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Does Your Editing Software Work With Mountain Lion?


On Wednesday, July 25th, Apple unleashed the next major release of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, via the Mac App Store.

CUPERTINO, California—July 25, 2012— Apple® today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac® App Store℠. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes iCloud® integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay® Mirroring and Game Center. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99.

While these new features are tempting, it is important to make sure all of your software works with Mountain Lion. Also, do not upgrade if you’re in the middle of a project – especially if it’s for a client. And, even though I report that some applications may work, I do not assume responsibility for anything. If you don’t need to upgrade, wait.

I have gotten confirmation from multiple people saying that Final Cut Pro 7 works. I reported several days ago that someone was able to get the Final Cut Studio suite working, but he has been my only source. Until I receive more confirmations, please wait. I will make sure to update this page when I do.

In regards to Final Cut Pro X, several Twitter followers have confirmed that it works. In my opinion, that was a given.

Adobe has posted a FAQ page stating that most of their recent creative suite versions do work on Mountain Lion:

Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.

In our testing we have found no significant issues with running CS5, 5.5, CS6 or Acrobat products with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Avid also posted information regarding support for 10.8:

Users of Mac OS X-compatible versions of Avid software product may rest assured that Avid plans to provide support for Apple’s newly-announced OS X 10.8 (code-named “Mountain Lion”) and its new security feature, Gatekeeper, which checks software for the existence of a digital signature that identifies its author. This security measure is meant to protect Mac OS X users from installing unsigned software, including malware, that is typically created by authors who understandably do not wish to be identified.

Avid is currently working to deliver versions of Avid software that are compatible with Mountain Lion, including code-signed software and installers.

The only known issue at the moment seems to be with ProTools 10.2 and lower. See this article for more information.

The new feature, Gatekeeper, seems to be a big issue for many of these programs. Toolfarm.com also reported a problem with 3rd party software maker, Red Giant Software, in regards to Gatekeeper:

The new OS from Apple (OS X 10.8) has a new “Gatekeeper” Security setting that is by default turned on.  You will find that Gatekeeper currently only opens installers that Apple has “signed” (learn more here). Our current installer packages are not signed in this way so you may encounter that they aren’t opening up after you’ve upgraded to OS 10.8.

For instructions on how to bypass Gatekeeper, visit Toolfarm’s article.

Have you installed Mac OS X Mountain Lion? If you have, is everything working? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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About The Author: Connor Crosby

Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and website developer. Experience using numerous NLEs including Final Cut Pro 7/X, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer.


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    Lawrence Eaton

    FCPX, Motion & Compressor all working beautifully.

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    Evren Aydogdu

    I am running Final Cut Studio 3 on Mac OS X 10.8.2. DVD Studio Pro 4.2.2 quits unexpectedly when trying to change the fonts in Preferences. Also build process is not completing after running right to the end, quits instead. (all media compressions are The VIDEO_TS folder created doesn’t open in DVD Player.

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