Sensei

Sensei is a new utility app  from Cindori AB that adds to the capabilities of the company’s previous Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei Mac apps but only runs on macOS Catalina. Features include SSD Trim support, SMART reporting, performance testing, fan control, detailed Mac information and monitoring (temperature, CPU, GPU, battery, drives), an app uninstaller, disk “cleaning” and more.

Sensei 1.0.0, which is compatible only with macOS 10.15 Catalina, is priced at $59 for a permanent license or $29/year as a subscription. Upgrade discounts are available for owners of Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei.

Discussions

Apple migration/software update discussion traces a bizarre update loop back to a BOM bug, describes a bad Time Machine migration fixed by migrating from a clone, and discusses issues involved in migrating from an old iMac to Catalina.

macOS Catalina notes touch on virtualization, sleep bugs, 32-bit software elimination, forced update fiascos, a vexing file-open problem, and more.

MacInTouch Community updates also include the following topics (among others):

SoftRAID

SoftRAID (from Other World Computing Inc.) is a Mac disk formatting, partitioning, testing and management app with full RAID capabilities (RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 4 and 5) on any combination of Thunderbolt, FireWire, eSATA, SCSI, USB, SAS, and Fibre Channel hard drives and SSDs.
Features include bootable mirror volumes, bootable SoftRAID DVDs, fast rebuilding of mirror volumes, a very useful disk certification (testing) feature, SMART data monitoring, email notification of problems, SSD TRIM support (for OS X 10.7 and up), a command-line program (with help), workarounds to protect against Apple macOS kernel bugs, and much more.

SoftRAID 5.8.1 is priced at $179 for OS X 10.7 and up, with a fully-functional 30-day free trial available.
Note that SoftRAID doesn’t currently support Apple’s Core Storage volume format, for FileVault and Fusion drives, and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)/APFS also needs special workarounds for startup volumes. See also: SoftRAID Compatibility Notes and FAQ.

The latest SoftRAID release follows an Apple bug fix:

New features in version 5.8.1:

• Removes the test to see if the user is running macOS 10.15 with SIP enabled. You can now run the SoftRAID application on macOS 10.15 with SIP enabled. The bug, in macOS 10.15, which caused SIP to be incompatible with SoftRAID, is fixed in macOS 10.15.1.

SoftRAID Lite is a personal version of the app, with RAID-0 and RAID-1 capabilities, disk health monitoring and many of the other features of the professional version, but not support for higher RAID levels (4, 5 and 1+0), email notifications nor Terminal commands. Customer support is via the Internet for SoftRAID Lite, while the professional version includes direct phone support.
SoftRAID Lite is priced at $49 with a free trial available. Direct phone support is a $99 option for the Lite version.

Full SoftRAID functionality for Apple’s new APFS file system (which was introduced in an undocumented version with macOS 10.13 and then revised and made mandatory with macOS 10.14 Mojave) is due in 2020:

SoftRAID 6.0 will be fully compatible with APFS disks and volumes. You’ll be able to create and manage APFS volumes and SoftRAID 6.0 will also offer extra functionality to allow you to further manipulate APFS volumes. At the same time you’ll still get all SoftRAID’s great existing functionality, whether you’re working with APFS or HFS formatted disks. If you are interested in finding out more about SoftRAID 6.0 beta please contact support@softraid.com.

Apple notarization warning

Apple warns about upcoming notarization demands in macOS 10.15 “Catalina” for third-party software:

Update to Notarization Prerequisites

In June, we announced that all Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run by default on macOS Catalina. …

If you haven’t yet done so, upload your software to the notary service and review the developer log for warnings. These warnings will become errors starting February 3 and must be fixed in order to have your software notarized. Software notarized before February 3 will continue to run by default on macOS Catalina.

As a reminder, all installer packages must be signed since they may contain executable code. Disk images do not need to be signed, although signing them can help your users verify their contents.