I'm not a power user like many of you here. All I know is when I first tried to update to Catalina a couple weeks ago, my machine was bricked. Apple could not get it to respond, so they had to replace the Touch ID sensor, which required the replacement of the logic board. As a result I lost anything that wasn't being uploaded to the cloud, which was an eye-opener. I had been relying on Stickies for far too many things it seems....those are all gone. I used Dashboard everyday (and no, widgets are NOT still there in the Today panel of the Notification Center…very few widgets are available.) Why get rid of such a useful feature and not replicate its usefulness somewhere else? The biggest surprise has been my inability to connect my brand new Canon 80d camera. It seems the Canon software installer will not work on Catalina. I have now lost the ability to connect to my camera wirelessly to download photos to my computer. I am seriously considering selling the new MacBook Pro and switching back to PCs after 14 years (this time around) with Mac. I really like my iPhone and MBP, but adding features I don’t want (Mac Games, Mac TV and Movies, Continuity Sketch, etc.) and taking away features/accessibility I want/need is really frustrating.
I used to use Time Machine. I may start using it in addition, but if I don't remember to plug in my external drive and do a back up periodically I'm screwed.I contacted Canon and they said an updated installer will be out soon. The error message I receive is here:
Catalina removed or lost functionality from iTunes when it moved files to Music and Books. Specifically the "Command-I" has gone away making it impossible to modify metadata such as author/artist and title. I organize my audiobooks and music by Last Name, First Name or for music unit the artist name for consistency, sorting and searching. This has disappeared. In addition in the transfer from iTunes the initial installation date was replaced on all files with the date of Catalina implementation. When I want to sort from oldest to newest it is no longer possible.Mail is also a victim of neglect or a rush to publish. Specifically I have been able to drag a file (.jpg, .png or ..pdf) from the desktop to an email. No longer possible. For .jpg it is necessary to import the image to Photos and then drag it from Photos to the eMail. Since many of these are for one-time use I then need to go back to photos and delete the imported image/file. Preview no longer opens .jpg or .png on the desktop. Previously I might drag something from an email to my desktop, open it for editing and reuse. No longer possible.Communicating concerns to Apple is a fools errand. I am not sufficiently sophisticated to have created an alternate volume to retain Mojave so I am regretfully stuck with Catalina until Apple gets around to restoring long used functionality. To say I am disappointed is an understatement because I have bought into the Apple mantra of customer first, best possible quality control, perfect integration across platforms and always improving. From my perspective Apple attempted to do too much in a single release and the result is shoddy and far below their commitment to excellence.
I got Catalina for my MacBook Pro three weeks ago and it has been three weeks of pure hell.The machine is as slow as any machine can be.The fan runs high and hot, the battery runs out in an hour, NONE of my apps or files will open reliably and stay open without either the rotating pinwheel of death or sudden quit - or just black screen shut down of the whole shebang.Everything that DOES work - and that's saying something - takes four times as long as it would on a freaking Commodore 64.It quits and freezes day in and day out; I have to log into every site, every app, repeatedly. I've done twelve force quits and restarts just TODAY and I have to do the same EVERY DAY.iCloud:"You have to sign in to do anything in iCloud"[I sign in]"But you are already signed in!"[I try to do iCloud business]"You have to sign in to do anything in iCloud"[I sign in AGAIN]"But you are already signed in!"WiFi:Another user with this IP address is accessing WiFi already.Microsoft Suite that I purchased NEW just to work with Catalina:I can't open that file, Dave. <a> error message nothing to see in the files.Firefox: There are no bookmarks or history, sorry, dude. Just gone. Until you shut the thing down and reboot for the tenth time.WTF?Catalina has not just destroyed my Mac it has destroyed me as a life-long Mac user. I hate my Mac the way I never thought I could. And - does anybody at Apple Care?Nope. That would be a hard no.