macOS Big Sur introduces the biggest design update to macOS since the introduction of Mac OS X. Still HoudahSpot, HoudahGeo, Tembo and Type2Phone look quite at home on the new version of macOS.
As always, we recommend you hold off upgrading for at least a couple of weeks and give Apple a chance to fix the most glaring bugs.
HoudahSpot will soon get a major upgrade. HoudahSpot 6.0 will fully adopt the new appearance of macOS Big Sur. First and foremost, the upgrade will bring a host of new features and enhancements. You can check out the latest beta by signing up for the HoudahSpot beta newsletter.
HoudahSpot 5.1.6 has been updated to work with macOS 11.
With the release of macOS 10.15 last year, Apple no longer allows third-party applications access to the search index for Apple Mail messages. The situation has not improved with the release of macOS 11.
The upcoming HoudahSpot 6.0 upgrade will include a plug-in for the Apple Mail application. This will again allow HoudahSpot to search Mail messages.
HoudahGeo 6.0.8 has been updated to work with macOS 11.
HoudahGeo has also been verified to work with the latest version of Apple Photos and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.
If you prefer to use a keyboard to type on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV but don’t want to actually buy one, Type2Phone will allow you to use your Mac instead. Not only did you not need to buy an extra keyboard, but you also have one less keyboard cluttering up your desk.
Using your Mac as a keyboard has many more advantages:
Copy-paste text to your device (command-shift-v)
Use Mac OS X dictation
Set up custom keyboard shortcuts
Quickly switch between Mac and iPhone. Just command-tab
There is much more you can do by combining the power of Type2Phone with that of other utilities on your Mac.
In the wake of the recently fixed vulnerability in Apple’s SSL implementation, you may want to change passwords to your mail and web site accounts. You will want to use a different password for each account. And you will want these passwords to be hard to guess.