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InDesign 2018, MacOs 10.15 and new Macs

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May 30, 2020

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My clients insist on using 2018 for various reasons and software compatibility with DAMs etc. I currently have a 2016 MacBook Pro, with a Catalina container and a Mojave container for dual booting.

 

Now here's the problem. If my Mac decides to give up the ghost, travel to the electronic graveyard, how can I continue to use InDesign 2018. Buying a new 2020 MacBook Pro means that Mac OS 10.15 is the default OS and that will not run InDesign 2018. Saving an INDD from 2020 to an IDML would be the answer, but it reflows and Master page items shift. 

 

Are there any suggestions? Could the InDesign programming team recompile so that InDesign 2018 is 64 bit happy? 

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InDesign 2018, MacOs 10.15 and new Macs

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My clients insist on using 2018 for various reasons and software compatibility with DAMs etc. I currently have a 2016 MacBook Pro, with a Catalina container and a Mojave container for dual booting.

 

Now here's the problem. If my Mac decides to give up the ghost, travel to the electronic graveyard, how can I continue to use InDesign 2018. Buying a new 2020 MacBook Pro means that Mac OS 10.15 is the default OS and that will not run InDesign 2018. Saving an INDD from 2020 to an IDML would be the answer, but it reflows and Master page items shift. 

 

Are there any suggestions? Could the InDesign programming team recompile so that InDesign 2018 is 64 bit happy? 

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No they won’t do that. (Catalina rejects old apps, even the 64 bit ones; the 64 bit rule is just part of the story). Adobe and Apple only move forward even when your clients and collaborators don’t want to. This is a problem. You can try these options

  • Get an old Mac instead
  • get an old Mac too. 
  • Run a virtual machine, like with Parallels desktop. 

Be sure to get and keep old installers for both macOS and Indesign whenever you can, they are hard or impossible to get later. 

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Jun 12, 2020

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Hi there, 

 

I hope your issue has been resolved. But if the issue still persists, please let us know so that we can assist you.

 

If any of the above-mentioned solutions have worked for you, kindly mark the answer correct. 

 

Regards,

Sheena

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Still on-going.

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Software development can only guarantee operation in the environment at the time of announcement.
When the platform changes and the compatibility becomes incompatible, it is an external factor and the software cannot support it.
Adobe tries to resolve compatibility with new versions every year.

 

In this case, Apple has lost compatibility.
Therefore, when considering compatibility, there is no choice but to avoid using Apple's OS.

 

If you are using Creative Cloud for corporate version, you can get the old version from Admin Console.

However, the assumption of the operating OS does not change.

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Adobe provides a 32-bit version of their software for Windows 10.

Adobe provides a 64-bit version of their software for Windows 10.

Adobe provides a 64-bit version of their software for MacOS. Adobe included 32-bit code in the 64-bit installer. 

 

Suggesting to avoid MacOS is a cop out. Designers like myself have invested £000s, $000s in Adobe software over the years, and we have invested £000s, $000s in hardware. Yet because we use Apple we are now treated as second class customers.

 

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I have to remain on 2018 due to additonal plugins for DAMs etc. 

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New versions of InDesign on Windows are 64 bit only! I suggest that instead of ranking on Adobe, Apple or Microsoft you speak to the plugin developers.

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Hi Bob,

 

I don't want to use InDesign 2018. I'd rather use 2020, afteral I am paying for the latest releases, I agree it's plugin developers and IT departments that are causing the problem. I just feel that if there was a 64-bit installer for 2018 it would be a lot easier. Anyway. I'm going to use in a VM for now. 

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Hi assause,

switching operating systems is no practical option as well.

If you buy a Windows 10 computer you cannot install InDesign CC 2018 from the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App.

It's not offered anymore. The one chance you have then is to download the InDesign CC 2018 installer from:

 

Adobe CC 2018 Direct Download Links: Creative Cloud 2018 Release

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2018-direct-download-links.html

 

The issue with this approach: The installer will install the very first version of InDesign CC 2018: 13.0.0.0.

There is no bug fix version available for download. So you have no chance to install the latest bug fix version 13.1.1.110.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Hi iditthat,

what's your exact version of InDesign CC 2018 you have to use or you are currently using?

To find the exact version number, hold the Cmd key and then open "About InDesign".

As I already said, the installer for the base version 13.0.0.0 of InDesign CC 2018 can be downloaded from:

 

Adobe CC 2018 Direct Download Links: Creative Cloud 2018 Release

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2018-direct-download-links.html

 

Also the Mac OS X dmg installer.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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InDesign 13.0

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