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Jim Curtis
Re: More Mac Pro Stuff
on Mar 18, 2020 at 3:25:08 pm

Morten, you're late with your good advice as far as I'm concerned. I received the new Mac in December and did a clean install of all my apps and plugs (and dealt with the security back and forth). I may have used Migration Assistant to copy my Documents, but I know not to use it to copy User settings because that brings over a bunch of useless and obsolete crap that's been on my Macs for decades that resides in the Library folder. It took me a full day to do clean installs of all the apps and plug-ins I use. Since it was over the solstice holiday, I had time to kill. All third-party plugs work except for two that are 32-bit. Those need to be updated by the developers.

The only issues I've had since then I can attribute to the OS are: Finder disappearing, App Switcher GUI on wrong display, Mail messages show no content, Adobe apps not hiding or not coming to foreground. Once, my admin User settings vanished - the Mac reverted to what you see when you start up a new Mac. That was the worst, but since I'm experienced and keep clones, I was able to copy my User folder from the clone and get back in business.

Now, contrary to your advice, I'm recommending that people use the Apple Utility to reinstall Catalina when problems attributable to the OS persist. Since Drive Genius, Disk Warrior, and other OSX utilities aren't yet available for Catalina, if Disk First Aid doesn't fix it, a reinstall probably will. I have Gb internet, and a reinstall now takes about 20 minutes - not bad considering how long it used to take on prior builds and regular DSL internet.

I should point out that a reinstall of the OS does NOT wipe out User settings, documents, apps, or plug-ins. It just re-writes the OS. That's void, obviously, if the user erases the disk before the reinstall.

I've been doing full time post production from a home office for 25 years (after 15 years of various production and post staff jobs). I've yet to miss a deadline or encounter any job-stopping computer or application issue. I can't always take a full day off to do clean installs of everything. I have to get back in business long enough to meet deadlines.

While I always appreciate good advice, there is often more than one way to skin a cat.

Jim Curtis

MacPro7,1 24-core - 256 GB RAM - AMD Radeon Pro Vega II 32 GB - 10.15.3

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