we have been using AC12 on snow leopard without any problems so far.
only major nuisance so far seems to be the dropped support for QTVR in quicktime X… workaround for the moment is to use quicktime 7.
the official AC12 system requirements are available here. note the 4GB memory limitation and 256MB onboard VRAM recommendation. apparently AC13 will be INTEL only.
regarding upgrading your macs to cater for future software releases (incl. AC13), rob griffiths raises some good points about upgrading to INTEL based macs…
“If you’re a PowerPC user, this move to Intel-only apps doesn’t mean your machine is worthless, of course. It just means that its abilities will be limited to those programs it can run today, and probably one or two more releases of the most-popular productivity applications. I would think, for instance, that the next versions of Photoshop and Office will support both platforms. Beyond that, though, the future of application development is clearly Intel-only.”
full article available here.
update: adobe has announced that adobe after effects CS4 will not support PPCs, indicating that eventually the other CS products will also require INTEL based macs.
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if this holds its promise and with google’s influence and grunt we may as well be able to finally show off 3d models without clients having to bother about downloading and installing some obscure 3rd party browser plugins.
we are sure we are not the only ones who struggle following which AC version we are currently working in with potentially disastrous effects, particularly since the default AC logo has on the mac remained graphically unchanged for quite some time…
…so we decided to amend the original archicad logo and make it available for everyone – actually since we are trained architects like most of you, we made a few options…
1. column: transparent white outline, 2. column: white, 3. column: transparent
please feel free to download the above ArchiCAD replacement logos for
to install please replace the original AC logo in:
the above was also posted in the following thread on AC-talk:
macinteract > bim