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Howard Oakley notes a dictation issue in Catalina (among other Apple issues):
Eclectic Light Co. said:
Dictation, resources, and change
... Where the new Voice Control features fall short is in dictation. You can still – if you don’t turn Voice Control on – opt to enable the old Dictation feature in the Keyboard pane. But Apple has removed the Enhanced Dictation feature which has been so successful and widely used. Your experience of using the new dictation available in Voice Control may be very different to mine, but I was coming close to needing anger management classes in the few hours that I grappled with the new feature.
 



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.
Have been spending quite a bit of time trying to find any simple video editing tools online and have been striking out. A typical Google search for "beginner's video editor" shows a list starting with Adobe Premiere! Great, I want to cut copy or paste and I'm going to use Premiere? What are these people thinking?

So, going back to your suggestion of creating a VM: Can you direct me to a helpful guide on doing this? I assume I can run Mojave in that box, but I have never actually done this. Any help appreciated.
 


So, going back to your suggestion of creating a VM: Can you direct me to a helpful guide on doing this? I assume I can run Mojave in that box, but I have never actually done this. Any help appreciated.
My step-by-step virtualisation guides over on MacStrategy:
If you just need macOS for QuickTime Pro, go with an older version of the OS, as it will run much quicker and will take considerably less space.

If you originally paid for the the OS, then Mac OS X 10.6 Server or OS X 10.8 are excellent choices. If you don't have either of those, go with OS X 10.11 (as that's free).

If you want macOS 10.14 Mojave, you should be able to use the instructions for macOS 10.12 Sierra and those will pretty much get you there with Mojave instead - I haven't written the step-by-step guide for virtualising Mojave yet.
 


VueScan supported the ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM
I have also used VueScan as a replacement for the ScanSnap software for my fi-5110EOXM successfully. I recently discovered another piece of software that also supports this ancient Fujitsu: ExactScan.

There is a free trial period. One advantage is that you can use the scan button on the ScanSnap, which doesn’t work with the VueScan software – a minor convenience, but one I missed with VueScan.

Just a happy customer of both ExactScan and VueScan.
 


Have been spending quite a bit of time trying to find any simple video editing tools online and have been striking out. A typical Google search for "beginner's video editor" shows a list starting with Adobe Premiere! Great, I want to cut copy or paste and I'm going to use Premiere? What are these people thinking? So, going back to your suggestion of creating a VM: Can you direct me to a helpful guide on doing this? I assume I can run Mojave in that box, but I have never actually done this. Any help appreciated.
With Parallels, you can use an app in a VM pretty much seamlessly with your non-virtual apps and data, including setting the VM app as the default. With "coherence" mode, you don't have to deal with a virtual environment within a window or full screen, which is probably what you've been imagining. So essentially, in your case, you can set it up so that it looks and feels as though QuickTime 7 is running natively on your system. I imagine VMWare has similar capability.
 


With Parallels, you can use an app in a VM pretty much seamlessly with your non-virtual apps and data, including setting the VM app as the default. With "coherence" mode, you don't have to deal with a virtual environment within a window or full screen [...] I imagine VMWare has similar capability.
In VMware Fusion it’s called Unity, but it’s only available for Windows guests. Parallels Coherence is apparently supported for macOS guests. I haven’t used either feature, so I can’t speak to their usability.
 


With Parallels, you can use an app in a VM pretty much seamlessly with your non-virtual apps and data, including setting the VM app as the default. With "coherence" mode, you don't have to deal with a virtual environment within a window or full screen, which is probably what you've been imagining. So essentially, in your case, you can set it up so that it looks and feels as though QuickTime 7 is running natively on your system. I imagine VMWare has similar capability.
So you're suggesting that I use Parallels.... but then follow the suggestions from Graham Needham (above) for installing an older OS X as the OS for the virtual volume? All of these suggestions are most helpful. Thanks everyone!
 


So you're suggesting that I use Parallels.... but then follow the suggestions from Graham Needham (above) for installing an older OS X as the OS for the virtual volume? All of these suggestions are most helpful. Thanks everyone!
Parallels Desktop has a 14 day trial, and VMware Fusion has a 30 day trial. I suggest you make sure you have your older macOS installer downloaded first, and then go ahead and try both out and see which one works best for you.
 


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?
In March George posted about VidCutter as a replacement for QuickTime Pro.
 


Parallels Desktop has a 14 day trial, and VMware Fusion has a 30 day trial. I suggest you make sure you have your older macOS installer downloaded first, and then go ahead and try both out and see which one works best for you.
Hmmm, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to create my external volume. I wonder, can it be used to populate a virtual machine?
 


