Final Cut Pro - Cannot Try/Buy without Mojave

Cayenne1

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I've been going in circles trying to get a trial copy of Final Cut Pro. I'm on High Sierra and you CANNOT get a functional copy of FCP off the app store unless you run 10.14.6 (Mojave).

Before I plop down $300 for a piece of software, I like to at least give it a trial even if its crippleware till you buy. Also, I think forcing an upgrade to Mojave just to test/buy it is ridiculous.

I am thinking of using my Carbon Copy Cloner to make a clone of my current OS, disconnecting the CCC drive, upgrading to Mojave, testing FCP, and then stay on Mojave and buy FCP, or dump it and go back to High Sierra with CCC. But, what a pain.

Does anyone have a different idea other than going to Mohave? Thanks.
 

Cayenne1

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Thank you, but this installer fails with this message:

"Final Cut Pro X can't be installed on this disk. macOS 10.14.6 or later is required."

macOS 10.14.6 is Mojave. I have macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) and for a number of reasons do not want to upgrade to Mojave unless I have to (e.g. 32 bit apps).
 

Ritsuka

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Mojave still supports 32bit software, it's Catalina (10.15) the one that's 64bit only.
 
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MSastre

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FCP X and Mojave work well on my 2013 rMBP, I see no reason for you not to upgrade to Mojave. If you don't want to, then your idea of testing it all out on an external drive with Mojave will work. Personally, I would just upgrade and be done with it, but having a cloned system drive is always a good practice.
 
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I've been going in circles trying to get a trial copy of Final Cut Pro. I'm on High Sierra and you CANNOT get a functional copy of FCP off the app store unless you run 10.14.6 (Mojave).

Before I plop down $300 for a piece of software, I like to at least give it a trial even if its crippleware till you buy. Also, I think forcing an upgrade to Mojave just to test/buy it is ridiculous.

I am thinking of using my Carbon Copy Cloner to make a clone of my current OS, disconnecting the CCC drive, upgrading to Mojave, testing FCP, and then stay on Mojave and buy FCP, or dump it and go back to High Sierra with CCC. But, what a pain.

Does anyone have a different idea other than going to Mohave? Thanks.
Apple is not forcing you to perform the free upgrade to Mojave (although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t) they’re just saying you can’t run the app on High Sierra. It’s not a conspiracy. Mojave is the last and I would say best macOS that still runs 32bit and 64bit apps as well as APFS. Plus you will get another two years of support from Apple security updates.
 
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