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« on: May 18, 2017, 05:58PM »

I'm running El Capitan on a Mac Mini. Everything works fine. Just curious about Sierra's compatibility with software.

I'm running Logic Pro 9.1.8, Finale 2014.5, Final Cut Pro 10.1.5, Band in a Box 2013.72, Picasa 3.9.141, Toast 14.1 - anyone have experience with these with Sierra? When I upgraded to El capitan, I partitioned my drive, installed El Capitan on the new partition, and installed software in the new partition to try it. After everything worked, I erased the partition, then upgraded to El Capitan. Might try that on a day when there's not much happening.

I have other applications, but I can either do without them, or I'm pretty sure they will run.

I won't use Siri, so that's not a thing.(No mic on my Mini) Are there any improvements over El Capitan, or would I be better staying where I am?

I'm leaning toward staying with El Capitan, just want some folks input.

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 06:27PM »

I don't run any of those on my Mac, but I will say that I haven't used any of the newer features. They changed the 'spaces' from the way they were on El Capitan... or perhaps it was the one before that.  I used that pretty heavily and then had to change some settings to get it the way I anticipated it working on my quad monitor setup.  You probably won't notice anything about it; the only reason I see to keep upgrading is so that you get security updates for the life of the device. I don't know how cross-version upgrades work with Mac because I've never tried one. (E.g. Yosemite -> Sierra).

I must be the unluckiest Mac person. I've had a problem with every upgrade and had to start clean every single time. Mountain Lion -> Mavericks it wouldn't boot into the OS after upgrading at all.  The geniuses couldn't figure it out either!  I don't remember what happened with Mavericks to Yosemite, but Yosemite to El Capitan my drive encryption caused file corruption (or so the geniuses told me) so I had to wipe and start over again. Then El Capitan -> Sierra I had a simlar problem with Mountain Lion -> Mavericks.  Maybe its the Windows partition Don't know  So YMMV and you might not notice any issues upgrading at all.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 06:34PM »

I'd probably stop trying too if I was a perfectly good Mac and you tried to cram Windows into me Evil
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 06:35PM »

check this out regarding finale:

http://www.finalemusic.com/blog/compatibility-with-finale-notation-products-and-macos-sierra/

most relevant quote is " We are aware of two issues. Palettes do not resize properly, and the SmartMusic Markers utility (found only in Finale) will crash. (This doesn’t impede your ability to save SmartMusic accompaniments.) While we will address both issues in an upcoming free-of-charge update to Finale v.25, there will not be updates to any 2014 or 2014.5 apps.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 06:40PM »

I'd probably stop trying too if I was a perfectly good Mac and you tried to cram Windows into me Evil

yeah, i don't understand why anyone would use windows with a mac unless it was required for work. windows is, has been, and apparently will always be a dumpster fire.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 04:12AM »

yeah, i don't understand why anyone would use windows with a mac unless it was required for work. windows is, has been, and apparently will always be a dumpster fire.

Yeah, I was studying application development and they required Visual Studio which at the time was Windows only. Actually, it still may be...

 But I use other Windows ides now that make development much easier so  Windows is still more useful so I mainboot windows 10. I've had less trouble with it than Osx in general but that's not normally the case with users nor are my uses what the average user uses a machine for.  (Say that 10 times fast!)

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 05:37AM »

my buddy Chad still uses windonws, but he used to build computers and spends a lot of time cleaning it out. I just don't have the time for that kind of maintenance.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 05:47AM »

The test installation on a partitioned disk is a good way to go. I didn't do that, and have found that some of my plug-ins aren't happy. Mostly VST plugins not working correctly. If I have the Mac native version of the plug-in, those have been working well so far.
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