Hmmm, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to create my external volume. I wonder, can it be used to populate a virtual machine?
Every VM system I've ever seen requires a dedicated storage volume. Typically this is a disk image of some kind, but you should be able to use an actual disk or disk partition (e.g. a clone of a working system) instead, if you're so inclined.
 


Parallels Desktop has a 14 day trial, and VMware Fusion has a 30 day trial. I suggest you make sure you have your older macOS installer downloaded first, and then go ahead and try both out and see which one works best for you.
I forget if JerryF is still on Mojave or not, but, if so, Parallels (and perhaps Fusion) can create a VM using the Recovery Partition. This would make it very easy to test. Then, if he decides to upgrade to Catalina, he'll already have a VM to work with. This means not needing an installer; it's handled automatically.

I use a Mojave VM just to get access to the iTunes Store. You can browse through movies etc. very easily vs. trying to use the TV app.
 


I forget if JerryF is still on Mojave or not, but, if so, Parallels (and perhaps Fusion) can create a VM using the Recovery Partition. This would make it very easy to test. Then, if he decides to upgrade to Catalina, he'll already have a VM to work with. This means not needing an installer; it's handled automatically. I use a Mojave VM just to get access to the iTunes Store. You can browse through movies etc. very easily vs. trying to use the TV app.
Thanks so much for your response! Yes, I am using the latest Mojave (10.14.6) but would be very happy to use Parallels in order to continue using QuickTime 7. [Could I] ask you a few simple questions on how to proceed?...
 


Thanks so much for your response! Yes, I am using the latest Mojave (10.14.6) but would be very happy to use Parallels in order to continue using QuickTime 7. [Could I] ask you a few simple questions on how to proceed?...
If that was directed to me, then sure, ask away. But you'll probably have very little trouble once you get started. The software is really oriented to just get you up and running easily. You can get into the weeds if you want to, including getting into the command line, but for what you're doing, just do this:
  • Select File > New, and you'll get a choice of graphical options.
  • Navigate to "Install macOS 10.14.6 Using the Recovery Partition"
  • Follow the prompts and just select the defaults (you can change things later).
  • Your VM will be created, and you can start playing right away.
A lot of things become obvious once you start using it. Make sure Parallels Tools gets installed into the VM - this may happen automatically.

There is a Snapshot feature you can use so that you can keep backups automatically. This may eat up some disk space. I prefer to manually copy the VM files to a backup drive, but the VM needs to be shut down. Make sure you do one or the other periodically so you don't have to start from scratch if something goes south. Parallels automatically adds your VM to the Time Machine exclusion list, since the virtual hard drive (really just a file) is being modified more or less constantly.

The only non-obvious tip I can think of is this: When in Coherence Mode, set your VM's dock to be on the side (I prefer the left) and hidden. That way it never interferes with the dock on your physical machine and you really avoid confusion. I'm pretty sure you can also hide the VM's menu bar as well.

Seriously, they've made this ridiculously easy. Just remember to keep your VM backed up.
 


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.
This concerns me a little as we have have some rather large RAID enclosures, which still use spinning drives. At some stage I imagine we'll need to hang them from the back of a Catalina box for sharing, and I certainly don't want them being slower than our current Yosemite (HFS+) machines.

Does anyone know if there's a discernible difference in the performance of USB-connected spinning disks between HFS+ and APFS formatting? These would be data only, not startup disks.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Does anyone know if there's a discernible difference in the performance of USB-connected spinning disks between HFS+ and APFS formatting? These would be data only, not startup disks.
The problem is the file system itself, affecting hard drives regardless of their connection method. The issue gets worse with time, as the drives get fragmented, and depends on how the drives are used. (There are many more details in the APFS / file systems topic.)
 


If that was directed to me, then sure, ask away. But you'll probably have very little trouble once you get started. The software is really oriented to just get you up and running easily. You can get into the weeds if you want to, including getting into the command line, but for what you're doing, just do this:
  • Select File > New, and you'll get a choice of graphical options.
  • Navigate to "Install macOS 10.14.6 Using the Recovery Partition"
  • Follow the prompts and just select the defaults (you can change things later).
  • Your VM will be created, and you can start playing right away.
A lot of things become obvious once you start using it. Make sure Parallels Tools gets installed into the VM - this may happen automatically.

There is a Snapshot feature you can use so that you can keep backups automatically. This may eat up some disk space. I prefer to manually copy the VM files to a backup drive, but the VM needs to be shut down. Make sure you do one or the other periodically so you don't have to start from scratch if something goes south. Parallels automatically adds your VM to the Time Machine exclusion list, since the virtual hard drive (really just a file) is being modified more or less constantly.

