Request for Specifics per Running Bryce 7 Pro on HD partition with Snow Leopard.
From Sticky... "Info for Mac Users Regarding OS X Lion and Mountain Lion" -- author Chohole
# Bryce 7 is Not currently compatible with OS X 10.7 and above.(this is stated on both the Product Page and the Tech Specs for the program.)
# Bryce 7 is not currently in the Dev cycle
# Bryce 7 was released before OS x 7 was released by Apple
# Bryce 7 dev cycle was wound up before the release of OS X 7
# A member of the DAZ 3D Management Team did say, a while back, that working on getting Bryce 7 to work with the newer OS Xs will be a priority when Bryce enters the dev cycle again.
# There has been no date given for when Bryce will re-enter the dev cycle.
# Some Mac Users have been successful in getting Bryce 7 working either under parallels or using Boot Camp.
# Some Mac users say that The best method of getting Bryce to work on an iMac machine made this decade is to get a copy of Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and install this system on a hard drive partition. Then boot your computer from this system, and load this partition up with your legacy software.
Snow Leopard is still available online at various outlets, but is probably not available directly from Apple’s App Store (as of May, 2013)
Understanding all the above, and that DAZ3d is more of a boutique-style company versus a mega-corp with the resources to upgrade products in step with Apple OS upgrades (most media software & hardware interface manufacturers take about six months maximum) and understanding that it could be months or unfortunately years before Bryce is upgraded to accomodate OS X 10.7 and above -- if one wishes to use Bryce today, which I do, one of the practical workarounds above must be implemented. Though the suggestions above are generally helpful, they paint in broad strokes and I think it would benefit Mac users to have more specifics, before we jump down the proverbial rabbit hole.
Given that many Mac users choose not to run Boot Camp or Parallels --installing Snow Leopard on a partition with Bryce 7 Pro would appear to be the best workaround until DAZ3d makes Bryce both Lion/Mountain Lion and 64-bit compatible.
My questions are as follows:
Does this hard drive partition have to be on the Mac's internal hard drive?... or can one use an external hard drive connected via USB or firewire 400/800. I ask because I'm on a Macbook Pro running 10.7.5 and my internal drive cannot be partitioned at this point. I would have to use an external HD. The one I have available is a Mercury On-The-Go Pro Oxford Firewire 800/400 + USB 5400rpm 8MB cache Portable SATA 2.5" HD from MacSales/OWC. More details here:
I have a 70GB partition available.
Assuming the hard drive connects to the MBPro via Firewire 800 and given the external drive's 5400 rpm spin rate, will that be fast enough for Bryce to seamlessly engage the MBP's display & trackpad functions? Will it run without hiccups and the dreaded spinning beachball? Is the 70GB partition big enough to accommodate seamless Bryce operation/rendering?
If we choose to implement this workaround, and of course assuming that we have the appropriate license/serial number, can DAZ make the software available again on a short-term basis for download?
I purchased Bryce 7 Pro back in May 2011 and was able to use it for a couple of months (Snow Leopard) until we were compelled to upgrade our media production computers to Lion so as to accommodate FCP X and Logic which is my core biz. This was the second time a Mac OS upgrade had broken Bryce for me. The first time was when we upgraded to Snow Leopard, which caused an earlier version of Bryce to break. I share this not to snipe at DAZ3D, but rather, to share my personal disappointment because I'm a Bryce user from way back... going back to the initial version offered by MetaCreations. You could say I'm a long term, loyal customer and I absolutely love Bryce and miss it greatly. One would think that given the Mac's significant presence in media production, that there would be enough Mac-based DAZ3d customers to warrant that Bryce be put into its development cycle sooner than later but of course all this is predicated on the company's bottom line and available resources.
That said, please note that I receive promotional emails from DAZ almost daily, selling product library packages, etc., but I haven't been able to use Bryce for almost two years. I think there's some significant irony there, and a major disconnect between DAZ and a reasonable portion of its (loyal) customer base.
So here's hoping that DAZ3d will be wildly successful moving forward such that Bryce can be returned to its Dev Cycle and restored to functionality with the current Mac OS X. Please advise. My very best wishes for your continuing success.