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App can’t be opened because Apple can’t check it for malicious software

Does MAC OSX refuse installation?

You get error message “[App] cannot be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software. This software needs to be updated. Contact the developer for more information” or a reference to “unidentified developer“.

Normally this is caused by Privacy & Security settings of your system. To get past it, follow information in THIS article


OSX Security and Privacy

Connect Chrome extension

Connect Chrome extension is OS independent and runs on Chrome web browser.

Connect Chrome extension is installed from Chrome Web Store. Once installed it opens as a (left side) panel in the open tab and uses Chrome’s built-in Bluetooth services to connect to the C-Pen Connect.

The extension is OS independent and nothing is required to be installed locally on the computer.

Connect Chrome extension can be used for multiple purposes; assistive reading, productivity and collaboration.

It can be set up to read scanned text out aloud, either automatically or when prompted. It is easy to use side by side with online collaboration services like e.g. Google Doc, MS Word online, OneNote and Evernote and is a perfect tool to boost productivity.

This is how it works…

C-Pen Connect & MAC



Two different solutions are available for using C-Pen Connect together with MAC OSX – C-Pen Core and Connect Desktop app. Both apps features our C-Pen Keyboard function, allowing text to be scanned into any app on your computer. Connect Desktop app does in addition also support (assistive) text reading and supports saving text to files. Which is the better one depends on your preferred usage scenario.  


C-Pen Core

This is our traditional digital highlighter/productivity solution, and it is basically a device driver that links the pen scanner to the computer, the operating system and your favorite apps. Once C-Pen Core is installed and linked to Connect pen scanner, you simply open an application of your choice and start scanning. C-Pen Core is a great option if you like to have a non-intrusive and transparent integration between the pen and your computer.

Install and setup C-Pen Core

Connect Desktop app

Aside from C-Pen Keyboard functionality, the Connect Desktop app also features Text Reader and Scan to File functions. Text can be set to be read out automatically or only when prompted to. It is possible to listen to full/multiple sentences and paragraphs or a single word. One time or repeatedly, as required. Scanned text can also be saved to text files and retrieved at a later point in time and re-listened to. A nice feature to support learning.

Install and setup Connect Desktop app



For more information about C-PEN Connect, check the Product page or our Knowledgebase.  


C-PEN Connect app(s)

For C-PEN Connect apps details and downloads – go to Get started page.

For compatibility and information – check Apps and integrations page.

For C-Pen Connect technical details – check Connect product page.

Does DictionaryPen or LingoPen work with a computer?

Yes it does.
It is possible to connect DictionaryPen to almost any computer, phone or tablet supporting USB Host (in principle all computers) or USB OTG.

Check the video below for more information about functionality.

Does ReaderPen (Secure) work with a computer?

Yes it does.
It is possible to connect ReaderPen and ReaderPen Secure to almost any computer, phone or tablet supporting USB Host (in principle all computers) or USB OTG.

Check the video below for more information about functionality.

How to install C-PEN Core on MAC




Bluetooth connection problem on MAC

If you experience Bluetooth connection problem on MAC, please check THIS article for advice.

History shows that an SMC reset may also be required even though the article does not specifically mention Bluetooth.

How to identify USB connction on MAC

To check if there is a physical connection for TS1.

This is done viewing the System Report.

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner then select About This MAC.
  2. Select System Report.
  3. In the under Hardware section, click on USB.
  4. Expand the USB Device Tree and locate C-Pen TS1.
If C-Pen TS1 exist, then the physical connection is OK.
If the C-Pen TS1 does not exist there is a physical connection problem. Try to connect the TS1 to another USB port and/or test it on another computer to verify it. 
NOTE: System Report\Hardware\USB list will have to be refreshed at each new connection. Exit it an re-enter the USB Device Tree list.
Assuming that the C-Pen TS1 does exist in the USB Device Tree, then the problem is caused by software.
  1. One thing to check is the VDCAssistant. If it is running, kill it. To do this, open Terminal and run command sudo killall VDCAssistant (provide password when prompted). Check this article for more details if required.
  2. Make an SMC Reset.


Please also see this Apple article:

Does the pen(s) work with USB-C?

USB-C is a physical specification compatible with the earlier protocols used by the various C-PEN models.
A USB-C to USB-A adapter is however required.