MacOS Catalina

MacOS Catalina – What you need to know before you update

MacOS CatalinaMAC OS CATALINA UPGRADE

Apple recently released macOS Catalina, the latest version of its operating system. Apple is also admitting that there are serious issues with this version and are recommending that users not upgrade until the bugs are worked out. One big change that comes with Catalina is that it marks the official end of iTunes. Apple’s replacement for iTunes is simply called Apple Music. According to Apple, “…if a customer is using software that relies on the XML method for syncing (music), they should avoid updating and continue using their preferred software on macOS Mojave until developers push out fixes.”

Some other tools that are experiencing issues with Catalina are Apple Aperture, MS Office 2011 and Adobe CS6. Creatives beware!

While it is possible to revert from Catalina back to Mojave (Catalina’s predecessor), it will require you to erase your hard drive and rely on a back-up from before the Catalina upgrade was initiated.

TIP: To see if your Apple device is auto-updating, go to the Apple icon at the top, left of your screen. Select Preferences > Software Update and UN-CHECK the box that says, “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.”

NOTE: Assistance with reverting Mac Operating Systems from Catalina back to Mojave is not covered in your Managed Services Agreement. We are happy to assist you if needed but the labor cost to do so is billable.

* If you are a Windows user, you will not be affected by the Catalina rollout.

 

REMOVING DROPBOX FROM YOUR COMPUTER

While it’s a convenient workflow to have Dropbox linked directly to your computer, it also has the potential to significantly slow the computer’s performance. The larger the quantity and size of files saved to the linked Dropbox account, the more likelihood there is for lag time.

Frustrating as it may be when this happens, you must unlink your Dropbox account before simply deleting it from your computer. Otherwise, you run the very real risk of deleting files from the account.

Learn how to safely unlink and delete Dropbox from your computer here.

 

SAVE THE INK!! 

Printer ink is expensive. Here’s a useful tip to help manage how much you’re using in text heavy documents that end up being printed in-house. There are a handful of fonts that use over 20% less ink than others. Use these three economical fonts to save money on ink: Century Gothic, Times New Roman and Calibri.

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