The bitpocalypse is nigh.
If you can afford to say goodbye, now’s the time to use those 32-bit un-installers while they still run.
With the recent release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, the first time users launch an app that does not support 64-bit they will see an alert that the app is not optimized for their Mac.
As a reminder, new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit, and starting June 2018, app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit. If you distribute your apps outside the Mac App Store, we highly recommend distributing 64-bit binaries to make sure your users can continue to run your apps on future versions of macOS.
You can read more about the macOS 64-bit transition on Apple’s dedicated support page.
To find out what applications will be affected, use
file from the command line on “/Applications/*.app/Contents/MacOS/*”. This should give you a good idea indicating which apps are about to die on you.
If you have apps in folders (like Adobe and Microsoft do), you may need to perform several sweeps, adjusting the path to include subfolders and bundled utilities.
My copy of QuickTime Player 7, with its bundled QuickTime Pro features, is on the death list:
QuickTime Player 7.app/Contents/MacOS/QuickTime Player 7: Mach-O executable i386
This makes me immensely sad as I regularly use QTPro to perform video edits from trimming and masking to watermarking and generating image sequences. I do not know of any replacement and would love recommendations.
Microsoft Office 2008 will soon be dead as well. It’s a powerful suite of tools, especially Excel, and I will be bitterly missing its functionality. Numbers and Pages just do not compare to the publishing-standard features offered in the hideously ugly but tremendously functional suite. I do not intend to sign up for a yearly subscription. I may do something with Open Office but I’ll probably stick to Apple and hate doing so.
Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft Word.app/Contents/MacOS/Microsoft Word: Mach-O universal binary with 2 architectures: [ppc:Mach-O executable ppc] [i386]
Adobe Creative Suite 4 will also die, along with it my most comfortable set of photo editing and vector tools:
Adobe Photoshop CS4/Adobe Photoshop CS4.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Photoshop CS4: Mach-O universal binary with 2 architectures: [ppc:Mach-O executable ppc] [i386]
Here too, I have no intention of signing up for a yearly subscription. There are many editing alternatives. They all lack the comfort and familiarity of the tools I know. I don’t want to invest either the money or the time to get up to speed on something else. I may buy a copy of Elements and live with how limited it is. I will probably have to give up Illustrator and Acrobat (the good one, not the reader) entirely.
These three sets of tools (QuickTime Pro, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite) all represent a significant investment of know-how and power. None of them were beautiful but they are all part of my current toolbox. I’m floundering around trying to figure out which of my systems I can keep installations on, so I can boot in and use them as needed once the transition happens.
For now, I’m going to get High Sierra running on an external drive and port apps I need but will otherwise lose. It’s not a great solution but it may buy me some time.
What apps you’ll be losing affect you the most and how do you plan to deal with them?