Ask DN: Is OS X Yosemite good for actual work yet?

almost 7 years ago from , Creator of 2048; Freelance Designer & Developer.

My Mac is becoming unbearably slow, so I wanted to take the chance and wipe everything and start over on Yosemite. What I'm wondering is whether Yosemite is already good enough for this, and in particular:

  • Does Yosemite fully support Photoshop CC 2014? Are there any major problems?
  • Does Yosemite in general work well or is it still unstable enough?
  • Are there any other tools (e.g. Sublime Text or other major programs) that are broken or unworkable on Yosemite?
  • Will it be possible to upgrade from Yosemite Beta to the final version when it comes out?

I'm not really considering the option of installing Yosemite on a different partition because it'd defeat the purpose of getting a clean slate to work with, and I'd still have to go through the same process once Yosemite actually comes out.


  • Luke MitchellLuke Mitchell, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Seriously wait. It's called beta for a reason. Despite what everyone here is saying there are probably still bugs, don't risk your work for what could only be a couple of weeks waiting.


    Apple FAQ:

    "...Be sure to back up your computer using Time Machine before installing this pre-release software and install it only on non-production or machines that are not business critical."

    28 points
    • Nayaabkhan KhanNayaabkhan Khan, almost 7 years ago

      I completely agree with Luke here. I am in exactly the same situation as you, Gabriele. But I think a little wait is worth it. We are just a few weeks from the stable release, why don't have a clean slate with a good stable release than a beta?

      1 point
    • wojtek w.wojtek w., almost 7 years ago

      There will also be bugs after the release, so I would wait even longer until an update is released.

      0 points
    • Daniel WiklundDaniel Wiklund, over 6 years ago

      Well that's right, but you are not really answering the question Gabriele is asking.

      0 points
      • Luke MitchellLuke Mitchell, over 6 years ago


        Answer: No

        6 points
      • Charles WiltgenCharles Wiltgen, over 6 years ago

        The actual answer from someone who's been using it for a couple months now is yes. (But of course there is always a bit of risk, and you should always have backups.)

        0 points
        • Andrew Michael ToddAndrew Michael Todd, over 6 years ago

          I switched over as soon as I could. No problems here.

          0 points
        • Luke MitchellLuke Mitchell, over 6 years ago

          Agreed it's a beautifully functional beta, but I always use it on a partition. Without even a 'gold-master' release I would never consider overwriting my stable OS. There has to be a reason why this is still beta.

          0 points
  • b. brielb. briel, almost 7 years ago

    Hello Gabriele !

    I've been using Yosemite since the 2.0 beta, and so far so good..

    I own a MBPR, 16go RAM and yes, Photoshop CC works fine for me.

    I'm also using Sublime Text alot, and never had any issue with it – basically, I never had any issue with any apps running on Yosemite.

    When the final version will come out, you'll be able to download the upgrade with no problem.

    I hope this helps!


    6 points
  • Brennan Smith, almost 7 years ago

    My mac was getting very hot using Yosemite.

    2 points
    • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, almost 7 years ago

      Strange, is there a particular app with high CPU/GPU usage?

      0 points
      • Onkar Nath, almost 7 years ago

        Since latest beta release. CPU usage for Calendar app shoots up to 98% with no responsive state. The process had to be force quit. This issue arises at least 6-7 times a day for me. In previous beta releases, I never encountered any such issue.

        0 points
      • Brennan Smith, almost 7 years ago

        I wasn't sure what was causing the issue. Adobe products, Sketch and Sublime Text are my goto tools.

        0 points
  • Account deleted almost 7 years ago

    Nope! It's horrible with Adobe software

    2 points
  • Account deleted almost 7 years ago

    It never was unstable in my opinion, been using PS and Sublime since the first beta.

    2 points
  • Zach KuzmicZach Kuzmic, almost 7 years ago

    I've been running it for a few weeks now with very few issues.

    At first, Axure wouldn't start, but a fix has since been released (kudos to them for the super quick turnaround on that).

    There have been a couple instances of freezing and startup issues, but a PRAM reset fixed that.

    With that said, ALL of my work exists on dropbox or our company server. I fully realize that this thing could crap out at any second and am fully prepared for that.

    1 point
  • Hamish TaplinHamish Taplin, almost 7 years ago

    If you use any Rubygems (Sass, etc) then you'll face the usual headache of installing different versions of Ruby until you find one that works. This seems to happen every time a new version of OSX drops, even if you use RVM.

    1 point
  • Aaron GrandoAaron Grando, almost 7 years ago

    I've been using it for a few beta versions, mostly to be current with Safari 8 QA with the projects we've been working with.

    Not too much to worry about. Had to repair a few small things in my development environment upon install, but that's to be expected with any OS upgrade, beta or not.

    The other big adjustments are more human: The first couple times a phone call rings on your laptop, iPad and iPhone simultaneously, you will panic. And you'll hate your one Android-weilding friend less now that you can text him from Messages like the rest of the civilized world.

    1 point
  • Borislav DimitrovBorislav Dimitrov, almost 7 years ago

    Working with Yosemite from the first dev release, had some little problems but with the new updates everything works, works good for a beta. I'm working on an iMac 2013 and I'm using mostly Ps and Ae, I think you'll be fine with the latest update, but keep in mind that is still a beta :)

    1 point
  • Will BakerWill Baker, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    As others have said, most apps work just fine.

    BUT Canon's EOS Utility does NOT work with Yosemite yet. It's a dumpy piece of software on a good day, but I know a lot of people who use it for live-view tethered shooting into Lightroom. It's definitely been a pain point for me.


    Just remembered, I started experiencing a weird cache problem with Bridge after the second beta release that has continued to be an issue after the third beta update. It hasn't caused any noticeable problems for me yet, but I do get an annoying warning about it every time I run the application, and I can't seem to do anything to get rid of it.

    1 point
  • Peter MainPeter Main, almost 7 years ago

    I've been getting little artefacts from Photoshop CC (bounding boxes not disappearing when deselecting, that type of thing, zooming usually clears it, but it's rather annoying.)

    1 point
  • Patrick CampbellPatrick Campbell, almost 7 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I've been using Yosemite since Beta 1.

    Sketch is fine.

    I had to fix a couple of things with MAMP and Coda 2. It's documented.

    1 point
  • Marijn ScholtusMarijn Scholtus, almost 7 years ago

    I’ve recklessly installed the first Yosemite beta on my main MacBook Pro Retina. There have been quirks (nothing unworkable) but those have since been ironed out. It’s pretty smooth at the moment.

    CC/Sketch/Sublime didn’t have any problems at all. The only real problem I experienced was that Axure wouldn’t launch at all. They released an Axure beta within the first week that fixed those issues.

    1 point
  • Ronalds Vilcins, almost 7 years ago

    I have no problems working with Yosemite too. Using Sublime and Photoshop CC a lot.

    1 point
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, almost 7 years ago

    The early adopters are exceptionally brave, you truly are Mavericks. Joking aside (please say you got it), if you like to tinker go for it, if not don't. Good luck with your decision

    0 points
  • Chris SlowikChris Slowik, almost 7 years ago

    I've been using it for actual work for months. It's beta and yes there are a couple bugs. To answer your bullet points:

    • Yes. I've not had any more crashes in Yosemite than I do in Mavericks on my other work machine.

    • Yes, in general it works quite well. Sometimes things crash, but sketch saves like crazy, and you should have photoshop set to autosave too. Crashes don't happen often enough to affect my productivity.

    • After Effects didn't work for a while, but it does now! =] Haven't discovered any others. I use Adobe stuff, sketch, cinema 4d, and myriad utilities and things like spotify, on a daily basis (well not c4d daily but i've used it on yosemite)

    • That I don't know.

    0 points
  • deleted userdeleted user, almost 7 years ago

    Sitting since 2.0. All great, no bugs.

    Sublime/Sketch/NPM workflow is working alright.

    0 points
  • Lenny MartinezLenny Martinez, almost 7 years ago

    Yosemite is great and awesome... But MATLAB and Mathematica currently do not run... This is an issue only if you also happen to be an engineering college student. Aside from this I have no issues with it. :D

    0 points
  • Axel ValdezAxel Valdez, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Sketch, Atom, MAMP, Jekyll, NodeJs and Grunt for work.

    So far it's been good, except for Adobe Photoshop getting stuck in the current tool. Clicking on the toolbar "releases" it.

    If you use MAMP, you need to go to Applications/MAMP/Library/bin and rename the file envvars to _envvars for Apache to start.

    Don't forget to install XCode command line tools as soon as you upgrade if you use Ruby, Node, etc.

    0 points
  • Jason CalleiroJason Calleiro, almost 7 years ago

    I've been using it for a month and use Sketch, Photoshop, SublimeText daily. No issues.

    Your mileage may vary though... it is Beta.

    0 points
  • Lucas MottaLucas Motta, almost 7 years ago

    On Yosemite: Open Finder > Select a file without an extension > Crash. So imagine how hard it's to rename this file now. Luckily the Terminal is my friend, but this is enough reason not to upgrade.

    0 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    For app compatibility, check RoaringApps—they're building a database of crowd-sourced reports for Yosemite and iOS8 (and older).

    0 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I've been using Yosemite for 2 weeks now with very few issues, and none of which have hindered my work, but I've mostly been coding these last few weeks.

    Mission Control and other animated elements of the OS are plummeting to 5-10 FPS as opposed to 30-60 FPS on Mavericks on a MacBook Air w/ i7, 8GB, Intel 5000. Granted, not a dedicated GPU, but that's a huge difference.

    Most of my apps are running well. I can say that Photoshop and Illustrator are having worse display performance issues (than they already had) with cropping (PS) / panning (AI).

    If your company made the mistake of choosing Microsoft Lync for its chat service, you must change your system language from English to English (U.S.) and restart. Then it will launch. Opening Preferences will crash it. Always.

    In terms of stability, not a single problem really.

    0 points
  • Ryan LeFevreRyan LeFevre, almost 7 years ago

    Regardless of how well Yosemite beta is performing, the final release is expected to arrive with the release of the rest of the iOS 8 features. If you can hold out 2 weeks or so, you will thank yourself.

    0 points
  • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, almost 7 years ago

    I've been wondering the same thing specifically for Adobe CC 2014 and Suitcase Fusion.

    0 points
  • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, almost 7 years ago

    I dont understand why people get defensive/hostile about people updating.

    I've been using it since Dev Preview 2 and apart from a couple MYSQL & Apache specific bugs (which have since been resolved) its working perfectly for me.

    0 points
  • Jeff CouturierJeff Couturier, almost 7 years ago

    I wouldn't do it yet. The biggest thing you can do to speed up your machine is to replace the hard drive with an SSD. If you don't already have one, the speed difference is amazing.

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, almost 7 years ago

    It runs 1 week at mine and I have no problems at all. Running on a MBPR 16GB.

    0 points
  • Sarper Erel, almost 7 years ago

    I'm on a Retina Macbook Pro with Yosemite for last two release and it is completely stable for me.

    I use Adobe CC, Fireworks CS6 and Sketch for design and just some getting stuff done apps like Slack, Flow, Clear, Airmail, 1Password...

    0 points
  • Ryan BowmanRyan Bowman, almost 7 years ago

    Do it. Hand-off is great. And the new design changes make it feel like you get a new computer. Can't be underestimated.

    On MacBook Pro, no issues except the MAMP thing.

    Sublime and the older versions of Adobe stuff (Illustrator, PS and Indesign) that I use are all good.

    0 points
  • Daniel WiklundDaniel Wiklund, almost 7 years ago

    I have a few bugs in Photoshop when using brush and selection tools, but it's nothing mayor. Other than that I have had no issues with Yosemite

    0 points
  • Kyle RoseKyle Rose, almost 7 years ago

    When I tried the beta it didn't support installing older Wacom tablet (bamboo) drivers, that probably is ironed out by now.

    0 points