Cookie 5 System Requirements

  • Could you explain why Cookie 5 is only compatible with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and above?  I recently bought a new MacBook, which came loaded with 10.10.x Yosemite. Only a few months later, I'm already running into software (on the App Store and elsewhere) that is not backward compatible to even one OS earlier.

    I'm a little frustrated at how often Apple deprecates or abandons OS X features and other things like peripheral interfaces, etc. What is it about El Capitan that prevents Cookie 5 from being backward compatible with Yosemite? Put another way, why can't Cookie 5 run on Yosemite?

    Obviously, I'm assuming that Apple is the reason, but if there's some other reason for limiting Cookie 5 to El Capitan, I'm curious to know why that is as well. I was unable to glean a connection from comparing the lists of new features of both El Capitan and Cookie 5.

    (Note: Neither here nor there, but I would upgrade to El Capitan if there weren't currently 605 one-star reviews compared to only 480 five-star reviews. That alone is enough of a reason to hold off on upgrading for now).

  • Technically cookie5 can run on Yosemite.
    Safari's cookie handling changed in El Capitan which forced a major rewrite of cookie. I made a decision to sandbox and make it El Capitan only, for support
    reasons. Cookie 4 currently runs on 6 OS's and I didn't want the same thing happening for cookie5, so figured I would start fresh on 10.11, and avoid having to debug multiple OS's while I work out the kinks of the overhaul. (There are still some issues in 5.0.3 which have been fixed in the betas)

  • Thank you, that satisfies my curiosity. I don't blame you for moving on to a new version, which I'll upgrade to when I move up to El Cap.

    I figured it had something to do with a change in the Mac OS. One of the things that I find crazy about "OS X" (again, neither here nor there.. just whining)  :@  😄 is that they have made a ton of major changes that should have warranted a new version the OS. For example, the move to Intel should have moved OS X up to OS XI (Eleven), and so on. You doing a re-write of Cookie's code warrants a version change (rather than an incremental version update to Cookie 4). When Apple issues an update of OS X, it's hard to tell if it's a just a few tweaks here and there, or they've thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

    Anyway, thanks for responding, and thanks for putting up with my off-topic whining about Apple.  😛