Improvements for macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina introduced endless permission dialogs similar to the following:

fman would like access to your folder

Furthermore, when you ask fman to move a file to the Trash, Catalina shows:

fman wants access to control Finder.

The problem was, if you accidentally said no to these dialogs, then it was hard to get them back. This lead to fman not displaying some folder contents, or to files magically "re-appearing" after you deleted them.

To fix this, fman now opens a new documentation page when you are on macOS Catalina or later on first start. Other operating systems are not affected.

fman asking whether to open the documentation for macOS Catalina

(A nicer way to fix this would have been for fman to check "do I have this permission?". Alas, macOS does not give us developers an API for doing that.)


Michael started fman in 2016, convinced that we deserve a better file manager. fman's launch in 2017 was a huge success. But despite full-time work, it only makes $500 per month. The goal is to fix this.