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#46992 - 11/22/17 05:39 PM Movin' on up to 27"
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
My old iMac has been running more and more slowly, with regular beach ball appearances, so I've bit the bullet and ordered a refurbished 27" equipped thusly:

2017 27" iMac
3.4 Ghz Quad-core 7th generation Intel Core i5 c/w Turbo Boost
Retina display
1 TB Fusion Drive
Radeon Pro 570 c/w 4 GB video memory
The OS will be High Sierra

Questions:

1. The OS is High Sierra but the main drive is a Fusion Drive.

a) Will the filing system be APFS or HFS ?
b) Should I care?


I checked my applications with Roaring Apps and most applications get a "Will work" rating. However:

Printer Software

I have a Canon Pixma MX 712 and Roaring Apps says pretty much all of my Canon software

However, at this site https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201465
it appears that Apple supplies third party drivers that will operate the printing, scanning and faxing functions of the MX 712 with the MX 710 series software.

Have I drawn the right conclusion?
Should I do anything to prepare?

Printer Hookup

Assuming my Pixma will work okay...I currently use a USB 2 cable. However, the new outputs are USB 3. Does it matter?


Other applications

Many applications are in Roaring Apps' "Unknown" list. Should I start updating them now, or wait until I do the Migration and see what does or doesn't work?

Ya, ya...a bunch of people just went: "Well, duh", but I ask because I don't want to get caught with an app that won't work and therefore not allow me to get an upgrade charge as opposed to a new software charge.
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
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#46994 - 11/22/17 08:12 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
David Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Hello Rick,

For (1), it will be HFS, and you shouldn't care. The primary advantage to APFS, apparently, is improvement in performance on pure SSD. The fusion drive, which I also have on my 27" iMac, is mostly a spinning drive.

For (2), just let MacOS install the driver it wants to. It will automatically download whatever it needs from Apple. I have a Brother, but it all works just fine and Apple keeps the drivers up-to-date. I expect it would be the same for your Canon. As to USB 2 v. 3, with your 2 cable, it will default to 2 speeds. Frankly, I doubt you could perceive a difference. With USB 3, you'd just fill up the printer's buffer faster, but it has a mechanical limit to printing, imaging, and paper feeding that is likely far, far slower than USB 2 let alone 3.

For your other applications, sure no harm in checking. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, as the saying goes. If it were me, I'd update those apps that have free updaters and decide individually for the paid apps if I really needed them. I used the High Sierra upgrade as an opportunity for some housekeeping and to throw out old 32-bit apps that I haven't really used in a couple of years (or more).

I am sure you will love your iMac. I find the 27" Retina display absolutely stunning every time I use the computer.

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#46996 - 11/22/17 11:37 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
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Edited by artie505 (11/23/17 12:58 AM)
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#46999 - 11/23/17 06:58 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: David]
ryck Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: David
I used the High Sierra upgrade as an opportunity for some housekeeping and to throw out old 32-bit apps that I haven't really used in a couple of years (or more).

Thanks, David.

Good idea....I was thinking along the same lines. When looking through the Roaring Apps lists I realized I have quite a few apps that I used at one time but not so much anymore....if at all.
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
Carbon Copy Clone on 500GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro

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#47000 - 11/23/17 08:39 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: ryck
Questions:

1. The OS is High Sierra but the main drive is a Fusion Drive.

a) Will the filing system be APFS or HFS ?
b) Should I care?

APFS is currently not compatible with Fusion drives however the rumor mill says that may change in a future update to High Sierra. Personally I wouldn't worry about it.

Originally Posted By: ryck
I have a Canon Pixma MX 712 and Roaring Apps says pretty much all of my Canon software

I ended up downloading the latest available drivers for my Canon PIXMA printer, (Ithink they were for OS X 10.8 or 1.9) from Canon and it works just fine on my MBP running High Sierra.

Originally Posted By: ryck
Assuming my Pixma will work okay...I currently use a USB 2 cable. However, the new outputs are USB 3. Does it matter?

USB 3 is backward compatible with USB 2 and USB 1. If you need one there are adaptor cables. (You would definitely need an adaptor if it were USB C however smile )
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#47001 - 11/23/17 09:01 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: joemikeb]
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Re: " . . . I have a Canon Pixma MX 712 and Roaring Apps says pretty much all of my Canon software."

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I have an HP-AIO printer from 2006 I still use with an iMAC and a MBPro. Apple sends me updates as needed, so I would think it is pretty safe to assume that Apple does so with most printer brands around . . . even a 10-year old one!

P.S. If you use Onyx for maintenance, there is a warning from the developers NOT to use "secure" erase in that application on a Fusion Drive. Otherwise, the other features/tools in Onyx are okay to use. smile

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#47002 - 11/23/17 09:24 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: joemikeb
Originally Posted By: ryck
Assuming my Pixma will work okay...I currently use a USB 2 cable. However, the new outputs are USB 3. Does it matter?

USB 3 is backward compatible with USB 2 and USB 1. If you need one there are adaptor cables. (You would definitely need an adaptor if it were USB C however smile )

Carrying that one step further, the USB port on your printer fits a USB 2 cable that's compatible with the USB 3 port on your iMac; you'll get only USB 2 speed, though. (Same setup I"m running.)


Edited by artie505 (11/23/17 03:27 PM)
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#47003 - 11/23/17 03:53 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: MG2009]
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Originally Posted By: MG2009
I have an HP-AIO printer from 2006 I still use with an iMAC and a MBPro. Apple sends me updates as needed, so I would think it is pretty safe to assume that Apple does so with most printer brands around . . . even a 10-year old one!

Not to argue, but my experience was different. Apple offered no current driver support in High Sierra for my 6 year old Canon PIXMA IP4500, and referred me to Canon. The latest drivers available from Canon were developed for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), but to my relief, those drivers are compatible with High Sierra.

I just checked and Canon's site has been redesigned since the last time I was there, making it significantly more difficult to get drivers for OS versions other than the one you are actually using to access the site. crazy
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#47004 - 11/23/17 05:04 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Apple has never provided a driver my 4 year old Canon ImageCLASS LBP6000; I've always had to go to Canon to look for updated drivers.

After reading your post I took a look at their website, and in addition to its now "detecting" which version of OS X/macOS you're running, it also offers a new dropdown via which drivers for other OS versions can be obtained.

Happily, I found a new, updated for High Sierra driver for my printer, but unhappily, it's still 32 bit, and I fear that Canon isn't going to support my printer with a 64 bit driver when it becomes necessary. frown
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#47005 - 11/24/17 12:31 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: artie505]
ryck Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
I also have been to the Canon site and found three quite recent drivers (ICA, CUPS Printer, Scanner) as well as 6 software updates and a firmware update. With the exception of the firmware update, which turned out not to be needed, I installed everything.

I guess the 32 bit aspect accounts for why Roaring Apps still kept the printer's Scanner in "Doesn't Work" and everything else in "Unknown".

Well, the machine has shipped so I guess we'll wait for the delivery truck and see what happens with Apple. This site does say "Your Mac automatically installs third-party software (drivers) for the following printers and scanners" and the OS list is High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks.


Edited by ryck (11/24/17 12:43 AM)
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
Carbon Copy Clone on 500GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro

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#47006 - 11/24/17 12:44 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: ryck
I guess the 32 bit aspect accounts for why Roaring Apps still kept the printer's Scanner in "Doesn't Work" and everything else in "Unknown".

The 32/64 bit thing isn't a factor in High Sierra...won't be one until the next version of macOS, so I dunno...

My 32 bit driver works just fine.
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#47007 - 11/24/17 12:50 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: artie505]
ryck Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Hmmmm. I wonder if the functional evaluation is related to the fact that the Roaring Apps app is beta. We'll see.
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
Carbon Copy Clone on 500GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro

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#47008 - 11/24/17 01:00 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
I don't waste my time with Roaring Apps or its ilk; I rely on my own empirical evidence for apps that don't mess with the OS, and on developers' status reports for those that do.

More: On the other hand, though, I'm not running any apps the loss of which would break my heart, and, anyhow, that's why we maintain clones and/or Time Machine.


Edited by artie505 (11/25/17 12:01 AM)
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#47009 - 11/24/17 12:33 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
ryck Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Thanks everyone for some great advice and tips. I'm feeling much more comfortable.

Okay....so, new question - this one about Quicken.

I have been using Quicken since Attila the Hun was in third grade and I have a lot of accumulated data, which I would prefer not to lose. The last upgrade I have is Quicken 2007 although it has received many updates and, in El Capitan, works flawlessly.

About Quicken describes it as 16.2.4 (Build 25.886.100) and Check for Updates says: "You're Up to Date. Quicken 2007 16.2.4 is currently the newest version available."

Roaring Apps appears conflicted. In "Works Fine" it shows Quicken 15.0.1 but Quicken 2007 16.2.4 is in the "Unknown" list.

Perhaps it's time for movin' on......

My financial tracking needs are quite basic. I keep track of a couple of credit cards and need, once in a while, to pull up a report - such as how much I've spent with a vendor, when I purchased something, et cetera.

Quicken's only newer program for Mac is a $40 per annum subscription, which doesn't interest me. If I change to a new program, I assume it should be done before any Migration. So, to the questions:

1. Anyone using the old Quicken with High Sierra? What's your experience.

2. Quicken allows me to export a file called QIF (which I would do prior to Migration). Am I right to assume other financial programs will import it?

3. What are other folks using, other than Quicken, and why?


Edited by ryck (11/24/17 12:37 PM)
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
Carbon Copy Clone on 500GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro

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#47010 - 11/24/17 01:57 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
I know nothing about Quicken's functionality, but I found Update on Quicken for Mac 2007 Support Policies (May 2016), which answers your compatibility question.
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#47011 - 11/24/17 03:11 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
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Registered: 08/04/09
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For several years I had used and recommended MoneyDance as a viable alternative to Quicken but because of recent glitches in their development and support I started looking around and found Banktivity 6 (formerly known as IBank). Banktivity's look and feel is different from Quicken (and MoneyDance) and took me a little while to adapt after using MoneyDance for over ten years, but I have grown to really like it and appreciate some of its more subtle features. Banktivity is feature rich in accounting functions including at least three different budgeting options. It is aggressively supported and their customer support is excellent and very helpful. It doesn't have non-financial features such as household inventory, but it does support at least three budgeting methodologies (I need to do more of that) and it talks to most U.S. financial institutions. For the user converting from Quicken or other financial apps it does a good job importing data exported from Quicken or QIF format. If you are interested you can download a free trial version that supports only a limited number of transactions.

If you want a look and feel closer to Quicken check iFinance 4 from Synium Software. For that reason alone, I likely would have chosen it when I made the switch, but it refused to talk to my bank (USAA).
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#47012 - 11/24/17 03:15 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: artie505
....I found Update on Quicken for Mac 2007 Support Policies (May 2016), which answers your compatibility question.

Yes, I had seen that site which confirms: No more Quicken 2007 support, and the day the OS doesn't work with it, I'm done. The only way out (there's nothing available in Canada except for Windows) is to enrol in a U.S. annual subscription, which is not for me.

And, even if I wanted to pay a yearly fee, Quicken doesn't even guarantee that my QIF file can be imported. They say: "If you have a data file from an older version of Quicken for Mac, you can attempt to convert the file to the latest Mac version."

I remain interested to learn what other folks have moved to.


