MacOS Catalina broke a bunch of Adobe products – here are the best alternatives to check out (2022)


There are a few standout options available.

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    Jake Vander Ende

If you make any kind of visual art, from photography to logos to instruction manuals, you’ve likely used Adobe products at some point in your life. Maybe you still use them now. But Adobe’s stranglehold on the industry has gotten to be a bit much for me, I’ve finally broken free, and if you’re interested in doing the same I’d like to pitch you on an alternative.

If you started using Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription when it first debuted and you’ve needed three or more applications (let’s say Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), you have spent about $4,900 so far. That’s $50/mo over 98 months, given that the service debuted in October of 2011. That should be an arresting number.

Maybe you’re like me and you were a holdout, clutching your copy of CS5.5 or CS6 close, the last editions ever offered that were one-time purchases. I’ve needed Illustrator for a long time, using it to create vector files that play nice with various machines (like a vinyl cutter and a CO2 laser) and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

The problem is that operating systems change and youhaveto update eventually to stay current with whatever software it is you depend on

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Image: The Verge

For me, I just had to replace my computer and I upgraded to the new MacBook Pro. The new MBP comes with macOS Catalina, however, and Catalina is the first operating system that requires allapplications to be 64-bit compliant. This means that older 32-bit applications can no longer be used at all.

I couldn’t figure out what the problem was as I tried to run the installer for Adobe WebPremium CS5.5 on my new machine. According to the website, Illustrator and Photoshop and whatnot are all 64-bit compliant. Why wouldn’t they run?

Theinstaller itselfis a 32-bit application. I had two lengthy troubleshooting sessions with Adobe where I learned this was the case, then I learned that that’sintentionaland there will never be a 64-bit installer for these 64-bit applications. When I learned that this lack of support wasn’t an oversight, but an intentional choice, forcing all current Mac users to subscribe or get out, I decided that was as solid of a reason as any to leave for good.

Where do you go, though? Adobe’s products arereally goodand they’re hard to replace. Let’s cover a few of the major options for three of the biggest Adobe applications: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

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What can replace Illustrator?

Illustrator is a vector-intensive application typically used for machine files, logo work, and anything that needs to be crystal clear at any size. There are only a few options that really cover all of the bases.

Affinity Designer

This one is my top choice by a long shot. Affinity Designer by Serif is anoutstandingapplication and I’ve already made the switch and picked up the textbook to learn everything about it.

Let me start with this: Affinity Designer has infinite zoom. And truly, are you really a graphic designer if you’ve never zoomed in on something so infinitesimally small that Illustrator refused to zoom in any further and you had to squint while making micro-adjustments?

Or how about the fact that Affinity Designer is lightning fast, literally opening inhalfthe time Illustrator takes to open? That’s not a joke. People have measured it.

What about the fact that it’s only $50 and it’s a one-time purchase? As a heavy Apple user, I also love the complete integration with the iPad and Pencil. This feature absolutely blows my mind. It even has a native, standalone iPad app.


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Image: Inkscape

Inkscape is the free, open-source workhorse for graphic design, but I personally can’t standInkscape. It’s free, but it’s sluggish, it feels like its features are pretty bare-bones, and the interface feels even more obtuse than Illustrator.

That said, it updates regularly, runs on Catalina, supports custom extensions, is totallyfree and open-source, and a lot of people love it. Don’t let my sour opinion of Inkscape stop you from giving it a try, because you might really click with it.

How do I replace Photoshop?

Photoshop’s options are a bit more varied because people use Photoshop for a number of things. Some people literally use it to workshop photos, but lots of people use it as an art application for digital painting. There are choices depending on what you’re looking for.

Affinity Photo

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Image: Affinity

You’re going to be hearing a lot of glowing praise for Affinity from me in this article and Affinity Photo is no exception. Focused somewhat more on photo editing than art, Affinity Photo is Serif’s direct competitor to Adobe Photoshop.

