Do not update your Mac to OS X Yosemite before upgrading to the new release of LightSpeed Pro!
LightSpeed recently sent out an email to all LightSpeed Pro users with this warning. Just in case you missed it, here are the highlights:
Apple will soon be releasing the next version of OS X, the Mac operating system. It’s called OS X Yosemite (10.10), and it will be available as a free download in the Mac App Store.
LightSpeed Pro versions 3.9.8 (the current release) and below don’t support OS X Yosemite. However, the next release of LightSpeed Pro, which will be released later this month, will be the first to work with OS X Yosemite.
Please note that the upcoming update and all future versions will not support Mac OS X Lion (10.7). We are making this change in order to focus our development, testing, and support efforts on the versions of OS X that most of our users are currently running.
How high can I go?
The question that you may be asking yourself is: Based on my current operating system, what’s the latest version of LightSpeed that I can upgrade to? How high can I go without also having to upgrade my computer?
Simply go to the Apple menu on each of the computers upon which you currently run LightSpeed, and choose ‘About This Mac’. This will tell you what version of the Mac OS you are currently running.
Mac OS 10.6.8 can’t handle anything greater than LightSpeed 3.9.3 while Mac OS 10.7 maxes out at LightSpeed version 3.9.8. If you are running any of these older versions, you’ll need to upgrade your OS before you can upgrade LightSpeed.
Can I upgrade my Mac OS?
What if your computer can’t handle a new OS? With an older Mac, this is a very real possibility. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to upgrade to the latest version. The upcoming version of LightSpeed should support Mac OS 10.8 and up. Here are some links to help you sort things out…
- System requirements for OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
- System requirements for OS X Mavericks (10.9)
- Although the system requirements for OS X Yosemite have not been announced (as of this writing), check out this MacWorld article to get an idea of what to expect when it does ship.
Also, make sure that you upgrade all of the computers. It’s not enough to simply upgrade your server. You also need to upgrade all of the various computers that you’ll use to access the server with LightSpeed. So, make a list of all the computers and what versions of the Mac OS they are running… and check to ensure that each one can handle the new version before you begin.
Contact our office at 905-337-5923 if you need assistance in assessing your IT situation. You’ll be able to book a paid consulting session over telephone and internet screen sharing in which we’ll be able to help you through this.