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Apple macOS 11.0Big Sur Compatibility



Vectorworks dongle Series B & G and Vision are Intel Big Sur compatible now.




With the official release of macOS Big Sur tomorrow, Nov 12th, I wanted to share some updates with you all from our R&D team:

  • Big Sur Intel – No issues to report at this point with the latest release candidate 11.0.1 offered to developers.
  • Big Sur M1 Rosetta 2 Emulation mode: We are confident that Vectorworks 2020 and 2021 with the latest service packs installed will run on these new M1 chips. However, we are waiting for production hardware using the M1 processors so that we can gauge their real-world performance using Vectorworks in Rosetta 2 emulation. For updated information about the new M1 processors, see HERE
  • For users with dongle licenses (Series B & G and Vision), do not update yet. We are still waiting for the manufacturer to release compatible drivers. Fixed
  • For users with 3DConnexion devices, please refer to the following article.

Note: We will be updating our test machines with the release version on 11/12, and we will report back again in a day or two about our latest findings. In the meantime, proceed with caution when updating a machine that will be used in any professional capacity.



We’ve been working with Apple and their Big Sur beta from the day they released news of their upcoming 11.0 version of macOS in June. Our engineers have been working diligently to determine how it would affect performance of Vectorworks 2020 and Vectorworks 2021. On August 25, 2020, we received Big Sur beta 4 and were able to test Vectorworks 2020SP5 and our upcoming release of Vectorworks 2021SP0 and verify all previously reported issues have been resolved.


In accordance with our commitment to quality and performance, see below for the latest updates. And feel free to download Vectorworks 2020SP5—specifically geared toward improving your experience with our software.


PLEASE NOTE: Before upgrading your version of Vectorworks, check back here often to get the full scope of Apple macOS Big Sur official compatibility —it’s currently only available as betas and will not be publicly available until Fall 2020.


Open Issues: We have been able to expand testing to our beta testers. The increased testing has revealed the following issues in Vectorworks software. These issues affect Vectorworks 2020SP5 and the upcoming release of Vectorworks 2021SP0.

  • No reported issues at this time.

Special note for older versions: Through our testing we have discovered several issues that Big Sur causes when trying to work with Vectorworks 2019 and prior versions.


As a result, we do not recommend upgrading to Big Sur if you are using Vectorworks 2019 or earlier. If you are planning a move to Big Sur, please be aware that our recommendation is to upgrade to Vectorworks 2021, which is fully compatible with Big Sur.