DipTrace on Apple MacOS M1 / M2 Silicon

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DipTrace on Apple MacOS M1 / M2 Silicon

#1 Post by dostr63 » 22 Nov 2022, 07:46

Not strictly a bug report - I'm trying to understand - will DipTrace run on Apple MacOS M1 / M2 silicon?

(before I go out and buy a Black-Friday MacBook!)

1. Will DipTrace run simply by downloading and installing?

(the last discussion of this issue on DipTrace Forum seems to be 1 year old)

2. Is some extra software needed - such as Crossover / Wine - or a virtual machine such as Parallels or VirtualBox?
(presumably this then runs DipTrace 64-bit windows?)
Does DipTrace run well this way?

3. Or is it the case that none of the above solutions are very satisfactory?
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Re: DipTrace on Apple M1 / M2 Silicon

#2 Post by KevinA » 22 Nov 2022, 12:37

If you're in a production environment buy an Intel based i9 13th gen with 64GB, 1TB M2, Nvidia RTX-3080, 46" 4K display + Diptrace Full
otherwise #3
They have 'refurb' DELL computers on Amazon that can run DT without issues for under $200, PC or MAC with OS sims (hyper-v, wine)are prone to issues.

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Re: DipTrace on Apple MacOS M1 / M2 Silicon

#3 Post by dostr63 » 22 Nov 2022, 13:44

That's quite a strong "no" then.

I'm looking for an all-in-one solution for mobility as a contractor (which inevitably means PCB fix-ups with whatever machine I have with me) - and for in-my-own-office work.
A MacBook M2 would be a very convenient solution!

Currently I'm using a middle-aged (Gen 2) ThinkPad X1 Carbon, running Ubuntu.
Wine has mostly been pretty good (and before that VirtualBox) - apart from a recent now-fixed wine bug*.
Mainly I'm using Segger Embedded Studio, and the native Linux version is rock-solid.

So I can accept some compromise on DipTrace, as I spend less time with it. Just ***not too much*** of a compromise!

* viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14841

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Re: DipTrace on Apple MacOS M1 / M2 Silicon

#4 Post by dianacrown88 » 19 Jan 2023, 10:42

dostr63 wrote:
22 Nov 2022, 13:44
That's quite a strong "no" then.

I'm looking for an all-in-one solution for mobility as a contractor (which inevitably means PCB fix-ups with whatever machine I have with me) - and for in-my-own-office work.
A MacBook M2 would be a very convenient solution!

Currently I'm using a middle-aged (Gen 2) ThinkPad X1 Carbon, running Ubuntu.
Wine has mostly been pretty good (and before that VirtualBox) - apart from a recent now-fixed wine bug*.
Mainly I'm using Segger Embedded Studio, and the native Linux version is rock-solid.

So I can accept some compromise on DipTrace, as I spend less time with it. Just ***not too much*** of a compromise!

* https://ninjareports.com/keyword-rank-checker/
Thanks a lot for help!

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Re: DipTrace on Apple MacOS M1 / M2 Silicon

#5 Post by dostr63 » 21 Jan 2023, 06:57

It's actually usable if you follow the advice here and turn off everything but the copper layers and board outline in the PCB view. Other tools pattern/component/schematic are fine.

https://www.diptrace.com/forum/viewtopi ... =10#p32969

There's also an issue with menus disappearing behind the main view - but this isn't just a DipTrace problem.

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