App trou­bles

Many apps don’t play well with High Sierra, and you may have to up­grade them along­side macOS

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Any softwa re up­date can re­sult in glitches. The so­lu­tion is al­most al­ways to up­grade to the new­est ver­sion of the app in ques­tion. Some older apps, how­ever, aren’t be­ing up­dated, so you’ll need a re­place­ment. Be­fore you do that, see “Keep old apps run­ning” on page 26.

Older ver­sions of Ap­ple’s own pro apps are not com­pat­i­ble with High Sierra. This in­cludes Fi­nal Cut Pro X (10.3.4 and ear­lier), Logic Pro X (10.3.1 and ear­lier), and as­so­ci­ated tools, so get the lat­est ver­sions. You should also up­date to GarageBand’s lat­est ver­sion.

Al­though Fi­nal Cut Stu­dio and Logic Stu­dio were su­per­seded some time ago, many con­tinue to use apps bun­dled with them, such as Sound­track Pro, Cinema Tools, and DVD Stu­dio Pro, but none of these work in High Sierra.

FileMaker Pro 15 and 16 are the only ver­sions cer­ti­fied to work on High Sierra, though there are some is­sues — see bit.

ly/flmkrhs; older ver­sions haven’t been tested. AutoCAD 2015 and ear­lier are not com­pat­i­ble; ver­sions 2016 and newer are, with the lat­est up­dates ap­plied.

Mi­crosoft Of­fice 2011 isn’t sup­ported, but 2016 and Of­fice 365 are, though there are re­ported prob­lems. Mi­crosoft says up­date Of­fice 2016 to ver­sion 15.38 or newer.

Cre­ativ­ity and games

Adobe Acro­bat 2017 and Acro­bat DC are com­pat­i­ble but there are some is­sues, which Adobe prom­ises to fix in a fu­ture re­lease. Ear­lier ver­sions, such as Acro­bat X, aren’t com­pat­i­ble. Adobe Bridge CS5 and ear­lier will not work; you’ll need to up­grade to CS6. Pho­to­shop El­e­ments 10 and ear­lier won’t work. Pho­to­shop CS4 is in­com­pat­i­ble; CS5 and 5.1 have some prob­lems, but Pho­to­shop CS6 and CC seem to work fine. Adobe warns how­ever that even 2017 ver­sions of Illustrator and InDe­sign might have prob­lems; it is work­ing on up­dates. With all Adobe apps, you might need to in­stall the le­gacy ver­sion of Java 6 from bit.ly/ja­va6se.

If an app is vi­tal to you and there’s no High Sierra-com­pat­i­ble up­grade avail­able, it’s pos­si­ble to run it us­ing an older ver­sion of macOS within a vir­tual ma­chine. We’ll ex­plain this tech­nique later.

When a new macOS be­comes avail­able, check the web­sites of your es­sen­tial apps; macOS up­grades are free, but some­times there are hid­den costs that could catch you out.

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