Where should we start, when we say, Catalina 15.2 still isn’t ready for prime time?

MacOS Catalina was released back in October 2019. Apple has released two updates since then (as expected). However, as more users migrate we are finding out more problems with how Catalina impacts digital photography users. You’d think we’d be finding fewer problems with each release but, we’re not … Catalina 15.2 still isn’t ready!

When we wrote about Catalina and Lightroom last October, one major issue was Nikon users not being able to tether in Catalina. In our December review of Adobe and Catalina, nothing had changed. Just a few days ago, Adobe added Canon tethering to the list of Lightroom-Catalina compatibility issues. That would represent a massive user base of photographers who can’t use Lightroom with Catalina! So Lightroom problems have grown as new macOS versions release.

And, this warning still hasn’t changed: “Adobe strongly recommends that customers do their own testing on a non-production partition to ensure that new operating systems work with their current hardware and drivers (printing, and so forth).” That’s technical jargon for: don’t use Lightroom on Catalina if you absolutely depend on Lightroom!

We note that Adobe also warns: “…older versions of Lightroom Classic were neither designed nor tested to work on macOS Catalina. They are not supported in any way for use on macOS Catalina.” This is pretty strong stuff so our assessment still stands: do not upgrade at this time!

Other Catalina 15.2 issues we’ve read this week are:

If you’re tired of constantly seeing, “update to macOS Catalina” reminders popping up, you can turn them off! Read our recent how-to blog post on that. As well, we will show you how to check for other important updates if you are running Mojave. 

We expect that, eventually, Apple (as well as Adobe, Microsoft and many other companies) will get there. But for now, Catalina 15.2 still isn’t ready. We’re going to wait and see what happens with the next upgrade of Catalina 15.3.