Affinity Photo boasts the same lightning-fast performance as Affinity Designer and has support for everything from giant, 100-megapixel images to photo retouching and art brush tools. For everything that Designer is to vector art, Photo is those things for raster art.

Perhaps the most compelling feature of Affinity Photo is that almost everything you do is previewed in real-time before you do it, with non-destructive options to change it afterward. Making a new gradient? You’ll know exactlywhat it looks likewhileyou’re placing it. Then once you’re done, you can just select the gradient end-points and adjust them however you want. This ideology is present in everything from layer masks to brush strokes and it’s something Photoshop doesn’t do at all.

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Affinity Photo is available on Windows and Mac for a one-time price of $49.99. There is also a native iPad version, for people like me who use a whole suite of Apple products.


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Image: Procreate

So, a major caveat: Procreate is only on the iPad and iPhone. It doesn’treplace a desktop/laptop art application if that’s the machine you’re working on, but it isso goodthat I have to mention here (partially because I know lots of Apple users have both Apple desktops/laptops and Apple mobile devices).

Procreate isthedrawing application for your iPad. It has color utilities, it has layers, it has a custom brush library, it has full Pencil support, it has tons and tons of useful features like straight line assistance, symmetry tools, and so much more. If anything, you can do so much with Procreate that it’s somewhat daunting.

All that and it’s only $9.99.

Clip Studio

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Image: Clip Studio

If drawing is what you primarily used Photoshop for – especially if you were drawing for comics, print, board games, or anything where you needed to export directly to a print format with layouts – Clip Studio is easily your best bet.

Clip Studio (formerly Manga Studio) has so many interesting, useful features, I’m just going to list some of my favorites in bullet format:

  • Smooth line stabilization
  • Smart color fills, including automatic gap detection
  • Built-in 3D model reference tools
  • A whole suite of comic panel layout options
  • Vector tools
  • Powerful halftone tools
  • Parallel line and symmetry tools
  • Speech bubble tools
  • Smart action line and decorative brush options
  • Exporting directly to Kindle and EPUB formats

Lots of these are features Photoshopdoesn’t have at all. Again, if drawing is your jam, Clip Studio is the way to go.

Clip Studio is available on macOS (including Catalina support) and Windows with a 30-day free trial. It is $49.99 for Pro, $219.99 for EX, there is no subscription fee, and you can upgrade from Pro to EX for just the difference between the two. There is also an iPad version.

How do I replace InDesign?

InDesign is the de-facto industrial publishing application, used for everything from receipt design to laying out a deck of cards for printing to designing an instruction manual PDF. If you need crystal clear document formatting that has a few art editing tools, that’s when you open up InDesign. How do you replace that? Like the others, it depends on what you need most and how much you want to spend.

Affinity Publisher

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Image: Affinity

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If you’ve been reading along the whole time, you already knew that my first recommendation was going to be Affinity Publisher by Serif, the third and final program in the Affinity trinity that’s going directly for the jugular with Adobe.

I don’t know how to say this except that Affinity Publisher does everything InDesign does, but faster. It is flat-out abetterpublication program in every way. If you want to know exactly what your logo will look like on a product wrapper, a billboard, a magazine cover, a promotional mailer, a business card, a jacket, and a window display simultaneously, that’s exactly where Affinity Publisher excels. It has a whole host of support for every file type you could want, built-in image processing tools, a huge array of text tools, tons of layout options, and every type of printing support you could want from CMYK tools to Pantone options.

Affinity Publisher is available for Windows and macOS (including Catalina support) for a one-time purchase of $49.99.


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Image: Scribus

If you’re looking for something simple and open-source, Scribus might get the publishing job done for you. It’s totally free, beginner-friendly, and supported on Windows, macOS, and a bunch of other niche operating systems.

It isn’t as pretty, fast, or powerful as Affinity Publisher or InDesign, but it’s free and cost is a large factor here. There really aren’t that many affordable InDesign replacements, which is why they aren’t on this list.

