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Apr 14 2021
Prolific Technologies have released their USB driver v.2.1.0 for macOS 11 Big Sur:
http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=229&pcid=41
Prolific chips are used in a variety of generic or "House brand" USB-serial adapter cables.
Feb 14 2021
Silabs have released their first USB driver (version 6.0) that works with Big Sur.
https://www.silabs.com/documents/public/software/Mac_OSX_VCP_Driver.zip
The Silabs USB chip is used in Leclerc dobby looms and in pre-2014 Louet dobbies.
FTDI (used in AVL Compu-Dobby IV, newer Louet dobbies, Séguin, Toika and some USB-serial adapters) say "by summer". No news yet from Keyspan and Prolific (makers of USB-serial adapters).

Feb 12 2021
We have replaced the .dmg packages for current Mac downloads with .zip packages.  This avoids the problem that .dmg contents are read only. This caused some users to get Mac error messages when they tried to Save files back into the package. The zip packages expand into a normal folder when the downloaded icon is double clicked.

Jan 17 2021
Big Sur introduced a new fast scrolling method; unfortunately it wants to scroll the entire window contents whereas Fiberworks wants to keep the threading, treadling and tieup in place, so Big Sur and Fiberworks are in a fight over what to do.  There are several ways to deal with this, but it may take some time to determine the method that's most effective and easiest to implement.
 
Dec 3 2020
We advise Mac users of Fiberworks not to update to Big Sur at this time, especially if you run a dobby loom.

Sept 27 2020
macOS 11 Big Sur is on the way. Dobby loom users may want to be wary about the effect on third party USB drivers. Apple is also about to converge Mac and iPad to work under mutually compatible operating systems. However the change will only apply to new iPadPro and new Macs expected late 2020.

Sept 27 2020 The Thrilling Twills collection of weaving designs is now available as a free download.

July 2020
 FTDI have now posted a new driver v.2.4.4 for their USB devices to work with macOS 10.15 Catalina. This is required for AVL Compu-Dobby IV, 4.5, Little Weaver, Louet looms manufactured 2014, Toika ES series and USB-serial adapter cables based on the FTDI chip.
Mar 18 2019
Bronze v.1.3.0 for Mac released - corrects a problem in Block Substitution that occurs with macOS Mojave and Catalina. This version is exclusively 64 bit and OS X 10.5 Leopard is no longer supported.
Feb 19 2019 Silver/Silver Plus v.1.3.0 for Mac released - corrects a problem in Block Substitution that occurs with macOS Mojave and Catalina. This version is exclusively 64 bit and OS X 10.5 Leopard is no longer supported.
 June 27 2018
Mac Silver Plus v1.2.5 released - includes the Séguin loom.

 June 13 2017
Mac Silver/Silver Plus v.1.2.4 released - - includes a revised protocol for AVL Compu-Dobby IV and 4.5 2017 or later

 Feb 15 2017
Windows Silver Plus version 4.2.4.2 released - includes a revised protocol for AVL Compu-Dobby IV and 4.5 2017 or later

June 6 2016
Windows Version 4.2.4.0 released (Silver and Bronze for Windows) adjusts toolbar icons for high resolution screens and now includes the Séguin loom



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