VoodooPad 5.4

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30 Jan, 2022 06:28 AM

VoodooPad 5.4 is now available for download for macOS.

VoodooPad 5.4 improves compatibility with upcoming updates to macOS 12 by removing Python scripting support. The upcoming macOS 12.3 update removes Python 2 support, which VoodooPad relies on to support Python scripting. Without Python 2, VoodooPad will refuse to launch at all. To keep VoodooPad 5 working on macOS 12.3, we made the difficult decision to remove Python scripting support from VoodooPad 5.

We believe Python scripting support is not widely used based on conversations with VoodooPad users over the past four years. If that is not the case, please let us know!

  1. 1 Posted by Craig on 02 Feb, 2022 06:05 PM

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    Python is gone? Aww ... Now I have to rewrite my scripts in JS.

  2. 2 Posted by Craig on 02 Feb, 2022 07:40 PM

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    Would you please check and update the VP plug-in documentation page?

    The page links to http://jstalk.org/ , but this domain has been repurposed for something else. JSTalk appears to be now hosted at https://github.com/ccgus/jstalk

    Also, https://github.com/ccgus/jstalk says that the project has been superceded by CocoaScript (5 years ago), and recommends using that instead.

    Is VP using JSTalk or CocoaScript?


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by John on 03 Feb, 2022 04:11 AM

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    Thanks for pointing out the issues with the documentation. I'll make sure those issues get fixed soon.

    We upgraded from JSTalk to CocoaScript in VoodooPad 5.2.

  4. 4 Posted by Paul on 15 Feb, 2022 04:18 PM

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    I do use a number of python scripts. Is there any possibility of conditionally supporting a later (non-Apple) version of Python if it is installed? I'm using version 3.10.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by John on 22 Feb, 2022 05:39 PM

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    How much integration do the VoodooPad scripts rely on (i.e., are they simple shell scripts, or do they manipulate VoodooPad items extensively)?

  6. 6 Posted by Paul Jensen on 22 Feb, 2022 07:42 PM

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    I’m sending you a folder of my Python and other scripts with a description of my use case in a README file.

    Thanks for your efforts in keeping VoodooPad alive.


  7. 7 Posted by Wilson Cheung on 24 Feb, 2022 05:34 PM

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     I'm so relieved that you put out an update to VoodooPad! The previous version was from 2019 and I was getting worried VoodooPad would stop working and be discontinued. In Mac OS 12.1 and 12.2 I got warnings that VoodooPad was not going to work in the future.

    I personally don't use python scripts, so I'm OK with your version 5.4 release. It's better to go with a new version that doesn't have all the original features rather than let VoodooPad completely die in the next upgrade to Mac OS.

  8. 8 Posted by Michael Carland on 13 Apr, 2022 11:16 PM

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    Was confused, the download page still says 5.3.0, but it actually downloads 5.4.0.

    Any plans to make a fat binary with M1 support?

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by John on 13 Apr, 2022 11:25 PM

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    Whoops, that's a mistake on the page. I'll make sure it gets updated to the correct version.

    We don't have any plans to release VoodooPad 5 as a universal binary for Apple Silicon Macs. VoodooPad 6 Preview 3 is the first release to natively support Apple Silicon Macs.

  10. 10 Posted by Michael Carland on 13 Apr, 2022 11:29 PM

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    I know it’s very old, but this post mentioned M1 support in 5.4:
    http://support.primatelabs.com/discussions/voodoopad/32712-big-sur-apple-silicon-mac-support <http://support.primatelabs.com/discussions/voodoopad/32712-big-sur-apple-silicon-mac-support>

    I’ll check out the preview when I have time.

    Thank you!

  11. Support Staff 11 Posted by John on 14 Apr, 2022 12:08 AM

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    I had hoped to add Apple Silicon support in VoodooPad 5.4, but it turned out that there were several issues that made that incredibly difficult.

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