Now that Apple has announced MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) and confirmed that it will not run 32-bit apps (*ahem* *HomePort*), can we expect a 64-bit HomePort (or some other chartplotter software) before Catalina rolls out to the public this fall?
Absolutely. I have just become aware of this and when researching options for a replacement for MS Office 2011, I was guided to check for any other 32-bit software via 'About This Mac > System Report > Software > Applications.' Lo and behold a long list of Garmin products that I have installed are 32-bit and will no longer run under MacOS Catalina: HomePort, Map Update, MapInstaller, MapManager, POILoader, and WebUpdater. Granted, I no longer run or depend on a lot of them, but HomePort is one that I use very often.
Does Garmin even read these threads?? And, what is their immediate plan??
Running a LakeVu HD g2 chip in my 64st for US lake depths, I long ago turned to HomePort to display the lake depth contour lines on my iMac since BaseCamp wouldn't read the chart.
Hoping to upgrade my iMac to macOS Catalina v 10.15, I find out that HomePort's latest Mac version - v 2.3.0 - is the last; it will never be 64-bit and will not run on my iMac if I upgrade.
After a few private back-and-forth exchanges with Garmin-Heath online, I held out hope that BaseCamp might hold the key.
I upgraded to BaseCamp's latest Mac version - v 4.8.4 - uninstalling and reinstalling, as Heath suggested, but it still can't read the LakeVu charts.
Today, I spoke on the phone with Kyle in Garmin Marine Support. He was sympathetic, but had no desirable solutions for me. It boils down to the fact that the Apple Macintosh user market is too small to spend any time or money on upgrading or improving their Mac-based software. He admitted that there are a number of features in the Windows version of BaseCamp that do not work on an iMac; reading a LakeVu marine chart chip installed in a connected handheld is one of those things.
Option 1: Continue as is with HomePort, but never upgrade my computer's macOS ever again.
Option 2: Upgrade to Catalina and use BaseCamp to store my tracks and waypoints, but never see this chart's lake contours on the computer screen again.
Neither seems very desirable. A little help, please, Garmin...