ArraySync Activation Server Fixed

Someone brought to my attention that ArraySync was no longer activating for them. I looked into the issue and it appears the hosting provider for the activation server automatically updated PHP to 7.x, which broke the activation scripts.

I have now rolled it back to PHP 5.6 and the activations should be working again. Sorry if anybody else encountered this same issue!

Please keep in mind ArraySync has been discontinued for several years now, and will no longer receive updates. It will not run on macOS Catalina or higher, and will definitely not run on the new ARM Macs.

I plan to create a completely new app that does something similar to ArraySync in the future, but cannot guarantee any specific timeframe.

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ArraySync is now FREE!

Grab your free activation serial at

We are no longer selling new licenses of ArraySync as we prepare to transition to a completely new version with a different pricing model, which will be rebranded as FloSync to better reflect all the great things you can do with the software.

Because FloSync will offer all the same functionality of ArraySync for free, we are providing this unlimited activation license for old versions of ArraySync, free for everyone to use.

Moving forward, FloSync will also offer an optional, all-new cloud management dashboard for a subscription fee. We think you’ll love this great new feature.

Thank you to the thousands of customers who have supported us over the years. Your messages of creativity and support have been greatly appreciated!

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macOS High Sierra and 32-bit Apps

Apple today released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, and with it a new feature that warns of impending obsolescence of 32-bit apps, including ArraySync. For now, ArraySync will continue to function normally throughout the High Sierra update cycle, albeit with a one-time warning that it is a 32-bit app. Future macOS versions beyond High Sierra are a bit of a mystery right now, with Apple stating that High Sierra would be the last to support 32-bit apps “without compromises.” For the time being we have no way to know what that means.

ArraySync will not be updated to 64-bit. A long-planned rewrite of the software will be 64-bit, but unfortunately I cannot give a concrete timeline on this. I can tell you that it will no longer be called ArraSync, and will be moving to a monthly subscription model similar to Adobe and Microsoft products. And now, due to impending changing in macOS we will be be making a greater effort to have this completed by the time the next version of macOS is released.

As part of the transition to our subscription model, every customer who has ever purchased ArraySync will qualify for a discounted license for the successor application equal to the value of the ArraySync license they originally purchased. If you have any questions about this, please contact support.

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QuickTime on Windows


Recently the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued Alert (TA16105-A), which recommends Windows users uninstall Apple QuickTime from their computers. Unfortunately ArraySync for Windows requires QuickTime to function.

While we are working on a successor to ArraySync that uses native Windows video decoding (no QuickTime) it is not available at this time. We hope to have this out this summer. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please use a little bit of extra caution with these systems!

Seems Adobe Creative Cloud also relies on QuickTime and is in same situation we are!

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Windows 10… and yes I’m still here!

arraysync10It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to this blog. Windows 10 came out yesterday and I’m pleased to report that ArraySync appears to work fine on our test machines. Please be wary of Windows 10 update breaking your video card drivers which I’ve read has happened to people. If your video card is not compatible with Windows 10 you should not update.

There are some big changes coming to ArraySync FloSync in the near future. Pretty much everything about the app is being completely revamped and reimagined. Above all, the app will be easier to use 🙂 so stay tuned!

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Problems with Spaces on Mac OS X Mavericks

If you have a Mac with multiple displays, you might encounter a problem where ArraySync only seems to play video on one of them. To fix this, go to System Preferences and choose the Mission Control tab. From there, disable “Displays have separate spaces” and you should be good to go!


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Automatically start and stop ArraySync servers and clients

How to automate the ArraySync startup process is by far the #1 question I receive on the tech support email and forum.

I have created two scripts with Automator. One will launch ArraySync server, wait twenty seconds (to ensure the application launches fully especially on cold boot) and then start the server. The other script will launch ArraySync Client, wait twenty seconds, and then launch and select the first item in the server list.

You can download them here.

I’ve tested both of these on two Macs, and all four tests seem to work fine for me. Please try these out for yourself and let me know if they work. I’d like to collect user reports before making them “official” on the ArraySync website.

