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ScanSnap Users Should Delay Sierra Upgrades

If you use a ScanSnap document scanner to create PDFs, avoid upgrading to Sierra. Otherwise, new and previously scanned PDFs could lose pages and suffer other problems.Show full article

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ScanSnap Conflicts with Sierra Easily Avoided

Fujitsu has published details of the conflicts between its ScanSnap software and Sierra, and it turns out that the previous concerns were overblown. Most ScanSnap users can upgrade to Sierra safely, as long as they avoid certain actions.Show full article

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macOS 10.12.1 Sierra, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1 Mostly Fix Bugs

Apple has released its first set of updates for macOS 10.12, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 to address a variety of bugs. If you have already updated to the major releases, these updates are worth installing soon, but if not, hold off for another week or so to make sure they haven’t introduced some new problem.Show full article

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Sierra PDF Problems Get Worse in 10.12.2

The initial problems ScanSnap had in Sierra were just the beginning. It turns out that Apple rewrote the underlying PDFKit in Sierra and introduced numerous bugs that are bedeviling Mac developers and users alike. The quick takeaway? Don’t edit PDFs in Sierra’s Preview for now!Show full article

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Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3, iOS 10.2.1, tvOS 10.1.1, and watchOS 3.1.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems, with the macOS Sierra 10.12.3 update addressing the serious bug introduced in 10.12.2 that caused Preview to delete OCR text layers in PDF files.Show full article

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Apple Releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2

The most significant release of the day may have been iOS 10.3, but Apple showed some love to its other three operating systems as well, adding a new feature or two and providing some bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.Show full article

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PDF Problems Continue in 10.12.4, but Primarily Affect Developers

Following the release of macOS 10.12.4, Adam talks with PDF-savvy developers to see how well Apple is doing at fixing bugs in its rewritten PDFKit framework. The consensus is that Apple has indeed addressed some bugs but has simultaneously introduced new ones. Tread carefully.Show full article

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PDFKit Improves Somewhat in High Sierra

If your workflow relies on third-party PDF-manipulation apps, High Sierra is an improvement over Sierra, but it may still not have caught up with El Capitan. Luckily, Apple has worked around most of the bugs in Preview.Show full article

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