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Architosh Staff (info@architosh.com)
18 Aug 2002 [edited: 19 Aug 2002]
 

Nemetschek N. A. offers official line on 'Jaguar' compatibility

VectorWorks and Jaguar Compatibility Issues Discussed by Nemetschek N.A.

Early Warning on Jaquar Excitement

According to info from our MacMall partners, many of you Macintosh CAD and 3D users are very excited about the upcoming Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) release. We definitely understand the excitement given the new Quartz Extreme technologies and other features. Thus, we feel it is important to alert users about possible compatibility issues.

In that light, we published an 'early warning' story regarding VectorWorks and Jaguar issues. We have subsequently been in contact with Nemetschek N. A. about the issues though we have yet to learn of the technical reasons for the incompatibility (hopefully more on that in the future). Here is Nemetschek's official response regarding Jaguar compatibility:

MacOS X 10.2 Causes VectorWorks to Fail

Apple has announced that Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar) will become widely available in the near future (on or before Aug 24). Apple has included changes in this release which cause VectorWorks 9.5.2 to fail to function properly. Known failures under MacOS X 10.2 include interactive screen drawing leaving unintended pixels behind, instability during printing, and inability to export correct image files. Apple is aware of these problems and is working closely with NNA to help develop a patch for VectorWorks which will work around these bugs in 10.2.

Nemetschek North America advises users of VectorWorks products to avoid updating to MacOS X 10.2 until NNA can identify workarounds for these problems and release a compatibility update. The VectorWorks 9.5.2 product line and MacOS X 10.1.5 continue to work well together. We will release additional information about this as soon as we have more information.

Deirdre Kidd Director, Public Relations, Nemetschek North America

Technical Issues with Jaquar

One of the major new elements of Jaguar is QuickTime 6, which as an image processing and manipulation architecture, could likely be responsible for a host of new problems in many graphics related applications. Here at Architosh our experience with QuickTime 6 has been generally very good, but mixed under some conditions. Also, Jaguar contains something Apple has referred to (at SIGGRAPH) as Jaguar OpenGL. We suspect that many apps relying on OpenGL may go through more than the usual bumps during this OS upgrade phase due to the number of OpenGL enhancements. This because Apple's latest OS is actually an extensive upgrade under the hood, not just with its additional apps like iChat.

For VectorWorks users anxious for Jaguar's features...well, you will just have to wait...but it will likely go faster than anticipated. We will keep you posted on any updates.

For more information on VectorWorks go to: http://www.nemetschek.net

For more info on Quartz Extreme and Mac OS X click here.


 

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