Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects

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.
  • 2013,  2012,  LT 2013, and  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: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects" 27 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    I’ve been using Mountain Lion for two work days and i’m having no problems with Autocad 2013.

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      I am using MacBook Pro 2,6 GHz i7, 8 GB RAM, Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and I always problem to loading AutoCAD 2013. It doesn’t work…..

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    Too bad IFC translation between ArchiCAD and Revit is pretty much a useless headache. It really hampers cross platform collaboration.

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    “…what about software we architects use on a daily basis?”

    Those are the only programs worth including in your list?

    I would think for starters both Rhino and Max should definitely be a huge factor of the decision… Maya for added bonus

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    And still no Revit support, so useless to anyone that works in a modern office or reality.

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    “…and ready-to-go dictation that makes typing optional.”
    The fact that it is “useless to anyone” is the end point. I believe the jargon is ‘reduced redundancy’.

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    You really should have included Rhino, even if it is still in development I have been using it for 3 years now with very little problems. Vray is another important thing you forgot to mention. Vray runs on both maya and sketch up on a mac. There is also vector works, which is very popular in asia. Maya also runs on a mac. I have been using my mac, and only my mac, for years.

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    What about Adobe CS products? Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. Anyone have any issues with those applications using Mountain Lion?

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    My AutoCAD 2012 does not operate since I upgraded to Mountain Lion, and I can’t install AutoCAD 2013 either because of the same problem… Plus, there is this ‘blue tint’ issue which is discussed in many forums. Whenever I open Photoshop or any adobe suite program (and when I attempt to open AutoCAD which I can’t) the screen temperature changes to cold, a blue tint appears. It goes away when I close the applications, which is really annoying and I hope they fix it with some kind of upgrade…

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    The various (and growing) cloud-based solutions would seem to be a good way to break the interoperability issue between design software and the underlying OS. Has anyone used AutoCAD WS in an enterprise environment? GTeam looks like it might be ahead of Autodesk on this. Anyone tried that?

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