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Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects

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Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Apple has released the latest version of their operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Over 200 new features have been integrated into Lion with the intent to streamline your work and life. Some of the highlighted features include the built in iCloud that keeps all your content updated and in-sync with your Apple products, a unified notification center to help you stay updated on everything, and ready-to-go dictation that makes typing optional.

Although this all sounds great, what about software we architects use on a daily basis?

A word of advice before you upgrade:

  • GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD r15/r16: Both versions work, with only minor issues that have been explained in detail by ARCHICAD Wiki.
  • AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD LT 2013, and AutoCAD LT 2012: Currently not supported on the Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system. Installing Mountain Lion can cause undesirable side effects with the installer, cursor, printing to PDF and more. However, Autodesk is working to resolve these issues.
  • SketchUp 8: According to roaringapps, it is compatible with OS X 10.8.
  • Vectorworks 2012: Has been tested and should run fine, as stated on Vectorworks FAQ.
  • Parallels Desktop 7: Supports OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system. Learn how to make your copy of Parallels Desktop 7 Mountain Lion ready here. Architects use this virtualization software to run Windows on Mac OSX, for some specific tools that are only available for that OS.
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6: Everything works fine.

Please share your experiences with Mountain Lion in the comment section below.

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Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects" 27 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>