Instructions for seamless Plugin Installation on macOS

Instructions to Temporarily Disable Gatekeeper for seamless Plugin Installation on macOS

I am Manuel, the plugin developer for VectorBits. I wanted to provide you with crucial instructions on temporarily disabling Gatekeeper on macOS to ensure a smooth installation process for our plugins.

Why Disable Gatekeeper:

Gatekeeper is a security feature on macOS that may prevent the installation of apps from unidentified developers. To seamlessly install our plugins, it’s necessary to temporarily disable Gatekeeper.

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  1. Disable Gatekeeper:
    • Open the Terminal application.
    • Execute the following command:
      sudo spctl --master-disable
  2. System Preferences:
    • Open “System Preferences” from the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
    • Select “Security & Privacy.”
    • In the “General” tab, click the padlock icon in the bottom-left corner and enter your password to make changes.
    • Change the “Allow apps downloaded from:” setting to “Anywhere.” Confirm by clicking the padlock again.
  3. Plugin Installation:
    • With Gatekeeper disabled, install our plugins, and open Vectorworks. Plugins should load.
  4. Reactivate Gatekeeper:
    • After successful installation, it’s crucial to reactivate Gatekeeper for continued system security.
      • Open the Terminal application.
      • Execute the following command:
        sudo spctl --master-enable

These steps ensure a secure environment while allowing you to enjoy the full functionality of our plugins. If you encounter any issues or have questions during this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in enhancing your experience with our plugins.