Category: MacOS

Using Dark Mode on macOS Mojave, with selected apps running in Light Mode

Since its launch, I’ve been using Dark Mode on macOS Mojave. Whilst it took some getting used to (I struggled with Apple Mail at first), it’s particularly useful when you’re staring at a screen for a large portion of the day.

However, there’s one app I prefer to use in Light Mode, and that’s Microsoft Word. Is there a way to use Dark Mode on macOS Mojave and choose specific apps to use in Light Mode? Yes, but you have to go via the Terminal.

First of all, you need to get the bundle identifier of the application. Enter the following command in the terminal:
osascript -e 'id of app "Microsoft Word"'

This should return a value such as:

Following this, you then need to set Microsoft Word to use Light Mode:
defaults write NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool yes

Restart Microsoft Word, and it should now be running using Light Mode, whilst the rest of the OS remains in Dark Mode.

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Note: This worked at the time of writing- January 2019, on macOS Mojave version 10.14.2.

Scalpel on MacOS Sierra

Recently, I’ve been exploring mobile forensics and I wanted to install Scalpel on my new Mac however, I encountered a few difficulties along the way. These steps seemed to resolve my issues so I thought I’d share what I did.

Download Scalpel from-

Unzip the file and navigate to the root of the folder. At this point, I attempted to run ./bootstrap however, this failed.

Part of the issue seems to be that under newer versions of Xcode, (around version 4.4.1 onwards), Apple doesn’t include Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool.

This link shows a manual way of installing these tools, although there’s an easier way….

If you have Macports installed-

sudo port install autoconf
sudo port install automake
sudo port install libtool

Note- choose automake rather than automake17

Following this, the machine should now be ready to install Scalpel-

sudo ./bootstrap
sudo ./configure 
sudo make install

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