The only non-obvious tip I can think of is this: When in Coherence Mode, set your VM's dock to be on the side (I prefer the left) and hidden. That way it never interferes with the dock on your physical machine and you really avoid confusion. I'm pretty sure you can also hide the VM's menu bar as well.

Seriously, they've made this ridiculously easy. Just remember to keep your VM backed up.
Thanks so much for this clarification. If I understand correctly then, the Parallels "volume" will appear as a single folder on the Mac desktop (or Dock). Installation of macOS 10.14.6 will come from the "Recovery Partition", so no separate installer needs to be on hand. Having done the OS install, do I need to copy the apps I want to run (in my case QuickTime 7) to some particular location on the Parallels volume in order for the Mojave OS to "find" them?
 


Does anyone know if there's a discernible difference in the performance of USB-connected spinning disks between HFS+ and APFS formatting? These would be data only, not startup disks.
FYI, only startup volumes are auto-converted to APFS upon installation of High Sierra, Mojave, or Catalina (and only SSD disks, if installing High Sierra). Non-startup volumes are not auto-converted, but can be converted manually with Disk Utility.

Apple has given no indication that they are deprecating or removing HFS+ support yet (and, in fact, it’s still required for Time Machine), so you can continue to use HFS+ without issue on your non-startup volumes.

As a point of reference, Mac OS X dropped support for writing to [original HFS] volumes in 2009 with Snow Leopard, 11 years after the introduction of HFS Plus. macOS only dropped read support for [original HFS] volumes with the release of Catalina this year.
 


Thanks so much for this clarification. If I understand correctly then, the Parallels "volume" will appear as a single folder on the Mac desktop (or Dock). Installation of macOS 10.14.6 will come from the "Recovery Partition", so no separate installer needs to be on hand. Having done the OS install, do I need to copy the apps I want to run (in my case QuickTime 7) to some particular location on the Parallels volume in order for the Mojave OS to "find" them?
Yes, you'll need to copy the apps that aren't installed by default. Your VM is pretty much like a real machine: it will boot off of "Macintosh HD", which is just the virtual hard disk drive. That will have an Applications folder, user folders, everything you are used to. In addition, you can configure drives external to the VM to be available. This can be done even with the VM running. In your case, the easiest thing to do would be to make your entire host drive available to the VM, then you can copy from your host's Applications folder as well as your own user folders.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Apple's latest Catalina update broke Catalina camera compatibility:
Imaging Resource said:
Firmware Friday+1: Blackmagic, Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Ricoh, Sigma and Sony offer updates aplenty
... Apple's Mac OS 10.15.2 update is preventing two of Canon's apps -- EOS Utility 3.11.1 and Picture Style File Registration Tool 1.0.0 -- from connecting via USB to connected Canon cameras. Fixes are in development, but in the meantime Canon recommends that users stick with OS X 10.15.0 or 10.15.1.
... Meanwhile, Fujifilm too continues to be bedeviled by Apple. After having to rework many of its apps for the initial Mac OS Catalina release, and before it had even finished issuing them all, Fuji has discovered similar issues to Canon's with the Catalina 10.15.2 update.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
More fun (not) with Catalina:
Eclectic Light Co. said:
Last Week on My Mac: Flaws in re-installing Catalina
... The end result is that, in Catalina up to and including 10.15.2, clean re-installing macOS is a fragile process which can fail, and must be carried out to the letter. Any attempt to deviate will prevent the installation from occurring, and the user will be left floundering in Recovery mode with an unbootable system.
#applequality
 


Yes, you'll need to copy the apps that aren't installed by default. Your VM is pretty much like a real machine: it will boot off of "Macintosh HD", which is just the virtual hard disk drive. That will have an Applications folder, user folders, everything you are used to. In addition, you can configure drives external to the VM to be available. This can be done even with the VM running. In your case, the easiest thing to do would be to make your entire host drive available to the VM, then you can copy from your host's Applications folder as well as your own user folders.
Great... I will try this. And one final question: I understand that Parallels' license applies to a single Macintosh. But do you happen to know how Parallels deals with multiple users (i.e., logins) on a single Mac?
 


With Catalina's separation of iTunes into Apple Music, TV and Books, the major thing I am missing is the ability to do 'Get Info' in the Books app. I would like to do this to modify the name of an audiobook in my Library (ripped some time ago), but there appears to be no way to do this.

Songs in the Music app and shows in the TV app still allow 'Get Info" and changes to all fields, but the Books app doesn't seem to permit it. Even if I change the filename in Finder, the Books app doesn't pick it up.
 


