Pro Maintenance Tools 2.3 – macOS 10.15 compatibility, Dark Mode, plugin installer notarizing

This post is by Alex Baker from Digital Rebellion Blog

Last week we released Pro Maintenance Tools 2.3, a major update to our suite of tools for maintaining, optimizing and troubleshooting your editing system.

Catalina support

Pro Maintenance Tools is now compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina. Because Catalina removes 32-bit app support, this required us to transition away from QuickTime and use the more modern AV Foundation framework instead. This comes with numerous benefits, but also the downside that codec support is more limited. As a result, some features were removed or restricted with this release:

  • Media Salvage no longer supports Apple Intermediate Codec
  • You can no longer use third-party codecs with Corrupt Clip Finder

Dark Mode

Pro Maintenance Tools has full support for Dark Mode on macOS 10.14 and higher, respecting whichever look you’ve set under Appearance in System Preferences.

Plugin installer notarization

Plugin Manager now supports notarization, which is a requirement for all apps in order to run on Catalina. Plugin Manager takes care of almost all of the process for you, but it requires you to setup an App-Specific Password for your Apple developer account first. We’ve written up a tutorial detailing exactly how to notarize here.

Also note that disk images should be notarized too, so Plugin Manager also includes a feature to notarize them under the Tools menu.

We recommend plugin creators utilizing our installers to recreate them with the latest version to make sure users can continue to use them on modern versions of macOS.

Pro Maintenance Tools is an invaluable toolset to help working video professionals get up and running again quickly in the event of a problem. To find out more, see the feature overview, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial.