Finally migrated - only took three days...
- From: Ian McCall <ian@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:13:57 +0100
Nothing to do with Mountain Lion though. I did ssomething I've actually never done since returning to the Mac - a clean install. And my god does it should that Apple is going the right way with this App Store approach.
In my case, which at this stage I imagine is going to be typical of anyone trying this, I had a mix of App Store, optical discs and downloaded installers to sort out. App Store no problem. Opticals - problem. They can't be updated, so sometimes spray the disk with inappropriate drivers (see my Kore Controller warning post - took many hard power-off/on attempts to recover from that). Downloads…mostly not a problem if you've remembered to keep them but even so I found myself shuffling off to the web sites just to ensure I was installing the latest version of everything.
And then there were the music plugins. Oh good grief the royal pain of it all, and here actually Apple gets a black mark with the App Store. My Logic Pro download from the App Store went without hitch, but then the additional content had to be done twice, and it still looks like they've messed a couple of the installs up if I diff the support library against my previous Logic Express install (a couple of samples missing). Then it turns out the App Store doesn't include the EXS24 Legacy Instruments, and for some reason I couldn't get them accepted even when moving them in to the right location. Incompatibility? Well no - I'd previously upgraded to the App Store version of Logic Pro in Lion, this successfully carried over my Legacy Instruments without a hitch. No idea what happened there.
I'd say I lost a full day to faffing with music plugins. It would be -great- if in a future life they were all just app store'd as well and I can do the closest thing to apt-get dist-upgrade --show-upgraded that a commercial operating system has to offer.
More black marks for Apple - they really should come up with a way of letting people trade in licenses bought outside the app store in favour of ones inside the app store. I have several apps I would cheerfully have put through the app store to make this process more simple, but would have to buy again at full price which I'm not going to do.
And then black, well maybe grey, marks for Omni Group too - yep, Omni Group. I have an older version of Omni Graffle I want to upgrade - v4 Pro. I really want just the normal version plus Visio export, and I'd pay for the upgrade to the normal version too. The Pro version is no longer worth it to me however for just that one feature, so I bumble by on v4. If Omni Group didn't split their app store version out but instead dropped the Pro monicker and offered the additional stuff as in-app purchases then I'd have bought Omnigraffle from the app store as part of this process without any second thought.
Singularity-shade black mark to Google as well, who have royally screwed up YouTube for Safari users. I'm not installing Flash, so I'm using Chrome for YouTube at the moment. That suits Goolge I suppose, but it's a poor way of going about things.
The actual OS itself? Barely noticed it, just ploughing my way through the rebuild. It seems quicker and more stable, particularly Safari, and we finally have a live search-type affair inside Mail. Messages -still- has an annoying bug where it is completely incorrect on badge count unread messages and only a killall Dock sorts it out, but other than that things seem fine. Will likely have to move off TextEdit though - I definitely don't want text documents in iCloud and I definitely don't want that dialog exhorting me to put things there every time I open up - is all much too heavyweight. Rest is all fine though.
Right, that's it for me.
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