Site outage!

Hello!

It’s been a little while since I’ve written anything, and I didn’t realise until recently that the blog was offline. That’s fixed! However it’s lost all its styling, so won’t look very MacID-y while I sort that back out.

I also appreciate it’s been a while since I’ve updated MacID. Lack of time is prevalent in my life at the moment. If we could extend the length of each day that would be great!

I’ve actually been working on TWO new apps to be part of the MacID family, but they’re slow progress due to my day job being quite full-on.

I will update when I have more information.

Peace!

High cfprefsd CPU usage when using MacID

Update 5: Apple have replied to my bug report informing me that it’s a duplicate of another bug (#24570370). When that bug gets marked as fixed I will be able to see it and update you accordingly, but until it does we’ve done all we can do at this point.

Update 4: Thank you to everyone who’s provided a Bluetooth diagnostic report, I’ve now forwarded them on to Apple with bug report #26194733. 

Update 3: Clearing the OS X Bluetooth cache should help, even if not permanently. To clear the cache, click the MacID menu > More > Reset Bluetooth. It shouldn’t affect any paired keyboards or mice but will clear the cache.

Update 2: Other apps that use Bluetooth APIs on OS X are experiencing the same issue. Hopefully Apple will have a fix for this in the near future. Other people have been filing bugs with Apple too.

Update 1: A user has been kind enough to email to let me know that after reinstalling El Capitan, it has fixed the issue for them. Not an ideal solution by any means, but does help prove the theory Apple can fix it.

There are a few people reporting that while using MacID, the system is reporting high CPU usage for the `cfprefsd` process. I’ve never been able to reproduce this issue so it’s been hard for me to diagnose, but thanks to some helpful people I’ve been told it seems to happen when MacID is searching for your device to connect to.

Unfortunately this means that this is an issue internally where the system is accessing the Bluetooth plist file, and there’s not much I can do about that. If I stop MacID from scanning, then of course MacID would never connect to your device and it would be useless.

Thankfully this doesn’t happen to everyone, but if you are affected the more information you can provide about when it happens will help me narrow the issue down and file a decent bug report with Apple. What would be even more helpful is if you can send me a Bluetooth diagnostics report, along with your model of Mac and the version of OS X you’re using.

Here’s how to start a Bluetooth diagnostics report:

  • When the issue has happened, hold alt/option and click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar
  • From the menu that appears choose “Create Diagnostics Report on the Desktop…”
  • After a moment a zip file will appear on your desktop, forward that file to the feedback email address and I’ll add it to the bug report with Apple

Any help you can provide will go a long way to getting this issue fixed. I can’t file a bug report with Apple until I can either reproduce the issue or forward on a report from someone who has. Thanks!

MacID PopClip Extension

It never ceases to amaze me the things people have been doing with MacID.

I was recently asked about adding a PopClip extension for sending selected text to Mac clipboards. This was actually the first time I’d heard of PopClip, and after a quick Google I found out it was a really nifty tool for quickly actioning selected text on OS X.

Just click the MacID icon to send to all connected iOS devices!
Just click the MacID icon to send to all connected iOS devices!

I noticed that you can use URL schemes to create PopClip extensions, and shortly after replying to Yiplee (who suggested the idea via email) to let them know about MacID’s URL schemes, Yiplee created a working PopClip extension for MacID!

You can find the original project on Yiplee’s GitHub, but I’ve also already turned the extension into a working extension. All you have to do is download it and install into PopClip by double clicking. (PopClip will warn that it’s not signed)

Thank you, Yiplee, for introducing me to PopClip and spending the time to create a working extension!

 

 

MacID – more than just a novelty

One of the things that’s easily overlooked is how much time goes into an app. I work on MacID on my own (although have a small army of beta testers, which I am surpremely thankful for), which means that I often work for many hours a day to finish updates and new features.

This isn’t a tale of woe, however. Much the opposite. Since launching MacID in January my life has significantly changed for the better. I’ve met some amazing people, used some amazing technology and also been lucky enough to change careers into something I truly enjoy. (Today is the last day at my old job, coincidentally)

One thing I didn’t anticipate is how much MacID could help other people too. And this is where I find myself the most motivated, more than money or career prospects. Continue reading MacID – more than just a novelty

MacID’s missing watchOS 2 Glance

[Update, 22 December 2015: The bug has been fixed by Apple in watchOS 2.1, the Glance will be returning in the next update to MacID for iOS and Apple Watch]

As you may have noticed, MacID’s Glance is missing from the native watchOS 2 app.

Removing the Glance was a very difficult decision, I spent time updating its design and only after then did I find a very frustrating bug with watchOS 2 which stops MacID for Apple Watch working if you open the app through the Glance. Continue reading MacID’s missing watchOS 2 Glance

Hello!

Hello, everyone.

Welcome to the new MacID blog! Here I’ll be posting tips & tricks, news and more detailed information about things.

Seeing as this is the first post, let me speak a little about myself and MacID, the app which lets you unlock your Mac using just your fingerprint, passcode or wrist.

MacID is designed and developed by just one person, Kane Cheshire. I’ve been working on MacID since October 2014 and finally passed App Store review on January 15th 2015. Since then I’ve worked endlessly on improving MacID, to add multiple feature requests and also keep working around bugs with Bluetooth on OS X.

I’ve been really humbled by the support for MacID and I owe a lot of thanks to beta testers, translators and people who’ve reviewed MacID on their blogs and websites. I am really grateful to everyone who’s downloaded, praised, reviewed, rated, translated, tested, criticised, and supported MacID. I really do read all feedback and I take everything on board, even if I’m not in control of some of the problems.

I also monitor the Twitter and Facebook accounts – as well as the feedback and help email accounts – and I do all of this in my spare time around my job on the railway. I dedicate a lot of time to MacID, because it’s something I’m really passionate about.

Thank you again to everyone who’s helped, enjoy!