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macOS Hints: Testing macOS-Betas

Tip how to install and try out macOS betas


Apple's new operating systems always bring additional and interesting features. At the beginning of June at WWDC 2021, Apple presented its upcoming operating system macOS Monterey (version 12). This macOS version is not expected to be officially available until fall. Nevertheless, developers registered with Apple as well as interested users can already try out the so-called beta systems.

Since it is not yet stable and final software, but rather a construction site, which can however already be walked on, you should not use such betas as a work or everyday system.

The safest and easiest way to install a macOS beta system is to use a partition or external hard drive.

This ensures that the previous operating system remains on the Mac and you create a new volume for the beta or connect it externally.

Below are the steps for a successful beta installation of macOS Monterey.


Posted by Antoni Cherif on July 13th, 2021 under Products
Tags: Apple macOS beta Installation disk utility macos-hints

M1-Macs: Help with Problems

How to Repair M1 Macs with Apple Configurator


The new Apple M1 Macs are true wonder machines. They are fast, efficient and power-saving. They are completely different from the previous Intel Macs. If you are looking for a PRAM reset, NVRAM reset or any other previously known startup handle, you won't find it anymore.

This in turn raises the question, what if the M1-Mac no longer starts or the firmware goes on strike?

There is only one button that you have to press. Thus, you keep the power button pressed until the startup options appear on the screen.

This takes you to options that, for example, reboot the system. This is always helpful if macOS stops working properly and you still want to keep your data. Furthermore, with the help of Disk Utility, you can repair the hard drives, partition them and get rid of most of the problems.

But what to do if that doesn't work either and the startup options don't work anymore? In principle, the Mac remains completely inaccessible.


Posted by Antoni Cherif on June 23rd, 2021 under Products
Tags: M1 DFU firmware recovery repair

Merlin Project for architects and engineers

Keep a digital construction diary


Merlin Project is the perfect solution for architects and engineers. With project management software you can create and track construction schedules for all your construction projects. With Merlin Project you can also do more. Construction documentation and construction diaries are no problem.

Thanks to annotations, you'll keep complete documentation and logging on your construction projects.


Posted by Antoni Cherif on June 7th, 2021 under Products
Tags: construction-diary comments notes collaboration

Apple's April Spring Loaded Event

Spring awakening at Apple's product presentation

Apple Spring Loaded Event

What a fantastic Apple event that was! A well-trained Tim Cook presented a whole series of new products one after another. Starting with the new Apple Card Family, which is currently only available in the US, to the iPad Pro 2021.

First things first, there really was something for every Apple enthusiast:


Posted by Antoni Cherif on April 21st, 2021 under Products
Tags: hardware software apps merlin-project

What is on my computer

Tools and apps I work with - today: Antoni Cherif

Antoni Cherif, ProjectWizards GmbH

Hello, my name is Antoni Cherif and I am part of the ProjectWizards team since 2008. I mainly support and train architects working with our macOS and iOS apps, test, blog, create tutorials and take care of the content marketing of our products.

For my daily work I use various applications, including the apps that come with macOS like Mail and Safari ...


Posted by Antoni Cherif on March 30th, 2021 under Internal
Tags: tools software personal-setup remote-work

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