If you're struggling to find Mavericks-compatible software...

Wowfunhappy

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It used to be that when an app dropped support for an old operating system, they'd say something about it on their website, and include a download link for the last compatible version. Some time in the past couple years, this practice appears to have fallen out of fashion. I sometimes can't even find compatibility information listed anymore—the website will just say "Works on macOS™️!" with no mention of which Mac OS.

I've run into this a lot over the past few months because I'm trying to downgrade my life to Mavericks. Modern macOS is no longer a platform I want to use, but I'd rather go back to an older version than outright switch to Windows or Linux. Mavericks is great.

I was originally going to write a very long post with all the great software and compatible versions I've found, and I may still do that at some point, but it's going to be REALLY long and I don't know when I'll get around to it. So in the meantime, if there's anyone else still on Mavericks and you need compatible software for a specific purpose, please post about it here. I'm sure they'll be lots of things I don't know about or can't find, but I can probably help some people!
 
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maverick28

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I still use Mavericks among other options and love it, I also run Lion and have a boatload of apps that make me productive on both despite them being demoted as "old".
Unfortunately, official sites is dead-lock. Some sites offer older versions, most of them assume you're an idiot if you're running something older than 2 or 3 current macOSes (as a rule of thumb, most of devs support from Yosemite onwards, many require El Capitan and newer, or Sierra and newer), however I did find that significant faction of developers both on and outside MAS have Mavericks as the minimum and some apps in fact run on Mavericks way faster than on later macOSes and you still can buy them.
You also may use WaybackMachine to crawl through old snapshots of the sites in question. Thus I was able to download installers a couple of times. Other devs put links to all versions. Among those are Rogue Ameba (Audio Hijack), Chronos (iClipboard), ExpanDrive, Cyberduck, Transmit. With the exception of Transmit I was able to find and install successfully on both OSes. You may run into the issue that the form of the licence number you own doesn't conform to the one in an earlier version of the same app.
However if you in the desperate need of some abandoned piece of software the only option you have is tracker sites, but this is scant because most of the time seeding is no more as the majority of Mac users uses new versions. Even contacting the developer not always helpful, but you should try anyway and maybe you succeed getting them to sell licences.
To work with PDF I use FoxitReader and Adobe Acrobat DC, for OCR FineReader 12.1.11. Of course it's a needle in a haystack of all my 3rd party apps on Mavericks/Lion. As my main browser I use Firefox 71 which supports Mavericks and Safari 9 on compatible sites which are still many including iCloud.com.
 
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avz

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Good thread. Mavericks is great.
I am wondering if somebody is still using Skype and can post a 8.49.0.49.dmg SHA1 checksum? Just wanted to verify my dmg file download.
 

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I sometimes can't even find compatibility information listed anymore—the website will just say "Works on macOS[sup]™️[/sup]!" with no mention of which Mac OS.
Drives you nuts, doesn't it? But it's not just Mac OS; a friend recently downloaded an app that was "for Windows" yet it gave an error to the effect of "this isn't a Windows application". My guess is that it required a 64-bit version of Windows, but they didn't bother to document that...
 

Wowfunhappy

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Good thread. Mavericks is great.
I am wondering if somebody is still using Skype and can post a 8.49.0.49.dmg SHA1 checksum? Just wanted to verify my dmg file download.
No need to download from a sketchy source—as of this writing, you can grab that version of Skype right from the official servers.


But if that link ever goes down:

Code:
$ shasum -a 256 Skype-8.49.0.49.dmg
44a1aaa29d2a040f6134dcbbb6211cda29766349b5a4e17eaa25f2133d4ca2d3  Skype-8.49.0.49.dmg
 
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