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Installing Fiberworks on OS X 10.8-10.11 and macOS 10.12 Sierra or 10.13 High Sierra

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion introduced a security feature called Gatekeeper.  Gatekeeper is intended to protect your Mac from malware by blocking the launching of applications from unknown sources.  Gatekeeper works on any application that has been downloaded from the Internet and would otherwise prevent you from opening the Fiberworks or Bronze application.

The following shows how to open and install Silver or Bronze from the download packages FiberworksSilver1xx.dmg or FiberworksBronze1xx.dmg (xx is the release number, e.g. FiberworksBronze118 dmg).

Download Silver or Bronze from our website. Then open your Downloads folder to locate the file FiberworksSilver1xx.dmg or FiberworksBronze1xx.dmg and double-click to open it.

dmg folder containing 4 items

The dmg file opens as a folder containing six files for Silver or four files for Bronze.  The Bronze program identifies itself as, while the Silver program identifies itself as (Your Mac may be set to hide the .app or .dmg file extensions FAQ#1).  The example that follows shows how to install Bronze; the same steps may be used to install Fiberworks Silver.
Method 1:

or Right click on the shuttle icon for  This brings up a menu with the option Open
ctrl-click menu
                          with Open option

When you click on the menu option Open, a warning will appear:

Note: if you double-clicked the shuttle icon at the previous step, the warning panel won't allow you to Open
                      you sure?" warning panel

Method 2 for High Sierra
Double click the Shuttle icon; the warning above will appear without the option to Open.

Go to the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences. Choose the Security and Privacy section.
Unblock Bronze
Click Open Anyway.

After doing this, you should be able to open by double clicking the shuttle icon in the normal way.

Click the Open button in the warning, and the Bronze window should appear with its drawdown frame. For new installations, the validation panel will also pop up; take a note of the program ID number that appears in the program on your Mac.  You will need send us this program ID in order to receive a validation code.

The numbers in the image on the right are just examples; they are not your program ID and validation code.
mac validation panel

Now type Cmd+Q or go to the Bronze menu and choose Quit Fiberworks; don't just click the red dot at top left corner of the Bronze window (FAQ#2).

Click once on the shuttle icon in the package folder once more to select the Bronze application, and type Cmd+C to copy the application. 

Open Finder and open your Applications folder.  Type Cmd+V to paste the Bronze application in the folder (FAQ#3).  If you have a previous version in the Applications folder, it will ask if you wish to replace the older copy; this generally the best choice. Note you must do this in a Finder window for the Applications folder; it won't work if you open Applications from the Dock.

Now double click the new Shuttle icon in Applications.  A second warning may sometimes appear:

"Are you sure?"
                    warning panel

Click the Open button once more and Fiberworks or Bronze will open again.  Type Cmd+Q to Quit once more.  Once you have done this, Gatekeeper remembers that you deliberately chose to open Bronze, and should no longer block future launches.

If this is a first-time installation, complete the process by selecting the Bronze Manual and the folder My Weaving from the original download package (FAQ#4).  Type Cmd+C to copy these items, then open your Documents folder in Finder. Type Cmd+V to paste the two items into Documents.  You may skip this step if you are reinstalling or installing an update.

To include Bronze in the Dock, click and drag the Bronze Shuttle icon from Applications and drop it in the Dock; the original will remain in the Applications folder.

To place an icon on your desktop, it's best if the desktop icon is an alias, not the original program. An alias is a link that directs the Mac to the actual program. To create the alias, Ctrl-click or Right click on the shuttle icon in the Applications folder, and choose Make Alias from the pop-up menu.  Then drag the alias from the Applications folder and drop it on the desktop.  The icon for the alias is distinguished by having a tiny arrow at the bottom left corner of its icon.

To validate a program that you have been using on a trial basis, you need to close down any running copy of the program by typing Cmd+Q or by going to the Bronze menu and choosing Quit Bronze (FAQ#2).  When you reopen Bronze from a fresh start, the validation panel will pop up once more, allowing you to read the program ID or enter the validation code.

FAQ #1  Why hide or show file extensions?

By default, Mac OS hides file extensions, usually 3 letters that indicate a file type, such as .pdf for Adobe Reader documents, .rtf for rich text documents, .app for Mac applications and .dmg for disk image packages.

Hiding extensions is supposed to be more user-friendly, but showing extensions makes your computer more secure.  When extensions are hidden, a file in an email attachment or downloaded from a website may appear to be innocentlooking.jpg but could actually be a malware app

To show extensions, open Finder Preferences, choose the Advanced tab and check-mark Show all filename extensions

finder preferences panel

FAQ #2 Why Quit explicitly instead of clicking the red dot to close an app Window?

You can close an application's window by clicking the red dot at the top left corner of the window, but this does not close the app, it merely removes it from view. Gatekeeper wants you to explicitly choose to open and then to close an app in order to accept the app onto your Mac.

When you only close the app's window, the app is still running in the background, and when you resume the app, it will re-open the window exactly where you left off. Starting with OS X 10.7 Lion, apps can resume from where you left off even after the Mac has been shut down between sessions.

The validation panel in Fiberworks or Bronze only appears when the unvalidated application opens with a fresh start. If you are ready to validate after trying the program out, you will need to type Cmd+Q or go to the Bronze or Fiberworks menu and choose Quit Bronze or Quit Fiberworks The validation panel will pop up when you re-open the program. This is because components for saving and printing are discarded when you run the unvalidated application. The application needs the fresh start to reload these missing components.

FAQ #3 Why should Bronze be moved out of the original folder it came in?

The download arrives as a .dmg or disk image file. The disk image packages all the components into a single downloadable unit.  While the disk image is open, it appears to the Mac like an accessory disc drive attached to the Mac, much like a DVD or USB stick. While it is possible to open and use Bronze directly from the disk image, when the disk image file is closed, the contents are no longer accessible, just as if you had ejected a DVD or USB stick.

FAQ #4 Why move the Manual and My Weaving folder to the Documents folder?

If the Manual pdf  and the My Weaving folder remain in the disk image file, they become inaccessible when the disk image file is closed as described in FAQ #3.  More importantly, the disk image contents are read only, so you can't save files into the My Weaving folder while it remains in the disk image file.  If you try to Save a file and you get an error message saying you "don't have permission", it's because you were trying to save into the My Weaving folder in the disk image file. The same would happen if you tried to save a file into the My Weaving on a read-only DVD.   

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This page updated - Mar 4 2018