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Vectorworks & MiniCad Version Compatibility Chart

Version Name Release Year Opens Back To Exports Back To Macintosh Windows
Version Name Release Year Opens Back To Exports Back To Macintosh Windows
Vw 2014 2013 MC 7 Vw 12 Mac OS 10.6.8 or later
Mavericks compatible
Intel Mac only
Win XP SP3
Vista 32 or Vista 64 SP1
Windows 7/32 or 7/64
Windows 8/32 or 8/64
Vw 2013 2012 MC 7 Vw 12 Mac OS 10.6.8 or later
Mavericks compatible on SP5.
Intel Mac only
Win XP SP3
Vista 32 or Vista 64 SP1
Windows 7/32 or 7/64
Windows 8/32 or 8/64
Vw 2012 2011 MC 7 Vw 12 Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.7.6.
Intel Mac only
Win XP SP3
Vista 32 or Vista 64 SP1
Windows 7/32 or 7/64
Windows 8/32 or 8/64
Vw 2011 2010 MC 7 Vw 12 Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.7.6.
Intel Mac only
Win XP SP3
Vista 32 or Vista 64 SP1
Windows 7/32 or 7/64
Windows 8/32 or 8/64
Vw 2010 2009 MC 7 Vw 12 Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.7.6.
Intel Mac only
Win XP SP3
Vista 32 or Vista 64 SP1
Windows 7/32 or 7/64
Windows 8/32 or 8/64
Vw 2009 2008 MC 7 Vw 10 Mac OS 10.4.11
Mac OS 10.5.4
Intel Mac support
Win XP SP3
Vista 32 or Vista 64 SP1
Windows 7/32 or 7/64
Vw 2008 2007 MC 7 Vw 10 Mac OS 10.4.10
Mac OS 10.5.8
Intel Mac support
Win XP SP2
Vista 32 or Vista 64
Vw 12.5 2006 MC 7 Vw 9 Mac OS 10.3 – 10.4
Intel Mac support
Win 2000 SP4
XP, Vista 32
Vw 12 2005 MC 7 Vw 9 Mac OS 10.3 – 10.4
Not OS9 compatible
Win 2000 SP4, XP
Vw 11.5 2005 MC 7 Vw 8 Mac OS 9.2.2,
Mac OS 10.2.8 – 10.3
Win 98, 2000 SP4, XP
Vw 11.0 2004 MC 7 Vw 8 Mac OS 9.2.2
Mac OS 10.1 – 10.3
Win 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
Vw 10.5 2003 MC 7 MC 7 Mac OS 9.2.2
Mac OS 10.1 – 10.3
Win 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
Vw 10.0 2003 MC 7 MC 7 Mac OS 9.2.2,
Mac OS 10.1 – 10.2
Win 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
Vw 9.5 2002 MC 6 MC 6 Mac OS 8.6.0 – 9.2.2,
Mac OS 10.1 – 10.2
Win 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
Vw 9.0 2001 MC 6 MC 6 Mac OS 7.0 – 9.2.2 Win 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
Vw 8 1999 MC+ 4 MC 5 Mac OS 7.0 – 9.2.2 Win 95, 98, NT4, 2000
MC 7 1997 MC+ 4 MC 6 Mac OS 7.0 – 9.2.2 Win 95, 98, NT4, 2000
Also Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode in XP, Vista and Win 7 to open and save files only.
MC 6 1996 MC+ 4 MC 5 Mac OS 7.0 – 9.2.2 Win 3.1, 95, 98, NT4, 2000
MC 5 1994 MC+ 1 - Mac OS 6.0.5 – 9.2.2 -
MC+ 4 1993 MC+ 4 - Mac OS 6.0.5 – 9.2.2 -
MC+ 3 1991 MC+ 3, MC+ 2 - Mac OS 6.0.2 – 9.2.2 -
MC+ 2 1989 MC+ 3, MC+ 2 - Mac OS 6.0.2 – 9.0.4 -
MC+ 1 1988 MC+ 1 - Mac OS 6.0 – ? -
MC 4 1988 - - Mac OS 3.0 – ? -
MC 3 1987 - - Mac OS 2.0 – ? -
MC 2 1986 - - Mac OS 2.0 – ? -
MC 1 1985 - - Mac OS 2.0 – ? -

Suddenly my drawing has vertical and horizontal dashed lines running to infinity off all edges of the page. What happened?

This is a common question with an easy fix. Go to Vectorworks Preferences/Edit tab and uncheck the Snap to Loci option. When this option is on, any 2D locus on the drawing will exude these lines.

What is the best way to send or receive a file via email?

When you send an email to someone, you have no idea of the route it will take. It may be very direct or travel though a variety of different servers and half way across the country. When that email contains an attachment, the attachment can easily become corrupted by this circuitous route or by an operating system it encounters.

For these reasons, you should always compress attachments because it encapsulates the file and also makes transmission faster. Generally, it is best to use a non platform specific compression method such as Zip.

In Mac OSX, the Archive feature will create a Zip file that will be valid on both Mac and Windows. To access it, right click (or press Ctrl and click) on the file you wish to compress, then choose Compress... from the Contextual menu.