Is Design 3D compatible with macOS Catalina?

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2019-12-07 00:26

No, Design 3D CX 8 for Mac and earlier Mac versions are not compatible with macOS Catalina?


As you may know, we don’t pre-announce upgrades, but we realize this is an issue of concern for many users – especially users who update right away to the latest macOS when it comes out – so we want you to know our team is working hard in development.


macOS Catalina & Design 3D CX 8

As you may have heard, macOS Catalina is now available. If you haven't heard, apps with any 32-bit code won't run. Design 3D CX 8 for Mac still has some 32-bit UI code (the important parts are 64-bit), and this means it won't run on Catalina. We are working hard on our update to eliminate the remaining 32-bit code, but it's not ready yet.

So, what should you do? Here are some thoughts from prominent publications and sites:

Waiting is often a good choice, but if you're not in a position to wait on this OS update, here are some additional options:

If you're open to running Windows software (Design 3D CX is fully 64-bit on Windows) you may want to consider this option – Strata is extending a special offer on our "CrossGrade" Windows license (saving nearly $550 off a regular new license). Why would you want to do this?

  • You get a completely separate Design 3D license for just $49.00
  • The Mac license will still be eligible for an upgrade
  • A world of Windows software opens up to you

You don't have to buy a new Windows PC in order to run this new license (though there are some very good PCs at amazingly low prices). You can also run Windows on your Mac – either within a virtual machine (Parallels is a great option) or in dual-boot (using Boot Camp).

Click here to get the PC CrossGrade for just $49.00 or go to, click on the "1 Seat, $395 option and be sure to input coupon code STRATAPRO8 at checkout.


We certainly appreciate your support as part of the Strata family – regardless of how many years you've been with us.


Ken Bringhurst, President

PS: This "CrossGrade" requires an existing Design 3D Mac license. The offer is being extended for two weeks. If you have any questions, reach out to

PSS: This is the only information available at this time.
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