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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby redlester » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:57 am

desmond wrote:It depends on a few things, if you Google around you'll get some things to try, including "Hide Updates" on the app store page, disabling app store updates and notifications, and so on.

https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-s ... s-3681778/

Here's a proper way for Mojave notifications, that should likely still work:
http://osxdaily.com/2018/10/26/stop-upgrade-macos-mojave-notifications/

To expand on this, the UAD page on Catalina (in)compatibility gives a good clear guide on how to turn off updates in Mojave.
https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/articl ... ility-Info
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby Dave Rowles » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:13 am

I'm glad I upgraded to Mojave before that happened. Looks like I'll be keeping Mojave for a while!
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:54 pm

As it happened a couple of days ago I had a problem on my machine that required erasing the main drive to sort (a lot of credit to Apple support here, they spent a lot of time either on chat or on the phone going through the problem with me and getting it sorted). Rather than reapply my Superduper backup I decided to do a fresh install of Mojave (was on HS before). Had no real problems with this or reinstalling any software. What was interesting was what came up with the future compatibility warning for being 32 bit. There were quite a lot of such warnings but with one exception they were all installers; the software they were installing was fine. (The exception was Sibelius 7).

Now I'm on Mojave I think I'll stay there for the next two years.

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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby cyrano.mac » Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:46 pm

Tomorrow, October 28, the certificates on all Apple system installers expire.

New installers have since been posted on Apple's update servers. The ones on your USB stick, or harddisk will however cease to work.

Apple uses a content distribution network, so it might take 24 hours or so before alle the CDN's servers are up-to-date.

In case of a need to use a saved installer, you could try switching off auto time updates and setting back the date a month. It could end up with a problem however, if doing funky stuff like installing a Mac over Target mode.

Let's just say this weekend isn't ideal to upgrade your MacOS...
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:48 pm

Well there's timing for you :)

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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby rACed2 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:22 am

Just a note that MOTU MIDI devices are now (apparently) supported in Catalina.
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby Ylan Sthlm » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:12 pm

I see that Logic Pro X and all my plugins now are compatible with Catalina.

Has anyone upgraded? Should I take the plunge?

Am a hobbyist, and have no project dependencies holding me back.

The only question is, does it work?

Humbly Ylan

Logic Pro X on an iMac 27", 2017 with Focusrite Clarett 4Pre.

And some plugins, that they say work.
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby desmond » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:32 pm

Ylan Sthlm wrote:Has anyone upgraded? Should I take the plunge?
Am a hobbyist, and have no project dependencies holding me back.

Which features are compelling you to upgrade?

If there aren't any, I'd just simply wait for a while (6 months - 1 year).

If there are, then make an image of your system, or install to a different drive, and see how it works for you, if you really feel you must be on the latest, just released, and rather rushed, release of OSX.

Everyone has to make that call for themselves, really, but the key is to be informed, be prepared, and be able to go back easily, should things not work out.
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:51 am

For info, I've just received a press release from Eventide which proclaims that "All Eventide Plugins are now compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina"

The new installers are here:

https://www.eventideaudio.com/support/downloads?mc_cid=3b4b9ff3a8&mc_eid=1f9e3b5e9e

Carry on... :ugeek:
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