So, future versions of MacOS release in betas, partly, so developers can prepare updates to their software ahead of time so that it continues to remain functional when the public release date comes. Is Esko's development cycle just too slow to complete that work by the time the beta is over?
Another driver to unneeded updates is Adobe. I remember we were forced to update past El Capitan to use InDesign 14 or higher. Some companies getting fed up with all that, though. Eg. babelColor's developer states that their next releases will not be compatible with future versions of MacOS, if Apple drops support of OpenGL in favor their Metal renderer.
I received quite a few emails and customers in response to that post. Most of them were incredulous that anybody would be in a hurry to upgrade a production machine to a new OS, especially one with as many changes as Catalina.
I can understand that it's frustrating if you have bought a new Macintosh, and it comes with Catalina pre-installed, but honestly is there any real driver to upgrade to it?
It's also a little worrying to me that the only thing keeping a prepress employee from dutifully accepting an automatically-prompted OS upgrade on launch day, thus removing that machine's ability to use said vital 3rd-party software and requiring a time-intensive rollback...is noticing a vendor email that says "Wait!".
With that reality staring me in the face, the best thing I can do for my company security-wise is run every update available as soon as possible.
a little worrying to me that the only thing keeping a prepress employee from dutifully accepting an automatically-prompted OS upgrade on launch day, thus removing that machine's ability to use said vital 3rd-party software and requiring a time-intensive rollback...is noticing a vendor email that says "Wait!".
Well, I respect Enfocus to dutifully testing their systems against the new versions of every OS. Because that communicates (at least for me) that we're in the same boat. We both would like to produce something which can be sold for profit.
On the other hand, let's think about what drives Apple to release a new OS each and every year. It's not about emerging security threats, it's not about new functionality. It's about pushing the desktop OS closer and closer to the phone OS, eventually merging them together, saving a lot of internal resources (money).
If you're a Mac user, and really worry about the mentioned threats, why not use some serious firewall (UTM) solution, which will handle those threats accordingly? That's a no-brainer even for a 5 person shop.
This sure is a sound policy for minor "dot" updates within the same macOS version (10.14.2, 10.14.3 etc.) When it comes to major upgrades such as Mojave > Catalina, you only risk to run into various problems if you're in hurry to upgrade.
Frankly, I don't think that prepress employees should perform any kind of major upgrades just because they saw a notification. It should be either done by IT - or by approval of IT people. As to vital 3rd-party software, I believe that its compatibility with major system (or Adobe) upgrades must be explicitly verified first - not automatically assumed.