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    June 2020 Update Article

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    For more information about macOS 11.0 (Big Sur), please click the article below:

    Mac OS Big Sur Article


    For older versions of Vectorworks, see THIS ARTICLE.

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    Thanks Jim....very helpful! This is good news for me. I have two mac mini computers one with Snow Leopard  and the other with High Sierra. Vectorworks 2011 would work on Snow Leopard. 

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    This chart is very helpful in my considering whether to invest in a new Mac or not and all of it's associated costs.   I am wondering why all versions of Vectorworks is supported by Windows 10, but only the two latest versions of VW for mac (2019, 2020) will work with Catalina.  I have VW 2018 - so it looks like I will be keeping my old computer and avoid upgrading to Catalina. :(

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    The main reason for the difference in compatibility is a difference in attitude between Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft makes backward compatibility an absolute priority. That means that newer versions of Windows will support older versions of Vectorworks.

     

    Apple on the other hand cares less about backward compatibility and more about moving the Mac platform forward. From version to version of the operating system them keep making changes that break older versions of Vectorworks. Vectorworks has decided that they are better off spending the engineering resources on making VW better rather than making older versions run on newer versions of the Mac OS. Especially as they are advocating for users to subscribe to Service Select where the newer versions are included in the annual subscription.

     

    Apples changes over the last couple of years have been especially bad about breaking older software.

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    That's very helpful.  Can't say that I am a big fan of planned obsolescence but it sounds like par for the course when working with Macs.  Thanks Pat!

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    I don't think it is so much a case of planned obsolescence as it is a case of we want to go in this direction and if it breaks something then oh well on Apple's part.

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    Does anyone know for certain if VectorWoks Architect 2011 will run on Windows 10?

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    18 hours ago, j.g.l said:

    VectorWoks Architect 2011 will run on Windows 10?

    It is not supported.

     

    See legacy OS compatibility list:

     

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    As an experiment, I was able to run Vectorworks 2015 under Mac OS X 10.14.6, Mojave.

    Launch time was a bit painful, but it was able to run. I have a client who still uses it, so I was curious.

     

    I don't think I'd want to rely on it a a daily basis, though.

     

    VW 2019 and VW 2020 have been running fine, as expected.

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    On 11/28/2019 at 10:25 PM, Pat Stanford said:

    Apple on the other hand cares less about backward compatibility and more about moving the Mac platform forward. From version to version of the operating system them keep making changes that break older versions of Vectorworks. Vectorworks has decided that they are better off spending the engineering resources on making VW better rather than making older versions run on newer versions of the Mac OS. Especially as they are advocating for users to subscribe to Service Select where the newer versions are included in the annual subscription.

    I really feel that there should be some joint responsibility here.  It can be rocket science doing a bit of tweaking to older versions of VWX to maintain some program longevity, instead of just ignoring it and forcing paid upgrades.  

    2019 (only 2 years old!) is great but now redundant if you want to move on to the latest operating system & hardware.  That does not demonstrate a company that wants to support their customer base.

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    Thank you for the information. I will update Vectorworks to 2020. That really explains a lot.

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