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Mac Read&Write Gold 6 Download and Installation

The Campus Accessible Technology Team has purchased a Read&Write Gold (R&WG) site license. All UMD students, faculty, and staff may download a "Take Home" version for their personal computers.

User System Requirements

1. Delete old version

First, if you have an old version of Read Write Gold, you'll need to delete it by dragging it into the trash from your applications folder. 

2. Adjust your security settings

In order to install Read&Write Gold for Mac you will likely need to make adjustments to your security settings. (After you install this software be sure to reset your security settings as described in step number 9.)

Select "System Preferences..." from the Apple Menu. Once in the System Preference window, open "Security & Privacy". Select or click the lock to make changes, if this panel is locked.

Screenshot: Security & Privacy Window. Click to Make changes.

You will need to type in your administrator password.

Select or Click the "Anywhere" radio button. Then click the lock to prevent further changes.

Screenshot: Security & Privacy Window. Select the Anywhere radio button. Then lock.

3. Open Safari

Using a browser other than Apple's Safari may result in your experience differing from these instructions.

4. Download the .dmg File

You will need to be authenticated to UMD to download Read&Write Gold. If you are not already authenticated to UMD, the "Sign In" page will appear when you attempt to download the program. Sign in using your UMD Internet ID and password.

To start the download, click or select: Read&Write Gold v6.dmg. (DMG stands for Disk Image, and is a format commonly used to distribute files and applications among Apple computers.)

Wait while RWGold6.dmg downloads. It is a large file (626MB) and may take a while to completely download. After it is fully downloaded, a Disk Image will appear where you downloaded it (usually the downloads folder).

Screenshot: RWGold disk image

5. Open the .dmg file and install the software

To open the downloaded RWGold6.dmg disk image, double click it. An "Opening RWGold.dmg" dialog box may appear that will say it is "Checking volumes".

Screenshot: Opening RWGold.dmg and Checking volumes dialog box

The RWGold6 disk image will be unpacked and its contents will appear:

Screenshot: RWGold 6 disk image

Drag or copy the"Read&Write Gold" folder to your Applications folder.

Screenshot: Copying Read and Write Gold to Applications

6. Open the Software

Once the folder has been copied, click or select "Read&Write 6 GOLD for Mac" to open the application.

Screenshot: RWGold disk image

A dialog box will appear. It will say, "Read&Write 6 GOLD For Mac" is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it? Select "Open".

Screenshot: Open Read and Write 5 GOLD For Mac Verification

7. Activate the software by selecting "Activate"

Note: You must have internet access the first time that you attempt to launch Read&Write. An activation dialog box will open.

You do not need to enter anything in the Read&Write activation dialog box. No serial number or activation code is needed.

Screenshot: Read and Write Activation dialog box

Once Read&Write GOLD for Mac has been activated, it does not need to be activated again for the current user.

8. Read&Write GOLD toolbar should appear

Screenshot: Toolbar

If it doesn't appear or you need help, call or stop by the ITSS TechCenter Help Desk (218-726-8847, Kirby Plaza 165).

For a tour of the toolbar watch the Mac Toolbar Video.

Optional Voices

You may be notified that high quality voices are available for download on the Read&Write Essentials website. This is optional and takes up 300 MB of disk space.

Screenshot: High Quality Voices Available

Select "Yes" or "No"or Don't Ask" depending on your preference.

9. Reset your security settings

Select "System Preferences..." from the Apple Menu. Once in the System Preference window, open "Security & Privacy". Select or click the lock to make changes.

Screenshot: Security & Privacy Window. Click to Make changes.

You will need to type in your administrator password.

Select or Click the "Mac App Store and identified developers" radio button. Then click the lock to prevent further changes.

Screenshot: Security & Privacy Window. Select the Mac App Store and identified developers radio button. Then lock.

10. Enjoy using Read&Write GOLD!

For further information please visit the list of training guides, videos, and webinars.