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Noodlesoft's Hazel gains official Catalina compatibility

Hazel being used to manage media
Hazel being used to manage media (Image credit: Noodlesoft)

What you need to know

  • Hazel has been updated with macOS Catalina support.
  • The app is now notarized for added security.
  • THe new Music app is supported, too.

Noodlesoft's Hazel Mac automation tool has been updated to add official support for macOS Catalina. It can also now be used with the new Music app, too.

Noodlesoft says that any automations that previously used the "Import into iTunes" action will continue to work with Music in lieu of iTunes.

There are other changes to this release, too. Hazel is now notarized which will surely make Apple happy, and multiple bug fixes are also included. Interestingly, Noodlesoft says that it had to work around various macOS Catalina bugs in this update as well.

New Features:

  • Compatibility with Catalina. This mostly affects handling certain new privacy protections.
  • Added support for the new Music app on Catalina. Should work as "Import into iTunes" did before.
  • Hazel is now notarized.
  • Hazel now requires macOS 10.12.

User interface changes:

  • Tons of workarounds for various Apple bugs concerning preference panes in Catalina.

Core changes:

  • Worked around bug introduced in Catalina where numbers would get reformatted with a decimal ("1″ would become 1.0").
  • Fixed various issues with the "Sort into subfolder" action using either wildcards or multiple folder levels.
  • Fixed issue when passing numeric attributes to AppleScripts as arguments.
  • Fixed a couple of issues regarding custom date attributes being used on the right hand side of a condition.
  • Removed Growl support.
  • Various other tweaks, fixes and workarounds.

The update is available for free for those who already own Hazel 4.x. If you don't, you can pick a copy up from the Noodlesoft store. Upgrade priving is also available for owners of older versions, too.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.