Merlin – projects in “all my files” smart folder

If your “All My Files” folder does not show any Merlin project files, and you are already using the latest Merlin update,  this is how to invoke re-indexing by Spotlight.

– From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
– Click Spotlight.
– Click the Privacy tab.
– Drag your home folder or even an entire volume (your hard drive) to the list.
– Remove the item or volume you just added.

Or for the Terminal geeks:
sudo mdutil -E /


If you allow the system to reindex your files for a while, Merlin project files will appear in the “Documents” area.

Merlin 2.9 update with support for OS X 10.8

Today we’ve released a new free Merlin update. The Merlin 2.9 update brings various improvements and more stability. It is recommended for all Merlin and Merlin Server users.

How to update Merlin
How to update Merlin Server

    • Merlin and Merlin Server support new Gatekeeper and start on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion as identified software.

With Mountain Lion Apple introduces a new technology called “Gatekeeper”. Gatekeeper helps protect you from downloading and installing malicious software on your Mac, no matter where your apps come from. And it gives you even more control over which apps you install. With the standard option Gatekeeper installs only apps from the Mac App Store and apps from identified developers. Merlin and Merlin Server are now signed by ProjectWizards as an indentified developer and working with the Gatekeeper default option under OS X Mountain Lion.

We highly recommend users of OS X Mountain Lion to install this update.

Updating existing installations of Merlin Server: The formerly contained certificate is now replaced by the new one verified by Apple. Therefore the very first time you start Merlin Server, you will be asked to allow accessing Keychain for the existing certificate to be replaced. Please click on “Allow always”.

Resolved Issues in Merlin

  • Freemind HTML export was broken.
  • LDAP items with images could not be loaded.

Merlin 2.8.5 update available

Today we’ve released a new free update. The 2.8.5 update brings various improvements and more stability. It is recommended for all Merlin and Merlin Server users.

    How to update Merlin

    Resolved Issues in Merlin

  • Some mpp files could not be opened by Merlin.
  • MS Project could not open from Merlin generated XML files containing % in duration fields or some special character in a task’s title.

Merlin in full screen mode

One of the new features of OS X Lion is the ability of working with applications in full screen mode. Working in full screen mode is very practical when you want to concentrate on one application and make full use of your screen. This option has been implemented in Merlin as well, so when using a Merlin version 2.8 or newer which is running on OS X Lion, just click on the appropriate button and see Merlin hiding the menu bar and switching  the current view of your projects in full screen mode. If you need a menu item, just move the mouse towards the top of the window and Merlin blends the menu bar along with the toolbar for you. But what would you want Merlin to do when running in full screen mode?

What should happen with the toolbar when Merlin runs in full screen mode?

You need the toolbar to switch from view to view, to call the library or the elements area, toggle the inspector’s display, check the project settings,  or start publishing. You don’t need the toolbar when scheduling, updating your project’s tasks or maybe presenting the project’s schedule to stakeholders.

So what do you think? Should Merlin’s full screen mode in Lion show up, with or without the toolbar? We are very curious to read your thoughts…

Merlin and Lion

The latest Merlin version (2.7.9) is tested under pre-releases and previews of Lion.

As you may know, Mac OS X Lion includes many small but significant changes. Some APIs are changed, older ones are deleted and newer are added. Our developers did their best to react and created a version of Merlin which works under 10.7 – yes… “it works”. Currently we can not say anything regarding the stability, since 10.7 is brand new. If you have to work in a production environment, we recommend to wait at least for 10.7.1.

Should you have any reports to make please include your Merlin Support Profile. To create it proceed as usual; start Merlin and call Help > Create Support Profile

Please contact our support for a link to the latest developer build of Merlin or Merlin Server.