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LogoSaver – a ScreenSaver for Mac 12 August 2015

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Updated to add support for a background colour… LogoSaver is now available for download at the address below.

Use this link if you are running Mac OS 10.10 (it may also work for 10.9 and 10.8)

LogoSaver v2.2 – screensaver for Mac OS X

Use this link if you are running Mac OS 10.7

LogoSaver v2.2 special – screensaver for Mac OS X

– David

TrafficCamNZ for Apple Watch – released 12 August 2015

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Releasing shortly is a update for TrafficCamNZ that includes support for the Apple Watch.

Here’s some watch screen shots so that you can see what it looks like.
Glance on the watch is also supported showing you the first camera in your Favourites on the iPhone.

Here’s what is included in this release (1.9.6) :
● Fixed an issue with switching iCloud preferences
● Squished some vermin
● Squished some bigger vermin related to choosing favourite cameras on the iPhone
● Updated the camera defaults to improve your first launch experience
● Main screen on iPhone now has a cleaner display, the mode indicator will show in Green – Favourites, Auto Detect, Predictive – instead of a place holder for each one.
● Updated ChromeCast / GoogleCast software version
● Added support for Application Notifications
● Added AppleWatch Support – The selected Favourite cameras on the iPhone are displayed on the Apple Watch. To change the cameras shown on the Apple Watch edit your favourites in the iPhone application. Double Tap an image to refresh. Long Press for Menu and select refresh to refresh all images.

and if you haven’t updated in a while… updates in the previous release (1.9.5) include:
● Support iPhone 6+
● Support for splitscreen on iPhone 6+ in the Library – rotate your phone to landscape to see this
● Main screen on iPhone 6+ shows two camera images side by side when in Landscape
● Alternate preverences layout presented depending on device model when rotated
● Fixed an issue loading cameras when the preferences screen had never been viewed – this enhances the initial user experience
● Fixed an issue for initial load – the Load Defaults button is now visible on iPhone

[Update 13 August – TrafficCamNZ has been release for AppStore distribution]

– David

El Capitan – running on a MacPro1,1 9 June 2015

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I posted almost a year ago about my success with Yosemite running on a MacPro1,1 – here is that post. https://dgwilson.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/yosemite-on-a-macpro11/

I’ve now been able to get El Captian running on the same MacPro1,1 and it was easy. Although it did take a couple of hours.

The MacPro already had a Yosemite installation.

As for the original post I connected the MacPro to my MacBook Pro over Firewire 800 with the MacPro running in Firewire target disk mode. Next I ran the El Capitan installer – I had already downloaded this to my MacBook Pro. I set the installation to the Yosemite OS drive. The installation ran for some time… and some more time… – it completed successfully and rebooted as you would expect where I was subsequently presented with a logon screen. It took a while before I got a desktop up… but eventually the MacBook Pro was running El Capitan off the Hard Drive in the MacPro.

Next I changed by startup disk back to the Internal drive in the MacBook Pro and rebooted – except I gave up on that after a while and power cycled the MacBook Pro. When everything was back online and all of the drives were connected again (over firewire) I then had to update the boot.efi… via Terminal

cd /Volumes/El Capitan/System/Library/CoreServices/
chflags nouchg boot.efi
cp boot.efi boot_dgwcopy.efi
cp /Users/dgwilson/Desktop/Hackintosh/boot.efi boot.efi
chflags uchg boot.efi

Quit Terminal
Eject the MacPro drives
Disconnect the Firewire Cable
Power Off MacPro
Power on MacPro – option key held down
Select El Capitan drive
Continue boot

Success.

– David

p.s. I installed some software under El Capitan that required a system reboot. The machine did not come back after the reboot – instead booting into Yosemite which was installed on another drive. I’ve since managed to fix the issue… so for the record…

Make sure you’re running the boot.efi (as above) and it is installed in

/usr/standalone/i386

/System/Library/CoreServices/

with the appropriate commands of

chflags nouchg boot.efi

chflags uchg boot.efi

for both directories.