How to use the scripts

First make sure both your server and clients already have videos selected for your displays.

Then, place the script you wish to use in a convenient location and set it to launch automatically on startup by going to System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items and adding it to the list.

Finally, set all the systems to automatically start and shut down around the same time. You can do this by going to System Preferences -> Energy Saver and clicking the Schedule… button. ArraySync will obey the system’s quit command, so you don’t need a special script to quit the application. Be sure to set the server to startup automatically a minute or two before the clients to ensure the server is running by the time the clients try to automatically connect.

One more thing…

Before running, make sure your Mac is set to automatically login and that your screensaver, sleep mode, screen dimming and any other settings that may interfere with your presentation are turned off.

See more about this in the forum.

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Mac Activation Troubles – Update with Solution

Okay, so earlier today I noticed some people who had recently purchased ArraySync directly from us (rather than the Mac App Store) were sending like 30+ activation requests which is way unusual. A quick check on my newly updated Mac system has shed some light on what’s going on.

ArraySync saves your authentication data inside a global folder located at /Library/Application Support/ArraySync. This has been standard practice for all Mac apps since Mac OS X first appeared over ten years ago. In fact, if you look in there now, you’ll see lots of Apple and third-party data stored there.

When the Mac App Store launched earlier this year, one of the rules was that you couldn’t write here anymore. No biggie, because the Mac App Store builds of ArraySync do not write there (they do not use our in-house activation system). Well, apparently Apple has decided to enforce this rule on Lion, even for apps not sold on the Mac App Store. So, unfortunately, the current version of ArraySync now has a bug 🙁

Until we can push out an update to fix this, which will probably be rolled up with all the other updates I keep telling you all about, there is a temporary solution. Simply go to your /Library/Application Support folder and inside there create a folder named “ArraySync”. This will magically get ArraySync activation working again on Lion until the bug is fixed. The screenshot below should help explain (the “AuthKey” file is created by ArraySync upon activation):

Feel free to ask any questions if this isn’t clear.

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ArrayShaker is now free

ArrayShaker, the utility for splitting up videos into different segments, is now free for the time being. Enjoy!

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Apple, the App Store, and Company Name Change Policy

Warning, I’m about to rant about a particularly frustrating issue that may affect some of our customers.

Years ago when I first developed iForum for iPhone, I uploaded it under the App Store account for “Avianware, Inc” – a company started by myself and two other developers who were all developing apps independently but pooled our resources to manage our apps on the App Store. Late last year I also began adding apps to the Mac App Store, ArraySync, ArraySync Client, ArrayShaker and Tilen.

Earlier this year, the original founders parted ways and I filed a new incorporation under a different name, The National Software Laboratory or “NaSoLab”. Apple had originally said that the process for changing the name on the app store (where iForum and four other Mac apps are sold) would simply require the faxing of incorporation papers and dissolution papers (of the old company).

Well now, it seems that wasn’t the whole story. The dissolution papers for the old company do not make any mention of property and products being transferred to the new company, a stipulation that was not mentioned earlier and is now required. Because of this, Apple is so far refusing to allow a simple name change. Instead, they want us to delete all the apps from the App Store, close our existing account, rebuild them all with different Bundle IDs (the way apps are identified to the app store which I’m not allowed to re-use for whatever arbitrary reason), enroll new Mac and iOS developer accounts, re-upload the apps and wait for the standard approval process.

This means two things. First, all our apps (including iForum) would disappear from the App Store, potentially for a few weeks. Secondly, anyone who downloaded any of our apps in the past will no longer get updates. Instead, you’ll have to delete the old version and go re-download the new version.

At this time I’m still waiting for a response from a higher appeal board to give our case special consideration. However, so far it’s seeming less and less likely we’ll be given an exception. If it comes down to it, I’ll be offering ArraySync customers a free personal license to activate the web-download version.

So to all our users, I sincerely apologize for this potential annoyance.

Cross posted on the Info-Mac Blog.

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