Well, this is fine and dandy, but my purchased 8.1 version will not work with the serial number given to me at purchase. I also have this “need to run once as an administrator” message and bounces me out and I cannot register. I thought that maybe Carrara would be stable, but it appears not. So, I wonder when I will be able to use my purchased product?
The “need to run once as an administrator” issue seems to be a known problem.
If you are running Mac OS 10.7 or higher and try to register your serial number in Carrara 8.1, you may find that you cannot register the application. (The problem has been corrected in the Carrara 8.5 beta.)
I have read elsewhere that the workaround for this problem is to run Carrara once as the “superuser”, and register it at that time. (“Superuser” has more privileges than “Administrator”.)
The safest way to do this is via the Terminal application (since running the entire Mac OS as the “superuser”, or “root user”, can be hazardous to your computer).
If you carefully follow the steps below, you will only need to type a very short command, followed by your administrator password, into the Terminal window.
Open the folder in which Carrara 8.1 is installed.
Locate the Carrara application and right-click on it.
In the drop-down menu, select “Show Package Contents”.
In the window that opens, open the “Contents” folder.
Go to the Macintosh “Utilities” folder located in the “Applications” folder and launch the “Terminal” application.
Arrange your desktop so that the open “Contents” folder and the “Terminal” window are side by side.
NOTE: In the next step you will be dragging the “MacOS” folder from the “Contents” window to the Terminal window. This does not actually move the “MacOS” folder, but just identifies its location for the Terminal application. However, use caution when dragging the “MacOS” folder, and be sure that you do not release it anywhere other than in the Terminal window. Releasing it elsewhere will result in it being moved to a new location. In which case you will have to find it and move it back to the “Contents” folder.
In the Terminal window type “cd ” (cd followed by a space, without the quotes.)
Drag-and-drop the “MacOS” folder from the “Contents” window into the “Terminal” window. Note that additional text appears following the “cd ” previously entered.
In the “Terminal” window press the Return key. (No error or warning messages should appear.)
In the “Terminal” window type “sudo ./Carrara” without the quotes, and press Return. (There’s a space between sudo and the period.)
You will be prompted for a password. Enter your Administrator password and press Return.
Carrara should launch.
Continue and register Carrara with your serial number. After Carrara is registered and running, quit Carrara.
Carrara should now be usable by launching it in the normal manner.