Stitch Painter 3 and Garment Designer 2.5 are not currently compatible with Mac OS Catalina (10.15) (Update Feb. 5, 2020)
We continue to work on new 64-bit versions of our software that will be compatible with Mac OS Catalina. Garment Designer’s 64-bit version will be released first as Garment Designer 3. Stitch Painter 3 will then be put into development to create a new compatible version after Garment Designer 3’s release. It is our hope to release Garment Designer 3 sometime this spring. In addition to being compatible with OSx Catalina, it will offer various new features which have been in long term development. Upgrade costs will be determined prior to its release.
Cochenille has invested years of effort towards Garment Designer 3 and due to the Operating System Compatibility change initiated by Apple, this has become a complete revamp of Garment Designer as well. Developing Garment Designer 3 from the ground up has presented us with unforeseen challenges that we are still currently working through.
Although the app can now run on OS Catalina, certain major features such as printing and generating shaping instructions are still not functional but we are in the thick of it. We will continue to update this page as our work progresses and will have upgrade pricing estimates released as soon as we clear these major hurdles with our developer.
We understand that this transitional period has been difficult for our loyal users who use Garment Designer often and need to update to Catalina for other reasons, but if you would would like access to a working version of Garment Designer then we encourage you to hold off on the update if possible.
If you have already updated to MacOS Catalina 10.15, below are a few options you have to continue to use our software.
Any Creative Way Around this in the Short-Term?
If you have purchased a new computer or must move to Catalina, there is an option for you, should you wish. If you have an external hard drive with enough space, you can install an older version of the OS on that, and then, when you want to use a 32-bit program, you can boot the computer from that hard drive. We are doing this in reverse with Catalina, as some of our software (e.g. our Accounting software) won’t yet run on Catalina. Apple has provided us with a couple of links for information, and they told us they would be happy to assist people wanting to create a bootable external start-up disk..
How to create a bootable Start-Up Disk for macOS
How to Reinstall macOS from macOS Recovery
Use Parallels 15
This work-around would be to run MacOS Mojave 10.14 on Parallels 15 Desktop for Mac . This is the only version of Parallels that is compatible with MacOS Catalina. You can find more information about installing Mac Mojave onto your Mac using Parallels at the following link:https://www.parallels.com/blogs/run-32-bit-on-mac/.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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As always, we appreciate your business, loyalty and patience.
The Cochenille Team