Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

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archi56
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Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

Post by archi56 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:29 pm

HI,
For years I use Powercadd, I'm satisfied, unfortunately with the Catalina system the software is erased. It's been months since you knew it would happen, what do you expect to update the program?
thank's :evil:

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Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

Post by todd@engsw.com » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:19 pm

archi56,

Unfortunately converting PowerCADD to 64-bit isn't that simple of a matter of a few months of effort. Apple first publicly said in Oct 2018 that 10.14 would be the last OS to support 32-bit applications. Apple also promised that Carbon, which PowerCADD relies heavily upon, would be ported to 64-bit and remain a first-class citizen in the OS. That didn't happen, leaving all Carbon developers in a bind. That's Apple from a developer POV - frustrating to say the least.

Though several months sounds like a long time for a user, that is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of development effort it takes developers to remove an OS-obsoleted API.

We have been working on the 64-bit version of PowerCADD for quite a long time and expect its release in 2020. Until the release of PowerCADD 10, the 64-bit version, in order to continue to use PowerCADD, you will need to hold off on updating to Catalina and stay with Mojave.

Todd Stanley

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Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

Post by EduardoJB » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:57 pm

I think it might be important to notify PowerCADD users to not allow their computers to install OS updates automatically, which is a feature of the Software Update preferences under the Systems Preferences. If their computers update Catalina automatically, they will unexpectedly find that PowerCADD doesn't work anymore.

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Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

Post by DavidScottOrkney » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:16 am

EduardoJB wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:57 pm
I think it might be important to notify PowerCADD users to not allow their computers to install OS updates automatically, which is a feature of the Software Update preferences under the Systems Preferences. If their computers update Catalina automatically, they will unexpectedly find that PowerCADD doesn't work anymore.
I don't think MacOS will automatically update your Mac to a new OS. We have a machine running Yosemite with automatic updates but Mojave doesn't get installed. You have to click on the Mojave page in the App Store.

Apple seems to regard a new OS as an 'Upgrade' rather than an 'Update'.
https://www.apple.com/uk/macos/how-to-upgrade/

David

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Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

Post by EduardoJB » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:47 pm

OK, thank you. Just in case, I will "disconnect" that option anyway. Even updates sometimes can cause problems. BTW, not long ago I installed an utility app with which one could customize the touch bar, "Better Touch Tool". It made PowerCADD work very slowly and erratic. Dragging was, well... a drag.

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Update of PowerCADD for MacOS Catalina

Post by doncolangelo » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:51 pm

I’d like your opinions on an anticipated dilemma many of us will face. There are numerous desirable features of Catalina. Should one hold off on upgrading hardware (in my case a 13” MBP retina w/Touch Bar is all I use) OR upgrade & pick up an older/refurb laptop that would be used exclusively for PC on Mojave until the 64-bit version is ready in 2020? Could a 13” MB Air run PowerCADD adequately?

I am elated the forum is vibrant again. Been a loyal PC user for many years with increasing anxiety about ongoing development. My real fear, prior to this, was that I’d have to switch to something like VW, Layout or Chief Architect with the inevitable compromises and/or the evil learning curve.

Thank you Todd & Alfred. You both deserve our appreciation and financial support. (Don’t know how many other people are working on this software). Would gladly pre-pay to reserve a copy of the 64-bit version (of PC & WT) if capital would be helpful to the cause.

I love using PC, along with SketchUp, it’s my mission critical CAD solution. All the best, Don Colangelo

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