Since posting my comment in October... I haven't seen anyone with a viable replacement for the simple cut, copy, or paste capability of QuickTime 7, and I've been looking all over the web. I don't want video effects. I don't want millions of codecs. I don't want to change the colors or add thought balloons. I just want a simple video editor that can cut copy and paste video pieces the way QuickTime Player versions 1 through 7 was able to do. Anyone with ideas on this?
Why not continue to use QuickTime 7 in a VM? Set up a VM with Mojave or earlier, expressly for running QuickTime 7. You can set up a Shared Folder, so that you don't have to worry about "transferring" files between the guest and the host.

I'm assuming you're only doing this cut/copy/paste editing on an occasional basis and not all-day every day, so resuming and then pausing the VM when you need to do an editing activity shouldn't be that big of a deal.
 


I have a new 2019 MacBook Pro 16" that I'm migrating to from a 2015 MacBook Pro that is running Mojave. I don't want to "upgrade" the 2015 to Catalina and was wondering if anybody here knows if/how I can migrate my iTunes library to the new machine. I want to do a clean setup of the 2016, installing each app I'm going to keep one by one, so I was thinking that Migration Assistant wasn't the way to go. If I copy the iTunes library to the same folder location as on the 2015, will launching the Catalina Music app the first time do the setup?
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I have a new 2019 MacBook Pro 16" that I'm migrating to from a 2015 MacBook Pro that is running Mojave. I don't want to "upgrade" the 2015 to Catalina ...
I would love to know if it's possible to run Mojave on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Perhaps the simplest test would be trying to Option-boot from a bootable, up-to-date Mojave clone on an external drive (after enabling external booting in Startup Security preferences from Recovery mode).
 


Thank your the detailed information, as I am planning to convert my Mojave system to Catalina in another month or so but also need the ability to run a couple of 32-bit apps. You created a dual-boot system by partitioning your internal disk. Couldn't the same result be accomplished by creating a second volume in the APFS container, installing Mojave on it, and then updating the original internal Mojave volume to Catalina?
A followup to my previous post:

I created a second volume on my boot drive (2TB Fusion) and installed a copy of Mojave (macOS 10.14.6). I verified the Mojave volume boots and that I can open and run the two 32-bit applications I still use occassionally. (I left the two apps on the original boot volume and needed to supply registration numbers, since the apps saw the new volume as a new machine, but once registered, the apps run fine, can open old documents and create new ones.)

I then restarted in the original boot volume and upgraded it to Catalina (macOS 10.15.2). The upgrade completed normally.

I then rebooted into the Mojave volume (Option key held down at start-up) and could still access the two 32-bit apps. The only slight hitch was that I could not boot back to Catalina using the Option key but needed to change the startup volume in preferences.
 


I have a new 2019 MacBook Pro 16" that I'm migrating to from a 2015 MacBook Pro that is running Mojave. I don't want to "upgrade" the 2015 to Catalina and was wondering if anybody here knows if/how I can migrate my iTunes library to the new machine. I want to do a clean setup of the 2016, installing each app I'm going to keep one by one, so I was thinking that Migration Assistant wasn't the way to go. If I copy the iTunes library to the same folder location as on the 2015, will launching the Catalina Music app the first time do the setup?
My suggestion: do a Time Machine backup, if you don’t already have one, and make a second if at all possible. You can then migrate all your “data” to the new MacBook Pro from the Time Machine backup.

Catalina should take care of relocating your media from iTunes to each corresponding app (Music, Books, TV, Podcasts). As long as your iTunes folder is located in the startup drive, and your new Mac has the same or larger size drive, you shouldn’t have (too many) problems.

My situation was quite difficult, because my 1TB drive could not hold all of my iTunes files, so they were in an external drive. Apple Books is unable to hold media files externally, and to date, I still get errors from Music because my music files are (supposed to be) in an external drive, as well.

If your first attempt were to fail, you can always reformat the drive and reinstall Catalina using internet recovery (Command-Option-R). As long as you have a fast and reliable internet connection, it’s not that difficult. I’ve done it myself numerous times.

On a couple of Macs that I worked on, internet recovery would not work, but as long as you’re connected to the internet, a regular recovery (Command-R) should work. Try that first.
 


I have a new 2019 MacBook Pro 16" that I'm migrating to from a 2015 MacBook Pro that is running Mojave. I don't want to "upgrade" the 2015 to Catalina and was wondering if anybody here knows if/how I can migrate my iTunes library to the new machine. I want to do a clean setup of the 2016, installing each app I'm going to keep one by one, so I was thinking that Migration Assistant wasn't the way to go. If I copy the iTunes library to the same folder location as on the 2015, will launching the Catalina Music app the first time do the setup?
Can't you just migrate user files and not applications? That might bring along some plists and support files in your ~/Library folder, but I don't believe that stuff will cause any problems.
 


Since posting my comment in October... I haven't seen anyone with a viable replacement for the simple cut, copy, or paste capability of QuickTime 7, and I've been looking all over the web. I don't want video effects. I don't want millions of codecs. I don't want to change the colors or add thought balloons. I just want a simple video editor that can cut copy and paste video pieces the way QuickTime Player versions 1 through 7 was able to do. Anyone with ideas on this?
Thanks to those MacInTouch viewers who responded to my desperation. Unfortunately, no one has yet suggested a viable solution. And I cannot imagine that I'm the only person in the world who needs to cut, copy or paste video. Yes, I have looked at the awful, clumsy, and bizarre way that QuickTime currently allows one to "split" a video and then somehow move things around and save a modified version. Just ghastly. The idea of a VM just to run QuickTime 7 is inventive but geez... I do this a lot. Many times a day. Doesn't seem practical.

The thing I'm looking for would be like QuickTime 7 and all versions previous to that. It would also be like MacWrite that appeared with the very first Macintosh in 1984. The concept is simple.... You play the video. As the video plays, a progress bar tracks the playback along the bottom of the window. Using your mouse, you can drag along that progress-bar to select part of the video track. Then using the Edit menu, you can cut, copy, or paste the selected video. The cut or copied content goes to the Clipboard. Having cut or copied some part of the video, you can click anywhere along the progress-bar to create a new "insertion point." Then you can paste the Clipboard content at that point.

I realize these seem like very technical and advanced procedures. Are the engineers at Apple too highfalutin' for such things now in 2019? They were pretty clever devising this when QuickTime first appeared in 1991!!

Having abandoned hope of some solution from Apple (although it would seem a trivial feature to add to the present QuickTime player), I was hoping that MacInTouch readers might know of some very simple, primitive, bare-bones, third-party utility that could perform this task. I have not found one yet...

Are any developers out there reading this who might have a suggestion?
 


The concept is simple.... You play the video. As the video plays, a progress bar tracks the playback along the bottom of the window. Using your mouse, you can drag along that progress-bar to select part of the video track. Then using the Edit menu, you can cut, copy, or paste the selected video. The cut or copied content goes to the Clipboard. Having cut or copied some part of the video, you can click anywhere along the progress-bar to create a new "insertion point." Then you can paste the Clipboard content at that point.
I share your frustration, and long ago transitioned to more complex software. But thought I would mention Kapwing. It's an online editor with Quicktime 7's ease of use, with many additional features. The main drawback is uploading your movie, but the website works surprisingly well.
 


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