Friday, January 05, 2018

Crash when upgrading to High Sierra from older versions of MacWise

Upgrading to High Sierra with versions of MacWise prior to 16.2.3 could possibly cause abnormally large window sizes and a crash that corrupted the MacWise settings file.

It is unknown why this happens and it seems to be a problem on a low percentage of Macs.
Version 16.2.3 or later fixes this problem by detecting incorrect window sizes and sets them back to default sizes.

If possible, you should upgrade to MacWise 16.2.3 or later before installing Mac OS High Sierra or later to avoid the crash.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Function Keys and Arrow Keys with MacWise using Telnet and Kermit

MacOS High Sierra 10.13 removed telnet.
By default, MacWise version 16 now uses Kermit for telnet connections when it detects MacOS 10.13 or later.
It also enables two Kermit options by default:
"Use SLnet options for Kermit"  and "Echo Kermit Characters"

Not all host servers work properly with those two options.
If you are getting double characters on your screen, then uncheck "Echo Kermit Characters"

If your arrow keys and function keys do not work, then uncheck "Use SLnet options for Kermit"
Note that other factors can cause arrow keys and function keys not to work.

If you cannot log into your host, then put a checkmark on "Use SLnet options for Kermit"
You may see the following errors when opening a connection if it is unchecked:
The Telnet server is not sending required responses
Telnet waiting for response to WILL KERMIT

Telnet waiting for response to DO KERMIT

Friday, September 29, 2017

MacWise 16.0.8 Compatible with Mac OS High Sierra and telnet

Apple, in their infinite wisdom, has removed Telnet from Mac OS High Sierra 10.13

If you have been using MacWise version 16.0.6 or earlier with telnet and upgrade to High Sierra, you will not be able to connect to your host because the telnet command is missing from High Sierra.

The solution is to install Kermit.
MacWise version 16.0.7 or later includes a Kermit Installer.
Version 16.0.8 has the Kermit Installer built into MacWise.

Run MacWise and select Kermit Installer from the Help Menu.

Put a checkmark on Kermit under the Connection Menu in MacWise

You will now be able to open a Telnet Connection with MacWise.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

MacWise Function Keys with Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar does not have real function keys.
Instead, it displays function keys in the Touch Bar.
By default, the function keys are not displayed in the Touch Bar when you run MacWise.

You can get around this problem in four ways:

1. Since function keys are displayed at the bottom of the MacWise window, you can click on them with the mouse.

2. If you hold down the Fn key, the function keys will appear temporarily on the Touch Bar if you have the following option set in your Keyboard Preferences...
(You must always press Fn in combination with a Touch Bar fkey)

Select System Preferences from the Apple Menu.

In System Preferences, choose Keyboard.
Then click the Keyboard tab.

Change "Press Fn key to" Show F1,F2,etc. Keys

3. You can use the Option key in combination with number keys for function keys.
For instance Option 1 is Fkey 1

4. (Requires MacWise version 15.4 or later).

Select "Activate Touch Bar on Startup" from the Connection Menu.
Then follow the instructions.

Note: "Activate Touch Bar on Startup" menu item will only be available on Touch Bar MacBooks.

Now, each time you run MacWise, the FKEYS will appear in the Touch Bar and you do not need to hold down the Fn key.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

MacWise and El Capitan

MacWise versions prior to 15.2 may have problems loading fonts with El Capitan (Mac OS 10.11)
You may get an error, " ActivateFontFromResourcesFile error -985 "
If you get that error, the MacWise font may not have loaded and can cause cursor positioning and screen clearing problems.

MacWise version 15.2 and later now attempts to load fonts from it's resources folder. If that fails, it looks for fonts in the MacWise Fonts folder.
The installer now has the option to drag MacWise Fonts to the Fonts folder (MacWise will alert you if that needs to be done)

If you are running MacWise version 14 or older, there is a $59.00 upgrade charge for version 15.
The order form is here...

The latest version of MacWise is here...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mac Wireless Sleep / Wake Wireles Connection Problem and Fix

Since the release of Mavericks in October 2013, there has been a widespread problem with Macs that are unable to reconnect to a wireless network after waking from sleep. This is most prevelant on MacBooks because they are on battery power most of the time and are set to sleep after two minutes of inactivity by default. MacBooks are also mobile and can be used in many locations.
The problem is caused by an interaction with Bluetooth and specifically Bluetooth devices that use Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) which is used to stream bluetooth audio from devices such as Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth speakers.

For more information and a fix...

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Using MacWise with Parallels Access for iPad

Using MacWise with Parallels Access
Virtual Network Computing apps have been on the iPad since day one. And I have recommended them for use with MacWise. But there is a new kid on the block that really improves the experience with MacWise...

"Parallels Access takes the virtual-computer experience to the next level. The new app goes beyond simply providing a window back to the other machine, taking into account things like screen resolution (the apps are resized for the iPad's aspect ratio) and user experience"...(from a Mashable Review)

 "Tap an app icon and the software opens full-screen, cursor-free, and ready to accept a full range of gesture-based commands, including copy and paste, selection, or drag and drop. Scrolling is done with a finger, and the iPad keyboard is enhanced with additional commands for function keys, arrows, and more. To better maneuver desktop applications, Parallels Access offers a cursor-based tap-and-hold magnifying glass, while holding longer switches to selection tool instead. Coupled with "SmartTap" to make sure taps always execute as intended, Parallels Access deftly overcomes usability issues that have long plagued other remote access solutions"...

Using MacWise on the iPad is now a pleasant experience. The MacWise window is full screen on the iPad and the touch controls are very nice. You can tap on the MacWise function keys or double tap to edit them.
The text is crisp and easy to read.

Launching MacWise is easy with the Parallels Access app launcher. It looks just like an iPad screen but has your Mac apps as icons on the screen instead of iPad apps.

Copy and Paste works with MacWise. But remember that you are copying and pasting on your Mac (not between your iPad and your Mac)
To copy, you tap and hold until a blue circle draws around the starting point. Then drag to select the area you want to copy.
To paste, select Paste from the Edit Menu.

One thing worth mentioning is the window sizes of apps you have running on your Mac. When you exit Parallels Access on the iPad, your Mac screen is returned back to normal resolution (It was 1080 x 768 before exiting). That can do some strange things to a large Mac monitor screen. Any windows that were open larger than 1080 x 768 will be reduced to 1080 x 768.
So I recommend that you do not use the "24-Point font and largest window" size in MacWise. That window size is taller than 768 and will be resized smaller by Parallels Access. (That causes emulation problems).
Using the 18-Point font window works fine.

I am hoping that the Parallels techies can figure out how to make the windows all resize back to their original size in some future version.

A very nice feature is that you can set a preference in Parallels Access to blank your Mac Screen while you are using MacWise from your iPad (so others in your office cannot see what you are doing).

If you think that you can live with the window resizing issue, I would highly recommend using Parallels Access with MacWise.

You can get a 14 day demo to try it out.
The Parallels Access web page will get you started.