In fact, here are several that didn’t make the cut and here’s why:

  • VivaDesigner is more geared towards enterprise software, $139 for personal use, and $399 for commercial use (which, if you’re using a publishing program, I’mpretty sureyou’re using it for commercial purposes).
  • PDFelement is $69/year for standard and $99/year for pro or $79/$139 for perpetual licenses, respectively. According to Wondershare, it works with Catalina, as well. Beyond all that, it just looks like a robust PDF editor, which is fine if you are doing PDFs but will fall short as soon as you need publishing options for literally anything else.
  • QuarkXPress is $295 for a perpetual license, but only gets you one year of updates. Beyond that, their trailer is absolutely godawful. That sounds like a minor argument, but if you’remaking design softwareand you give me a trailer that’s 80% stock footage and your design looks boring and bland, I don’t trust that your software is any better.

What if I want to ditch all three, but don’t want to lose the cross-app integration Adobe has?

You already know what I’m going to say: Affinity.

First, please check out this trailer. This is how you make an art software trailer.

How does Affinity challenge Adobe’s cross-app integration?

Affinity has a feature called Personas. No, it doesn’t mean you can summon modern incarnations of powerful ancient deities so you can do battle with the secret evils of the world, all while balancing the challenges of high school: It means that while using any of the Affinity applications, you can access the features of the otherAffinity applications you own by activating their persona.

Okay, maybe it’s a little like the first thing I said first.

For example, let’s say you’re using Affinity Publisher, the Affinity equivalent of Adobe InDesign. You’re working on a magazine layout and you have a photo you want to edit.Inside Publisher, you can just activate the Affinity Photo persona (if you have Photo installed) and use Photo’s features as though you were inside Affinity Photo. As someone who made sure to double the RAM of my new computer so it could handle multiple applications being open at the same time, my mind is blownthat I don’t have to actually do that.

For $150 you can get all three applications and ditch Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign at the same time. The only thing you’d really be missing is Illustrator’s Shape Builder tool, which Serif has already said they’re working on.

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I don’t work for Serif, the makers of Affinity. Nobody asked me to write this. I have no vested interest in Affinity and I don’t know anyone who works there nor anyone on their PR or Marketing teams. I was spurred to leave Adobe, thought at best I’d find a “well, this will do I guess” option, and was utterly blown away by how cool this stuff is.

Also if you think you’re safe from the culling of 32-bit applications because you’re on Windows, it’s likely a matter of time until Microsoft does the exact same thing Apple did and cuts 32-bit support, so it would be a good idea to think ahead and make sure everything you depend on is good to go.

What do you think? Plan on trying any of these Adobe alternatives out? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to ourTwitterorFacebook.

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MacOS Catalina broke a bunch of Adobe products – here are the best alternatives to check out (10)


Can I run my Adobe apps in macOS Catalina? ›

Most current releases of Adobe apps are compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15.

What is the Apple equivalent of Adobe? ›

Procreate (iOS - $10)

Is Adobe Acrobat Pro DC compatible with macOS Catalina? ›

Acrobat compatibility with the new macOS 10.15 Catalina

Acrobat, Acrobat 2020, Acrobat 2017, and Acrobat 2015 are compatible with the new macOS 10.15 Catalina. Major changes in user experience and known issues are described in this document.

Does Premiere Pro work on macOS Catalina? ›

The following versions work in Catalina, but have these known issues.
Apps compatible with Catalina.
Adobe appVersion(s) compatible with Catalina
Adobe Photoshop Elements2021 2020
Adobe Premiere Elements2021 2020
6 more rows
23 Aug 2022

Should I upgrade to Photoshop 2022? ›

Whether you're new to Elements and photo editing or you're looking to upgrade your older version of Photoshop Elements. Elements 2022 is well worth your time. The interface for elements hasn't changed much over the last few years. But launching the application will quickly reveal some new guided edits.

