Thursday, December 19, 2019

MacWise version 20 Released

MacWise version 20 has been released.
This is the year 2020 release

This is our new policy for releasing version numbers that match the year.
We started this in 2019 with version 19.

There is an upgrade charge for versions prior to version 20
During the 2020 year, incremental upgrades will be free for users who have already purchased version 20. (version 20.1 for example)

The exception would be for site licenses of 10 or more that require the license to be re-compiled for the specific number of users.
There is a $75.00 charge for that.

Upgrade Order Form

Saturday, May 18, 2019

If you are getting the message, "This app will not work with future versions of MacOS"

The next version of MacOS (10.15) will not work with 32-bit apps.
MacWise versions prior to version 19 are 32-bit apps.

You will need to upgrade to MacWise version 19 which is a 64-bit app.

MacWise version 19

Friday, May 04, 2018

SSH Secure Shell Connections with MacWise and High Sierra

If you cannot connect to a host using secure shell (ssh) with MacWise, it could be a problem with High Sierra and cipher keys.
You may get a message similar to this when trying to connect to the host:

Unable to negotiate with port 22: no matching cipher found. Their offer: aes128-cbc,3des-cbc,blowfish-cbc,cast128-cbc,arcfour,

This is not a problem with MacWise. It is an issue with MacOS High Sierra 10.13
You can get around this problem by specifying a cipher in the Secure Shell Connection settings in MacWise.

Select Secure Shell Connection... from the Connection Menu in MacWise.
Then enter a cipher by using the -c option in the Additional Login Options field.
For instance, -c aes256-cbc
That option would use the  cipher, aes256-cbc

Currently, High Sierra supports these ciphers:

You can verify this by opening the terminal app and entering
ssh -Q cipher

Your host may not support all of the ciphers that High Sierra supports.
So, when you connect to the host and it responds with "no matching cipher found", you can look at the list of ciphers that it offers and use one of those that high sierra also supports.

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.