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Why does my Mac Mohave platform say that the next upgrade will be incompatible with Finale (ie., not 64-bit) when Finale 26 is 64-bit?

Finale 26 has been buggy for months!

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It probably doesn’t but you didn’t post which of the dozens of messages that popped up. Don’t bother.

 

Depending on what you are doing, Finale may make calls to 32 bit processes including Apple libraries that are 32 bit. A common one is the eMagic MIDI driver (Apple bought eMagic in 2012). Perhaps an older Finale file is triggering something.

 

Annoying? Yes. An issue? No.

 

There will be a shakeout in Catalina. It’s unavoidable. Those of us who survived Finder 7.1, OS X 10.2, 10.4, 10.7, especially 10.8.1, 10.9 10.10 and 10.12 know we’ll get through 10.15. With the loss of 32 bit, some apps will no longer work while others require upgrades. Finale 26 will not be one of them.

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The app Go64 (a free app used for finding 32-bit processes in 64-bit apps), tagged the 32-bit process: 'Finale.qlgenerator' as the culprit. This is the process for "quicklook" while looking at a Finale file in the Finder in MacOS. Surely this can easily be updated by MakeMusic. -Paul

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I'm sure if there is any likely difficulty projected using Catalina then MakeMusic will send out a notice (or post one on its blog) cautioning users not to switch to Catalina until Finale is compatible. This is what they have done in the past, so I expect as much this time around. Using beta software on one's computer, of course, is always a risk--as the publishers of that software almost always warn. So I'd wait until Catalina is officially released to worry much.

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Ah, QuickLook. I had an exchange with support about this a month ago. The QuickLook plugin is 32 bit, and actually part of Finale 25, not 26. The person helping me wouldn't comment on plans to create a 64 bit plugin. But I certainly hope they do. It is hugely helpful in certain use cases (teaching, for one!) where one needs to glance at a lot of similar files

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Well...Catalina is officially out...anyone brave enough to give it a go?

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I'll install it on my MBP this evening. I don't make my living on that machine.

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Mike, any luck?

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Following -- I, too, would like to know if Mike had any luck!

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Yes, I had luck. 26 works for me. Lots of crashing as various 3rd party plugins and most of the non-iLok license managers are still incompatible but once I got it up and running, seems to work. I have not really put it through its paces yet but I will.

 

First, I installed Mohave onto my (new to me) laptop, a 2012 MBP that I'd upgraded with a SATA III SSD, moved apps including Finale over and then upgraded to Catalina. I did not do a clean install.

 

This was my second installation—nothing to do with Finale. Another (expensive) app wouldn't run on Catalina without being updated but neither the updater nor installer would work over OS 10.15 (grrrrr) so I had to revert to 10.14, install and run the updater, then reinstall Catalina. Fortunately, my hunch was correct that it would run so the hours spent weren't wasted (much).

 

Anyway, it's a work in progress but it's looking good so far.

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25 works for me also. Again, I did not do a clean install but had it working over Mojave then upgraded the OS.

 

No doubt there are features and functions that aren't compatible in both. These will never be updated in 25.

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That's good news, thanks Mike. I think I've narrowed down my "must need" apps to one: a USB printer switch. IOGear says mine is no longer supported, but that their newest version "might" get updated. Anyone know of a USB printer switch with 64-bit drivers?

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Need more info such as why you need such an obscure piece of hardware. What model printer?

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It's a Brother HL-2170W laser printer, although the model probably doesn't matter, it's just a way to print to a USB printer in my office, as it is shared through the switch, connected to both my Desktop PC (running Windows 7) and my MacBook Pro. It was originally a work around, because the IT guy couldn't get my MacBook Pro to print to anything on our office network, as he said the network was so locked down because of our school. My MacBook Pro is on a separate wi-fi network than the hard-wired LAN the rest of the office is on.

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Thanks for the info. I remembered that you had a Brother laser but that was all. In this case, the model can make a difference. I believe that the w stands for wireless. Here are support docs that cover your printer.

https://support.brother.com/g/s/id/pdf_pub/faq/faq002519/wireless_mac_hl2170w.pdf

 

If you don't have wireless set up, it's pretty easy. Whether or not you have to get a wireless router or not depends on many factors including the number of users and the rest of your network. If you are already connected to a wireless network, it can't be easier from a Mac.If not, wireless can often be enabled from your phone co. or cable co. router.

 

One thing nice about it is that, if my wife or I have a big print or scan job, we just roll the AV cart into our respective offices and can deal with it right next to the desk — all I need is AC to plug it in to. My daughters and son-in-law like that Dad has this big tabloid printer/scanner, you know, if they happen to be in the neighborhood...

 

If the printer didn't support wireless, there are many wireless routers and a few wired with a USB print server built in.

 

Otherwise, it supports Ethernet, too.

 

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I see where you're going now, Mike. I was just trying to get my little USB printer share adapter to work, I didn't think about trying a different approach entirely with a separate router, etc. - great idea! I have a Brother printer at home on my wireless network, works great, but this office network situation is really nightmarish. Worse case scenario, I won't be able to print to my "private" office Brother printer from the office PC, I'll have to trot down the hall to the mega-printer/copier in the printer room to retrieve my documents. So I've decided to make the plunge to Catalina - tonight. I'll let everyone know how it pans out!

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All good - Finale is working as it should in Catalina. It might just be me, but I feel Finale launches quicker in Catalina than it did in Mojave - but it might also just be wishful thinking. During the upgrade, my MacBook Pro got stuck on the "Setting Up Your Mac," screen, which apparently is a common problem. I forced it to shut down, powered back on, and everything was fine. Quicklook in the Finder, of course, does not work, it just shows a generic Finale File icon when tried. Hopefully we'll see an update soon. Good luck, all!

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Greetings again - Those who have bravely upgraded to Catalina: does Aria player work correctly for Garritan playback inside Finale?

Thanks!

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Hi Joseph,

I don't use Aria player in my day to day work in Finale, but the Aria player is 64-bit, and it launched without any problems. I played with it a bit, it seems to work! There is an AriaReporter app in ~/Library/Application Support that is still 32-bit, but I'd only be guessing as to what its function is (reporting crashes?). Hope that helps a little!

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