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OS X 10.10 – Yosemite Beta 4

I have just downloaded the OS X 10.10 – Yosemite Beta 4, and at first sight most of my reported issues seems to be gone by now. Still a bit questionable is the information provided with the update. Once again  – 850 MB update with the information “recommended for all users” is a bit too less information, but maybe the majority feels happy with it.

So from my previous post [1] the issue with the empty help menu is gone – there is now help where you need it. The search function in my Calendar and in Mail is still not working – whatever I enter, I do not get any search results back. The issue with Mail, where I was not able to write any text was fixed by an previous update already.

From the first test report [2] I think most of the bugs are fixed. Quite annoying for me is the thing with  VmWare, as through the upgrade I am kind of forced to buy a new licence for VmWare 7.

Testing other applications I recently found a reproducible bug in iBooks Author [3]. Trying to add some additional text to the classical layout with the made-up text, the iAuthor application crashes as you can see.

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There has been done a lot recently and many things improved, but still there is some way to go for the final release of Mac OS X 10.10. Beyond the open bugs there are also some features I would like to see. For example since upgrading my iPhone to iOS 8, I still do not see the level of integration I expected to see – but that might come up in the next releases.

[1] jvr.at, OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Testing Part 2

[2] jvr.at, OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Testing Part 1

[3] Apple, iBooks Author

OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Testing Part 2

Following my testing of OS X 10.10 Yosemite [1], today I have downloaded the following two updates from Apple for the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite:

  • OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7
  • OS X Beta Recovery Update

First of all it would be helpful to provide some more details in regards to the context of the update. An “this update is recommended for all users” with an 1.6 GB package is a bit questionable. Unfortunately directly after the installation I was not able to use Mail anymore. Trying to write a new mail, I’ve been able to define the recipients, to attach a file, but actually not to write any text.

Schnappschuss (2014-09-16 17.09.07)

Then I wanted to create an bug report with the Apple Feedback tool. As far as I remember it was possible to report it via the Help menu. When I looked there, actually the help was somehow missing. I’ve check on other apps – e.g. Safari, but the help menu points are missing there as well.


Actually the menu points are there and can be selected, but the labels are missing.

I am just wondering if there will be another patch when iOS8 is going to be released 2014/09/17 following techradar.com [2]. Anyway that is going to be interesting how the integration with Yosemite works.

[2014/09/21] Update: Furthermore I’ve noticed that the search function in the Calendar does not work correctly. I searched for “PPL-KURS”, where I should have at least 10 entries in the future, but it gave me “No results found”.

Schnappschuss (2014-09-22 08.47.33)


[1] jvr.at, OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Testing Part 1

[2] Techradar.com, iOS-8 10 Thins we want to see



OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Testing Part 1

Believe it or not, I have a Mac and yes, I am using it with OS X, even if its seem that I am Linux addicted. So having that said I would like to provide you some information regarding my tests of the new MacOS 10.10 Yosemite. First of all to test it, I’ve acquired a few weeks ago a beta-tester account from Apple [1]. While a public beta is quite unusual for Apple, Apple has limited the amount of beta-users to 1 million. Side note: the last public beta was aroud 14 years ago, when Apple tested the first release of Mac OS X.

So, with the account, I was able to login and to retreive a download code from the iTunes store. What followed was a 5GB download, heating up my internet connection. The download is followed by another waiting session, since the new MacOS version has to installed somehow. Enclosed I tried to list all pros & cons by highlighting my user experience as well as issues/problems occured during testing.

User Experience with MacOS 10.10:

  1. So first start, the user interface looks much cleaner from my point of view. There is much more transparency in place, new icons and the window frames including the minimize, maximize and close button are much more… minimalistic, in a positive way.
  2. The notification center has been redone and is really useful as of now. It seems that it will replace the Dashboard at some point in time.
  3. Overall the system performance seems to be gone down.

Now we come to the dark side of the moon.

Issues and problems which occured during testing:

  1. When I started up a few of my applications didn’t work. as it seems that my Java Runtime was gone. Therefore you need to download the JRE from the website[2]. Actually after a few additional problems I decided to switch to JRE 8u20, which is still a pre-release, but much more stable [3].
  2. VMware Fusion 5.0.4 ist not starting anymore with the notice that the version of OS X is not working. The reason why it is not working seems to be that OS X Yosemite uses a new hypevisor. At this point I would like to refer to check frequently [4], to see if a updated version of VMware Fusion is released.
    [2014/07/31] Update : With the prerelease of VMware I was able to install VMware and start up my virtual machines. Neither the less it is a pitty, since I paid for the 5.0.4 licence, which is not usable anymore.
  3. The Security settings has not been overtaken from the previous version, therefore some of my apps could not be started based on a missing trust. After a change in Security and allowing to download apps without restriction, this issue has been fixed.
  4. I had formally some problems with Mail – in concrete with my GMail account. When I moved mails from one folder to another, the mails partly popped up in my inbox again or simply did not move. This issue seems to be okay now, but now it happens that my Mail is crashing from time to time.

[2014/08/21] Update: After installing the Yosemite Public Beta 2 [5], the system seems to be overall more stable. Also new to me is the installation dialog, where you’ve been ask if you would like to use the iCloud, filesystem encryption and so on.

[2014/09/09] Update: So after my desaster with the FileVault as described in [6], I finally managed to fix this issue. Furthermore VmWare Fusion 7 [7] has been released which is now officially supporting OS X Yosemite. Still missing is the link to the app store for the apps in the message center – it’s still producing a “Your request produced an error”. Other bugs issues I’ve reported within the Feedback Center so far has been:

  • iPhoto crasehd when trying to export whole libary (reproducable)
  • The FileVault encryption hangs and produced a high CPU load and energy consumtion
  • The feedback assistent crashed (there was recently an update – so I guess this might be fixed already)
  • Mail crashed from time to time (not sure about the root cause of this issue)

Definitely a new thing to me has was a broken screen which I got recently. Old school I’ve done a screenshot with my mobile phone, as you can see below.

2014-09-07 16.14.31



Important Note: This post is updated frequently based upon new experiences/issues/problems, so please check in regards to new sections/points.


[1] Apple Beta Tester Programme

[2] Apple Support – Java for OS X 2014-001 

[3] JDK™ 8u20 Early Access Releases

[4] VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014

[5] appleinsider.com, Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new iTunes 12 beta for testing

[6] jvr.at, How to stop a failed FileVault encryption (at least partly)

[7] vmware, Fusion 7