AND PLEASE – MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THESE CHANGES ON THE CORECT DRIVE /Volumes/El Capitan

USB Missile Launcher and Satzuma Missile Launcher 1 June 2015

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I have received reports that the Satsuma Missile Launcher is working with my USB Missile Launcher software.

You will need version 1.8.2 of the Missile Launcher software, available here:
https://sites.google.com/site/dgwilson65/USBMissileLauncherNZV1.8.2.dmg?attredirects=0&d=1

And you will need to do some configuration to tell the software how to find the launcher and control it.

Thank you to those that have contributed via comments here with the results.

Additional reference:
http://www.rngtng.com/2015/05/23/satzuma-missile-launcher-finally-works-with-usb-missile-launcher-nz-v1-8-2-on-mac/

– David

TrafficCamNZ – Mac – Camera Layout 11 March 2015

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I’ve discovered a “feature” of TrafficCamNZ and Mac OS where the camera layout may not look as how it was intended to be displayed in the main window.

The screen shot below shows how it’s supposed to look when you have 4 image grid selected…. i.e. 4 images across and 4 images down.

On some machines and under some configurations within Mac OS 10.10 the intended 4 cameras across may only display 3 and you will see the scroll bar on the right or bottom of the window. This behaviour can be changed by editing System Preferences : General and changing the “Show scroll bars” from what is probably Automatically or Always to “when scrolling”.

I’ll need to take a closer look at this to see if I can have the intended display behaviour no matter what system preference option is selected.

– David

Updates released – TrafficCamNZ 11 March 2015

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Updates for iOS and Mac OS have been released for TrafficCamNZ

This simultaneous release is to address an issue with iCloud syncing – if you were using iCloud. There were a number of other fixes in the releases as well…

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TrafficCamNZ for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trafficcamnz/id299032226?ls=1&mt=8

1.9.4
In this version
● Updates to iCloud syncronisation between Mac OS and iOS. If you have upgraded to iOS 8 and had trouble Syncing changes between devices, make sure that you are using the same iCloud account across devices, that iCloud drive is ON – and that iCloud storage is enabled in the applications on both the Mac and iOS devices. If trouble persists – you may need to delete the application on your iOS devices and reinstall.

Previously… in version 1.9.3
● iOS 8 support
● Fixed some constraint/layout issues on the Camera Chooser screen ● Fixed some layout issues on the preferences screen for iPad ● Fixed a zooming issue when displaying images full screen
● Fixed a problem when showing preference screen – previously required a double tap on the preference button for first use
● Fixed a bug where the landscape view would not scroll properly until the device was rotated ● Fixed a bug loading the help
● Fixed a bug scrolling on the main view were the first and last images would bounce left and right when scrolled

● iCloud : if you are using iCloud to syncronise your camera data then the first run on iOS 8 may start up with the initialisation screen. Please wait a few minutes (suggest 2 to 5) to allow the iCloud TrafficCamNZ database to download and syncronise. The Refresh button will turn Red indicating that a refresh can be performed. This may happen a number of times as data is incrementally loaded – you will not have to press Refresh everytime.

● iCloud : If you upgrade iCloud you may be unable to syncronise TrafficCamNZ databases between iOS 8 and earlier versions of Mac OS i.e. Mavericks. For syncronisation to work properly your iDevice should be on iOS 8 and your mac should be on Yosemite.

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TrafficCamNZ for Mac OS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trafficcamnz/id420191716?ls=1&mt=12

1.2.4
In this version
● Updates to iCloud syncronisation between Mac OS and iOS. If you have upgraded to iOS 8 and had trouble Syncing changes between devices, make sure that you are using the same iCloud account across devices, that iCloud drive is ON – and that iCloud storage is enabled in the applications on both the Mac and iOS devices. If trouble persists – you may need to delete the application on your iOS devices and reinstall. ● Created Duplicate deleter for CalTrans cameras – see utilities menu

Enjoy.

– David

TrafficCamNZ updates for Desktop and iOS 22 October 2014

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It’s update time…

TrafficCamNZ desktop has had a minor change for MacOS 10.10 Yosemite support. Images will fit better on the screen which alters the behaviour a bit when resizing the main screen. This update v1.2.2 has been released and is available NOW in the Mac AppStore.

