Give your old Mac software eternal life

“It’s been a long time coming, but having your Mac tell you that some of your apps will stop working brings some immediacy to the issue: If there’s a 32-bit Mac app you rely on to get work done, and it’s no longer being updated, on forthcoming versions of macOS it will only work with compromises, and ultimately it won’t work at all,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld.

“Don’t fear the death of your old software, my friends,” Snell writes. “Your current long-in-the-tooth favorites, and old friends you said goodbye to years ago, can live on and still be useful, thanks to the miraculous digital afterlife known as virtualization.”

Snell writes, “It’s not widely known, but VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop can run virtual versions of macOS, too.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Do you have an oldie-but-goodie 32-bit app that you’d like to keep using?

How to find which apps on your Mac are 32-bit – April 13, 2018
Mac users will start getting 32-bit app warnings today – April 12, 2018
Apple: High Sierra will be last macOS release to support 32-bit apps ‘without compromise’ – June 29, 2017


  1. I am on Mavericks so wont have issues. How i wish i still had Mountain Lion that my Macbook Pro came installed with. Mountain Lion was so buttery smooth and stable. Which is why when i upgraded to SSD and 16GB and its fast now, but if i had the upgrade while on Mountain Lion it would be even better

  2. I have been using Now Up to Date as my calendar since 1992 and it is still the best calendar program. When I make the leap to High Sierra I will run it on a virtual machine running Snow Leopard Server.

  3. Keep your in mind that updated versions of any of the virtualization programs will themselves be required to meet the requirements of macOS 10.14. Also note that they’ll have to be running full older versions of macOS, of which you’ll have to obtain a copy for installation, which will eat massive GB of drive space and RAM to run. There will also be sand boxing restrictions that will limit the abilities of many old apps, especially regarding hardware access to the underlying Mac. IOW: It may not be a pretty solution. At least it’s available.

  4. So in other words, Jason Snell is telling us that there is always a hard way to do simple things.

    It is easier to just CarbonCopyClone your existing preferred legacy Mac drive (Snow Leopard) onto another boot drive before you ever “upgrade” to the latest Mac OS on your preferred internal startup volume. Hard drives are cheap, so collect as many as you need for legacy stuff. Boot directly into whatever ones you want without the slowdown of a virtual machine and the subscription pricing that comes with these virtualization wares.

    Old timers recommend that instead of having an octopus of external hard drives and external GPUs and dongles covering your workspace, those of you who can live without Thunderbolt and the fastest processor can still have a usable, albeit slow, workstation if you hang on to your old <2012 Mac Pro. For graphics pros and coders and office productivity work, you'll be fine. Install a modern Sapphire HD 7950 graphics card and pump out the pixels to dual 4K displays at modern refresh rates. Go to OWC, and fill your Mac Pro with as many as 8 or so drives as you wish (4 large drive bays, one or two optical drive bays, plus whatever open PCI slots you have). Don't be tempted to spend thousands on the latest sealed Mac if you have legacy software needs. Apple doesn't care about you, but excellent 3rd party companies like OWC are happy to offer you some excellent options to keep your old Macs going.

    We can only hope that Apple gets off its fat butt and releases a workstation with more than one internal removeable hard drive slot. What a concept. Got it Pipeline Timmy?

  5. I’m mostly freaking about losing VueScan to operate my Canon 9950 flatbed scanner…..Canon stopped updating it’s own software circa OS 10.6 and VueScan has been the only app allowing it to still function. My Fujitsu ScanSnap is fine but the Canon is a heavy-duty scanner that I use constantly. I cannot beleive it’s about to be bricked! I’d imagine a fair number of people don’t realize they have devices that will fail with loss of 32-bit support. I’ve tried contacting VueScan to no avail–I’ve never been able to get the 64-bit version or it’s FireWire port to work (nor have any Mac owners that I’ve discussed this with over the years). Sucks.

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