Knowledgebase: Software
Support for macOS Big Sur and Apple M1 Processors
Updated: 22 February 2021 05:24 PM

Apple has recently released a new operating system Big Sur and has begun to switch its hardware to their own processor called M1. These changes may affect the software that you run. 

Big Sur runs on both Intel and M1 Macs. Big Sur is almost universally support by the software used at OCAD U.

M1 support is being added by software developers at this time. The process of moving software to a new processing platform is complicated. There are two methods that are used to support software on an M1 Mac. The first is Rosetta. Rosetta runs in the operating system and translates the application so it can run on the new M1. The second method is to create a version that is native to the new processor, developers release this version in what is called a Universal Binary. Universal Binaries are the preferred method for optimal performance, but also takes longest for developers to support.

Apple M1 processors do not support Windows Bootcamp or Windows virtualization. Apple computers with the M1 processor cannot run Windows applications.

If you use software that is not on this list, confirm support with the vendor prior to moving to Big Sur or an M1 Mac.

OCAD U Software - Big Sur and Apple M1 Processor Support

Software

Big Sur

Apple M1

Notes

Adobe Creative Cloud

Yes

Rosetta

Limited Support for Rosetta. Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro Betas are available for M1.

Autodesk AutoCAD

Yes

Rosetta

Autodesk System Requirements

Autodesk Maya

Yes

 Rosetta

Maya System Requirements

Autodesk Revit

No

No

Windows 10 Only. Required for Environmental Design.

Windows Bootcamp

Yes

No

Windows can only be installed on Intel Macs. There is no Bootcamp support on Apple M1.

Cycling 74 Max

Yes

Rosetta

Max 8.1.8 supports Big Sur with Intel machines. Apple Silicon is not officially supported yet.

* Under Rosetta, there are known issues, which will be fixed in an updated version in Q1 2021.

Microsoft Office

Yes

Universal Binary

Download from 365.ocadu.ca 

Microsoft Windows 10

Yes

No

Support for Windows under virtualization is not supported on M1 Macs.

Rhino 3D

Yes

No

There is no ETA for M1 Support.

Sketchup Pro 3D

Yes

 Rosetta

Sketchup System Requirements 

Toon Boom Harmony

Yes 

Rosetta

View Harmony 20.0.2 Release notes

TechSmith Capture

Yes

No

Capture system requirements

TechSmith Camtasia

Yes

Rosetta

Rosetta requires update to version 2020.0.13.

DragonFrame

Yes

Rosetta

Dragonframe 4.2.2 and newer have been tested with macOS Big Sur.
Dragonframe 5 (Q2 2021) will support both Intel and Apple Silicon natively.
Dragonframe 4 will run on the new Apple Silicon computers via Rosetta.

Free/Open Source

Big Sur

Apple M1

Notes

Unity

Yes

Yes

View Unity Support Docs on Apple M1

Arduino

Issues

Issues

Issues have been reported for both Big Sur and M1 Macs.

Processing

Issues

Issues

An alpha version is available which addresses some issues. 

Blender

Yes

Rosetta

Runs via Rosetta but Cycles GPU rendering is not supported.

Kurzweil 3000

Yes

Unknown

Big Sur requires an update to version 16.0.24 or 20.06.

 

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