With Catalina's separation of iTunes into Apple Music, TV and Books, the major thing I am missing is the ability to do 'Get Info' in the Books app. I would like to do this to modify the name of an audiobook in my Library (ripped some time ago), but there appears to be no way to do this.
Songs in the Music app and shows in the TV app still allow 'Get Info" and changes to all fields, but the Books app doesn't seem to permit it. Even if I change the filename in Finder, the Books app doesn't pick it up.
That’s not the worst of it. The other apps allow you to store their files in another location. Books.app does not. In my case, my audiobooks library is so large that it would not fit on the startup drive. With iTunes, the Music library had always been stored in an external drive.

And it can’t even alphabetize titles properly. Since iTunes, titles are ordered alphabetically while ignoring leading articles (A, An, The). Books will not. Simply inexcusable, considering Catalina has undergone several updates already.

#applequality
 


My step-by-step virtualisation guides over on MacStrategy...
If you want macOS 10.14 Mojave, you should be able to use the instructions for macOS 10.12 Sierra and those will pretty much get you there with Mojave instead - I haven't written the step-by-step guide for virtualising Mojave yet.
Graham, thanks for these guides!
FYI, I tried a Mojave VM approach (on a Mojave host). The trial version of VMware worked just fine.

I have tried VirtualBox in the past, so I tried the hack of transferring the VMware virtual machine to VirtualBox as you described. It did not work, stuck in the EFI shell. Looking on the internet for solutions, it seems VirtualBox does not deal with APFS virtual disks.

Unfortunately I could not figure out how to get the Mojave installer to use the default VMware HFS+ virtual disk. The Mojave installer converts it to APFS without any option to decline. :(

Anyway, VMware looks good for this purpose.
 


Dymo LabelWriters are another line of printer products that appear to be currently not supported by macOS Catalina, due to being 32-bit software. The Dymo Label Software v8.7.3 for Mac is long in the tooth. There is no information to be found on the Dymo website regarding this matter, no warnings not to upgrade to macOS Catalina.

Searching the internet finds just one blog reference from a customer on this subject:
Ucare said:
Am guessing that the new software will be similar to the new Dymo Connect for Windows, which has actually be out for a while now. I have been relying on Dymo Label Software v8.7.3 for Windows, also 32-bit, and went looking to see what updates were available this evening, as the software has become a bit unstable with the latest updates to Windows 10 (1909). Unfortunately, the new software's interface is horrid, and seems to require you tie your Outlook or Google contacts database to it to store your addresses – compared to having its own local database, as available in the older software. I have still yet to find a way to import all my prior address and label information as documentation is lacking. "Progress" ... humbug.
 


For what it's worth, Brother's "P-touch" software for its label printers is compatible with macOS 10.15, but
(1) it hasn't been updated since 2017, and​
(2) it's pretty terrible.​
 


I logged into 2018 TurboTax with my 2015 iMac and 1TB Fusion drive with no problems with Catalina
More regarding Fusion drive on iMac (iMac13,2 27-inch, Late 2012):

I installed Mojave, and it ran with no problems until I finally did an in-place upgrade to Catalina. The only applications with annoying problems are Apple applications with iTunes heritage.
 


With Catalina's separation of iTunes into Apple Music, TV and Books, the major thing I am missing is the ability to do 'Get Info' in the Books app. I would like to do this to modify the name of an audiobook in my Library (ripped some time ago), but there appears to be no way to do this. Songs in the Music app and shows in the TV app still allow 'Get Info" and changes to all fields, but the Books app doesn't seem to permit it. Even if I change the filename in Finder, the Books app doesn't pick it up.
While you cannot rename audiobooks, you can rename downloaded actual books. However, you can only do it from the list view, not the icon view.
 


That’s not the worst of it. The other apps allow you to store their files in another location. Books.app does not. In my case, my audiobooks library is so large that it would not fit on the startup drive. With iTunes, the Music library had always been stored in an external drive.
And it can’t even alphabetize titles properly. Since iTunes, titles are ordered alphabetically while ignoring leading articles (A, An, The). Books will not. Simply inexcusable, considering Catalina has undergone several updates already.
I can't help you with the sorting issue, other than recommend you manually change the book titles as they are listed in Apple Books (which is different from the actual title stored in the ebook's metadata). Little known fact: you can change a book's listed title when the book is downloaded to your Mac. Display your Library as a list (click the List button on the Library's title bar), click a title, pause, and click again: the title is then selected for editing.
 


