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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.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
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.
 


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