|Nov 11 2021
||Good news and bad news:
The good news is that macOS 12 Monterey does not seem to present any new problems for Fiberworks version 1.4.0 but USB connections to dobby looms still don't work.
The bad news is that an update for macOS 10.15.7 Catalina causes Fiberworks to crash on launch. I have seen the crash reports, and they seem to trace to an error in macOS rather than Fiberworks. The remedy is either to update to Big Sur or Monterey (if you don't run a dobby loom) or roll back to Catalina 10.15.6.
|May 28 2021
||FTDI now report that they have a USB driver
beta version 1.4.7 specifically for mac OS 11 Big Sur and
10.15 Catalina. Download from https://ftdichip.com/drivers/vcp-drivers/.
FTDI USB chips are used in AVL Compu-Dobby IV, Little
Weaver, Toika ES, Louet manufactured after 2014, Séguin and
a number of USB-serial adapter cables.
|May 27 2021
||Fiberworks version 1.4.0 beta versions are
interim versions that eliminate the stuttering when
scrolling to view parts of the drawdown that lie
off-screen. This was done by using sliders in place of
conventional scrollers. To scroll, click and drag the
button in the slider. The disadvantage is that sliders
do not respond to swiping the trackpad or stroking the
surface of a magic mouse.
|May 20 2021
||Silver version 1.4.0 beta is now available to
download on the main Mac page.
|May 18 2021
||Bronze version 1.4.0 beta is now available to
download on the main Mac page; Silver will follow in a few
|Apr 14 2021
||Prolific Technologies have released their USB
driver v.2.1.0 for macOS 11 Big Sur:
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.
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
|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
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
| 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
Plus version 126.96.36.199 released - includes
a revised protocol for AVL Compu-Dobby IV and 4.5 2017 or
|June 6 2016
188.8.131.52 released (Silver and Bronze for Windows)
adjusts toolbar icons for high resolution screens and now
includes the Séguin loom
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