Edited by ryck (11/24/17 03:26 PM)
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OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
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#47013 - 11/24/17 03:22 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
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I wonder if this is worth a look? I wonder if it's still available?

It's apparently a $75 d/l, NOT a subscription.
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#47014 - 11/24/17 04:02 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: joemikeb]
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Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: joemikeb
I started looking around and found Banktivity 6 ...

It doesn't have non-financial features such as household inventory, but it does support at least three budgeting methodologies (I need to do more of that) and it talks to most U.S. financial institutions.

I'm good on the inventory front as I have Bento 4 and it will work with High Sierra. For budgeting, we have a fairly elaborate Excel spreadsheet that has developed over a few years.

Originally Posted By: joemikeb
If you want a look and feel closer to Quicken check iFinance 4 from Synium Software. For that reason alone, I likely would have chosen it when I made the switch, but it refused to talk to my bank (USAA).

This has appeal. The price is right and I like Synium Software, having used CleanApp for a few years. I think I'll download their demo.


Edited by ryck (11/24/17 04:03 PM)
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#47015 - 11/24/17 04:06 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: artie505]
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Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: artie505
I wonder if this is worth a look? I wonder if it's still available?

It's apparently a $75 d/l, NOT a subscription.

Thanks for finding this. However for me, wth the exchange, it'd be a $95 download and I'd be paying for a pile of functionality I'd never use. Also, I'm not crazy about Quicken saying I could "attempt" to import my older files.
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
Carbon Copy Clone on 500GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro

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#47027 - 11/25/17 02:27 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
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It hasn't been that long ago that Intuit was looking for a buyer for Quicken and could not find anyone interested in taking over their 34 year old code base which had become so creaky and full of patches it was too expensive for them to maintain or enhance. Last year HIG Financial Services, a Miami based private equity fund, agreed to take it on and that is where the ownership lies today. Where the MacUpdate offering is coming from is a question I would want answered before I recommend investing $75.
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#47028 - 11/25/17 03:12 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


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The MacUpdate offering is Quicken 2017; clicking on "Purchase" gets you to Quicken.com.

As far as I can tell, it comes from the same source as Quicken 2018, the rental version.
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#47029 - 11/25/17 05:34 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: artie505]
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Loc: Okanagan Valley
At the Quicken site I found this disclaimer, somewhat disconcerting on this side of the border:

"Quicken for Mac 2017

There is currently only one version of Quicken for Mac, intended for use in the US; however, Canadian users can also use the Quicken for Mac 2017 product. Please note that although the US Mac version of Quicken may work in Canada, we do not provide support for it when used outside of the US."
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iMac (Retina 5K, 27", 2017), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Canon MX710 Printer
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Time Machine on 320GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro
Carbon Copy Clone on 500GB OWC Mercury OTG Pro

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#47030 - 11/25/17 06:00 PM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: ryck]
artie505 Online


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Well, it's not like you actually wanted it, and that's not even sour grapes.

Aside: I don't know if you've seen this, and I"m wondering if you've run into the same issue? (You wouldn't have unless your keychain password differs from your login password.)


Edited by artie505 (11/26/17 02:38 AM)
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#47033 - 11/26/17 06:14 AM Re: Movin' on up to 27" [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: artie505
Well, it's not like you actually wanted it, and that's not even sour grapes.

Although it would have been better all around if I could continue with the same program I've used for years. However, I have to think "Wow...that much to track a couple of credit cards? And, if I have an installation issue....it's tough luck, you're on your own."

Originally Posted By: artie505
Aside: I don't know if you've seen this, and I"m wondering if you've run into the same issue? (You wouldn't have unless your keychain password differs from your login password.)

I don't have the machine yet (expected delivery still a few days out) but I'm not expecting that issue. So far, for me, Cookie (V5.6.3) just pops up on it's own after I log in...no further input required.


Edited by ryck (11/26/17 06:15 AM)
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