Courage for the gap: macOS Mojave installed - my experiences

Fast installation: Mojave is installed on my system disk in 27 minutes.

I have to admit, even if I have a relatively large number of programs on my MacBook Pro and need them for work, I always tend to update to new macOS systems quite early on. That might be a bit "brave" when you work productively on your Mac every day, but hey, that's not what I do skydiving for. : D

macOS update on vacation - good choice!

So it happened that the update to macOS Mojave found its way to my Mac while on vacation. I had already downloaded it and then installed it after a backup of the "Macintosh HD" system hard drive while on vacation. So I already had 1-2 hours to see what was crunching and creaking. The decision to install it while on vacation was perhaps not that bad, because you don't have to put both arms into work and you are so tight in terms of time.

Fast installation: Mojave is installed on my system disk in 27 minutes.

Fast installation: Mojave is installed on my system disk in 27 minutes.

My experiences

The installation

The update from macOS High Sierra to Mojave was done quite quickly. Unfortunately, it took a few hours to load because I had a somewhat weak LTE network in Denmark. The installation, on the other hand, was unproblematic: the system was set up on the disk after a good 30 minutes.

Light or dark appearance

The first important decision that you have to make after the restart is the choice between the normal "light theme" or Mojave's dark mode. I had used the dark theme at first, but after a few minutes I noticed that the view was still a bit too strange for me. Switching back to the "light theme" is not a problem in the system settings in the "General" control panel. There you will find the option "Appearance", which you can switch from light to dark or the other way around.

You can switch between the light and dark appearance in the system settings in the "General" area.

You can switch between the light and dark appearance in the system settings in the "General" area.

By the way, switching from dark back to light confused my Firefox browser a bit. Immediately afterwards, in the search field, it only showed white letters on a white background. I have also listed the problem here in the list of known problems with macOS Mojave, but in the end it was easy to fix with a restart.

I will possibly test the dark appearance again in the days when I have a little more time to get used to it. Immediately after the vacation there is usually a lot of work on the table and I need a familiar working environment. : D

You should make sure to always use the latest version of software when upgrading to a new macOS.

You should make sure to always use the latest version of software when upgrading to a new macOS.

MoneyMoney - latest version is compatible

The next little problem I had when I started MoneyMoney, my favorite banking program for the Mac. That threw me a hint that the version on my Mac is not compatible with Mojave. I still pressed "OK" and received an error message telling me that the application file was damaged and that I should reinstall MoneyMoney.

Hoping not to have lost all of the bank data I had collected over the years, I downloaded and installed the latest version from the manufacturer. After starting the software again, the usual view with bank statements came up and everything was still there.

Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner iX 500 is running!

An important point, which I was unfortunately only able to test after my vacation, was the compatibility of macOS Mojave with mine ScanSnap iX 500 sheet feeder scannerthat I use almost every day. When upgrading to macOS Sierra, Fujitsu made adjustments to the drivers left plenty of time and thus annoyed many users. So I didn't have good expectations, but luckily they were disappointed: The scanner does its job without grumbling and is fully compatible with the new macOS.

SpamSieve needs full access

When I started Apple Mail for the first time, I received several messages, including my anti-spam plug-in SpamSieve. Programs that want to read or change data from other programs on the hard drive are no longer allowed to do so without the consent of the user.

For this reason, such apps have to be granted the appropriate rights once via System Settings -> Security -> Data Protection -> Full Access to Hard Drive. It might be a bit annoying at first, but I prefer it because then I can see which programs have which rights. And before you give a program "full access" to the hard drive, you should be sure that it is a legitimate piece of software.

After upgrading to Mojave, Spamsieve needs permission to access the hard drive. However, programs should not be given this permission without hesitation.

After upgrading to Mojave, Spamsieve needs permission to access the hard drive. However, programs should not be given this permission without hesitation.

Mail-Act On from SmallCubed is not compatible

I use the Mail Act-On plugin from SmallCubed as a little help to send emails delayed in Apple Mail. Unfortunately, this plugin is no longer compatible with Mojave, but the manufacturer warned weeks ago that this would be the case. So it didn't come as a surprise.

But the support is not completely discontinued, because in mid-October SmallCubed will release a "Mail Plugin Suite" that combines all of its plugins and is also Mojave compatible. So I'll have to do without the plugin for a good two weeks ...

Photos can only be opened in the photos app with the "Enter" key. Unfortunately, the space bar for Quick Look no longer works ... hopefully only temporarily until the next bug fix.

Photos can only be opened in the photos app with the "Enter" key. Unfortunately, the space bar for Quick Look no longer works ... hopefully only temporarily until the next bug fix.

"Quick Look" in Photos app no ​​longer works

A bigger problem that I just noticed is the fact that in Apple's Photos app you can no longer hit the space bar to quickly preview a photo. Instead you have to press "Return" or "Enter" to see the photo in the viewer.

