FoCal for Mac is now available and if you ‘re a new user (i.e. haven’t been trying the beta versions) we wanted to make sure that you understand the installation procedure as there are a couple of important steps that need to be done for this first Mac version (in future versions there will be no need to do these steps).
FoCal uses the Mono framework and for this version you will need to install this framework separately from FoCal. There are lots of different Mono download packages available, and to make things easy we have a downloading link directly from the FoCal website which links to two possible version of the Mono Framework that we have tested with:
To clarify, for new installation on OS X 10.9 or later we recommend Mono Framework 3.12.1. If you have any problems with this, you can try version 2.10.9 (which is linked at the bottom of the above page), but in our testing we have found 3.12.1 to be much more stable for FoCal than earlier versions.
It is strongly advised that you use the link above to download the correct version, as an incorrect version will cause problems with FoCal (there are some graphics issues in mid version of Mono Framework version 3 which cause FoCal to crash during tests).
Once downloaded, the Mono framework is installed by opening the Package file:
You won’t see anything in your Applications folder – the Mono framework is copied to your computer (in /System/Frameworks) and provides the necessary support for applications like FoCal to run.
Note that in future versions of FoCal we will remove this requirement and explain how to remove the Mono framework from your computer should you wish to do so.
In order to run FoCal, the first time you execute you shoudl right-click on the icon (or control-click if you are on a laptop) and select “Open”. In the popup dialog, you will be told that “The app comes from an unidentified developer, and you may be at risk… Are you sure that you want to do that?” Choose the accept option [you will probably be prompted for an admin account]. And that’s it, and you will be subsequently able to run the app simply by double clicking on it, or single-clicking on the dock.
If you have any issues with the step above or continue to get security warnings, you can change the Gatekeeper settings as described below, but only do this if you cannot start FoCal with the steps above.
OSX 10.7.5 and later Gatekeeper Settings
You should only change the setting below if you cannot get FoCal to run using the steps described above in Running FoCal.
OS X 10.8 (and later on 10.7.5) introduced a setting which by default stops your computer running software which is not signed. FoCal is currently not signed (although we are in the process of rectifying this and again this step will not be required in a future version), so you will need to change the following setting on your computer in order for FoCal to run.
You need to change this by clicking Apple menu > System Preferences… > Security & Privacy > General tab and chancing the option under the header “Allow applications downloaded from:” to Anywhere:
Copying FoCal to Applications
When you download FoCal from the purchase email link or from the License Management System, you download a Disk Image (DMG) file. When you open this file in Finder, a new disk will appear and a window similar to the following will be shown:
You can drag the FoCal application icon to the Applications folder in order to copy it to your computer and make it available in your applications folder.
The Documentation folder contains the manual and testing guide, and the Target Images folder contains the printable target image files.
OS Error -67053
If you see the rather cryptic error message below, it is either because you haven’t installed the Mono framework or the Gatekeeper settings are not correct.
Please see the beginning of this post for instructions on how to set these up correctly.