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MacOS Catalina

Now that Catalina is out, the temptation is always to update to the latest, greatest new OS but this is one version that requires greater care and thought before updating.

Some of the issues that one may experience is related to the new security requirements where software such as plugins require to be from identified developers. I personally found a major issue with this requirement relating to Rapidweaver add-ons that had not been signed. Basically it prevented me from using any not signed. I now have to wait for the few add-ons to be updated before I can use them again on my Catalina installation. Fortunately I only updated the MacBook and not the iMac where I perform most of my work. I found the same issue with one of my plug-ins for QuarkXpress that stopped working.

Another major change is that 32 bit apps are no longer supported so it is best to check if any of your important apps are 32 bit before updating. You can do this by going to About this Mac/System Report/Applications and then sort the 32/64 bit column. This will list all the 32 bit apps. If any of them are critical, do not update.

In my case, I have kept my main machine on Mojave and created a Mojave VM where I installed the critical 32 bit apps for the short term.

There have been a number of articles on all the new features of Catalina so I will not repeat what is already readily available but the new OS looks great and has provided many improvements.

Check out
https://macmost.com where Gary has released several videos on Catalina.
Other sources include
https://appleinsider.com and https://9to5mac.com as well as many others.
Of course Apple has information about all the new features as well.

Let me know by
email or completing a service request form if you would like some more specific links or help with Catalina.

iOS 13, iPadOS Release Date

The next iOS and the new iPadOS is scheduled for release on 19 September 2019. This will be followed up at the end of the month with another update that will provide some of the features that had been previously promised but failed to make the final version of iOS13.

According to Apple: “iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. With iOS 13, you can now use cutting-edge technologies to build unparalleled augmented reality experiences with ARKit 3, Reality Composer, and RealityKit. Core ML 3 and the new Create ML app help you deliver personalized app experiences quickly and easily with industry-leading, on-device machine learning. Users can sign in to your apps with their Apple ID. And you can take advantage of the latest improvements to Siri Shortcuts, camera APIs, and other exciting technologies.”

Also, “iPadOS features additional technologies that take advantage of the unique functionality of iPad using the iOS SDK. With iPadOS, your iPad apps can now deliver multi-window experiences, add full drawing experiences for Apple Pencil, and contribute fonts for systemwide use”

As well as the release of the new mobile OS’s there are some new iPhones being released as well. Check out Apple’s site for the details at

Catalina will be released some time in October. An article on this is at https://www.cnet.com/how-to/macos-catalina-will-ship-in-october-but-you-can-get-ready-now/

A few reference sites for this are at:

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