Jeff Johnson (My apps, PayPal.Me, Mastodon)

Ventura or Vista? Cancel or Allow in Mac Preview app

February 26 2023

Apple used to parody permission prompts in Windows Vista.

Many years later, the last laugh is on Mac users.

Preview will open this link in Safari

This permission prompt is new in macOS 13 Ventura. To see it, just Print this web page, Open in Preview, and click any link.

Preview app shipped with Mac OS X 10.0. In fact, Preview was carried over to Mac from NeXTSTEP. I don't know why, more than 30 years later, Apple decided to add a permission prompt to links in Preview—as far as I know, Apple has provided no explanation or documentation of this new "feature"—but I don't like it, and I don't like what the Mac has become: a parody.

Jeff Johnson (My apps, PayPal.Me, Mastodon)