Goldenseal 4.95 Update

We are planning to release one more update to Goldenseal, before we switch over to Goldenseal Pro.  This will probably be the last update that runs on older versions of Mac OS and Windows. Tentative release date is late May.

We’ve already found and fixed a few bugs, and we would like to hear about any others that might be lurking. If you have experienced any problems, please let us know ASAP! Usually it is much easier for us to fix bugs than to find them, so we greatly appreciate any reports you can send us.

We will also happily take feature requests, and plan to add a few small new features to this update. Anything major will wait for Goldenseal Pro.

Dennis Kolva
Programming Director
Turtle Creek Software

Goldenseal and Google Drive

We just had a couple of tech support calls with a new user who wanted to put their company file on Google Drive, and share it between two computers in the office and on a jobsite, without using a VPN.

For two Macs or two Windows machines, it probably will work if you do the following:

  1. Install the Goldenseal application (tree icon) on both computers.
  2. On your office computer, set up a Google Drive folder, and put your company file in it.  Double-click on the company file icon to open it.
  3. On your laptop computer, open the same Google Drive folder, and double-click on the company file icon to open it.
  4. Make changes on either computer.  Google Drive will synch the file.

WARNING: Google does a whole-file synch, which is not as safe as the record-locking system we use in the multi-user version. Data may be lost if two people work on the same record at the same time.  There is also some chance the file will become damaged, since we didn’t design it to be file-synched. This approach is experimental, so please use it at your own risk.

NOTE: it apparently is not possible to open the same file from both Mac and Windows, over Google Drive.  This is probably related to the different file systems they each use.  For cross-platform connections you’ll need to use the multi-user version, or swap the file locally.

If you do try this, please let us know how it works out!