After languishing in the shadow of iPhone and iPad for over a decade, the Mac gets a wave of upgrades and a renewed identity. If you've been a fan of the Mac during the past decade, you've probably felt like a kid who had been an only child until their parents surprised everyone by having a baby late in life.
But, this wasn't just any new baby. The little wunderkind went on to become a straight-A student, a sports star and a decent human being loved by everyone in the community. Every once in a while, people remember that the kid has an older sibling -- who they admit is pretty cool, too. That's the Mac. But, after more than a decade of living in the shadow of the iPhone , the Mac is having a comeback year in For the people who love the Mac, that's a breath of fresh air -- even if they'll never be able to afford a Mac Pro or an Apple Pro Display XDR -- because it means that Apple is treating the Mac like a professional again.
And that brings us to the new MacOS Catalina , which is now available as a free download. Apple needed a pro-level software upgrade to go with the pro-level hardware it showed off in the spring. And yet, the most notable thing to happen to the Mac in recent years were the four uninspiring iPad apps that Apple ported to the Mac in -- Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home. None of them were very Mac-like, and they didn't give anyone much confidence that Apple was invested in the Mac. However, Catalina changes the narrative. It makes the Mac feels more "pro" again.
Apple looks content to let MacOS be its own platform aimed at people who are laser-focused on getting important work done. And that's a win for people who rely on Macs every day to be productive and creative. After years of fearing that Apple was trying to push everyone to do their work on iPads instead of Macs and might slowly phase out traditional computers, Mac users can take comfort in the fact that Catalina settles the Mac into a solid -- albeit specialized -- place in the Apple universe.
Apple's ecosystem has matured to a point where the iPad and the Mac can coexist peacefully. But, here's the greatest irony of Catalina, an upgrade that heralds the Mac's re-emergence as an independent platform: several of its biggest advancements are tied to a new, closer partnership with the iPad. We'll talk more about that in a minute. Just know that the new special relationship between the Mac and iPad enhances the Mac's redefined role in the Apple universe. Now, let's dig into the five most important upgrades in Catalina.
Then, we'll finish off with a lightning round of other notable changes and dig into whether you should install Catalina on your Mac.
One of the most common complaints among Mac users for over a decade has been how bloated and unwieldy iTunes had become, as Apple piled movies, TV shows, audiobooks, iPhone backups and more into an app that was named for its original purpose as a digital music player. With Catalina, Apple has finally broken up its digital media juggernaut on the Mac into four separate apps -- Music, Podcasts, TV and Books -- along with new functionality in the Finder to handle device management and backups when you have your iPhone or iPad plugged into your Mac.
The interface of iTunes had gotten very complicated and confusing when trying to switch between music, movies and other forms of media. The new, separate apps are simple and sparse, but generally consistent and usable. If you were worried that CDs you burned or other digital media files you imported into iTunes would get lost or mangled in the conversion to Catalina, the good news is that all of that stuff seems to be handled pretty well.
It's just in new places. Still, expect a little bit weirdness here and there, and some bugs that still need to be ironed out. For example, I added a new spoken word track to Books, where I wanted to treat it like an audiobook and sync to iPhone where I could listen to it from the iOS Books app, like other audiobooks. But when I went to edit the metadata author, name of the tracks, etc.
This is a rare scenario, but it shows there are still some frayed edges with the new apps that are replacing iTunes.
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Another one of the biggest fear factors for Mac users with the arrival of Catalina has been the new framework for developers to bring iPad apps to the Mac. The fear was that a bunch of low-quality iPad apps that were not optimized for the Mac would flood the Mac App Store, and native apps optimized for the Mac would get lost in the deluge.
This perception wasn't helped by the fact that those first four iOS apps released by Apple for the Mac last year weren't very good and were not well received by Mac users. However, a year has made a big difference though those original four apps still need fixing.
The biggest testament to how far Catalyst has come is the Podcasts app. It's a Catalyst port of the iPad app, but has been modified with native Mac menus and look-and-feel. These all look like they are attempting to be good Mac citizens, even if they still retain a bit of iPad-ness in their look-and-feel.
While apps such as Duet Display have allowed users to turn their iPads into extra external monitors for Mac or Windows machines for years, Apple decided to add this as a built-in feature of the operating system in Catalina. Of course, it only works between Apple devices in this case. It's very easy to connect using the Displays setting on your Mac running Catalina Pro tip: go into Display in Settings on your Mac and check the box to show displays in the menu bar, if you want easy access to this feature.
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I had the same problem with Rosetta Stone Totale. I'd click the icon, it would bounce once and then not load.
So I redownloaded both Flash and Air and it launched. Here's a link to the Rosetta Stone support page with the fix. I followed the directions and now have the program running like a champ. Mar 19, PM. Mar 25, AM in response to vincent from castro valley In response to vincent from castro valley. I spend 3 hrs with tech support at Rosetta and still not able to resolve. Support video on Rosetta Stone ask to change name of tracking.
I can't find this file in my library folder. I have since uninstalled application. I am also running Did you find the rosetta stone folder in your library folder? Mar 25, AM. I am not inclined to install my apps into my system. They are asking us to find it in the system library. I would reinstalling RST and before launching for the first time, go straight to the tracking file and rename it. Question: Q: Why won't my Rosetta Stone open? More Less. Communities Contact Support. Sign in Sign in Sign in corporate.
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This is well beyond my realm of knowledge. Jul 17, PM in response to KNP87 In response to KNP87 It's a bit beyond me also, but now having done these things, does it have an uninstaller you could run then install again? User profile for user: Montes Montes. My Rosetta Stone is back up and running. User profile for user: Lindsaymay Lindsaymay. I'm having the exact same issue. User profile for user: jlineberger jlineberger.