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  • Apple Big Sur

  • Oliver Peters

    November 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Today is supposed to be Big Sur day. Any brave souls yet? It appears that Affinity Photo is the first app out of the gate with Big Sur compatibility and M1 optimization.

    The obvious warning to anyone is back up, back up, back up. Don’t upgrade mid-project. Check app and plug-in compatibility very carefully first.

  • Jay Soriano

    November 12, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    After seeing the long thread of the Catalina issues, it’ll be a wait and see until at least Dec 2 when MotionVFX mTracker 3D is out. I’ll be going from Mojave to Big Sur on a 2015 MBP. Maybe I’ll partition and test it out to prepare. What can I expect/changes/best pratice when going from 32 bit to 64 bit MacOS? Checked my Apps and the only thing missing would be QT 7 Pro.

  • Oliver Peters

    November 12, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I would certainly wait, especially on an older machine. The anecdotal information I’ve gleaned from developers working with the beta version is that Big Sur seems to be better behaved than Catalina. That OS for me has been a minor step backwards from Mojave.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    November 12, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I would certainly wait, especially on an older machine.

    Indeed. Apple has laid out the transition to ARM as a multi-year process. Big Sur represents the first step. There will be time to upgrade in the near future once things have shaken out a little more.

  • Steve Connor

    November 13, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I’m between projects so I’ve just taken the leap. First impressions are good, I like the new look and it’s feels a lot “zippier” on my 2019 iMac

  • Stacey Dunleavy

    November 13, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    My elderly iMac can’t go above High Sierra… I have to upgrade my hardware first… Would the previous model Mac Mini be useful?

  • Oliver Peters

    November 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Ton of Apple App Store updates this morning, including all of the ProApps. Nearly all are Catalina or later. Mojave machines won’t even see them. Ironically GarageBand (but not iMovie) requires Big Sur.

    We are now at the point that to continue to play in the Apple software ecosystem, Catalina is the minimum for most, for now, and soon Big Sur. I wonder if the next Adobe updates will support Mojave machine. Avid is the slowest and they are just now blessed for Catalina. But Media Composer does now support ProRes RAW.

    – Oliver

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  • Oliver Peters

    November 13, 2020 at 8:53 pm
  • Oliver Peters

    November 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    In case it’s not self-evident, quite a few apps and plug-ins will not be compatible with Big Sur yet. Some may sort of work, but with bugs. Others won’t work at all. So be very, very careful about jumping into the deep end.

    – Oliver

  • Jay Soriano

    January 23, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Looking to upgrade to Big Sur so I can use FCP 10.5 on my 2015 Macbook Pro. Looking for feedback for those who have updated. I’m coming from Mojave…checked my 32 bit apps only one is Quicktime 7 Pro. I know clean install would be best practice. Anyone update directly from Mojave? How is your experience? Stable? Will I be able to still create a partition to install Sierra and FCP7?

    Any feedback before jumping to 64bit. Thanks.

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