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Compatibility with Big Sur

Currently SMART Utility is fully compatible with Mac OS 11.0 Big Sur (Beta 9). That should not change with the release version.

However, the SAT SMART Driver is not compatible. In prior Beta versions it would crash the Mac. However, in Beta 9 that did not happen. Nonetheless, it is still recommended to remove it before upgrading to Big Sur by running these in the Terminal:

    sudo rm -r /Library/Extensions/SATSMARTDriver.kext
    sudo rm -r /Library/Extensions/SATSMARTLib.plugin

The driver is a third party driver and has not been actively developed in some time. Look for an update here about the future of that driver.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out.

SMART Utility 3.2.6 is Out!

SMART Utility 3.2.6 has been released, which adds full support for Catalina.

NOTE: This is the last free version. Version 4.0 will be out soon, and will be a paid upgrade, unless you purchased after May 1st, 2016 and then it is free.

NOTE: This is the last version for 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.10 (Yosemite). Version 4.0 will only support 10.11 (El Capitan) and above. 

Download for 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina)

Here’s the full release notes:


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– Enabled notarization

– Disabled “Buy” options until new purchasing system is ready

– Fixed a bug where outputting debug messages preferences would not properly change state

– Fixed a couple interface bugs with the French translation

– Fixed some formatting issues with Help

– Updated to Sparkle 1.23

SMART Utility and Mac OS X Catalina 10.15, Update 2

This is following up on the last post.

Some great news! Made great progress with the external SMART driver. Getting it signed and notarized was a ton of fun.

However, currently the driver doesn’t automatically load, so need to figure that out. Hopefully have a fully 10.15 compatible version out soon!

PS. Once this is done, work will continue on version 4, so new features (and new purchases!) can happen.

SMART Utility and Mac OS X Catalina 10.15, Update

For users who currently have SMART Utility installed before upgrading to 10.15, it will run fine.

For users who are installing SMART Utility for the first time on 10.15, SMART Utility will not run. We are hard at work on a fix, which should be out by the end of the week.

Buy SMART Utility by June 30th!

Our current licensing and purchasing system, eSellerate, is shutting down June 30th. We are working on implementing a new one, Paddle, but we will likely not get it out by that date.

So if you are thinking of purchasing, do so now! Otherwise you’ll still have 30 days to test out SMART Utility, which will cover you until the new system is ready, along with Version 4.0.

SMART Utility 3.2.5 is Out!

SMART Utility 3.2.5 has been released, which fixes a couple of small bugs.

NOTE: This is the last free version. Version 4.0 will be out in July, and will be a paid upgrade, unless you purchased after May 1st, 2016 and then it is free.

NOTE: This is the last version for 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.10 (Yosemite). Version 4.0 will only support 10.11 (El Capitan) and above. 

Download for 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave)

Here’s the full release notes:


– Enabled Hardened Runtime for better security

– Fixed bug where SMART Utility would display Time Machine snapshot volume

– Fixed bug where SMART Utility would display duplicate boot drives

– Fixed random crash on first launch

– Removed Growl support for notifications

– Updated to smartctl 7.0 which supports many more drives

– Updated to Sparkle 1.21.3

SMART Utility and Mac OS X Catalina 10.15

So far, SMART Utility is fully compatible with Mac OS X Catalina 10.15. This includes the kernel extension to read external drives.

With the notarization requirement, and the changing of how kernel extensions are permitted, there might be additional work. However, right now it completely works.

This was only tested on Beta 1, so this could change with future Beta’s and the General Release.

If you run into any issues while using Catalina, please contact us!

Update: SMART Utility also works Beta 2. There have been conflicting reports about the external driver however.

The Future of SMART Utility

We wanted to give an update on SMART Utility. As you probably know, version 4.0 is much delayed. This lead to a re-evaluation of the roadmap. Version 4.0 was too ambitious for a single release, especially re-designing the interface. So the revise plan is this:

Version 3.3 (out in a few weeks): Some new features and a bunch of bug fixes

Version 4.0 (out in six months): Re-work the algorithm to better match todays drives

Version 5.0 (out in one to two years): Re-design the interface

While a new interface is the sexy feature, the core algorithm work is much more important. This roadmap is much more achievable, and since there will be point releases in between, better updates instead of delaying everything.

Please send us any questions via email (support@volitans-software.com) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/VolitansSW)

SMART Utility and MacOS 10.14 (Mojave)

We tested SMART Utility against the most recent beta build of MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) and its nearly fully supported. Everything works except dark mode.

While version 4 remains in development but still delay, we will released a small update to version 3 that will bring support for dark mode.

SMART Utility 3.2.4 is Out!

SMART Utility 3.2.4 has been released, which fixes a couple of small bugs.

Download for 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), and 10.13 (High Sierra)

 

Here’s the full release notes:


– Added support for NVMe drives in newer Macs

– Fixed crash on first install of SAT SMART Driver

– Updated to Sparkle 1.18.1

– Updated to smarctl 6.6 which supports many more drives