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Postby DAGGILARR » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:45 am

I am putting an SSD into my iMac mid-2010. it's an i7. Should I go with High Sierra, or stick with El Cap?
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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:08 pm

Depends. It's down to software compatibility and that's something you'll have to check. High Sierra seems a decent OS otherwise. It's caused me no problems in the last month I've had it on my new machine aside from complete incompatibility with MS Office 2011 :(

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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby DAGGILARR » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:12 pm

So MS office won’t work at all? What did you do? What version does work, not sure what mine is, but I absolutely must have word.
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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:10 pm

I imagine later versions will work but you'll have to check. All I'm saying is Office 2011, which works fine up to Sierra, doesn't with HS. I've installed Libre Office instead and that seems to be doing nicely - I quite like it, actually, as the GUI is much closer to Office in pre-ribbon days and I've never been a fan of the ribbon.

Upgrading to Sierra is, of course, a possibility.

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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby DAGGILARR » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:16 pm

I have to have Word. Publishers won’t entertain anything else. Is High Sierra significantly better than El Capitan for example?
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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:55 pm

Well the main thing is once Mojave comes out Apple will stop producing security updates for El Cap, which is why I say you could also upgrade just to Sierra, which will be supported for another year. Not an option with the new machine as High Sierra was already out when it first appeared. Full screen is handled better in both than in El Cap and there's a few easements of that kind. HS allows you to have folders listed first in file lists DOS style, which is a small feature but one I love.

You can set Libre Office to use docx as its base format. I've found no compatibility problems with it (yet!).

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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby DAGGILARR » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:19 pm

Thanks for all the info, really helpful. Looks like Sierra is my best bet for now.
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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:15 am

You're welcome, and I agree about Sierra. A good, safe option for now.

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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby John Willett » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:50 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:... aside from complete incompatibility with MS Office 2011 :(

I have not had a problem with Office 2011 on my Mac with High Sierra 10.13.6.

In fact I found a bug in the latest version of Office and have to open the Excel file in 2011 to be able to finish as they broke something in a recent update that they have to correct.

I had stopped using 2011 when I whent to Office 365 - but have to go back to 2011 until they sort the bug. But 2011 seems to work fine on my Mac. :thumbup:
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Re: High Sierra on a 2010 iMac i7

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:17 pm

You're clearly a very lucky person. Installation was OK but the software refuses point blank to run, and this is on a new machine.

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