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This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2020 05:43PM
Talk me out of it?
Because many of you are so adamant about using one OS or another.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and have the latest everything for once. I'm not doing anything strange, except using MS Office 365 with our corporate Exchange Server.

2017 MBP 15" - 16/1TB
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: GGD
Date: October 22, 2020 05:53PM
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Buck
I decided to throw caution to the wind and have the latest everything for once.

It won't be the latest very shorty when Big Sur gets released.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 22, 2020 06:03PM
Catalina Mail is reportedly not wonderful.



My life goes smoothly and in regular intervals
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: hal
Date: October 22, 2020 06:03PM
I think the idea of staying current (or close) is perfectly fine.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: October 22, 2020 06:09PM
DON'T
DO
IT!

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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: October 22, 2020 06:18PM
I’m upgrading to Mojave. I hear that this is very stable.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: hal
Date: October 22, 2020 06:21PM
btw, if you're looking for consensus, you're not going to find it.

If you're trying to start a riot... that just might work out :-)
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2020 06:23PM
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GGD
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Buck
I decided to throw caution to the wind and have the latest everything for once.

It won't be the latest very shorty when Big Sur gets released.

Yes, and then everyone says "Stay with Catalina until there's 3 or more updates to Big Sur"
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2020 06:25PM
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hal
btw, if you're looking for consensus, you're not going to find it.

If you're trying to start a riot... that just might work out :-)

I'm way too mild mannered for riots. I haven't posted on the other side in a while.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: JEBB
Date: October 22, 2020 06:37PM
No 32 bit apps in Catalina
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: October 22, 2020 06:45PM
I have to upgrade my iMac from Sierra to High Sierra in order to print reports from Moneydance. Does HS still accommodate 32-bit programs? I'm still using Office:Mac2011(mainly for Excel) and Adobe CS3 apps (rarely; I assume they are 32-bit).

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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 22, 2020 07:48PM
In 2017, I purchased Toast 15 and Adobe Elements version something-or-other to go along with my 2017 MBP. Within a couple years, both were rendered incompatible with my Mac, along with all my 32 bit apps. I then upgraded to Big Sur beta, and lost the ability to use MacOS completely; I’d get a kernel panic within seconds of booting.

My attempts at Time Machine restoration failed; two different backup sources. I finally located a 2018 backup. After a couple days of this crap, I got my working and useful High Sierra back, and with it, my software.

I’m with Buzz on this one, only larger font size, and with flames in the background.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 22, 2020 08:02PM
Loss of 32bit apps and Mail are the biggest negatives to Catalina over Mojave.

Mojave is quite stable, but does not have the app controls in Catalina.

I think Catalina is a far better MacOS than many give it.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 22, 2020 08:08PM
I'll only go to the latest OS when I buy a new machine with it installed. Otherwise I'm stopping at Mojave to retain Photoshop CS6.

The best advice is to look at you app list (about this mac -- system report -- software -- applications (then sort by 64-bit). Everything that is 32 will need to updated or plan to lose it.



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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: October 22, 2020 08:44PM
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Buck
Talk me out of it?
Because many of you are so adamant about using one OS or another.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and have the latest everything for once. I'm not doing anything strange, except using MS Office 365 with our corporate Exchange Server.

2017 MBP 15" - 16/1TB

That Mac should run it pretty well.

Have a clone ready to revert to when/if you hate it.



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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: October 22, 2020 10:05PM
iPhoto and iTunes are probably the main apps I use and they go away in Catalina. There’s a way to restore them, and I’ve done so for iPhoto on my laptop, but there may be things that don’t work 100%. I also keep getting annoying messages when apps try to open a file that isn’t where Catalina thinks it should be. I’m not interested in a laptop with all the limitations of IOS. Upgrades should add features, not take them away.
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Re: This weekend I plan to upgrade from Sierra to Catalina. Talk me out of it?
Posted by: OWC Larry
Date: October 23, 2020 09:59AM
I might have missed something in the thread... but the question I'd pose is: Why?

If you need it or like a feature it brings, great... if not... I'd stay right where you are. 10.12 is a solid OS. 10.14 be next on my list.

Big Sur OS 11 is looking really promising as well. Maybe wait a few months for updates after it is released and head to the current.

Catalina is okay - but not my first choice when options available.



OWC Larry
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