Seasons come and seasons go. Generations past. Today’s Mac is nothing like Macs from the turn of the century, and one more generation is about to pass. macOS Mojave will be replaced by macOS Catalina in a few months.
Yes, the Mac gets a new OS version about every year, so what’s the big deal?
macOS Catalina is a 64-bit only macOS and that means older Mac software– 32-bit– won’t run on the next generation.
Is that a problem? Yes. How?
There are multiple ways to find 32-bit apps on your Mac, including a dig through Apple Menu > About This Mac > System Report > Software > Applications, which, after a few minutes will display which Mac apps will not run on macOS Catalina.
Or, you can use– and I recommend– MacUpdater which checks the apps on your Mac and reminds you which ones need to be updated to new versions, and, which ones are 32-bit.
64-bit and 32-bit applications are listed in one of the fields, and Apple has a Support page with more details.
Again, what does this move to the future mean for Mac apps?
Both apps are used daily, both apps are 32-bit, both apps will not run on macOS Catalina, and both apps are indispensable to my workflow.
Change can be difficult.
Yes, I have perhaps half a dozen other Mac apps which are 32-bit only and will not have a 64-bit counterpart, but those apps are and have been easily replaced.
Not Fireworks and not CSSEdit.
Yes, there are many vector graphics apps for the Mac, and far more text editors than I can count that handle CSS, but none I’ve tried are as good as those at my daily tasts.
Change can be difficult.
Over the past year I’ve bounced around through a dozen or so graphics apps and text editors to find one that comes close to handling my simple but somewhat unique workflow. Other than Photoshop– at $10 a month, forever– none are able to compress graphics as well as Fireworks. Other than Espresso— a text editor with good CSS capabilities, also no longer available but 64-bit– even the best text editors treat CSS as a second class citizen.
This is the first time I can remember where a new version of macOS comes with mixed feelings. I look forward to the new Music, TV, and Podcasts apps on Catalina. Reminders gets a big overhaul, and iPads can connect to a Mac as an external display.
The future beckons.
The past fades away, and with it, two cherished Mac utilities with no 21st century counterpart. The next Macs are about to say goodbye to the past.