Programs that don’t work with Mavericks

I made a pretty stupid mistake.

I’m an editor and use Final Cut Pro 7. Yeah, I should have upgraded long ago, but there were several reasons why I didn’t upgrade – reasons I won’t explain here. But when OSX Mavericks came out, I was eager to upgrade to test out the features. The thing I didn’t do was prepare for what DIDN’T work with my Mac.

It’s inevitable, when you upgrade to a new operating system, things on your computer are bound NOT to work. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way.

While editing in FCP 7, I noticed that the option to capture video (in this case log and transfer) suddenly just crashes. That’s not a good thing.

While Final Cut Pro 7 works with OSX Mavericks, some functions don’t, like Log and Transfer.

While searching message boards recently, I’m starting to see others complaining of programs not working with the new Mavericks update.

I am going to list all the programs that don’t seem to work on this page to serve as a resource for others who are on the fence to upgrade to the latest version of the Mac OS system. Granted, Apple will most likely come out with a barrage of updates to fix these issues (hopefully), but for now, we have to grin and bear it.

Programs that don’t work with Mavericks (or have been affected)

If you know of a program that isn’t working with Mavericks, let us know, we’ll add it. This is what I’ve noticed so far:

  • Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 – Log and Transfer crashes in OSX Mavericks
  • Programs like iPhoto and Photoshop CS6 take forever to load. Hopefully this will get worked out.
  • There are reports that Onyx doesn’t work with Mavericks.]
  • SmartSound’s SonicFire Pro5 does not work under Mavericks. We’ve heard users report that you need to purchase the new upgrade to work around the problem.
  • Images you try to open in Preview will open very slowly.

Trust me, there are a lot. I’m going to compile them shortly. Hopefully this can serve as a resource for those having issues with Mavericks.

New releases of OS’s are exciting, but the first versions are rarely trouble-free. Please let us know what problems you’re having in the comments. Thanks.

Josh Benson

Josh Benson

Josh is the Editor of and supreme geek to boot. He spends much of his time learning new software, coding languages, gadgets and more. He loves helping people figure out tech problems - big or small. Josh is a former television news anchor and tech reporter. He spends his days developing websites and producing videos.

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  • Billzen

    I cannot get google chrome or the opera browser to work- many other problems as well. This “upgrade” is not ready for primetime

  • Thanks for the comment, Billzen. Full disclosure, I worked out the FCP issues. There were several issues, but I managed to run disk repair, delete preferences and it all seems to have worked out (even though I tried that earlier). There are some quirks with Mavericks, and I’m sure they’ll all come out. As for your issue, I am on a Mac Pro running Chrome daily without any issues. Not sure about Opera. Perhaps run a disk repair or check your Chrome plugins and deactivate them and see if you have any luck. Keep us posted.

    • Derrick

      Hey the FCP 7 thing is a big problem. I was just wondering if you could go into more detail of how you fixed it? It would be greatly appreciated. It’s actually an unsolved problem some people have had within the last month and I have a feeling more will creep up slowly. Here’s an Apple thread about it too.

      • Hey Derrick: I’m on a Mac Pro, using FCP7 and upgraded to Mavericks. What I did was solve the issue was I deleted preferences using a program I downloaded for free. I completely deleted all the preference files for Final Cut, so the next time I started, it was like it was back to factory install. (apologize, can’t remember the program off hand, but there are several you can use). Sounds simple – but you have to make sure you have a program do it. I couldn’t find the .plist and preference files on my own with Mavericks. After that, FCP7 has worked like a charm (knock on wood). I have successfully dumped in P2 1080 files and edited several projects since then. Good luck!


    So…to be clear, specifically the Log & Transfer aspect of FCP7 now DOES work after you deleted your preferences?

    • Sorry for the delay, but yes, all is working just fine. I’ve been using FCP 7 on Mavericks for both my Mac Pro and MacBook Pro since it came out without issue. (:

  • TommyBoy

    Hi Josh. Great article. I have been thinking about upgrading to Mavericks but I’ve held off because I’ve been worried about what would happen to FCP 7.0.3 in my case. A search turned up your article. I really want to do the upgrade. For one thing, my Safari is way out of date. Do you think it’s worth it now, since you’ve been able to fix it, or should I stick with what I have? (Running a 4-year old macbook pro).

    • Thanks, TommyBoy: I would say you’re fine. In fact, if you’re deciding to keep you MacBook for awhile and you – chances are you need to free up some space and speed so now may be a good time to reformat the laptop and install Mavericks from the start. I wrote an in-depth series on doing so on my personal site here: — but either way — you can upgrade to Mavericks and FCP7 will work just fine. It’s worked great on my Mac Pro and Macbook Pro since release. Good luck! Thanks for the comment.

  • fredlave

    I’ve installed Mavericks over OS 10.8.5 and initially it ran well but after deleting Firefox and Camino with AppZapper it seemed to run in fits and starts and some programs wouldn’t launch at all. I’ve using a early 2008 iMac with 4 GB of RAM and 80 GB free space on my HD. Any thoughts?