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7 hours ago, Stuart Richardson said:

Not being able to use my company's 25,000 dollar scanner on a current OS because Apple decides to remove support for something which they have supported concurrently with 64 bit for ages.

Shouldn't you be mad at the scanner company for not keeping its drivers current?  I would be.  Why does Apple get all the blame?   Why should they have to keep supporting old system libraries that may well contain security issues because a $25,000 scanner company is too cheap to have a programmer or three maintain their product?

FYI: Wacom has updated its tablet drivers to work with Catalina.  Only those running the beta will ever know that there was a short term issue.

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1 hour ago, marchyman said:

Shouldn't you be mad at the scanner company for not keeping its drivers current?  

You deleted his last sentence.

Jeff

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Believe me, I am livid at Hasselblad...they have not updated the software for ten years, but were happy to sell the scanner until last year. If you search about this issue on the net, you will find that I am not the only one, and a bunch of FlexColor users tried to find a solution, even getting the scanner supported by Vuescan or Silverfast. But I am also mad at Apple. as there is no reason why they have to do this. They are doing this arbitrarily to goad their software designers to update, but it is having the effect of making things really inconvenient for users who do not have the option of upgrading. Perhaps they do not have the resources or desire to update their computer, hardware or software? Like in the case of people using the stand alone licences for the Adobe suite, or people who have an older calibration tool.  Or perhaps they rely on software from a defunct or intransigent software company, like in my case. 

 

Jaapv, thank you for reminding me of dual booting. It is an option, but the challenge with that is that it is a big hassle and waste of space. I bought my Mac Pro at a time when the SSD drives were extremely expensive so the boot drive is only 256 gb. Adding an entire OS on there and rebooting every time I need to make a scan and doing it again when I need to work the file...it does not seem worth it. At least not yet. Which is why I am certainly staying with Mojave for now...

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28 minutes ago, Stuart Richardson said:

Jaapv, thank you for reminding me of dual booting. It is an option, but the challenge with that is that it is a big hassle and waste of space. I bought my Mac Pro at a time when the SSD drives were extremely expensive so the boot drive is only 256 gb. Adding an entire OS on there and rebooting every time I need to make a scan and doing it again when I need to work the file...it does not seem worth it. At least not yet. Which is why I am certainly staying with Mojave for now...

You could look at using virtualisation with VirtualBox (free, but not very good with Catalina at the moment and a little unstable with some usb devices) or Parallels (not free, but better with usb out of the box) and then you can use lots of different OS’s such as previous versions of OSX or even windows. You can also set it to use the minimum amount of disk space necessary to run eg. for leopard etc it’s around 20-30 GB (you may be able to get away with less) and can be run as an app like any other on your Mac, hence no dual boot and access to all of your other apps such as mail, browser etc.

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13 hours ago, Stuart Richardson said:

Believe me, I am livid at Hasselblad...they have not updated the software for ten years, but were happy to sell the scanner until last year. If you search about this issue on the net, you will find that I am not the only one, and a bunch of FlexColor users tried to find a solution, even getting the scanner supported by Vuescan or Silverfast. But I am also mad at Apple. as there is no reason why they have to do this. They are doing this arbitrarily to goad their software designers to update, but it is having the effect of making things really inconvenient for users who do not have the option of upgrading. Perhaps they do not have the resources or desire to update their computer, hardware or software? Like in the case of people using the stand alone licences for the Adobe suite, or people who have an older calibration tool.  Or perhaps they rely on software from a defunct or intransigent software company, like in my case. 

 

Jaapv, thank you for reminding me of dual booting. It is an option, but the challenge with that is that it is a big hassle and waste of space. I bought my Mac Pro at a time when the SSD drives were extremely expensive so the boot drive is only 256 gb. Adding an entire OS on there and rebooting every time I need to make a scan and doing it again when I need to work the file...it does not seem worth it. At least not yet. Which is why I am certainly staying with Mojave for now...

Time to replace that SSD, I would say.

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I have just received an email from Datacolor saying the Spyder4 will not work with 64-bit and offering a 'discount' on the latest SpyderX.  They don't bother to say why the SpyderX is better, if at all.  I don't think I want to stay with a company which uses software changes to abitrarily force the obsolescence of its products.

Might start a separate thread on screen calibration choices.

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