macOS 10.12.2 Users Urged to Avoid Using 'Work-in-Progress' Preview App to Edit PDFs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mac users running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 are being urged to avoid using Preview to edit PDFs until Apple fixes several bugs in the app that can cause corruption issues in the document format.

    The recommendation comes from TidBITS publisher Adam Engst. Writing on the online Apple newsletter website, Engst backs up fellow developer Craig Landrup's claim that Apple's decision to rewrite the PDFKit framework for macOS 10.12 has broken basic functionality that PDF-related developers rely on, such as compatibility with ScanSnap and Doxie scanners.
    As to why issues have arisen in Apple's native Preview application, Engst quotes approvingly the DEVONthink developer Christian Grunenberg, who characterizes the rewritten version of PDFKit in Sierra as a "work in progress":
    Apple previously removed functionality in its iWork suite for Mac to conform with iOS, but re-introduced most of the missing features in a later version. Whether Apple plans to do the same with an update to Preview is still unclear. Meanwhile, until Apple fixes the issues with the native Mac app, Engst recommends Smile's PDFpen as an alternative for PDF manipulation of all sorts, with Adobe's Acrobat DC being a more expensive option.

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  2. MakeAppleAwesomeAgain, Jan 3, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 3, 2017

    MakeAppleAwesomeAgain macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2016
    They really don't give a **** about macOS anymore. I think they even won't make any major upgrades in the near feature. They changed the name so it feels right with the other products, copied everything from iOS that makes you stick to iCloud and that's it. What was the last time you were really impressed by a new macOS feature? Now even those features start to become buggy and non-working.
  3. Applebot1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2014
    Really is looking like Apple want to go all in for iOS. OS X days are numbered imo.
  4. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
    I've stopped at El Capitan for the time being. I have very little invested in cloud services, and sadly nothing else Sierra offers interests me.
  5. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Purchased PDF expert for the Mac when it was discounted and haven't looked back since.
  6. Dorkington macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    It's a good thing Apple doesn't cater their hardware or software towards professionals or anything.
  7. PizzaBoxStyle macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2014
    Apple HQ Cupterino Spaceship
  8. WBRacing macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2012
    Give them a break!! I mean, they've got both developers working on it.
  9. MacGizmo macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2003
  10. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
  11. Xi Xone macrumors member

    Xi Xone

    Oct 24, 2016
  12. MellowFuzz macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2013
    Apple sucks. I can't bring myself to buy their stuff anymore.
  13. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    This is a very minor issue and will be fixed as has been said elsewhere. There is nothing to worry about here.
  14. peter2 macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    Well, typical Apple way... at least since some time: Release half-baked software, screwing up things that worked just fine for ages, and then debug "live" during very long periods of time. More and more, MacOS cannot be trusted as a production system, nor can anyone count/base his business on "reasonable" continuity assumptions :-(((
  15. dysamoria macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2011
    No, Apple did NOT put the missing features back into the iWork suite. Correct your article!!!

    Also, this is another example of Mac OS suffering for the benefit of the iOS roadmap. Apple need to get their collective heads out of their leadership's asses.

    Stop releasing broken software!!!
  16. nohill macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    Wondering what those 110,000 Apple people actually do.
    If they fail to see that macOS is their non-neglectable base of all the things they do, they will be running for their money soon.
    Just waiting for more rebate crap like with the dongle mess.
    Look out for the warning signs: More rebate = more problems = more rebate.
    Can’t believe that they actually use their own increasingly crappy stuff.
  17. dantastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    Ah for **** sake! I'm glad I decided not to upgrade to Sierra. This is another absolute piss-take in a long line of failures of epic proportions. Why oh why break PDF functionality. Let me guess, emoji support...
  18. autrefois, Jan 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017

    autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Has Macrumors also abandoned the Mac? ;) Can you please correct this (here is a suggested correction, or something similar):

    Apple previously removed functionality in its iWork suite for Mac to conform with iOS, but eventually re-introduced some missing features in later versions.

    Thank you. As for Preview, I'm glad I haven't upgraded to Sierra, thanks for the warning; Preview is one of my most-used apps. I hope Apple actually fixes what it's broken and what's missing now. Preview has long been one of their best apps IMO.
  19. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
    A person has to wonder if they actually do
  20. trifid, Jan 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017

    trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    Corrupt PDF forms filled out in an education or business environment doesn't seem minor to me, actually seems catastrophic.
  21. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    macOS software rewritten by Apple that breaks basic functionality?

    Wow, I did not expect this at all! :rolleyes:

    Glassed Silver:mac
  22. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Says who? macOS is gathering more and more bugs and they are removing more and more features from those apps that survives the Cook purge. I wouldn't count on things like this getting fixed for sure anymore.
  23. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  24. happyhippo1337 macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2013
    In all honesty, I really feel the same way.
  25. freediverx macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2006
    An operating system bug that can permanently corrupt PDFs is a minor issue? One which was identified over two months go while the OS was sill in beta?

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