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 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.

Disclaimer: Graphisoft is the sponsor of our Software section.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects" 27 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • nuno

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

    • dean

      which mac are you using? i’m considering to update my 2012 macbook air

    • ray

      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…..

  • Matías

    No problem with autocad 2013 and sketchup 8. No issues yet!

  • James

    FYI, sketchup is no longer owned by google.

    • Santi

      belong to google and another company

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  • Samuel AB

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

  • dan

    “…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

    • David Basulto


      We included programs that have official support for Mac OSX. 3DS Max does not exist for this OS.

    • Samuel AB

      You would basically have to buy a Mac to run is as a PC. So you would end up paying a lot more for hardware to have an aluminum screen that has limited upgradability.

  • real_life

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