It took a while longer than normal, but Apple seems to have shipped all the major OS upgrades for the year. It all started with iOS 13, then watchOS 6, iPadOS 13, tvOS, and now the long-awaited macOS Catalina.
I’m not going to upgrade my Macs to Catalina. Not yet. Why not? I have a handful of reasons that may not fit the average Mac user’s bill, but are critical for me.
First on my list are a handful of 32-bit apps. macOS Mojave is the last macOS that will run 32-bit apps. macOS Catalina is 64-bit only. My Mac is home to perhaps a dozen 32-bit apps that have not been replaced by 64-bit versions.
There is the much-beloved and time-honored Adobe Fireworks which I’ve used since the last century. Adobe does not have a replacement app, and Fireworks has not been updated in years. Yes, there are many apps that can do some of what Fireworks does, but I haven’t found one I like. Yet.
It’s a workflow thing.
Second on my list is a Mac app called CSSEdit. Without question, this is the best CSS app ever developed, but the developer chose to go a different path with a newer editor which did not function as well, had a crazy price tag so few CSSEdit users upgraded. Then the newer app was sold to another developer who promised to stick around for the long term, only to fold up entirely a few months later.
I would keep a Mac running macOS Mojave just for those two apps.
Third on my list is one that is easily replaced. It’s a password utility called Steel; discontinued years ago, but it holds hundreds of app serial numbers, purchase dates, receipts, and all the little items you do not want to throw away. Ever.
As long as I’m keeping Fireworks and CSSEdit, I might as well keep Steel, even though most– but not all– of its contents have moved on to 1Password and then LastPass. No, the export function does not, well, function.
Three apps out of half a dozen to a dozen 32-bit apps on my Macs may not seem like much, but they are critical to day-to-day workflow and do not have replacements.
I could install Parallels on my Macs and run macOS Mojave and the 32-bit apps inside macOS Catalina. I could bite the bullet and buy Adobe’s Photoshop Elements– which has many of the same features as Fireworks, but a whole new workflow to learn– which is less expensive than a monthly lifelong subscription to Photoshop.
There are other CSS editors and most text editors handle CSS, too, but none as elegantly as CSSEdit did and still does. None. Not one.
There was a time– last year, actually, when I looked forward to macOS upgrades. Not this year.