PlusKit would be the last plugin which I would need in an M1/Silicon version to run RapidWeaver natively without using Rosetta. Any info if such a version is already available…? @Isaiah ?
Another plugin would be RapidMaps by foreground. But since this plugin is completely gone from their website (actually RapidCart Pro is the only product they’re offering currently) I fear that this nice plugin has been abandoned completely…
While we’re at it: I’m a big user of the LockDown plugin (locking pages behind .htaccess authentication from within RapidWeaver). This is currently not available in a native Apple Silicon version (so I’m forced to run RW8 through Rosetta because of it).
@waynoo It’s unfortunate, but definitely not “odd”. Being amongst the most popular plugins doesn’t mean much for the past few years because … there aren’t that many plugins! For awhile now all the movement has been in Stacks (a plugin). Developers create and maintain stacks, but as you can see there are many many fewer plugins.
That said, hopefully plugins that are still “active” will soon be M1 savvy.
Yes Robert, you’re probably right. I’d need Pluskit only for some quite old client sites. So it would even make sense for me to deactivate Pluskit for working on all other client sites “M1-natively” and turning to Rosetta again if I have to work on these old sites.
This is an email I received from @isaiah last month. I don’t think he would object to my sharing parts of it:
It’s a tough decision. I thought I would just be able to turn it around quickly, but a reliance on a very specific older version of a library that was available on Intel Macs but not on M1 Macs makes this decision much more difficult. I spent a couple months working on porting the library, but it’s from a very old and long forgotten branch that itself requires many esoteric libraries. It is, in other words, a nesting russian doll of work – with no guarantee that I will find the center anytime soon.
For that reason, the official line is: it’s undetermined. Please keep using Rosetta for the time being.
If it does come back, it will likely require a paid upgrade to cover some of the months of time put in to bringing it back. Unfortunately for me, none of the loghound plug-ins ever comes close to breaking even – so it’s always something I have to do with my spare time as a gift to the RW community.
Thanks for sharing Isaiahs thoughts on this (I’m sure he’s fine with that). Understandable that it’s not of a high priority for him. As long as Pluskit is running fine via Rosetta when I need it I’m fine with that.
Hm, maybe it’s me generally thinking that each app will perform better when being run natively than via Rosetta. Due to my immense workload every second I can save counts, so even if RW is only running a little bit faster (for example when generating the pages when publishing) this will add at the end of the day. Well, maybe…