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jaseman Posted - 06/25/2019 : 08:49:28
Anyone have any insight on whether Strata's gonna make the shift to 64bit for the MacOS?

I know nothing has been made public yet (to my knowledge) and info has just been in a black hole forever, but it would be nice to have some word from Strata on a 64bit version of Design3D for Mac. Even if they tell us there will be no support, at least it would be something.

I'm close to calling time of death, and starting the long process of moving my whole process over to another app. But unfortunately, we have an internal company wide issue, that I have no control over - meaning they will be deciding the replacement software (we have extensive parts libraries provided by the corporate office all created in Strata).

I have a feeling I'm about to be left out in the cold here soon....
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silversurf Posted - 08/30/2019 : 16:58:07
Upcoming macOS and Design 3D CX 8

August 29, 2019

Hi Design 3D Mac Users.

Firstly, thank you for being a professional user of our software for Mac. Design 3D CX 8 is compatible with the latest macOS, Mojave. However, Apple has stated that Mojave will be the last OS to run 32-bit code, and as of right now Design 3D CX 8 for Mac still has some 32-bit UI code (the important parts are 64-bit).

As you may know, we don’t pre-announce upgrades, but I realize this is an issue of concern for many users – especially users who update right away to the latest macOS when it comes out – so we want you to know our team is working hard in development. In the meantime we want to offer you an important option:

While Design 3D CX is not yet fully 64-bit on Mac, it is fully 64-bit on Windows. For the next two weeks we want to offer you a stunning discount on this latest release for Windows, taking it to just $49.00. While not a perfect short-term solution, this will provide Mac users with the option to have a second Design 3D license that can be run on relatively inexpensive Windows PCs – or even on your Mac using Parallels or Boot Camp (runs directly on your Mac, which also opens up many other Windows based features).

Click here to get the PC CrossGrade for just $49.00 – or go to: https://www.strata.com/cx8-crossgrade, click on the “1 Seat, $395” option and be sure to input coupon code STRATAPRO8 at checkout.

This offer represents a savings of nearly $550 (over 90%) off the normal price of a Design 3D CX for Windows license. If you’re a user who updates to the latest macOS as soon as it comes out, then you’ll definitely want to consider this offer.

Again, thank you for being a Design 3D CX user. I’m always amazed when I look at what has been accomplished over the past 30 years by users like you.


Ken Bringhurst, President
jaseman Posted - 06/25/2019 : 10:12:32
I'm not expecting a promise on a timeframe. I understand that. But a simple "yes, we are working on it" would be nice. At least let their users know we won't be left hanging on indefinitely.

Even tight lipped Apple, would periodically let people know that a new MacPro was in development, even without promises on a timeframe. That's all the community really wants - to know whether there is a future for Strata on OSX or not.
tbgriswold Posted - 06/25/2019 : 09:53:53
Unfortunately I doubt they will make any promise on a time frame, that policy was established decades ago when they made a delivery promise for a early version of the software and had to blow through that deadline for some reason. It got the community really upset, and I suspect they won't want that again. I think it really got burned into their DNA, so they tend to be mum.
jaseman Posted - 06/25/2019 : 09:30:51
I haven't given up just yet. But the lack of any info at all is bit troubling.

My big issue is, the corporate entity i work for has there full parts library built in Strata as shape files (a bit short sighted in retrospect - but not my doing). So just switching over the whole catalog to another software package isn't quite so simple. Not to mention getting 75+ designers across the country to all get up to speed on new software, with as little interruption to workflow as possible.

Now is kinda the time for us to start a transition if needed, as it will be a good 4-6 months to do (not that I have any control). So some transparency from Strata would be extremely helpful.
tbgriswold Posted - 06/25/2019 : 09:03:08
I will continue to use Strata until it does not work (probably the next Major OSX upgrade. The company is still alive and kicking, so don't give up hope yet. However, I will be learning Blender as my backup.


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