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This article will be kept up to date with any details about the compatibility between Vectorworks and macOS 10.15 Catalina:

 

 

Are you testing on Catalina? Please use the comments to give us your feedback or to report issues.

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i am having trouble launching VW2019. App crashes at launch and i go into a Unexpected Crash notification. I  have restarted my comp, completely shut down the comp, tried to launch app from different locations (app folder, sidebar, in package contents) I got it to work once on Wednesday, but cant replicate it again.

 

any insight?

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First thing to try is drag your user folder (look in the VW preferences to confirm the location) to the desktop and restart VW. If that fixes it you can then consider putting back some of the items that you need to determine what was causing the crash.

 

If the user folder is not the problem, delete the new user folder that was created and put the old one back. Then try the same thing with your preferences file. The location will depend on is you are Mac or Windows.  On Mac it is something like  Your User Name:Library:Preferences:net.nemetschek.vectorworks.2019.plist  I would also drag any other plist files that have Nemetschek and 2019 to the desktop as well. Restart VW and see if that fixes it.

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Often you can try running it in a new test user account.  (or on a Mac in safe mode)

 

It's a very sad day when that solves your problem 🤓

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I’m having issues with my VW Sentinel Dongle installing Mac VW 2019 on Catalina Beta 5. No red light on the dongle.

Are there Sentinel 64 Bit drivers available to support the VW dongle?

Regards

BD

macBook Pro 2019

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On 8/9/2019 at 7:26 PM, BaxterDawg said:

I’m having issues with my VW Sentinel Dongle installing Mac VW 2019 on Catalina Beta 5. No red light on the dongle.

Are there Sentinel 64 Bit drivers available to support the VW dongle?

Regards

BD

macBook Pro 2019

 

My guess is they do not have a driver for this OS yet as it is still in Beta. The drivers are all from a 3rd party, Sentinel. Here is a link to the latest Mac driver that I could find: http://sentinelcustomer.safenet-inc.com/DownloadNotice.aspx?dID=8589945156

 

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Joseph,

Of course, I have tried that. They do not work on Mac Catalina, hence my post.

It seems odd this thread is about testing VW on Mac Catalina, but there are no drivers available to support the dongle required to run the software.

How are others testing the software under the Beta program?

 

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10 hours ago, BaxterDawg said:

Joseph,

Of course, I have tried that. They do not work on Mac Catalina, hence my post.

It seems odd this thread is about testing VW on Mac Catalina, but there are no drivers available to support the dongle required to run the software.

How are others testing the software under the Beta program?

 

 

Nowadays most serial numbers are without dongle, for example E serial numbers. Therefore the problem that you see does not appear in that case.

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Just FYI... 2019 SP4 seems to run reasonably well on Catalina beta 6.

My "testing" was not at all methodical or exhaustive.. just opened a copy of a file that I'm currently working on.

Checked some saved views and a number of tools, terrain modeling, roof face, wall tool...

This is an improvement over beta 5, in that version, SP4 sometimes would crash on launch, OpenGL was not functional, with views

not re-drawing when changing view etc...

This testing is just for fun, in that it would be nice to upgrade to the latest OS when available..  VW has typically been what 

requires me to hold off updating...  

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@dtheory Thanks for the input, we have also had a better experience with Beta 6. I would still always recommend waiting to update to the latest OS when it becomes available. Once we can test it extensively with the release build, it is easier for us to recommend or not. We just want to make sure that your Vectorworks workflow is not crippled by OS updates.

 

Thanks again!

 

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of course!...  hopefully with 2020 the incompatibility won't be as severe as 2019 running in Mojave

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‘Good job guys’. Are you absolutely kidding me?

VW will not load on Catalina Beta 6. There are no dongle drivers compatible. No workarounds and many users rely on the dongle edition.
 

You can do better, you just need to try harder.

 

Bunch of muppets, never mind well done.

 

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4 hours ago, BaxterDawg said:

‘Good job guys’. Are you absolutely kidding me?

VW will not load on Catalina Beta 6. There are no dongle drivers compatible. No workarounds and many users rely on the dongle edition.

 

"many" perhaps, but dongles are not the standard installation anymore.

 

But how can something be done on the VW side? VW cannot invent a dongle driver if the dongle supplier has not released its own version of the driver.

 

(Except, of course, by changing installations from B to E serial numbers, like the current program for the German VW... for other reasons).

 

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4 hours ago, BaxterDawg said:

VW will not load on Catalina Beta 6. There are no dongle drivers compatible. No workarounds and many users rely on the dongle edition

Even though we are expecting an updated driver release from the manufacturer to support Catalina, you can move into a dongle-less version of Vectorworks such as E-series. I will suggest you contact the local distributor. 

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On 9/6/2019 at 2:51 PM, JuanP said:

Even though we are expecting an updated driver release from the manufacturer to support Catalina, you can move into a dongle-less version of Vectorworks such as E-series. I will suggest you contact the local distributor. 

 

Hi Juan,

 

the "ReadMe" from August setup (Vers. 7.10) says: "Operating Systems Supported-> 10.15. Catalina".

Seems to be supported already?!

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Regards

Karsten

 

 

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1 hour ago, Karsten Wirth said:

the "ReadMe" from August setup (Vers. 7.10) says: "Operating Systems Supported-> 10.15. Catalina".

Seems to be supported already?!

@Karsten Wirth that is correct It seems like they released these drivers 08/23. 

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Very much looking forward to using SideCar on MacOS to host second display on iPad. Great place to park all the Tool Palettes not available on VWX Remote. Also would be great to use for having the Resource Manager on its own screen. Or a great preview screen for the new animation features in VWX2020.

 

Keep up the great work VWX Team!

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Hi all

 

Anyone tried Catalina with Vectorworks 2018?  I am on 2020, but one of my clients is stuck on 2018

 

PS - The difference in speed between 2018 and 2020 is incredible!

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