I’ve been semi-retired from my graphics profession for over five years now, and the arrival of Catalina started to made me think of a long-term upgrading path. Apple Silicon (AS) has only made me realise I do need to at least have a strategy.
I’ve got an ageing MacBook Pro 2012 with an SSD upgrade, and hopefully I can now carry that along until AS arrives - by then I’ll need certainly need to upgrade. So fingers crossed, that means a hardware path might be clear.
Software is harder, and made me really think about the tools I use. Most of my work was on Adobe Creative Suite - but aside from that I don’t seem to be able to get away from MS Office, and I’m guessing that will definitely transition into AS.
All Apple apps - Safari, Photos, Pages etc etc will hopefully (!) survive the transition, but I’ve never forgotten how Apple has arbitrarily dropped its own applications in the past.
My ScanSnap S1300 is invaluable for general office use (we are aiming for a paperless office), and hopefully the recent Catalina update means I can use that at least via Rosetta 2.
To be honest, I can probably find workarounds for the other small apps I use, which leaves Adobe. I’m still using that last non-subscription version of Creative Suite, and use it so comparatively rarely now I can’t justify upgrading to the subscription model. I bought Parallels as a lifeboat in case I was forced to upgrade to Catalina (I’m still running Mojave), but to be honest, I really don’t like working in it.
I’ve stopped web design, so don’t need Dreamweaver any more; PDF Expert seems just about an adequate replacement for Acrobat Professional; I’m going to have to accept that any page layout I do these days can be done perfectly well in Pages - so reluctantly I don’t need InDesign. Which just leaves Photoshop and Illustrator. I know these so well, and they do things other cheaper replacements can’t do easily. I probably only use 20% of their capabilities, but it’s a vital 20%.
I have been recommended the Affinity suite of apps - which do look good. Anyone got any experience of them?
Is anyone else in the same situation? I’m guessing many will be, and this would make a good (ongoing?) TidBITS article.