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Which versions of Mac OS and iOS are in use?

 

I'm occasionally approached by developers asking about the versions of Mac OS or iOS the visitors to the site are using. Whilst you can get general information from sites like NetMarketShare or Mixpanel I guess it is useful to know what versions scientists might be using.

Over the last month the operating systems used by visitors are 60% Mac, 21% Windows, 12% iOS, 4% Linux, 2.8% Android.

Of the Mac users, 43% are now using 10.14 (Mojave), 35% 10.13 with all older versions each well below 10%

For the visitors using iOS, 71% are using 12.x, and 16% using 11.x

These figures would suggest that visitors to the site are probably among the early adopters, and that Chemistry software developers should try and ensure they support the latest versions of operating systems as early as possible.


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Scientific Applications under Mojave Update 6

 

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 High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite it is apparently a useful resource.

Apple has said that macOS 10.14 (Mojave) will run on every Mac released from 2012 onwards. Always a good idea to have a Time machine backup when undertaking a major update like this.

Much like prior versions of Mac OS, you can easily create a bootable install drive for MacOS Mojave 10.14. 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 (Install macOS Mojave.app). You must make a copy of this to another location; otherwise if you launch the installer and it completes the Mojave update, it'll be deleted. I found installing or updating to macOS Mojave takes about 45 - 60 minutes depending on the age of the machine.

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

Amsterdam Modeling Suite has Mojave support, more details soon.

Applescript, the security changes in Mojave have some significant impacts that are described in detail here, particularly to scripting additions..

Avogadro version 1.2.0 no issues

BBEdit have a comprehensive list of compatibility notes for each application and versions https://www.barebones.com/support/new-os.html. BBEdit 12.1.6 has just been released which bring full Mojave 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. A user replied "I am on ChemDraw Pro 17.1.1.0 and I have found no compatibility issues on Mojave.".

Chimera Chimera buttons not being shown until the windows containing them are resized. "Just an update that we’ve fixed the button issue in Chimera on Mojave" 1.13.1 candidate release (and recent 1.14 daily builds) working on Mojave

ChimeraX No issues reported.

ChirysView "As far as we know, there are no issues with our products and Mojave".

Cresset No issues to date, more detailed testing underway.

CrystalMaker "CrystalMaker X works beautifully with Mojave. We’re a full 64-bit app with sandboxing and code signing. Our forthcoming 10.4 update (next week or so) will include a “Dark Mode” option".

DataWarrior no issues to date

Findings no issues

iBabel no issues to date

iRaspa no issues

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

MarvinView no issues

Microsoft have already announced compatibility notes.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, Skype for Business, and OneNote will install and run on macOS 10.14 Mojave. Microsoft fully supports Office 2016, Office 2019 and Office 365 for Mac on 10.14 Mojave when you have the following Office updates installed:

Office 365/2019 - Build 16.17.0 or later

Office 2016 - Build 16.16.2 or later

Skype for Business 16.21.65 or later

Mnova lite no issues reported

Molecular Materials and Informatics have just released an update for the Molecular notebook app

MOE There seem to be no problems running MOE 2018.01 or higher on MacOS 10.14.

MolSoft We have not had any reported issues about running ICM-Pro or ICM-Chemist-Pro on Mac OSX 10.14 Mojave.

O "It runs on my laptop without problem and I’ve not heard any news from users so I don’t think there are any issues at the moment."

Openbabel no reported issues

PyCharm only very minor issues

PyMOL "Although Mojave was just released, all of our automated and QA tests do not show anything out of the ordinary. While it's probably still too early to declare official support, we haven't encountered anything that suggests users should worry about upgrading with regards to the PyMOL application".

RDKit no reported issues

Schrodinger suites are not yet officially supported on Mojave. Tests are ongoing, and we're hoping to officially support that platform in our next release (2018-4).

SeeSAR "0 issues with Mojave at our end".

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

TextWrangler is not compatible with Mojave. It has been sunsetted, and is now part of BBEdit.

Vortex no issues reported.

xQuartz I've only done limited testing but all OK for me.

Updated 30 October 2018




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Molecular Notebook with “dark mode”

 

Molecular Materials and Informatics have just released an update for the Molecular notebook app.

A desktop app to draw chemical structures and reactions, and to organise your data in convenient spreadsheet-like files. The Molecular Notebook is designed from the ground up to leverage the macOS platform, integrating seemlessly and making presentation quality graphics just one drag away.

The Molecular Notebook desktop app for chemical structure & data content creation has a refresh on the iTunes AppStore: it now responds to the dark-mode preference.

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