Mountain Lion excluded from new 3rd party software updates - How prevalent?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by katewes, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. katewes macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    For various reasons I had thought of camping for a while on Mountain Lion.

    But I recently bought a software called "Capture One 8" by Phase One which is on special for owners of Sony cameras. It was such an amazing price that I immediately made the purchase without checking what the system requirements were. I assumed Mountain Lion was recent enough of an OSX version to be compatible with the software. To my shock, it required Mavericks.

    Question: in your experience, are you already starting to find new versions of software being only for Mavericks and Yosemite?

    To be honest, my main reticence to update to upgrade is I continue to hear anecdotes of problems in Mavericks Mail with Gmail IMAP, and because of my work I simply need rock-solid email performance which I am getting abundantly from Mountain Lion - and there are no features in Mavericks that entice me. Absolutely nothing.

    Also, if I would need to buy an update for VMWare, since my current version doesn't play nicely with Mavericks, and there's a good chance I'd have to re-install Windows when I update. So for all those reasons, I just wanted to continue with Mountain Lion.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    This is a somewhat puzzling question. There are software titles that support no OS older than Mavericks. There are others that support MacOS X 10.3 and every version of MacOS X/OS X that followed. These are choices made by their developers. Always always always read the system requirements of applications and peripherals before you purchase them.
  3. vista980622 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2012
    Install Mavericks on a seperate partition. Reboot to Mavericks when you need to use Capture 8 One and easily switch back to Mountain Lion when you need reliable mail.
  4. katewes thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    Sounds a great idea, however, my 256GB SSD hasn't got that much space left.
  5. vista980622 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2012
    Then install Mavericks on an external USB hard-drive.
    Those are really cheap now and provide a fluent and usable (although not as fast as your SSD) performance.

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