How does Isadora run on OS X Mavericks?

  • Izzy Guru

    UPDATE I have spoken to Mark Coniglio and he is already looking into 10.9 Mavericks.

    As a rule of thumb he always says don't update if you have a big show or major project on in the next week or so.
    There only seem's to be the one issue which is the menu bar but it is still very early days - there could be a work around, Finder preference or something simple.
    We will keep everyone updated ASAP.
  • Izzy Guru

    The Full Screen issue can be resolved by doing the following:

    Go to System Preferences > Mission Control > You need to turn _“Displays have separate Spaces”_ **OFF** and then restart machine.
    Isadora stages will then go full screen as normal.


  • Skulpture: - our man on the frontline, boldly going where no man has gone before....

  • Beta Gold

    Yes. Skulpture. You rock Donwnloading maverick as we speak

  • Izzy Guru

    Happy to serve chaps!

    All working fine once you've disabled the display and separate spaces thing. :)

  • Thank you very much Skulpture..!

  • Much thanks! Keep us in the loop of any other issues, positive or negative.

  • Downloaded last night and not noticing any issues today. (Beyond the full screen issue Skulpture already addressed.)

    -Alex O
  • Beta Platinum

    No issues here.

  • Beta Gold

    Everything seems fine.

  • Izzy Guru

    I tested more and seems fine.

    One thing i have been reading is this App Nap:
    _"App Nap, meanwhile, powers down apps when they're hidden on your desktop, while Timer Coalescing gives your CPU "tiny periods of idle time" to help lower energy use. I can't say I experienced a truly noticeable difference in speeds since switching to Mavericks on my primary system, but Apple's promising a lot of changes to the back end to help soup things up a bit, including Compressed Memory, which frees memory space from inactive programs. All in all, it's not unlike App Nap, which also helps speed up the rest of your system." [Source:[ ]([](]_
    I can only **assume** that this doesn't apply to Isadora... because isadora is generally always doing something... But I need to check what happens when you minimise Isadora but still have full stage output. I am thinking about users (like myself) who use Isadora for long term fixed installations, etc where isadora is off/on (not always actually doing something)
    I am sure there will be a way to turn it off i'm sure....?
    BTW you can find it in Activity Monitor - it has its own Tab.


  • I'm mid show, so I'm gonna wait

    Thanks for the heads up Skulpture :)

  • ---- "I'm in mid show, so I'm gonna wait."

    Words to live by. ;-)
  • Beta Platinum

    Had the problem with G-Force via Syphoner to Izzy. Stage image stopped and I had always to click on Syphoner. So I deactivated Nap Mode- click on Information in the app and tick deactivate nap mode- Now it works without stopping.

  • I am running a USB3 DisplayLink adaptor to HDMI over CAT6 (MBP non-retina, Thunderbolt terminated by Blackmagic 3D). Have been running "Uncles & Angels" show for more than a year on this without problems... tried out Mavericks today and the DisplayLink does... terrible things... (should have checked their website, it's all spelled out there!).

    Solution: will be creating a Mountain Lion partition to just run Izzy and the few other bits needed for the show... which is a good idea in any case as the system will be super clean when performing. 
    Hope it works, will update if any issues
    and yes the update to Mavericks was rash at best!
  • Izzy Guru

    Thanks for letting us know feinsinn 

  • Update: DisplayLink drivers working perfectly on clean installed 60 GB Mountain Lion partition, with Izzy and essential drivers the only added apps (external TB RAID for video). Boot to Mavericks for day to day business, reboot to squeaky-clean ML for performances... works like a charm! Doing Uncles & Angels in St Nazaire and Nantes this coming week, so was playing with fire actually... but really like having a kind of alter-ego stripped down machine now just for Izzy.

  • Izzy Guru

    Just a little follow up and I am not sure just how important this is.... but wanted to share anyway.

    I mentioned above about the "APP NAP" well this is easily turned off. (see tick box in image - attached)
    I have a feeling (and from what i've read) the app only 'naps' aka sleeps if its not active. So for most of the isadora users this wont apply during shows. But for users like myself who do installs that can be still or non active for periods of time then it could be an issue. It could make Isadora go to sleep and could maybe prevent a trigger or action from happening **BUT I have not tested this I am 100% speculating.**
    I will probably turn it off on my Isadora Apps on any future projects with Macs on 10.9 running Isadora just to make sure.
    Hope this helps someone.


  • Izzy Guru


    There is an issue with ENTTEc and 10.9..

    A new USB driver implemented by Apple in Mavericks breaks the USB communications between DMXIS/D-Pro and any Enttec USB-DMX interface. 


    A simple workaround is to disable this new Apple driver. Start a Terminal session (Go > Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and copy/paste the following to the command prompt: 

    `cd /System/Library/Extensions/IOUSBFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns  sudo mv AppleUSBFTDI.kext AppleUSBFTDI.disabled  sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions`

    Now reboot your computer, and DMXIS/D-Pro should detect the Enttec hardware as normal.

    Technical stuff

    Both DMXIS and D-Pro use the FTDI D2XX driver to communicate with Enttec hardware. For some (as yet unknown) reason, Apple have written their own D2XX driver for Mavericks, effectively disabling any application which uses the standard D2XX library. It's likely that this problem affects every D2XX application on the planet, not just DMXIS & D-Pro, so I'm sure the next 72 hours will reveal a few complaints on the Interwebs, hopefully some further discussion, and perhaps an official solution. We'll need to wait and see."

  • Izzy Guru

    A new report:

    _"deleting scenes cannot be undone (command z)_
    _now, saving project files with exact matching names  in the same folder  is possible = NOT GOOD"_