Monday, October 28, 2019

Retroactive to Run Aperture, iPhoto, and iTunes

Tyshawn Cormier:

After updating to macOS Catalina, Aperture and iPhoto no longer runs, and iTunes is replaced by Music, TV, and Podcasts. If you still need to run Aperture, iPhoto or iTunes on macOS Catalina, the Retroactive app makes it easy.


Retroactive will install or modify the app you chose. Modifying Aperture and iPhoto to run on macOS Catalina should only take about 2 minutes.


All Aperture features should be available except for playing videos and exporting slideshows.

Those require 32-bit components. Running Aperture this way is probably a little risky since it was never designed to work on Catalina. On the other hand, it may be a good option since there are issues getting Aperture to work in a virtual machine.

Here’s more about how Retroactive works:

It’s no news that the brave and the reckless have been able to monkey-patch and shoehorn macOS into running system apps under completely unsupported configurations. A rundown of the brave heroes.


To proceed, we need to get NyxAudioAnalysis.framework from macOS Mojave. Because I upgraded from macOS Mojave to macOS Catalina, I don’t have that framework file anymore.


The stack trace is fascinating. It looks like some sort of access violation when initializing a font. We are going to fix this by swizzling Aperture.


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