What Mac OS do I need for Creative Cloud? ›

macOS 12 (Monterey), macOS 11 and macOS 10.16 (Big Sur), and macOS 10.15 (Catalina)

What is the best PDF Editor for Mac? ›

The List of Best Free PDF Editors for Mac
  • #1: Skim. Have you ever noticed that Mac comes packed with its Preview program, which lets you view PDFs and other files? ...
  • #2: Acrobat Reader. ...
  • #3: LibreOffice. ...
  • #1: Nitro PDF Pro for Mac PDFpen by Nitro. ...
  • #2: Adobe Acrobat for Mac. ...
  • #3: Foxit PDF Editor. ...
  • #4: Sejda PDF Desktop Pro.

What is a free alternative to Photoshop for Mac? ›

Some of these work with Mac and are open-source, so you can easily achieve your small day-to-day editing tasks in a proficient manner. These free Photoshop alternatives are definitely a game-changer!
Top free Photoshop alternatives
  • Darktable.
  • Gimp.
  • Pixlr x.
  • Paint.NET.
  • Krita.
  • Photopea.
  • Photo Pos Pro.
  • Sumopaint.

Does Apple have a free version of Photoshop? ›

For photo editing tools on the go, Photoshop Express is a free photo app for iOS mobile devices including iPad and iPhone, as well as Android devices.

How do I update Adobe Reader on Mac Catalina? ›

Answer: A: Navigate to and download the latest update.

Which Photoshop works with Mac Catalina? ›

Which Photoshop versions are compatible with macOS Catalina? Photoshop 21.0 & Photoshop 20.0.

Is there a 64 bit version of Adobe Acrobat for Mac? ›

In the August 2019 release of Acrobat, all the shared components were also migrated to 64-bit for all the Acrobat tracks – Pro, Classic 2017, and Classic 2015. Acrobat is fully compatible with 64-bit macOS. This app is 64-bit compliant.

Does Adobe work well on Mac? ›

It is a great platform for our latest generation of Macintosh-compatible software. This past year has been an exciting one for customers that rely on Adobe and Apple products. The all-new Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Mac OS X v. 10.4 (Tiger) make this a great time to be an Adobe customer on the Mac platform.

Is Adobe compatible with MacBook Pro? ›

Yes. We have no plans to stop support for Apple devices with Intel processors.

Is Adobe Photoshop Elements compatible with macOS Catalina? ›

Are Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina? Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 work with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) but have these known compatibility issues. You may want to remain on your current version of macOS until these issues have been resolved.

Can I buy Adobe Photoshop without a subscription? ›

No. Photoshop is available only through a Creative Cloud subscription that you pay for either monthly or annually. You can subscribe to Photoshop alone or choose a plan with multlple apps.

Do you have to buy Photoshop Elements every year? ›

There's no need to download again.

It's very typical to find a 20% off sale on PSE 2022. Adobe hosts 20% off often, and it's great to purchase from them. But, other websites also host sales.

How much is Photoshop a month? ›

If you want to buy just Photoshop, there are two plans: Photoshop Single App Plan ($19.99 per month) Photography Plan ($9.99 per month)

Which OS is best for Adobe? ›

From any point of view, the simplicity of UI, the affordability, the easily upgradable machinery, 100% support of Adobe Photoshop make windows the best choice among all the famous operating exists in the market.

How much RAM do I need to run Adobe Creative Suite? ›

Without a minimum amount of RAM, Adobe CC applications won't even load let alone run smoothly. In order to run Adobe Creative Suite, your laptop needs a minimum of 8 GB RAM. In this article, we'll be discussing laptops that have RAM counts as low as 8GB and as high as 32GB.

Is Creative Cloud Desktop necessary? ›

What Is Adobe Creative Cloud and Do I Need It? Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of software for graphic design, video editing, web development, and photography. If you don't currently perform any of the aforementioned tasks, we don't recommend having the application installed.

How can I edit a PDF on a Mac without Adobe? ›

First, you need to upload the PDF you are about to edit to Google Drive, open it in a Google doc file. Google Drive will automatically convert the PDF to a document you can edit, and remove the images for you. And then you can start editing the text as the built-in OCR extracts text from images.

