Today (September 30th) is the launch day for El Capitan (OS X 10.11) which is a free upgrade for most Mac users. You may be tempted to jump out there and get it, there are reported performance enhancements and it’ll make your Mac work better with your iWatch. I’m here to say… step back, take a deep breath, and wait. Let someone more daring, someone who DOESN’T depend on their Mac for their income, make the switch first. It’s never a good idea to jump into a new operating system on the day it’s released as it will only have been mostly tested and may be missing essential drivers for your devices. It will also probably change or break the way your software works.
That being said, we aren’t tracking any big crashing issues at this point and it will likely only be an inconvenience for folks who are coming from Yosemite to El Cap. It will still break everything in SketchUp that ceased functioning as intended when upgrading to Yosemite. That is to say, if you’re still using Mavericks or Lion and you try to upgrade to El Capitan and you have something older than SketchUp 2015 then you’ll see the same level of hurt that folks felt last year.
For best results, be sure you’re using SketchUp 2015 at a minimum and make sure to back up your things and be prepared to roll back in case there are issues we haven’t discovered yet. We encourage you wait around for SketchUp 2016 (we have a new version every year now you know) before upgrading if you can help it. No, I can’t tell you when that’ll be available.
If you do jump in and upgrade, accepting the risks, then the only 2 confirmed issues we have right now are that presentations in LayOut aren’t working and importing SketchUp files into LayOut takes longer than expected. There you go, if you’re on Make then you won’t see either of those problems.
Finally, if you do upgrade and run into issues, just file them below so we and others can see what may happen if we choose to upgrade as well.
EDIT: 2 other issues I failed to mention, see the post later in the thread for more information:
- Exporting to 3DS, OBJ and other formats takes longer in El Capitan than it did in Yosemite
- The 2nd (and only the 2nd) time you save a file from SketchUp or LayOut it will appear that the original file is deleted or missing, to fix it just save again (a 3rd time) and everything is good again.