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Does Mac 3D Program formZ Work with Sierra? You Bet—But!

Apple has released macOS 10.12 Sierra and its out and being enjoyed. Can you run it on your formZ machine? You can, but there are some caveats due to Gatekeeper changes on the OS.


Mac stalwart application formZ, by AutoDesSys, works with Apple’s new macOS 10.12 Sierra. That’s the good news. The bad news—and it really isn’t that bad—is that installing formZ onto a new machine running macOS 10.12 Sierra will be affected by new security restrictions imposed by Gatekeeper in Sierra.

Gatekeeper Limitations

Apple has made significant changes to Gatekeeper in macOS 10.12 Sierra. So, while the latest version of formZ v8.5 is compatible the following installation limitations apply:

  • formZ 8.5 can be installed on macOS 10.12 Sierra using the formZ 8.5.5 disk images (which were released on 21 Sep 2016. These disk images can be accessed using the installation links in users’ original license information email.

There are other limitations in the various ways you can install or reinstall formZ versions. These include limitations on installing formZ version 7 and formZ version 6 (which isn’t a true native OS X app).

01 - The latest formZ now comes in three versions with scaled feature sets and notably a new "free" version.

01 – The latest formZ now comes in three versions with scaled feature sets and notably a new “free” version. Installation with Sierra is compatible.

In general, any version of formZ (or bonzai3d) that is installed on a machine prior to upgrading to macOS 10.12 Sierra should function, provided that  a reinstallation, if it should become necessary, will add complexities. Read this AutoDesSys tech post for more information.


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