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Installing Fiberworks on OS X 10.8-10.11

and macOS 10.12 Sierra

The following shows how to install and open 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

Silver dmg opened with 6 files


1.  Copy or (FAQ#1)
2.  Paste or Drag it into you Applications folder.
3.  Copy the manual(s) and the My Weaving folder.
4.  Paste or drag them into your Documents folder

Why is this important? (FAQ#2)

You may skip steps 3 and 4 if you are updating a previous installation.

Open  Bronze app or Fiberworks app

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.

Method 1:

or Right click on the shuttle icon.  This brings up a menu with the option Open
choose Open from the
                      popup menu

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.

Click the Open button in the warning, and a drawdown window will appear.

                      you sure?" warning panel

After completing this, you should be able to open Bronze or Fiberworks in the normal way by double clicking its icon.

Optional: add Bronze or Fiberworks to the dock

Drag the Shuttle icon from your Applications folder (not the icon in the download package) and drop it into the dock. The icon will still remain in your applications folder.

There's already a shuttle icon in the dock; why do I need to do this? FAQ#3

Optional: put the shuttle icon onto the desktop

Drag the shuttle icon and drop it on the desktop as an alternative to the dock.  The icon on the desktop is actually a link to the real Fiberworks in your Applications folder.


  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.
validation panel

If you need to retrieve your program ID or enter the validation code but the validation panel does not appear, you should type Cmd+Q or go to the Bronze or Fiberworks menu and choose Quit Bronze or Quit Fiberworks; don't just click the red dot at top left corner of the drawdown window (FAQ#4).

Then reopen Bronze or Fiberworks and the validation panel will pop up once more.

If you still don't see the validation panel, open the Fiberworks File menu.  If the File menu contains Save, Save as and Print menu items, the program is already validated.

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 do I need to move Bronze or Fiberworks 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 or Fiberworks directly from the disk image, when the disk image file is closed, the contents will disappear, just as if you had ejected a DVD or USB stick.

The same applies to Manuals and My Weaving folder.  In addition, Mac treats the download package as Read Only.  If you try to Save a file into the original My Weaving in the Download package, you will get an error message saying that you don't have permission.  Make sure you Save your own designs into the copy of My Weaving that you pasted into your Documents folder.

FAQ #3 There's already a shuttle icon in the dock; why do I need to drag the icon into the dock?

MacOS shows temporary icons in the dock while an application is open.  When you Quit the application, the temporary icon disappears.  By dragging the icon from your Applications folder, the shuttle icon will remain in place even after you Quit Fiberworks. This gives you convenient access to the application.

FAQ #4 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.

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