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?

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?

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 get email every day from people who are using older versions of apple products, and especially ProTools systems, thanking us for creating plugins that work on their systems. Many users are still using RTAS plugins. While it is a little bit more work for us to support these older formats, it has never prevented us from being able to continue to support newer formats as well. Until Catalina. With the changes that come with Catalina, we now have to make a choice. Do we continue support for older system and make it annoying for newer systems or do we neglect older systems to make it less annoying on newer systems? Obviously we are going to have to stop supporting older macs, but I don’t feel like stopping cold turkey is fair to those users just because there’s been another update to MacOS. But it’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen sooner because of this update. We just wanted to give our older users time to prepare for it.

In the meantime, we will be making sure that our newer plugins work correctly with the most recent versions of MacOS, and we will be phasing out support for RTAS and any other 32-bit formats. It kind of sucks for those users, but it’s a necessary part of moving forward and making new, innovative plugins.