Make the most of your Apple Silicon Mac with MacVector 18.1

We are very pleased to announce that MacVector 18.1 is now available to download. MacVector 18.1 is a Universal Binary application, which means it runs natively on both Apple Silicon M1 Macs and Intel Macs. MacVector 18.1 matches the “Big Sur” look and feel. …and for the first time in many, many years the MacVector icon has changed to match the square look of macOS Big Sur icons.


MacVector 18.1 is supported on macOS Sierra to macOS Big Sur.

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But it’s not just how it looks. We ran some benchmarks to see how much faster MacVector now runs on an Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. We compared this against MacVector 18.0, which runs using Rosetta2 emulation. In some cases you can see that the native Apple Silcon MacVector 18.1 runs 200% faster than the emulated MacVector 18.0. That’s an impressive speed increase!

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MacVector 18.0 (X86_64) vs MacVector 18.1 (ARM64) (h:mm:ss).

Here are other new features in MacVector 18.1 and earlier releases.

The release of macOS Big Sur together with Apple Silicon Macs are a major Apple milestone and signify the end of OS X and the coming of macOS 11. At MacVector we are proud that MacVector 18.1 is fully compatible with macOS Big Sur and will run natively on Apple Silicon Macs!

How to upgrade to MacVector 18.1

If you have a maintenance contract that was active on 1st February, 2021, then you can install MacVector 18.1. However, because this release is so close after the release of MacVector 18.0 and the universal binary is a major change, then you must install it manually. MacVector 18.1 will not be available through the automatic in app updater for a few months. MacVector 18.1 is also no longer supported on OS X 10.10 El Capitan. You must be running macOS Sierra to macOS Big Sur.

If you have an older version of MacVector then download the trial and request an upgrade quote.

Even if you have downloaded the trial in the past then downloading a new trial will give you a fresh 21 days to evaluate MacVector.

When a trial license expires it becomes MacVector Free. So if you decide against upgrading then you can just delete the trial license and easily go back to your current version. It’s risk free as MacVector files are backwards compatible.

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