I recently downloaded Final Cut Pro Trial and then after using it for a while decided to get Final Cut Pro from the App Store. Whenever I open Final Cut, it still shows as the trial. I think that the problem is caused by the source version in version.plist. Does this distinguish the trial from the actual version? What could be the other causes of this problem? Thanks!

Also, if it helps, I am on macOS Catalina 10.15.

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According to the App Store, the current version is 10.4.8. Your best course of action is to delete the trial app (or indeed all instances of FCP if you're unsure which is which), and then download the purchased version from the Store again.

  • I was looking for the version source, not the version of the App. I’ve already tried this but i have the same problem. I contacted Apple Support and they don’t know what to do. Like I said above, FCP owners can find the source version of FCP at /Users/Final\ Cut\ Pro.app/version.plist. Thanks though!
    – Todd
    Apr 22, 2020 at 14:52
  • What makes you think that's the problem? The version downloaded from the MAS would have the correct version.plist. It's possible that the demo and purchased version are identical: only the MASReceipt distinguishes them. But if not: then delete the Demo.
    – benwiggy
    Apr 22, 2020 at 15:39
  • I’ve already deleted both and reinstalled. Can you find the version for me and tell me that? I think that’s the issue because the version still shows up as FCP trial even after a reinstall and reboot.
    – Todd
    Apr 22, 2020 at 15:48
  • Even better, if you own FCP, can you send a Screenshot of version.plist so I can compare it with mine. Thanks!
    – Todd
    Apr 22, 2020 at 16:01
  • Are you signed in to the AppleID that purchased the app? Has the trial expired yet, or not? Are you able to install the Additional Content, which is not available to the trial?
    – benwiggy
    Apr 23, 2020 at 9:17

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