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Adobe Warns Photoshop & Lightroom Users Against Upgrading To macOS Catalina
By Mikelle Leow, 10 Oct 2019
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Apple’s new macOS Catalina might be packed with productivity-boosting features creatives would be scurrying to use, but if you rely on Photoshop or Lightroom on a day-to-day basis, Adobe asks that you hold it.
As uncovered by PetaPixel, both Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom Classic are struggling to catch up with the new Mac update, and are riddled with a handful of “known compatibility issues” that frequent users would find annoying.
“You may want to remain on your current version of macOS until these issues have been resolved,” Adobe confirms. “Adobe strongly recommends that customers do their own testing on a non-production partition to ensure that new operating systems work with their current hardware and drivers (printing, and so forth).”
What’s wrong with Photoshop CC on macOS Catalina?
The macOS 10.15 update is more problematic on Photoshop CC, where five bugs have been discovered.
Firsly, the file format doesn’t change when you switch extension types via the dropdown menu in the Save As window. You’ll have to type in the new file format yourself.
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Possibly the most disruptive error is the inability to use some plug-ins. Affected users will see one of two messages, that “the file was not found” or “can’t be opened because its integrity cannot be verified.”
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Adobe explains that “quarantined plug-ins” include those “that are not notarized” and installed from the web or ported over using other methods like drag and drop. If you make the upgrade to macOS 10.15 and then try to install a plug-in using any of these procedures, you’ll probably be unable to use the extension.
If the plug-in was already installed before you upgraded to the new macOS, then fret not, you shouldn’t be facing this issue.
In addition, droplets on older Photoshop versions aren’t working on macOS Catalina, as the earlier programs can only produce droplets that are 32-bit, which isn’t compatible with the new Mac version. One way to get around this problem is by updating your software to Photoshop version 20.0.6.
In the same vein, ExtendScript Toolkit and Lens Profile Creator are broken as they’re both 32-bit as well.
What’s going on with Lightroom Classic on the new Mac update?
The known two bugs on Lightroom Classic aren’t as annoying as those currently found on Photoshop CC, but probably enough to slow down a few users’ work progress.
Notably, the software struggles to detect Nikon cameras when you switch on your gadget after the ‘Start Tether Capture’ command is triggered. To work around this issue, switch on your camera first before invoking ‘Start Tether Capture’.
Lens Profile Creator is also not working, since macOS Catalina doesn’t support 32-bit applications. Adobe is attempting to make the tool 64-bit at the moment.
macOS Catalina comes with the ability to double your iPad as your Mac’s tablet or a second display, which could come in handy for Adobe Creative Cloud users. Unfortunately, you might want to wait it out until Adobe finds solutions to accommodate the Mac update.
[via PetaPixel, images via various sources]
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