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/trafficcamnz/id420191716?mt=12

TrafficCamNZ for iOS will be released on 25 October after 1900 New Zealand time. Theres a few fixes in this release:
This update v1.9.3 contains the following changes:
● iOS 8 support
● Fixed some constraint/layout issues on the Camera Chooser screen
● Fixed some layout issues on the preferences screen for iPad
● Fixed a zooming issue when displaying images full screen
● Fixed a problem when showing preference screen – previously required a double tap on the preference button for first use
● Fixed a bug where the landscape view would not scroll properly until the device was rotated
● Fixed a bug loading the help
● Fixed a bug scrolling on the main view were the first and last images would bounce left and right when scrolled

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/trafficcamnz/id299032226?mt=8

– David

TrafficCamNZ for iOS v1.9.3 30 September 2014

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It’s submitted and in the approval pipeline.

Version 1.9.3 as the following changes/fixes/additions:

● iOS 8 support
● Fixed some constraint/layout issues on the Camera Chooser screen ● Fixed some layout issues on the preferences screen for iPad ● Fixed a zooming issue when displaying images full screen
● Fixed a problem when showing preference screen – previously required a double tap on the preference button for first use
● Fixed a bug where the landscape view would not scroll properly until the device was rotated ● Fixed a bug loading the help
● Fixed a bug scrolling on the main view were the first and last images would bounce left and right when scrolled

● iCloud : if you are using iCloud to syncronise your camera data then the first run on iOS 8 may start up with the initialisation screen. Please wait a few minutes (suggest 2 to 5) to allow the iCloud TrafficCamNZ database to download and syncronise. The Refresh button will turn Red indicating that a refresh can be performed. This may happen a number of times as data is incrementally loaded – you will not have to press Refresh everytime.

● iCloud : If you upgrade iCloud you may be unable to syncronise TrafficCamNZ databases between iOS 8 and earlier versions of Mac OS i.e. Mavericks. For syncronisation to work properly your iDevice should be on iOS 8 and your mac should be on Yosemite.

It’s pleasing to have finally fixed the orientation launch bug that meant scrolling on the iPad was somewhat confused until you rotated the device. And also when scrolling images left/right you will not longer get the strange bounce back.

– David

TrafficCamNZ – Datafile Update – September 2014 11 September 2014

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A datafile update for TrafficCamNZ is available now.
Cameras for London, CalTrans, and New Zealand have all been updated and/or new cameras added.

You can get the update now by going to preferences on the iPhone/iPad and choosing XML Merge.

On the Mac version you can also do an XML Merge from Preferences.

– David

Yosemite on a MacPro1,1 20 July 2014

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I have a MacPro1,1 that I brought second hand recently – this machine is well built and has some really decent processing power.I got the machine with the original graphics card and have been fortunate enough to obtain a later graphics card that has allowed me run later versions of the operating system that would normally not be possible. The graphics card isn’t the end of the story though. If you want to run MacOS 10.9 or MacOS 10.10 there are some tall buildings to leap over.

Installing 10.9 – Mavericks
Put the macPro into Firewire Target Disk mode. Connect the MacPro via firewire to a mac that can install Mavericks. Install Mavericks.
Next you will need to replace your boot.efi file in 2 places.
This file can be obtained from http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1598176&page=2
The first post in that thread has a link to the bootloader.

I have successfully done this and have Mavericks running on one hard drive in the MacPro.

Installing 10.10 – Yosemite
Follow these installation instructions to the letter.
Yosemite on a Mac Pro 1,1 or 2,1 – AppleLife

discussion forums…
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1740775

I have successfully done this and have Yosemite running on one hard drive in the MacPro.

I’ve also subsequently installed one of the Yosemite updates via Software Update and the update for Preview 3.

You wouldn’t believe how long it’s taken me to find this decent set of instructions…. actually if you’ve got here… perhaps you would.

The graphics card I have installed is: ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 8.00.19 pm

– David

Note: Beta4 installation required that I boot back into MacOS 10.9 and rerun the Chameleon installation to the boot volume – remember to edit the plist with your serial number.

Note: Beta5 installation completed successfully without issues.

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