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Pacifist 3.0.3 uses code signing

19 June 2012 1,363 views No Comment

If you administer more than a couple Macs, locating and installing individual legacy apps can be a royal pain. Though Pacifist can’t help you source software, this app is absolutely invaluable when it comes time to install.

CharlesSoft has released Pacifist 3.0.3 (free), which joins a growing chorus apps that are Mountain Lion ready or at least more ready:

• Now uses code-signing information to prune extraneous files out of applications extracted using the “Search Receipts” feature
• General improvements and bug fixes to the “Search Receipts” feature
• Several Mountain Lion-related fixes
• Fixed a bug that affected loading some Apple install discs such as Final Cut Studio and Logic Pro
• Fixed a few crashing bugs
• All files in the .zip distribution of Pacifist are now free of resource forks and extended attributes, to keep third-party .zip unarchivers from failing to unarchive the extended attributes properly and invalidating Pacifist’s code signing
• Text is now selectable in HTML files in the viewer
• Miscellaneous bug fixes

Why code-signing? Going forward, your Mac won’t be able to run some unsigned (insecure) code. That Pacifist now cleans up after itself at a natural part of what it does is very smart.

In our shared Mountain Lion future, there will be three kinds of software: Mac App Store (signed, walled garden), developer signed code (Apple vetted devs) and free range software, which can come from anyone, anywhere. Pacifist fits, knock on wood, that future…

Are you onboard with Apple’s vision of app development, security and distribution?

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