I can't help you with the sorting issue, other than recommend you manually change the book titles as they are listed in Apple Books (which is different from the actual title stored in the ebook's metadata). Little known fact: you can change a book's listed title when the book is downloaded to your Mac. Display your Library as a list (click the List button on the Library's title bar), click a title, pause, and click again: the title is then selected for editing.
Not my point. How come iTunes sorted titles correctly, including books and audiobooks? How come Music and Apple TV Plus does the same. And not just Apple. Correct title sorting is done universally, so how come Books suddenly became dumb?

Check your Music titles. Check your Apple TV Plus library. They are all good.
 


.. so how come Books suddenly became dumb? ...
Actually, it was not sudden at all. When iBooks (now Books) first appeared, all useful metadata management was absent after books were bodily ripped out of iTunes. Books is only slightly better now, as being able to store a large library in a user-chosen space is still unavailable.
 


I can't help you with the sorting issue, other than recommend you manually change the book titles as they are listed in Apple Books (which is different from the actual title stored in the ebook's metadata). Little known fact: you can change a book's listed title when the book is downloaded to your Mac. Display your Library as a list (click the List button on the Library's title bar), click a title, pause, and click again: the title is then selected for editing.
Can't seem to get that to work. Clicking on the title (both in the List and in the miniviewer on the left sidebar) in List view does nothing.
 


Can't seem to get that to work. Clicking on the title (both in the List and in the miniviewer on the left sidebar) in List view does nothing.
All I can say is that it works for me in Books 2.2 on macOS 10.15.2. Some additional information:

Renaming books only works for books that have been downloaded to your Mac (show the iCloud column in List view; books with a cloud icon in that column have not been downloaded).

The pause between the first and second click on the title field as I described in my previous post should be at least a second long so your Mac doesn't interpret it as a double-click (which doesn't make the title field editable).

The renaming capability via clicks is finicky, difficult to discover, bad UI. Fortunately, you don't have to do it that way. In List view you can right-click the title of a downloaded book and choose Rename from the contextual menu.
 


All I can say is that it works for me in Books 2.2 on macOS 10.15.2. Some additional information:
Renaming books only works for books that have been downloaded to your Mac (show the iCloud column in List view; books with a cloud icon in that column have not been downloaded).

The pause between the first and second click on the title field as I described in my previous post should be at least a second long so your Mac doesn't interpret it as a double-click (which doesn't make the title field editable).

The renaming capability via clicks is finicky, difficult to discover, bad UI. Fortunately, you don't have to do it that way. In List view you can right-click the title of a downloaded book and choose Rename from the contextual menu.
Doesn’t work for me either. None of it. In any case, even if it were possible, with about 1,500 audiobook titles in my library, I have no intention of manually renaming each instance of a title beginning with an article, and then having to do it with every new title with the same property.

It’s not a simple task either. You will have to delete the leading article and word space, go to the end and type in a comma, space, and the previously deleted article. If you fail to delete the leading space, the title will jump to the top of the list.

And what happens when Apple finally fixes the problem and the sorting gets sorted out? If I knew, myself, I would be compelled to rename all those previous titles back!
 


Dymo LabelWriters are another line of printer products that appear to be currently not supported by macOS Catalina, due to being 32-bit software. The Dymo Label Software v8.7.3 for Mac is long in the tooth. There is no information to be found on the Dymo website regarding this matter, no warnings not to upgrade to macOS Catalina.
I have a Dymo 400 Turbo, so this alarmed me. I contacted Dymo through their support link and got a reply saying:
The latest version of DYMO Label Software, v 8.7.3 is already a 64 bit program, and thus compatible with MacOS 10.15 Catalina.
It then went on in some detail about how to download and install 8.3.7 (which I already have). System Information also shows the Dymo software as being 64-bit.
 


Little known fact: you can change a book's listed title when the book is downloaded to your Mac. Display your Library as a list (click the List button on the Library's title bar), click a title, pause, and click again: the title is then selected for editing.
Thanks for the tip. I'm using Mojave on my aging MacBook Pro and your renaming tip worked like a charm. Now I can easily change the title and author without fighting with metadata in PDFs.
 


Thanks for the tip. I'm using Mojave on my aging MacBook Pro and your renaming tip worked like a charm. Now I can easily change the title and author without fighting with metadata in PDFs.
It might work in Mojave because you’re still on iTunes, but in Catalina it’s no longer possible. I now understand where this confusion was coming from. Books.app in Catalina will not allow renaming titles—at least no way that I’m aware of.
 


It might work in Mojave because you’re still on iTunes, but in Catalina it’s no longer possible. I now understand where this confusion was coming from. Books.app in Catalina will not allow renaming titles—at least no way that I’m aware of.
As I said previously in post 25695, I am running Catalina (macOS 10.15.2) and Books 2.2 and book renaming works for me. If it doesn't work for you, something else is the problem.
 


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