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Testing OS X 10.10 Yosemite for real work

Posted on by Paul

I’ll install OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) when it’s released, but it would be handy to know what works and doesn’t beforehand. To test it out safely I downloaded the OS X 10.10 beta and installed it on an external drive. I allowed the installation process to migrate applications, settings and documents from the main drive, so I have the same set-up as before, but an upgraded OS. I don’t have time to test everything, but here’s what I found so far. (Please note this is an idiosyncratic list, as it reflects my illustration, web development and 3D work.)

Applications tested with OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta

Adobe CC 2014 applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver

Work fine, but you’d expect this as they are brand new and constantly updated.


Works fine. This was a relief because I’d be stuffed if it didn’t work. I do a lot of coding in BBEdit.

Coda 2

Seems okay so far.


No problems.


Seems okay.

Keyshot 4

Works okay.


Still works, but development has ceased so it will die at some point. This is a right bugger. Probably time to move the rest of my ebook work over to InDesign.

MarvelousDesigner 3

Works okay, but should do as I’m paying for a subscription.

Microsoft Word 2011

Some minor UI issues but seems to work okay.


No problems so far.

Parallels Desktop

Re-installed itself on first start, but seems okay now. (Version 10 has now been released.)

Poser Pro 2014

Quirky as ever, but no different from before.



Substance Designer

No problems.

Toast Titanium 11

Seems okay. I know there’s a new version, but it doesn’t offer me anything new.

VirtualHost X

The application works fine but, as ever, my server settings have been stomped. That will be another couple of hours getting it all working again.

Wacom Tablet

Tested in Photoshop and all seems okay.


Hangs on launch, unresponsive. I hope there’s an update soon.

Unity 4.5

Seems to work, but there’s a big upgrade to version 5 coming soon anyway. (Version 4.6 is now in public beta.)

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