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macOS 10.13 High Sierra Third Party Product Compatibility Info

Article ID = 183
Article Title = macOS 10.13 High Sierra Third Party Product Compatibility Info
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 24th August 2017
Article Last Updated = 22nd September 2017
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?183

Article Brief Description:
A list of information relating to third party software products and their compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra

macOS 10.13 High Sierra Third Party Product Compatibility Information

No PowerPC only software will run on High Sierra because High Sierra does not support Rosetta.
Apple File System (APFS)
High Sierra introduces a new low-level file system called Apple File System (APFS) - this could affect many third party software products especially disk utilities that work directly with the file system e.g. DiskWarrior and TechTool Pro along with products that share/serve files over a network. We have a separate article with information about APFS and some frequently asked questions.
Third Party Apps Specifically NOT Compatible With APFS
Gatekeeper
Some (older) software may not install or run on High Sierra due to the Gatekeeper security feature. However, it will work, you just need to temporarily bypass gatekeeper if you are sure the software is trusted and safe - see our Gatekeeper article for more information.
System Integrity Protection (SIP)
High Sierra includes a low-level security technology called System Integrity Protection (SIP) which prevents the modification or removal of certain system files - this could affect third party products that try to install/modify files/folders at the system level. We have a separate article all about SIP.
64-bit vs 32-bit
By default High Sierra is a full 64-bit operating system running on computers with a full 64-bit EFI so make sure any 32-bit software you have has been updated to 64 bit versions. Common examples of 32-bit software include:
  • Printer drivers that are not included with OS X
  • Graphics and video "plug-ins" such as those for Adobe Photoshop
  • Audio (VST) plug-ins such as those for Logic
  • Third party hardware drivers such as those for PCI cards or USB devices
  • Drivers for modems
  • NOTE: Apple's USB modem is not supported in High Sierra.
NOTE: It may be possible to run individual applications in 32-bit mode (Get Info on the application in the Finder and tick "Open in 32-bit mode" - if that option is not there then you can't). 32-bit application support is going away completely in a future version of macOS.
HiDPI
If you have a HiDPI compatible monitor connected e.g. Retina Display, UltraHD, 4K, 5K, High Sierra will try to run applications in HiDPI mode on them. Older applications (written before HiDPI was available) may have problems with this. It is possible to run older, individual applications in "low resolution" mode (Get Info on the application in the Finder and tick "Open in Low Resolution" - if that option is not there then you can't).
Apple Pro Apps Specifically NOT High Sierra Compatible
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3 or earlier
  • Motion 5.3.1 or earlier
  • Compressor 4.3.1 or earlier
    • Soundtrack Pro 3 or earlier
    • DVD Studio Pro 4 or earlier
    • Color 1.5 or earlier
    • Cinema Tools 4.5 or earlier
    • Qmaster 3 or earlier
  • Logic Pro X 10.3.0 or earlier
  • MainStage 3.2.4 or earlier
    • Apple Loops Utility
    • Impulse Response Utility
    • Soundtrack Pro
    • Waveburner
See also this Apple support article.
Products Specifically NOT High Sierra Compatible
  • Ambrosia Soundboard and WireTap Anywhere / Studio
  • Finale NotePad - known issues will not be updated - upgrade to Finale full version
  • Finale PrintMusic - known issues will not be updated - upgrade to Finale full version
  • Microsoft Office 2011 - Microsoft states that Office 2011 has not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra but as support and updates for Office 2011 are ending on 10th October 2017 if any issues become apparent they will not be fixed.
  • MT-Newswatcher
  • Now Up-To-Date And Contact
  • Perian
  • QuarkXPress 6, 7 and 8 (in addition Quark do not support QuarkXPress 9 or 10 on High Sierra)
Products Specifically NOT High Sierra Compatible
but they should be updated in the future to be compatible
  • DEVON Technologies Easyfind v4.9.3 and earlier - update to be released
  • Prosoft Drive Genius v5.0.5 and earlier - update to be released
  • SnapzPro X v2.6.1 and earlier
  • SoftRAID 5.6.1 and earlier
Companies
Individual Products
If a product is not listed above it doesn't mean it does or doesn't work with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Make sure you are running the latest version of the software and if you still have problems check the developer/manufacturer web site. If you spot any High Sierra compatibility information online that we don't have above be sure to let us know the link/URL.
You could also check out this web site that lists compatible/incompatible High Sierra software.

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