Do I need Adobe Reader on a Mac? ›

macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android

Other operating systems don't require Adobe Acrobat Reader, either. macOS users have Preview, while Linux distributions come bundled with Okular or Evince, depending on the environment.

Is there a good free PDF editor for Mac? ›

Foxit Reader for Mac is a free PDF editor for mac, fast and lightweight. PDF users may be quite familiar with Foxit, the leading PDF software developer to offer PDF solutions. With Foxit PDF Reader for mac, users can view, highlight, add bookmarks & comments, search and protect PDFs for free.

What is the best free alternative to Photoshop? ›

GIMP. The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is one of the best-known free alternatives to Photoshop on the market. As a very feature-rich solution for photographers, GIMP can do almost anything that Photoshop can. However, GIMP isn't without its issues.

Does Mac have an app like Photoshop? ›

Pixelmator Pro is a kind of Photoshop-lite tool for Mac only, bringing together a photo editor, illustration and painting tool in one place. It offers non-destructive image editing, and supports features like tabs, fullscreen and split view.

Is there anything better than Photoshop? ›

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a professional, open-source photography powerhouse that works on Linux, Windows, and macOS. So, it's both the best Adobe Photoshop alternative overall, and an excellent free alternative, too.

How can I install Adobe Photoshop for free on Mac? ›

How to download and install Photoshop
  1. Go to the Creative Cloud website, and click Download. If prompted, sign in to your Creative Cloud account. ...
  2. Double-click the downloaded file to begin installation.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
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How much does Photoshop for Mac cost? ›

Adobe's industry-leading software enables you to create and enhance photos, images and designs. You can download Photoshop to your PC or Mac from $9.99 / £9.98 per month, and there's a seven-day free trial to experiment with first.

Is Photoshop a one time purchase? ›

Pay once and for all. Unlike Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop Elements is a one-time buy product. You don't need to buy a subscription plan and pay a certain amount every month. You pay $99.99 once, and Photoshop Elements is yours forever.

What is the best and free PDF viewer in Mac? ›

The 5 Best Free PDF Readers for Windows and Mac
  • Foxit Reader.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
  • Javelin PDF Reader.
  • Google Drive.
  • Nitro Reader.
  • PDF-XChange Editor.
  • MuPDF.
  • SumatraPDF.
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How do I fix Adobe Reader not responding on Mac? ›

Please navigate to Adobe Reader's Preferences from Adobe Reader menu on top>Preferences>Security(Enhanced)>Turn off "Enable Protected Mode at startup" and "Enable Enhanced Security">Click OK. close Adobe Reader and launch it back and check.

How do you update Adobe on a Mac? ›

Steps to update Acrobat manually on Mac
  1. Launch Acrobat, and go to Help > Check for updates.
  2. If an update is available, you see the dialog box as shown below. To begin the update installation, click Yes.
  3. Once the update is installed, the Update successful dialog box is displayed. Click OK.
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How do I downgrade from Catalina to Mojave? ›

In the macOS Utilities window, click Disk Utility. Select the hard drive with Catalina on it (Macintosh HD) and select Erase. Give your Mac's hard drive a name, select either Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and then click Erase. Select APFS if downgrading to macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Is Photoshop Elements 2022 compatible with Mac? ›

Photoshop Elements 2020 & 2022 not compatible with Mac IOS 12.0.

Which Macs can run Big Sur? ›

These Mac models are compatible with macOS Big Sur:
  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or later)
  • Mac mini (2014 or later)
  • iMac (2014 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later)
24 Mar 2021

Is there a 64bit Adobe Reader? ›

If you have installed the 32-bit Acrobat Reader application, you will be automatically upgraded to the 64-bit version of Acrobat Reader gradually. This upgrade is silent and currently applicable to a limited number of users.

Is there a 64-bit Adobe Reader? ›

Beginning this month, Adobe is beginning to selectively roll out 64-bit versions of Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat Standard DC, and Acrobat Pro DC on Windows. This is being rolled out in limited geographies at this particular point.