I'm just not sure if the change is a bug or if it is a desired change on the part of Apple. I very much hope that it is a bug and that we will have Quick Look in photos available again shortly.

Many questions in the first few days ...

Many beta testers of macOS Mojave have "complained" that you get accused of so many windows in which you have to give programs permission to do this or that. This is indeed correct, because in the first few days after the upgrade to macOS Mojave, such windows actually come up with many programs - sometimes even two or three per app - but these only appear once and only ask whether the respective Program may really be given the rights to do this or that.

Paste, Setapp, OnyX and many other apps want various access rights and demand these under Mojave with notification windows.

Paste, Setapp, OnyX and many other apps want various access rights and demand these under Mojave with notification windows.

From my point of view, this is a big step towards greater security and, above all, as a user you can now see exactly which apps want to access what. If suddenly a program to clean up the hard disk wants to access the camera, you should be puzzled. ;-)

I just hope that these questions will not be answered bluntly with "ok", but that the users will really read through what the respective programs want for access rights and may also reject them.

New features in macOS Mojave

I have to admit that I haven't tried Mojave's many new features yet. The only thing I activated right away was the "Staples" function, with which you can get a little more order on your desk, since Mojave sorts the files into small stacks.

My desktop really tends to be flooded with screenshots, downloads, small text files or the like, and "stacks" give you at least a rough "basic order" on your desk.

More order on your desk with one click. The "Batch" function collects files on the desktop in piles according to file type or other criteria.

More order on your desk with one click. The "Batch" function collects files on the desktop in piles according to file type or other criteria.

Another new function that I just noticed are the screenshots, which now appear right below after "snapping". With a right click on the small picture with the screenshot you can then quickly send it to various destinations such as Apple Mail or similar.

Screenshots appear briefly at the bottom right under Mojave and then allow interaction.

Screenshots appear briefly at the bottom right under Mojave and then allow interaction.

Conclusion: so far everything paletti!

That should first be a short experience report on the subject of Mojave. Because Mojave is more of a performance and stability upgrade, I didn't expect any major problems, but there is still always the risk that one or the other software will quit its service under the new macOS.

Due to the lack of support for 32-bit apps, the upcoming macOS after Mojave will probably cause a lot more problems, but we still have a year until then. : D

So my conclusion on macOS Mojave is consistently good. Everything went smoothly for me during the installation and the programs that I use every day don't throw up any errors. So I can give you a thumbs up if you have to decide whether or not to leave the new macOS on your Mac.

Participation desired!

If you have discovered new, great features under Mojave that make your everyday life easier, I would be happy if you describe them in the comments! Other readers who have been waiting and who have not installed Mojave will also be "happy" about error messages or reports about incompatibilities.

 

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21 comments

  1. Jan says:

    Hello Sir-Apfelot,
    thanks for the contribution. It is always helpful to hear how others have fared.
    I have already installed and so far no errors. I drive in dark mode. Unfortunately, there are only a few programs that support this.
    Still, I can only recommend Mojave.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Jan! Thank you for your feedback signal! I didn't know that the programs had to support "dark mode". But maybe that explains the strange behavior of Firefox. But I think sooner or later the majority of the programs will follow suit ... at least I hope so. : D

  2. Roadrunner says:

    Take a look at NightOwl (https://nightowl.kramser.xyz). The current version can be configured so that dark mode is switched on at sunset and switched off again at sunrise.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Ah, thanks! That's a nice solution too! During the day in the usual light mode and in the evening to slowly get used to the dark mode. : D

  3. itom says:

    hi, how was that with MoneyMoney, have you uninstalled the program and downloaded the latest version, you don’t have to pay again?
    greez from B

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello itom! I only downloaded the current version from the MoneyMoney download page and installed it over the current one. I didn't have to uninstall or buy anything. Everything went like this!

  4. Beatrix Willius says:

    Since the first beta, my computer has switched to dark mode at night. Is that not the standard setting? How do I get rid of this?

    Why do some programs keep losing their rights? For example, Arq occasionally loses access to the hard drive. From one hour to the next. The automation rights are much, much worse.

  5. Brunnen.G says:

    Well, Mojave freezes 3 times a day. Mac Pro 6,1

    Will have to go back to the High Sierra

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Wow, probably no one at Apple has ever tested Mojave with the MacPro. There are only 3 people who use the thing. ;-) I would go back and rather wait for macOS 10.14.1. There you have a chance that other pro users have complained and the thing might work again. It's a shame the way Apple treats pro users - who actually used to be their user base - now.

  6. Hans-Joachim says:

    Hello Sir Apfelot,

    have a MacBook Pro 13 ″ from autumn 2017. Since installing Mojave, I have noticed a rapid drop in the battery, although I have closed all programs and turned off wifi. Whether standby or hibernation, the battery level decreases by at least 20% per day, but only since the update.

