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Catalina (and Beyond) Compatibility

The Catalina update for MacOS has thrown the music production world into a panic. What do we do???? First, let’s all just relax and walk through this, because it’s actually not that big a deal.

Will Boz Digital Labs plugins work on Catalina/Big Sur?

Any plugins that you have already installed will continue to work after upgrading to Catalina.

If you are installing a new plugin, there will be some extra steps you need to take, but those extra steps take about 30 seconds, so it’s not that bad.

How do I install plugins on Catalina/Big Sur?

When you open an installer, you will be met with this message:

Ok, maybe this message is a little bit scary.

To make this go away, just open up your System Preferences, then click on Security and Privacy. Once in there, click on the General tab. Inside this tab, there will be a message at the bottom saying “XXX.pkg was blocked from use because it is not from an identified developer.” Just click on the “Open Anyway” button. The installer should open right up and install normally. 

For those who like the shortest possible directions:

System and Preferences → Security and Privacy → General → Open Anyway.

For those who like longer directions with pictures and stuff:

Step 1: Open System Preferences

Step 2: Click on Security & Privacy

Step 3: Click on the General Tab

Step 4: Click on Open Anyway

Step 5: Click Open on the new popup

That’s all there is to it. You should now be able to install and use your plugin normally

Why don’t you just fix your installers to open up without this workaround?

We are in the process of rewriting our plugins to make sure that they stay future proof. We have quite a few plugins, so it will take some time to get through them all. We don’t have a specific date yet, but we are spending all our time on it. Once we do this, this message will go away, but we will also drop support for 32 bit systems on macOS. Thank you for your patience.


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