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

Postby S2 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:05 pm

Ylan Sthlm wrote: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.

Hi. Like you I'm also a hobbyist, running Logic Pro X on a Late 2013 iMac. I have recently upgraded to Catalina.

I should point out that I did no research into this upgrade whatsoever. I've been on Mavericks since the start, however it got a bit slow in recent months and I foolishly thought maybe a new OS would solve it! So I pressed the upgrade button and away we went. I didn't back up with Time Machine, so as far as I can see it's an irreversible decision for me. I had no idea that Catalina wouldn't run 32 bit stuff and that my Microsoft Office would no longer work, along with various other bits of software that are now useless.

However Logic has suffered no ill effects whatsoever and runs perfectly, with my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 also working fine. I run a simple setup, mainly acoustic recording using the basic Logic setup, so little in the way of plug ins.

The iMac does run a little better since the upgrade and Logic is one of the few things to have come through unscathed. But in hindsight, if I'd known that I'd lose things like Office (ok it was the HUP version at a tenner, but still expensive to replace now) and loads of other stuff, then I would have stayed with Mavericks.

I also wish I'd read about backing up with Time Machine so I could reverse it too! All my fault entirely.

Still, I'm stuck with it now . I'm in the process of getting a PC which I'll put Office on and then just use the Mac for Logic and nothing else. I prefer Logic to any of the others by miles, so I definitely want to stay with it.

The moral of the story is: research it properly, have a way out if necessary and don't do what I did!
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:54 pm

S2 wrote:But in hindsight, if I'd known that I'd lose things like Office (ok it was the HUP version at a tenner, but still expensive to replace now) and loads of other stuff, then I would have stayed with Mavericks.

When I got my iMac Pro running under HS I found I couldn't install Office 2011 (ancient but did everything I wanted). So I installed LibreOffice. Very happy with it, actually. It's like if Office had never had the ribbon stuck on it but had still been developed further. That's good because I never liked the ribbon interface. File compatibilty with Office is excellent since my wife is still on that.

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

Postby BigRedX » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:07 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:When I got my iMac Pro running under HS I found I couldn't install Office 2011 (ancient but did everything I wanted). So I installed LibreOffice. Very happy with it, actually. It's like if Office had never had the ribbon stuck on it but had still been developed further. That's good because I never liked the ribbon interface. File compatibilty with Office is excellent since my wife is still on that.

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Office compatibility is a very hit or miss thing IME and completely dependant upon how far you and the person you are sharing documents with has pushed that capabilities of the programme. If you are both using it pretty much as a digital typewriter then there almost definitely won't be any problems, but the more esoteric features you use the more likely you are to come across incompatibilities.

Unfortunately I have discovered that there is no such thing as 100% Office compatibility unless you are both using the same version of Office (or both have the same version of one of it's clones) and are running it under the same version of the OS.
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby MadManDan » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:17 pm

So I'm on high Sierra. Guess I'll stay there. No need for mojave. When the general consensus here feels Catalina has settled, and I can find all the drivers, I'll upgrade
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Re: Thinking about upgrading to Mac OSX Catalina? Some notes...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:27 pm

Personally speaking I always feel comfortable one or two versions back. So now I'm on Mojave I'll probably stay there until it's out of support, at which point I'll go to the OS one version beyond Catalina.

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

Postby IAA » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:42 pm

I’m staying on Mojave too with Logic 10.4.4. The logic/OSX infrastructure is a bit creaky if you’re doing large projects IME!
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