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  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatibility with Vectorworks

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    We know many of our users are eager to update to Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), especially since the update is offered for free. However, as it is a major OS update, we ask that you please proceed with caution. Here is a summary of Mavericks compatibility for recent versions of Vectorworks:


    Vectorworks 2014 and 2015: Vectorworks 2014 and Vectorworks 2015 are fully compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks. 

    Vectorworks 2013: Vectorworks 2013 SP5 is fully compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks. 

    Vectorworks 2012: We are aware of some problems launching Vectorworks 2012 on Mavericks, and by following these instructions you will be able to launch the program. There may be some additional minor performance and functional issues depending on which features you use. 

    Vectorworks 2011 and earlier: If you are using Vectorworks 2011 or earlier, we do not recommend that you update to OS X Mavericks, as these versions will not run with the new OS.

    A list of which specific versions of Vectorworks are compatible with which operating systems can be found HERE.


    Below are a number of issues we have seen or had reported by our users along with their resolution:

    Vectorworks not launching after updating to 10.9:
    In some cases after updating your OS, regardless of which version of Vectorworks you are using, you may need to backup and reset your Vectorworks preferences. This can be done by following the steps found HERE.

    If a reset of your Vectorworks preferences fails to resolve any issues you are seeing, then make sure to uninstall, reinstall, then update to the latest service pack available for your version. 

    Palette positions:
    Some users have reported that their palettes will not remain on secondary monitors after switching between applications. This should be corrected by going to Apple > System Preferences > Mission Control and checking Displays have separate spaces. You will then need to log out of your account and log back in, or simply reboot the computer entirely. 

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