MacOS platform support for IDL
L3Harris remains committed to IDL on the Mac OS X platform with the pending release of Catalina. Through beta testing, we have identified an issue that requires a patch to IDL 8.7 in order to run on this new OS X release. The issue is caused by the existing 32-bit applications used in IDL (Applescripts and IDLSnapFileOpen), and they will be replaced with 64-bit versions. Other related concerns on this OS X release will also be addressed. This patch to IDL will be available very soon after the release of Catalina.
We are also nearing completion of a substantial effort to update our internal DevOps cycle that we use to build, test, and release the IDL and ENVI software so the process is faster and more reliable. As part of this effort, we plan to address other outstanding concerns for IDL Mac OS X such as a compatible Java version. This investment in our development process is important because L3Harris recognizes that IDL Mac has been a popular platform, especially for users of Mac laptops. Look for these changes to be delivered in the next release of IDL Mac OS X.