Pro Tools LE on OS X: short-lived compatibility

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 | by

DigiDesign’s market-leading DAW, Pro Tools, has not been compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”) since 10.5’s release on October 26, 2007. Mac users who run Pro Tools have been stuck with 10.4 for eight extra months.

On June 19, Digidesign finally approved Pro Tools 7.4.2 for use with OS X 10.5.3.

Then on July 1, Apple released 10.5.4… which is officially not approved for use with Pro Tools!

Digidesign says they “continue to work closely with Apple on Leopard compatibility.”

I love Pro Tools. I really do. I have thousands of dollars invested in my LE rig, and thousands of hours invested in learning how to use it. But I can’t help wondering how closely Digidesign and Apple are really working if after an eight-month wait for 10.5 compatibility, they only manage a 12-day period in which the two systems officially work together.

Some intrepid users in the DUC say 10.5.4 works fine, despite the lack of an official blessing from Digidesign. I hope so; I wiped my laptop drive last night and installed 10.5.4, looking forward to a few months’ of use of a current OS before 10.6 comes out.

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2 Responses to “Pro Tools LE on OS X: short-lived compatibility”

  1. piccoli

    July 24th, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Who says you have to upgrade to every new OS?

  2. matthew mcglynn

    July 24th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Nobody, certainly. But I’d argue that OS X 10.5 is not new. 🙂

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