Is there a 64-bit version of Adobe Acrobat DC? ›

Windows — Acrobat DC is still entirely 32-bit. Thus, there is only a 32-bit installer; again you have no choice!

Do Adobe products work on Mac? ›

It is a great platform for our latest generation of Macintosh-compatible software. This past year has been an exciting one for customers that rely on Adobe and Apple products. The all-new Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Mac OS X v. 10.4 (Tiger) make this a great time to be an Adobe customer on the Mac platform.

Does Photoshop work on Mac? ›

As of March 2021, Photoshop now runs natively on Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip with 1.5X the speed of similarly configured previous generation systems.

What is the latest macOS version? ›

Contents. macOS 12 Monterey, unveiled in June 2021 at WWDC, is the current version of macOS that was released on Monday, October 25. Compared to macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey is a smaller update, but there are still many notable new features that improve the Mac experience.

Is Mojave compatible with Mac? ›

Mac Hardware Requirements

These Mac models are compatible with macOS Mojave: MacBook (Early 2015 or newer) MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)

Is there a free version of Photoshop for Mac? ›

MacOS users can download a 7-day free trial of Photoshop. After your free trial ends, it will automatically convert to a paid Creative Cloud membership plan, unless you cancel before then. Find out more about installing a Photoshop free trial on Mac.

Why won't Adobe Acrobat open on my Mac? ›

Basic Adobe acrobat troubleshooting

Restart your Mac. Make sure that your Mac is connected to the Internet. Make sure that your Mac is running the latest version of macOS. Go to System Preferences > Software Update to check, and if there is an update available, update your device.

Why do graphic designers use Mac? ›

Artists, graphic designers, and musicians use Mac computers because Apple has designed a variety of high-quality creative applications made to run in the Apple ecosystem. In addition, Macs' operating system and user interface are easier and more intuitive for creatively minded people.

Does Photoshop work with macOS Catalina? ›

No, legacy/perpetual versions of Photoshop were not designed or tested to work on macOS 10.15 (Catalina). They are not supported in any way for use on macOS Catalina.

What is the Apple equivalent of Photoshop? ›

5. Apple Photos. Photos is Apple's solution for editing and organizing images on Mac and iOS. It's the built-in photo editor for Mac, so you don't have to pay for it.

Can the M1 chip run Adobe? ›

Adobe today announced the release of major updates across its Creative Cloud software suite. Most notably, its Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom Classic apps now run natively on Macs with the M1 chip, resulting in faster performance.

Is my Mac too old to update? ›

Catalina will likely stop getting updates around October 2022, while Big Sur should become unsupported in October 2023. Once that happens, your Mac won't receive security updates for your current macOS version, and third-party software might stop working. This means you'll need to think about upgrading your Mac soon.

Can macOS Catalina be upgraded to Monterey? ›

Question: Q: Can I upgrade from Catalina to Monterey

Answer: A: Answer: A: Yes, if your iMac is a late 2015 or later model. Go to Apple menu > About This Mac for the model year.

What comes after Catalina Mac? ›

Catalina is the first version of macOS to support only 64-bit applications and the first to include Activation Lock. It is also the last version of macOS to have the major version number of 10; its successor, Big Sur, released on November 12, 2020, is version 11.

Is Catalina better than Mojave? ›

For the most part, macOS Catalina has a few significant improvements over Mojave, including a number of bug fixes and technological improvements. It also makes room for 64-bit applications. However, there are a few notable differences in their performance.

How do I downgrade from Catalina to Mojave? ›

In the macOS Utilities window, click Disk Utility. Select the hard drive with Catalina on it (Macintosh HD) and select Erase. Give your Mac's hard drive a name, select either Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and then click Erase. Select APFS if downgrading to macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Is Big Sur better than Mojave? ›

MacOS Big Sur vs MacOS Mojave: Performance

Overall, we were very impressed with the performance of Mac OS Big Sur and believe that it is a marked improvement over the previous release. If you are thinking of upgrading to Mac OS Big Sur, we would highly recommend doing so.


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