Apple's new macOS is the first to be 64-bit only – so many older apps and hardware won't work, and newer tools may need to be updated to work correctly. Here's what we know so far – including updates on Photoshop, Corel and Wacom compatibility.
(This feature will be updated as companies release updated software/drivers and as users discover bugs and other issues.)
Apple has released macOS 10.15 Catalina around the world, adding new features including an improved Photos app, a new Music app and – most important to creatives – the Sidecar feature that lets you use an iPad and Pencil like a Wacom Cintiq.
However, Catalina no longer supports 32-bit applications – it's 64-bit all the way. Before you upgrade, here's how to find out if you've got any 32-bit only apps on your Mac currently.
Also, some app developers and hardware manufacturers have yet to upgrade their tools for macOS Catalina.
Here's what we know about the most commonly used tools, including whether they support Sidecar.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe says that only the latest version of its Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Premiere Pro are supported on Catalina. Older versions of Creative Cloud apps may run – but Creative Suite apps such as Photoshop CS6 will not.
Since Catalina was released, Adobe has discovered a series of issues with Photoshop (detailed here). Most of these have been addressed in the 20.0.7 update that's available through the Creative Cloud app – though you may need to update that app to make the Photoshop update appear. Remaining issues include that Save a Copy doesn't add 'copy' to the filename, Render Video won't complete without a workaround, Lens Creator won't work at all and some Camera Raw bugs. Plugins will also need to be updated for macOS 10.15
In a note on its support site, Adobe also says that there may be issues with enterprise deployments.
Apple says that Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Substance Designer and Painter all support Sidecar. We've successfully used both Photoshop and Illustrator with a 2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Serif has let us know that Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher are all compatible with Catalina, including Sidecar.
Apple Final Cut Pro
Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X that adds support for Catalina – including Sidecar – as well as processors with up to 28 cores and multiple graphics cards, ready for the launch of the new Mac Pro.
CorelDRAW and Painter
Both of Corel's main creative apps were listed by Apple as supporting Sidecar – but Corel tells us a different story.
In a statement, a Corel spokesperson said that "we'll be releasing a new update for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac as well as our CorelDRAW 2019 Mac App Store edition very soon. The update will include support for macOS Catalina as well as Sidecar.
Our Painter team is also happy to announce the newly released Painter Essentials 7 is ready for macOS Catalina and Painter 2020 will be receiving an update for macOS Catalina compatibility in the next few weeks. We're also working on Sidecar support for a future version of Painter.
Maxon Cinema 4D
Again, this was – and still is – listed as supporting Sidecar, but Maxon has not confirmed as yet whether the current version of Cinema 4D formally supports Catalina or whether an update is needed.
Wacom tablets and Cintiq
Wacom's latest driver includes support for Catalina. However, based on previous experience, we would recommend not updating to Catalina until any bugs have been identified and fixed.
Which Macs and iPads support Sidecar?
According to a white paper on Apple's website, these MacBook introduced in 2016 or later
- MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
- MacBook Pro introduced in 2016 or later
- Mac mini introduced in 2018 or later
- iMac introduced in late 2015 or later
- iMac Pro introduced in 2017 or later
- Mac Pro introduced in 2019
And these iPads support Sidecar:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (6th generation or later)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)