“Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’ into the Future”

February 16th, 2014

And just like … this … I began the transition to Apple’s latest Macintosh OS, the much-heralded Mavericks, yesterday. I resisted as long as I could, but bringing the iBooks reader to Macs ultimately makes Mavericks too great for me to pass up any longer. For sure, it is really terrific that iBooks Author has been on the Macintosh platform for some time now, but having the reader, too, really means the world, as there’s nothing as efficient as creating and viewing on the same machine.

As is my way, I decided to proceed fairly cautiously. Sudden software loss due to incompatibility with a new OS is the stuff my nightmares draw strength from. My biggest concern, of course, was not too lose Adobe Creative Studio 5.5—especially in the face of Adobe’s subscription plan-only for Creative Studio in The Cloud. (I have ranted about that for some time already and will not go into it again here and now.)

So yesterday afternoon—surprising, now that I thing of it, as it had not been on my radar, but was just an impulsive move on my part—I updated to Mavericks on my trusty laptop, a circa 2009 17-inch MacBook Pro. How great was that! I mean, Apple no longer makes a 17-inch laptop, so I am thrilled that my very own 17-inch MacBook Pro remains relevant.

And it bears repeating:

Sudden software loss due to incompatibility with a new OS is the stuff my nightmares draw strength from.

 The big, most welcome news is that just one piece of the software on my MacBook Pro will not run under Mavericks, QuarkXPress. Admittedly, it is a drag that something I once used so much is dead—unless I upgrade, which remains a possibility. But at least I really don’t use it anymore, so the loss is ore sentimental than anything else.

I plan to give it until next weekend. If no craziness occurs on the laptop, I will upgrade the iMac to Mavericks. Fingers crossed.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carolyn  |  February 17th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Fingers crossed for you. I’m always reluctant to upgrade OS for the same reason. I need to rely on the software I have, and use CS6 and sometimes Quark, not to mention font management and an older scanner. Good luck! I’m interested in how it turns out.

  • 2. admin  |  February 17th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    So far, so good, Carolyn. To the point that I didn’t wait and updated my production machine, an early-2009, 24-inch iMac. I’m keying in this reply to you on it right now. I’m thinking I’ll upgrade Quark, so I haven’t deleted it from the system, tho’ I can’t use it–tho’, as on the MacBook Pro, Quark 7.3 (I think I mistakenly said 7.5 somewhere) opens but crashes the moment I try to do anything, like even create a new doc. I’m much chagrined to admit that I’m weakening on Adobe, but prob’ly only if I can pay a year at a time and not have them debit a credit card monthly–I don’t like giving away this kind of access to my finances to any company.

  • 3. Lynn L'Heureux  |  May 16th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    As a production person, I recently experienced the sudden loss of software on my MacBook Pro. After upgrading to Mavericks, I lost all functionality of Enfocus’ PitStop–which, personally speaking, is a power house program for me. I’m holding of as long as I can before biting the bullet on that $400 upgrade!


  • 4. admin  |  May 16th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I hear you, Lynn. I tend to avoid all software upgrades until I have a real reason to make a move. I do usually make OS upgrades more quickly, however, even tho’ there are sometimes repercussions with software packages–I’ve been mostly very fortunate in this regard, as it happens, and not had a great many such forced-upon-me upgrades like that. Coincidentally, I just found out Adobe CS6 is still available as an outright buy as a download from Adobe and I’m thinking of doing it this weekend. Acrobat Pro provides all the PDF tool I’ve ever needed, so CS covers me pretty well. But I feel your pain.

  • 5. Tamian  |  November 1st, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Love the reference to Steve Miller Band, an YAY, good to know. I’m way back at CS 4 (because 5 annoyed me so bad I couldn’t stand it) but I know some day I’ll have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the here and now. *stamping tiny little feet*

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