Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to builders for testing purposes, weeks after seeding the fourth beta and months after introducing the new software program at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The new macOS High Sierra beta may be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air using the Software Update mechanism within the Mac App Store. Today’s beta introduces a new option to seize Live Photos simultaneously with FaceTime. FaceTime Live Photos was first introduced in the iOS 11 beta.


macOS High Beta Sierra builds on the Developer’s capabilities delivered in macOS Sierra. Apple specializes in the new garage, video, and image generation. It introduces a new Apple File System (APFS), High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), and an updated Metal model with VR and external GPU aid.

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Several apps are gaining new functions in macOS High Sierra. The Photos app is updated with a new sidebar, making it less difficult to get entry to editing tools and albums. There are new filters and modifying options like Curves and Selective Color. Photos also support outside editing apps like Photoshop and Pixelmator, saving changes made in the one’s apps, and it interfaces with new third-birthday celebration printing services.

Safari is gaining velocity improvements, an option to prevent autoplay motion pictures, and a new function that stops go-site data monitoring. Siri in macOS High Sierra has multiplied track skills and a unique, greater herbal voice, and Spotlight supports flight popularity information. There are also cloud upgrades, FaceTime, Messages, and Notes.

macOS High Sierra is to be had for each registered builder and public beta tester and could see numerous updates before its predicted fall public launch. For a complete evaluation of changes coming in macOS High Sierra, make sure to check. Installing QuickBooks Online (without converting QuickBooks for Mac files to QuickBooks online files) is relatively easy. However, it gets a bit complicated when you need to convert an existing  QuickBooks for Mac file to a  QuickBooks Online file. Intuit does a reasonably good job of facilitating the online installation.

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Manually converting your QuickBooks for Mac file to QuickBooks Online is not that difficult, as long as you carefully follow the instructions, and it generally takes about 30 minutes. You cannot directly convert your QuickBooks for Mac file to QuickBooks Online. An intermediate step requires you to convert your QB Mac file to a QB Windows file and begins with the drop-down menu in QuickBooks Mac. The process starts by selecting the File menu and then selecting “Back up to QuickBooks for Windows”  within the QuickBooks for Mac software.

Upon completing this process, the file is sent to QuickBooks, and you receive a notification when the process for converting the QuickBooks Mac to QuickBooks Online is completed. Initially, I was surprised to observe that this process is performed at the Intuit level rather than in real time. A suggestion to facilitate this process is that in the event you do not receive timely notification of completion from Intuit.


I suggest that you contact tech support and ask them to look into the status of your conversion and request that they expedite it for you. Generally, I have called tech support; they are very accommodating. Although they typically do not give any time guarantee and attribute the potential delay to their busy servers, they will facilitate the process.

Overall, the manual conversion process takes approximately 30 minutes (excluding the Intuit conversion), and my clients have been happy with QBO. One client was disappointed that the vendor-type classifications are unavailable in QuickBooks Online. The workaround for this is to use one of the fields in the vendor profile as the vendor type. So far, my clients are happy to have multiuser access, the ability to work from anywhere, and unattended and automatic backups despite a slightly sluggish performance attributable to the web connection.

Two words of caution, the first of which is that QuickBooks Online currently does not support inventory applications, and the second is that the conversion may require the services of your accountant or CPA to affect a smooth and orderly transition to the QuickBooks Online platform. As long as you understand up front the limitations of QBO, then you should find the QBO platform acceptable and, more importantly,  a helpful financial tool to run and monitor your business.

Sandor Lenner, CPA, has provided accounting services for companies for 35 years. He is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and provides QuickBooks support and small business accounting services while working as a part-time consultant with Susan Missal Lenner, P.A. Our Mission Statement is to help small businesses become self-sufficient, make correct business decisions, and effectively compete with larger companies on a local, regional and global basis through the use of state of the art accounting technology and the internet.

Several months ago, Intuit, QuickBooks’ manufacturer, released a  new version of QuickBooks Online that runs with the Safari web browser. This new version of QuickBooks presents a multiuser alternative for existing users of QuickBooks in a Mac environment and future users of QuickBooks for Mac. It is now possible for Mac QuickBooks users to run multiple versions of QuickBooks for a reasonable monthly price and have unattended backups and software updates included in the monthly fee.

Besides the Safari interface, QuickBooks Online has been optimized for the iPhone. The iPhone app is a read-only application. However, some added features exist for customer, vendor, and employee information and the ability to create and send invoices. Another benefit for Mac users of QuickBooks is that there is no longer a  wait for updates to the Mac version of QuickBooks.

Installing QuickBooks Online (without converting QuickBooks for Mac files to QuickBooks online files) is relatively easy. However, it gets a bit complicated when you need to convert an existing  QuickBooks for Mac file to a  QuickBooks Online file. Intuit does a reasonably good job of facilitating the online installation.