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Scientific Applications under High Sierra (Update 3)


Whilst there are many sites that track the compatibility on common desktop applications, it is often difficult to find out information about scientific applications. Based on the number of page views on the lists for Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite it is apparently a useful resource. The major change with High Sierra is the update to the file system so hopefully this will be a benign update, but a Time Machine backup is always a good idea.

I’ll update the list regularly and feel free to send in information.

High Sierra is a major download 5GB and a couple of people have asked if it is possible to keep the installer and then use it on multiple machines.

The initial installer is small (15 MB) but after the main installer has successfully downloaded (5GB+), when you are prompted to start the installation process, click Cancel, and the installer will be in the /Applications folder. You must make a copy of this to another location; otherwise if you launch the installer and it completes the High Sierra update, it'll be deleted.

When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won't be converted to APFS. You can't opt-out of the transition to APFS.

AppleScriptObjC there are a couple of bugs, because the issues stem from the .bridgesupport file, they will potentially pose problems in other languages that use the scripting bridge.

Avogadro no issues

BBEdit have a comprehensive list of compatibility notes for each application and versions BBEdit 12 has just been released which bring full High Sierra compatibility.

ChemDoodle all seems fine no issues reported

ChemDoodle3D all seems fine no issues reported

ChemDraw as a policy they do not test until after new operating systems have been released, will check back later

ChirysView no issues to date

Cresset No issues to date, more detailed testing underway.

CrystalMaker no problems

DataWarrior no issues to date

Findings no issues

iBabel no issues to date

MarvinSketch latest version no issues, earlier versions may require the old Apple supplied JDK to be reinstalled

MarvinView no issues

Microsoft have already announced the results of preliminary testing of the Office suite.

Office version 15.35 and later, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote will install and run on 10.13, but there maybe some issues

Office 15.34 and earlier. These versions are not supported on 10.13. In some cases, you may not be able to launch the Office apps.

Office for Mac 2011. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided.

Mnova lite no issues reported

MOE There seem to be no problems running MOE 2016.0804 or higher on MacOS 10.13.

Please note that all of our Mac users should upgrade to MOE 2016.0804 due to bugs identified in earlier versions. You can download the patch to 2016.0804

The default python is

 ~ /usr/bin/python
Python 2.7.10 (default, Jul 15 2017, 17:16:57) 
[GCC 4.2.1 Compatible Apple LLVM 9.0.0 (clang-900.0.31)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

PyCharm no issues

StarDrop Our initial tests suggest that everything is working as expected.

Vortex no issues reported.

xQuartz "I would like to report that xquartz now works in the latest macOS 10.13". Download here

Updated 14 October 2017

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