MacLoggerDX to drop support for older versions of OS X
On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, Don Agro (VE3VRW) announced his plans for the future of MacLoggerDX.
To take advantage of new developments, technologies, and features within OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), Don will be dropping support for older versions of OS X. With the release of v5.63 this fall, MacLoggerDX will only support OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), or 10.11 (El Capitan). Support for 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) will be dropped.
Don writes “Mac OS X is evolving quickly and to take advantage of the new developments, new developer tools (Xcode) are being released by Apple just as quickly. The downside to this is that these new developer tools drop support for older versions of the OS and older CPU architectures. We could stay with the old tools and avoid using the new OS capabilities but instead of preparing for the past we have gone with the future and the latest development tools. The current release version (v5.61) already has a number of features that are only available under Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and many features that must be written and supported differently for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). This upgrade will allow us to take advantage of some of the new and exciting technologies that Apple is adding as well as simplify support and increase stability.”
For those that are running an older version of OS X who may not want or be able to upgrade to El Capitan, Don continues: “If you are stuck with an older version of MacLoggerDX, there is no charge in the future to download and run the latest version if/when you upgrade your Mac or OS X.”
Like Apple itself, new software releases often force developers to choose between new features or support for older versions of OS X. With Don looking forward to the future, not only of MacLoggerDX but also that of OS X, it is a benefit to all of the users to make this change now with as much advanced notice as possible.