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Apple updates: Quite products and macOS "Big Sur" and M1 Macs

Information updated 10 December 2020

What is macOS Big Sur (macOS 11.0 or macOS 10.16)?

Big Sur is the newest system for Apple Macs. It is sometimes called either macOS 11.0 or macOS 10.16. It is an optional upgrade available for most recent Macs. It was released on 12 November, 2020.

What are M1 Macs?

Also, Apple released a new line of Macs called “M1” which use an ARM chip instead of Intel. These require Big Sur. (Earlier, these new Macs were announced as “Apple Silicon” but Apple no longer use that name).

Should I upgrade to Big Sur?

Before upgrading macOS, it's important to check for compatibility with all of your apps and plug-ins. It's also best to wait a while after a brand new major release, to allow other people to discover strange new problems with the new system, rather than affecting your own work. We can say for certain that Acrobat 11 (XI) and older versions cannot ever run on Big Sur.

For the status of Quite products see below.

Will Quite products work with Acrobat DC?

Quite products up to and including 4.0 cannot be installed in Catalina. We have been testing our software with the new system, and the new Macs. We can report that:
  • Quite Hot Imposing 5.0f and above should run on M1 Macs, and on Big Sur. There are no known issues, but older versions will not work correctly.
  • Quite Imposing Plus 5.0f has no known issues in Big Sur. However, since Quite Imposing Plus is a plug-in for Acrobat, we recommend checking with Adobe before upgrading, to make sure that you can install and use Acrobat.
  • Other plug-ins, including Quite Imposing Plus 4, cannot be used.