Running Goldenseal on Macintosh (Feb 7)

For the past 5.5 years, this blog has covered our efforts to update Goldenseal into a 64-bit app. To summarize:

1. We did not finish the 64-bit update (Goldenseal Pro) in time for the release of Mac OS 10.15 Catalina last October.
2. The current Goldenseal 4.96 for Mac is a 32-bit app that will not run on Catalina or future Mac OS versions. It does run on Mac OS 10.14 Mojave and earlier.
3. The current Goldenseal 4.96 for Windows runs OK on Windows 10, and anything back to Win 98. However it has annoying screen drawing problems caused by its reliance on Apple’s QuickTime.
4. Goldenseal Pro for Mac is now on hold, and we are working exclusively on Goldenseal Pro for Windows until it’s done. The update removes QuickTime and its problem, and has many other improvements.
5. Whether we ever finish Goldenseal Pro for Mac depends on Apple’s future plans for Macintosh. Hopefully we will know more after the WWDC in early June.

In the meantime, our Mac users are upgrading to Mac OS 10.16 Catalina, or considering it. Here are some options on how to cope for the next couple years.

For less than $100, an External SSD in an excellent addition to any computer setup. If you have a USB 3 or USB C connection, it will run faster than an internal HD. 500GB is big enough to split into 2 or 3 partitions, so you can install a different OS version on each. Use Startup Disk in System Preferences to switch between OS versions.

Many iMacs and Mac Minis allow you to add an SSD as a second drive internally. It will be faster than an external, but it may be a difficult install. I updated one Mini that way, but will never do another.  It was a tight squeeze near fragile components. Too much risk of failure.

Since storage is so cheap, I think it’s wise to always install new OS versions on a new, empty partition, rather than overwriting your current system. That way you can test it out, and revert painlessly if needed.  Carbon Copy Cloner is a great way to move entire disk contents from one place to another, if you want to update the internal drive later.

In general, a Mac is optimized for the OS version that was out during its release. You can install newer OS versions, but not older ones. So any model from early to mid-2019 or earlier will still run Goldenseal using OS Mojave. Anything newer probably can’t.

If you have a big monitor and a second Mac, consider a KVM switch. It allows you to use just one monitor, mouse and keyboard, and move quickly between multiple machines. I personally use a 4-port ioGear DVI switch, with 3 Macs and 1 Windows attached (sometimes 2 & 2).  Most KVMs are in the $40 to $200 range. Be aware of the cable type (VGA, DVI or HDMI). You may need adapters if the computer age range is wide.

Finally, external hard drives are also cheap these days: e.g. $60 for 2 terabytes. Give them multiple partitions and you can use one for Time Machine, and the rest for backups and older OS versions. It may come in handy if there’s an app you want to run, that capped out at Sierra or earlier.

For the long haul, it’s still too early to predict where the Mac is headed. These days it is less than 10% of sales for Apple. They’ve prioritized accordingly for at least the past 5 or 6 years. On the other hand, Macintosh is still bringing in a steady $25 billion a year (about the same as Tesla sales for 2019).

Dennis Kolva
Programming Director






Author: Dennis Kolva

Programming Director for Turtle Creek Software. Design & planning of accounting and estimating software.

2 thoughts on “Running Goldenseal on Macintosh (Feb 7)”

  1. Hi Dennis-
    Focusing on Windows 10 sounds like the right thing to do at this point and I’m guessing the majority of your users are now Windows based?
    For me GS is working fine on Windows 10 other than that screen draw issue, some days it is not a problem at all, other days it can be very annoying and disruptive, when it is I find that if I close GS for 10 or 15 minutes, when I open it back up the screen draw issue is much less of an issue, its as if the software has overheated and needs to cool off for a bit.

    As I said in another post sometime ago I keep my company file parked in Microsoft OneDrive and have the software installed at my office computer, my home computer and a laptop so I can access it from all three machines. When working this way you need to close out of GS every 30 or 40 minutes so the company File on OneDrive can update to the changes you make on the local machine. If you go too long with out closing out and make a lot of changes, say an hour or more, the program will crash and the file could become corrupted.
    So with the above in mind it’s a good idea to save a copy every time you use it. Saving a copy is easy, just click on the File menu and Choose “Save a Copy”. I typically save my file to a folder on OneDrive.
    Been using GS since 2007, its still great software, thanks – Jud

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