Compatibility with OS X Mavericks
October 22, 2013 1:03 PM   Subscribe

Tell me from your own experience if any of the following software has compatibility issues with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

I want to upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but I'm worried about compatibility issues. Searching Google is a hodge podge of developer preview results, it's only normal that nothing worked in beta version 1 but does it work now?

Here is a list of software I use regularly:
Microsoft Office 2011 (Word and Excel mostly)
Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator mostly)
Panic Coda
Sublime Text 3
Tweetbot
MAMP
Skype
Text Expander
Fantastical
Dropbox
Google Drive
Synergy
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
the Mac App store is currently swamped, it'll be a couple days before it settles down and people can run these kind of tests


that being said, there's no doubt that your cloud apps, skype, tweetbot, etc will be updated to work fine in short order, but Office 2011/Adobe CC could require a patch and may be a week or two
posted by Oktober at 1:10 PM on October 22, 2013


Searching Google is a hodge podge of developer preview results

The thing is, that's all we have. I've been downloading the installer since the instant it was available and I'm still waiting for it - it seems very possible that nobody is running the actual final version of Mavericks yet. And even when we do get it installed and try various apps out, any list of broken programs will be outdated rapidly as developers get their patches in. I think you're looking at a solid week, at least, before saying "X software is incompatible with Mavericks" is a reasonable statement to make.
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:20 PM on October 22, 2013


I've been running the Mavericks golden master for a couple of weeks now. I haven't had any compatibility issues. Specifically:

MS Word and Excel from Office 2011 work fine.
Skype works fine.
Drop Box works fine.
Google Docs (that's really all I use of Google Drive) works fine.
posted by alms at 1:21 PM on October 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Roaring Apps has added a row for Mavericks compatibility.
posted by Runes at 2:03 PM on October 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


it seems very possible that nobody is running the actual final version of Mavericks yet

I have one friend that hit the server right after the keynote and got it in under an hour. He was also connected to a very large firehose. This data is now meaningless.
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:09 PM on October 22, 2013


I want to upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but I'm worried about compatibility issues.

If you're worried at all, you should wait for a week at least. There will be obscure edge cases that turn up, and those never matter until they are your edge case, at which point they are show stoppers.

I have a lot of software that needs to work so that I can get work done, and there's no way I'll be upgrading before the .1 version is released in a few months. (For reference, I skipped Leopard and went Snow Leopard, skipped Lion and am on Mountain Lion.) You may have (probably have) a higher risk tolerance, but if you're worried at all, I recommend waiting a bit.
posted by RedOrGreen at 2:12 PM on October 22, 2013


Panic Transmit, Photoshop/Illustrator CS 5 started up okay. I was able to open up a large PDF figure in Illustrator. Office 2011 apps seem to run okay. Dropbox seems to work per usual; it sync'ed a file I dropped into my Public folder.

Some notes so far:

• Install took about 45-55 minutes
• Spotlight reindexing started up immediately on reboot
• Java 6 runtime needed installation to run Adobe CS 5 apps
• Apple Mail needed about 5-10 minutes to reindex messages
• Dropbox icons don't yet have the checkbox and other usual synchronization embellishments

Things are a bit sluggish, but I put this down to Spotlight. Once the reindexing is done I'll bet things will be snappier.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:55 PM on October 22, 2013


I recommend Roaring Apps to check out compatibility issues with apps.
posted by Wild_Eep at 3:00 PM on October 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I hear Parallels 7 will not work, fyi
posted by thelonius at 10:56 PM on October 22, 2013


• Java 6 runtime needed installation to run Adobe CS 5 apps

BP...I assume you were already running CS5 on your Mac, thus, J6 had to have been already installed. Does Mavericks actually wipe any previous Java runtime installs? Or did you do an erase-then-install?
posted by Thorzdad at 6:23 AM on October 23, 2013


It apparently wipes the previous Java runtime install. The same thing happened to me. I was running Photoshop CS 5 happily on my Mountain Lion Mac. The first time I launched it after installing Mavericks I was prompted to install Java.

It's not surprising, given all of the security issues Java has had.
posted by alms at 6:34 AM on October 23, 2013


I was asking because I knew the GM seed had been out for a few weeks.

For the record, everything works fine, here are some notes on MAMP. I haven't tried synergy yet but it's never been very reliable to begin with.
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 9:13 AM on October 23, 2013


From your list, I can confirm that Dropbox, Google Drive, and Sublime Text 3 all launch and at least at first light use appear to be working under Mavericks.

Synergy can be made to work but requires some annoying fiddling around: you cannot launch it from the finder, instead you must launch it from the command line, as "/Applications/Synergy.app/Contents/MacOS/Synergy", then go into system preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility and check the box to "Allow Terminal to control your computer" (Synergy will also appear in that list, but checking it doesn't work.) The prefs setting only needs to be done once, but you have to run Synergy itself from the command line every time.

I don't have the other programs you list.
posted by ook at 9:15 AM on October 23, 2013


It apparently wipes the previous Java runtime install.

That's my guess, too.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:33 PM on October 23, 2013


I've been having a problem using Word 2011 in dual-monitor mode. Word seems to steal focus when you click on a window on the monitor where Word isn't located.
posted by awenner at 9:22 AM on October 25, 2013


I'm also seeing a weird effect with Word 2011 where it's periodically bouncing in my dock, but Activity Monitor doesn't show any Word-specific processes; the only active Office-related app appears to be the MS database daemon. Appears to just be an annoyance -- I was able to get work done in both Word and Excel today, and ran through a few PowerPoint slides yesterday, but didn't edit the deck.

Safari 6.1 and its flashier sibling Safari 7 have changed the sandboxing for browser plug-ins (as documented on Rich Trouton's excellent Mac administration weblog Der Flounder), which borks the remote access system for my employer, but you can now manipulate the allow/deny settings for each kind of web plug-in, as you could previously do for Java only. Rich's post has a number of comments, one or more of which would probably help you get around any problems the new Safari versions introduce.
posted by SubterraneanRedStateBlues at 6:24 PM on October 25, 2013


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