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  1. It is worth noting the history of WYSIWYG interfaces 1. Xerox Parc 2. Mac 3. Windows Without that we may all still have command line word processor commands for all CAD functions. Despite adapting to a graphical interface, Autocad still retains a command line. Although we complain, without Graphsoft Minicad (Graphisoft is the Archicad company,) an excellent CAD app would be hard to find. So whereas we complain, unless Nemetschek had agreed, after purchasing both companies, to continue developing in both Apple and MS environments, we would not have the option to choose. The issue of compatibilty and upgrades is something we have to live with to retain our choices. I appreciate the continuing efforts of Nemetschek to maintain the options in an ever changing environment.
  2. Not necessarily. All is fine now. I was driven crazy when first using Mojave with VW 2019 but have recovered after a year of rest and rehab. Catalina is now OK also with 2019 so I assume 2020 is too. I cancelled Service Select after losing so many months of productive work last year and now cannot justify spending £1100 for the 'upgrade' to 2020. I don't mind paying for additional features but object to paying annually for unfinished compatibility. There are long debates on this last issue (is it Apple's fault or developers, timing of OS release vs VW releases etc) so please don't anyone restart that one.
  3. Well here we go... I took the plunge six months after the official release of Catalina and having failed to renew the Service Select. I have downloaded Catalina and have been running VW 2019 with good success. It is as stable as it was under Mojave six months into that update (the first three months of Mojave/VW2019 were a nightmare). As others have said, wait six months after each Apple OS and Vectorworks annual update and you have far less chance of losing productive time while the two catch up with each other and iron out incompatibilities.
  4. Still waiting for someone to confirm that VW 2019 is OK with Catalina
  5. Another way would be for software vendors to test the actual release of OSX rather than beta only and not issue upgrades the same month as apple releases their latest version of the OS. As several have said on this forum, the final release of OSX can differ from beta. Appx 6 months stagger may be adequate assurance that the latest software version will be reasonably compatible with the latest OS. From the experience with Mojave, it took many vendors 6 months after release to catch up. This would restore confidence that subscribers are only funding upgrades rather than collaborating on compatibility testing.
  6. We are being offered massive discounts to upgrade to 2020/resubscribe to VSS. I am pleased I unsubscribed. Otherwise I would have been gutted to see the 40% off promotions two months after the deadline. Last year’s issues were too much time, trouble and stress for me. A year on, I have to say that Mojave and the current 2019 SP are working fine so that will be the status quo for me for a good while yet...
  7. Stick with VW 2019 and Mojave for at least 6 months if you want to be productive into next year.
  8. Mojave and VW 2019 are reasonably OK now. I would wait a while for Catalina bearing in mind our experience this time last year.
  9. I wasn't only quoting you Mark - just acknowledging that your post got me thinking again. I think we are all swaying from a love of Mac and VW and memories of rock solid stability and security to persistent and increasingly recent reality checks. Most ( me for sure) bought into Apple many years ago as Windows 3.1 was such a poor Mac clone and a wind up and Autocad just was not intuitive for architects. We bought into VW as it was a Mac program back in the 80s and Apple was great. What we had and still want is fading into the past. We have such a legacy of VW CAD files that we just have to somehow make it work rather than be switchers into the unknown...
  10. Wow. How blessed and competent you are... Could you tell us your hardware setup? Are all your users on iMac Pro 2017 3,0 Ghz Intel Xeon W - Radeon Pro Vega 64?
  11. So having read most of the posts now on this subject - what most are saying amounts to the fact that a Service Select subscription is a bad idea for Mac users. Having paid for another year, the temptation is to download the latest version of Vectorworks right away. The advice seems to be not to do so but rather to wait until it works well with the latest version of OSX (which based on 2019 and Mojave takes almost one year.) Otherwise we are paying for an upgrade which is not yet compatible with the Mac OS of a similar period of time. Having chosen this year not to renew Service Select I am looking longingly at the email links VW have sent me extolling the virtues of VW 2020. However does it work with Mojave as well as the latest version of VW 2019? How long will it be before either work with Catalina?
  12. I reluctantly cancelled my annual subscription renewal last month. When I see on this forum that 2020 is working with Catalina or whatever version combination of either I may resubscribe. I know it costs more to jump a couple of years before upgrading but maybe things will work out at some point. I have grown to find beachballs somewhat hypnotic and reassuring...like an old car that misfires at the same point after it warms up every day.


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