    According to the online check, my Mac is not affected by the battery exchange program.
    Is this known?
    What can I do?
    Back to High Sierra via Time Machine backup?
    Thanks for a tip

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Hans-Joachim! I think a downgrade to High Sierra might be less helpful here. The problem with the battery could have two reasons: 1. Either an app is running in the background that has not yet been optimized for Mojave and therefore uses too much power. OR 2. There is actually a problem with Mojave and the MacBooks, but this is probably known to Apple and will be fixed in the next upgrade.
      If you want to look for a suspicious app, you can go to the "Activity Monitor" and see which apps are consuming a lot of energy. Maybe there is one out of the ordinary. If so, then I would take it out of the startup item and exit and then watch whether it is still losing power so rapidly. Alternatively, you can also do the before going to bed Start the Mac by holding down the SHIFT key (Safe-Mode) and then see if it loses a lot of battery again at night. In safe mode, the drivers and background programs from other manufacturers are switched off and then not so much power should actually be consumed if it was due to an app. I hope the tips help you!

  7. Hello,
    thanks for the report. What I'm missing is: What is the advantage of installing macOS Mojave?
    I'm running OS X El Capitan, version 10.11.8 on an iMac.
    I mostly only read about complications (albeit with software that I don't even know by name).
    Under "New features under macOS Mojave" I read:
    1) “more order on the desk”: I don't care, because the only thing on my screen is
    In the top right a small symbol for the internal disk (and I don't even need that, since I know that there is a disk in the iMac).
    if I activate the other external drives (backup; iTunes; backup from iTunes), there are three small symbols on the far right
    down the taskbar
    2) "Screenshots that now appear immediately after" snapping "at the bottom right"
    I rarely take screenshots. For me, they have always appeared automatically on the right under the symbol of the internal plate after the “snap”. I edit them and then throw them in the trash.
    Is there another reason to install macOS Mojave?

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Herbert! Well, there are a number of features that one or the other might need (Continuity Camera, to scan documents with the iPhone camera directly into the Mac; Dynamic Desktop; Dark Mode; Home App on the Mac; Gallery View in the Finder; Etc). Last but not least, Mojave is a maintenance update that should primarily improve the speed on older Macs. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether this is enough to update their system. For me there is nothing essential about Mojave, but I like to be up to date. Not least because I want to describe my experiences about it on the blog. So I "have to". ;-)

  8. Thank you, that convinces me for Sir Apfelot. But I am not upgrading (unless there is another important point): never change a running operating system.

  9. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the test. I am a little bit confused. Again and again I hear that Mojave should above all increase performance. If I remember correctly, I was more likely to read about the fact that Mojave needs more resources than High Sierra, so it ends with the better performance. The only thing I keep reading is how great dark mode looks. It is important to me to have a system that is as stable as possible because I use my Macbook Pro in the music sector. As already described, it is a shame that Apple neglected its regular customers more and more ... I will probably stay with High Sierra or are there still convincing arguments against it?

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      In principle, no features have been added that mean profound changes to the system. Instead, the Finder and Safari were sped up in many places. I don't like to judge whether it needs more or less resources than High Sierra, but it is certainly not slower. You can use dark mode and the like - but you don't have to. That's not something that would cost a lot of CPU power. For this reason, I don't mind who you install something like this - even if I'm not currently using it myself. But if High Sierra is currently still running well, I would not "beat" an update. I always make the updates promptly because I want to report on them too. In my opinion, however, they are not really necessary. Only when you missed 2 to 3 major updates would I see if I would like to slowly get back to a new level.

  10. Dieter Sasse says:

    more of a question: today the new iMac 27 is set up with Mojave, but it is not possible to enter programs via system settings - data protection - full hard disk access. The field remains empty, e.g. the Chrono Sync program does not work

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Dieter! Did you "open" the lock at the bottom left on the settings page? You usually have to enter your admin password before you can make changes. Maybe that was it? VG! Jens

  11. Walfried says:

    How do I get a driver for the canoscan lide 400 scanner?
    for my MacBook Pro in mid-2014
    macOS High Sierra, version 10.13.6
    On the Canon site it says: Available drivers 0
    Switching to AirPrint is the reason.
    The flatbed scanner is connected to the MackBook with a USB cable and is not recognized. The approach and installation of the IJ Scan Utility Lite suggested by Cannon cannot bring the new scanner to life. With the expensive VueScan software, the scanner works straight away. Canon does not provide a driver with reference to AirPrint for the OS High Sierra 10.13.6. Are there similar problems here and how do you remedy them?

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Walfried! Yes, this is a manufacturer problem. They are not interested in updating drivers for old scanners because they prefer to sell new ones. But there is the program VueScanthat brings old scanners back to working under Catalina. Since you don't have a document or feeder scanner, the inexpensive version is sufficient.

      But since you already know VueScan: What is the question if the scanner works with it? With VueScan, it will definitely also run under Catalina.

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