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Download G-Wizard Editor for Macs

Next Steps

  • Once the download finishes, run the file to install.
  • When G-Wizard comes up, login with your email.  It must be the same one you used to register or purchase.
  • You’ll get an email shortly that walks you through how to use GW Editor and the next steps.
  • If you get a “Certificate Error”, the fix is easy.  For Windows, uninstall using the Windows Control Panel and rerun the install.  For Macs, move the G-Wizard Application to Trash and rerun the install.

Note to Mac Users

Apple has changed the requirements to run apps with the latest Catalina version of OSX.   Before Catalina, it was possible for developers to self-certify their applications.  That's the model essentially all general purpose computers have used since the beginning.

With Catalina, that's much harder.  The preferred method is for Apps must go through Apple's App Store.  That's considerably more overhead for small developers like ourselves.  It also means that new features and bug fixes will arrive on the Mac platform more slowly than on the PC Windows platform.  We think that's a shame.

We are currently investigating what it will take, but we do not have a version that will install on Catalina via the App Store at this time.  Even Apple realizes Catalina is a real curve ball as they have announced they will temporarily (slightly) relax Catalina's requirements.  We are taking advantage of the extended timeframe by releasing versions that will install via download on Catalina.  We consider those versions to be in Beta Test.

One of our greatest concerns is that having sealed off OSX from self-certified apps, Apple will be in a position to demand a revenue share from every app that runs on their machines.  They already do this for mobile apps on iOS and that share is substantial.  We have had iOS prototypes of our software running for years, but did not choose to bring them to market because the Apple revenue share is just too expensive.  If they choose to implement a revenue share on OSX apps, that may mark the end of our support for the Apple platform.

Apple has never been a big player in the CNC world.  Users running on Macs only amount to about 4% of traffic to the CNCCookbook web site and a similar number of sales of our software.  As a small business, we can't afford an inordinate cost in supporting the platform.

I currently have a developer looking into what it will take to run under Catalina's new requirements, and we will keep you posted on progress here.  I really hope Apple doesn't push too much further.  We are on the Mac because I personally like their machines, but at some point business sense has to prevail too.



PS  It is possible to disable this Catalina function, and potentially install and run G-Wizard anyway.  I'm not fond of this option if only because it isn't something Apple supports and recommends.  But, for those that have no other way to run software not set up for Catalina, it may be useful.

This article describes what's required: