Middlebury

Mac OS X Yosemite

Introduction

Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), released on 16 October 2014 and is available as an upgrade for faculty and staff who are currently running Mavericks (10.9.x).  If your machine is running Mavericks (10.9.x) or Mountain Lion (10.8.x) the upgrade will appear automatically in Software Updates under the Apple Menu.  If your machine is running Snow Leopard (10.6.x) or Lion (10.7.x), you will need to contact the Technology HelpDesk to discuss upgrade options.

As with all operating system upgrades, there are potential issues of compatibility with applications and services. If you have a question as to whether an application you are using will be compatible with Yosemite, please check with the Helpdesk or with the application vendor.

New computers provided for faculty and staff will be running Yosemite (10.10.x); public labs have been updated to Yosemite.

Yosemite has several improvements, including better support of multiple monitors, handoff capabilities between Yosemite and iOS8 devices, and enhanced iCloud Drive capabilities .  See Apple's complete list of what's new in Yosemite or get up to speed with the latest innovations using lynda.com's new, hour-long course: Mac OS X Yosemite New Features.

Current Known Issues & Areas of Concern

  1. Java 7 will not install due to an OS conflict, which means Nolij cannot be used on computers with Yosemite.
  2. iPhoto and iTunes MUST be updated and the applications launched to update the libraries PRIOR to updating the OS. ITS recommends that you always run all application updates prior to updating your operating system. With version 10.10.3, Apple has combined iPhoto and Aperture into a product called Photos. After installing 10.10.3, your iPhoto library will be converted to a Photos library. Depending on the number of photos you have, this could take a while. Once the conversion process starts, do not interrupt it. After the conversion, you may access and edit your photos through the Photos app.
  3. iMovie HD (version 6), a perennial favorite, has been sunsetted and is no longer functional
  4. Outlook for Mac version 2016 is experiencing stability issues.

Resolved Issues

  1. Several Macs have had boot problems since upgrading. ITS is investigating causes and solutions. Active Directory binding may be a factor. Please contact the helpdesk if you have encountered boot problems, so we may offer advice and so we may learn from your experiences. - 10.10.3 reportedly fixes this issue (4/8/15)
  2. Matlab R2014a does not launch properly. Error starting desktop. (patch available from MathWorks)
  3. WiFi connectivity issues with the MiddleburyCollege network have been reported. Upgrading the OS to El Captain (OS 10.11) have resolved this issue. This upgrade is available at no charge through the Mac App Store. (3/9/16)
  4. DropBox users have experienced periodic problems opening files or during save-as. DropBox reports that the recent update 10.10.1 fixes this issue.
  5. Mac Mail - there are no reports of problems under normal usage. If an incorrect password is entered (or stored in the Keychain), Mac Mail for Yosemite may send many login attempts, rather than returning a failure prompt. Account lockout may result
  6. All software by the vendor Ambrosia no longer works. Updates have addressed the issue. Run updates on all Ambrosia softwares. This impacts the following popularly-used software:
    • Wiretap Studio
    • SnapZPro (has been replaced in the Wilson Multimedia Development Lab - DFL 220 - with ScreenFlow)

Learning Resources


last updated 5/11/16 -- use go/yosemite to visit again, easily

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