OS X Mavericks: Checking App Compatibility

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OS X Mavericks has plenty of new features to entice users into upgrading, but if the apps you rely on every day won't work it doesn't make sense to make the jump. Trying to sort through long lists of websites to see if the apps you need are Mavericks-ready can be tedious process, and you don't need to do that. There's a one-stop-shop where you can check app compatibility, and it's easy to use. Read on to learn more.

The RoaringApps site lists Mavericks compatible appsThe RoaringApps site lists Mavericks compatible apps

When you need to find out whether or not the apps you rely on are Mavericks-ready, just point your favorite Web browser to RoaringApps. The site hosts a regularly updated list of OS X apps and whether or not their compatible with Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard, and even includes iOS 7 and earlier app compatibility information.

A green dot means the app is compatible, a yellow dot means the app works, but there are know issues, and a red dot means the app isn't compatible and probably won't work. If you have an up to date Web browser, RoaringApps includes a new interactive view that gives you more information. You can also use filters to find just the apps you're interested in, and you can save your favorites to check on later.

RoaringApps is a great resource, and it's one I rely on every time a major upgrade for OS X comes out.

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I tried this last night. 20, or 50, or even 100 apps per screen from 5,500 apps in their database, is still pretty tedious. I have over 400 apps on my Mac. Looking for them one by one, would take until the next OS upgrade.

I remember some time back, there was a downloadable app, that compared the apps on your Mac to what works in in your current OS upgrade. I wish I could remember the name of it, because it gave you a much smaller list of your apps that won’t work.



If you ever remember the name of the downloadable App you refer to in your comment, could you please post the link here ?


It seems that Maverick may not be ready for Prime Time. I see a significant number of apps bot compatible.I also agree with the previous poster that there should be a better way to check on compatibility.


@ Furbies ~ I’ve spent a lot of time searching the Net and my Mac for whatever it was, with no luck. However, I did find two useful general updaters that might be useful.

1. Mac Informer client (free) http://bit.ly/1afLCLt but is not completely thorough, in that it only checks your Applications ƒ for software. On the other hand,
2. Appfresh ($14.99) http://bit.ly/1afLGus seems to check everywhere, including your System Preferences, System Updates, Plugins, etc., and you can look at lists of just those items, if you choose. Itls pretty slick. Also, it doesn’t require a subscription like the MacUpdate Desktop app does. I think it comes with a 30-day free trial. That’s what I did originally, but the trial has run out, so I am going to purchase it.

Neither of these apps looks for Mavericks-specific updates, but it doesn’t exclude them, either.  If you find something Mavericks=specific, please let us know, because I’m done with searching.

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