PLEASE check in with us before upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina

PLEASE check in with us before upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina


From October 2019

MacOS Catalina 10.15 will make many older applications unusable after you upgrade. Potentially incompatible apps and devices include EHR systems (like MacPractice), digital radiography sensors, and other specialized equipment. Popular software like Microsoft Office 2011 and some Adobe CS6 (and older) applications will no longer work at all with the new operating system.
Beyond fully disabling some apps, keep in mind that the very first version of software like 10.15.0 (before any ‘patches’ or updates) can often be buggy, unstable, and incompatible with the software you use every day. Unless there is a compelling reason to upgrade, in general we advise against upgrading at this moment.

Here’s how to find out which apps you currently have that will be no longer work after upgrading to macOS Catalina 10.15.

Once you have verified that you can safely upgrade to 10.15, here are some new features that might benefit you:

• Better Data Protection: The operating system runs in a dedicated read-only system volume that prevents anything from overwriting or subverting critical files. Apps also have to be “notarized” by Apple, which means they have been checked for known security issues.

• Mail App: Mail is changing its classic layout to a column layout with a preview of selected, but unopened emails. Mail can now block certain email addresses. It also can mute long email threads and lets you unsubscribe from mail newsletters more easily.

• Notes App: Notes will now have better search options, a gallery view, and folder sharing capacity with a “read-only” sharing option.

 

Running out of space?

Running out of space?


From October 2019

If you get this message it likely means your computer’s storage is above 85% capacity, and you might experience issues with your computer until the drive gets 100% full—at which point your computer becomes unusable. To find out how much storage space you have (macOS 10.12 and later), go to the Apple icon at the very top left of your screen and click “About This Mac” and then select the Storage tab at the top. The Storage window will show a Manage… button. From there you will be able to see which files, folders, and applications are taking up the most space on your drive.
For more complete instructions check out thisarticle on Apple.

 

 

Network Attached Storage (NAS): The future of onsite file sharing

Network Attached Storage (NAS): The future of onsite file sharing


From October 2019

Apple has been dedicating fewer resources to the development and maintenance of Mac file sharing functionality in newer operating systems. Because cloud-based file sharing has been gaining popularity, fewer Mac users have been implementing local file sharing using Mac servers.

However, for many users with large files, or those who need to comply with privacy and security regulations (like HIPAA), an onsite file sharing solution still makes sense. After evaluating and testing a number of different file sharing solutions, we have chosen to partner with Synology.

This company specializes in NAS devices, which are basically boxes full of hard drives that connect to the network in your office. Their NASs provide the exact same functionality you have experienced using a Mac server to store and access files.

Their hardware provides excellent compatibility with both Mac and Windows computers. Further, Synology has been a favorite of IT professionals for almost 20 years because of their products’ reliability, value, and ease of setup and use.

 

Why We Have Partnered with Phone.com

Why We Have Partnered with Phone.com


From August 2019

Favarger Consulting can now procure, install, and manage business phone systems through our partnership with phone.com! We can simplify your technology even further by eliminating the need for a phone system specialist and dedicated phone hardware. Our Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone offering only requires an internet connection. It is also HIPAA compliant.

Take a look at phone.com’s features, these cover all the needs of a modern business. These features include multiple extensions, voicemail, conference calling, and phone trees. There are also more advanced features such as text messaging, cell phone, and email integration.

 

Once your business phone system is set up, you can add or modify features yourself, or with help from one of our experts. This partnership will make your business communications easier, better, and will likely save you money. Schedule a phone bill review now, contact us today!