Tech Tip: Fix Blotter for Mac

One of my favorite small utilities for my Mac is Blotter, by Delaware-based Wireload. It’s delightfully simple and elegant, putting your calendar and reminders on your Desktop.

Unfortunately, it also stopped working a few MacOS versions ago, and the app hasn’t been updated since October 2019.

Not surprisingly, the Apple App Store reviews have become universally bad as a result.

Wireload’s support forum is pretty much full of complaints from others who are disappointed Blotter stopped working for them.

The last time I went looking for an update, however, I noticed that someone had found a fix to get Blotter working again. It’s not an official fix, and involves messing with Terminal commands, but it works.

Even though I’m running the next version of MacOS — MacOS 12 Monterey in beta — Blotter is happily humming away on my MacBook Pro 16″ desktop. I’m elated.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Launch Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities).

2. Copy the following and paste it into Terminal, and press Enter:

defaults write net.wireload.blotter.mac NSGraphicsContextAllowOverRestore -bool YES

3. Then, copy the following and press Enter:

defaults write net.wireload.blotter.mac NSViewAllowsRootLayerBacking -bool NO

And that’s it. You may have to restart your Mac and re-launch Blotter.

Thanks to Gfidias in the Wireload forums and GerryWilliamson in the App Store!

3 Responses

  1. Henry Tam says:

    i have to say, you’re a genius!!!

  2. Rodger says:

    Thank you so much for this fix. I have missed Blotter and accidentally found your blog post. The fix is definitely working in macOS Monterey v.12.0.1. I am now on a hunt to find a fix for Reminders to be added to the “To Do” list. Thanks again!!

  3. Ariane says:

    thanks so much!!! it works again :-)

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