Known issues and workarounds for common software

Operating System issues

MAC Retina compatibility (see also - MacInChem.org)
- Office 2011: native Retina support is inside update 14.2.x or higher. go Help > Check for Updates, follow through.
- Office 2003 / 2007: update to 2011, or workaround: Retinizer - apparently good.
- Adobe Acrobat: Latest updates support Retina (>11.0.07).
- Mestrenova, ChemDraw don’t natively support Retina. workaround: Retinizer - fixes some text aspects, better than nothing.
- Endnote X7, MacPyMol, Vienna 3.0, all seem fine natively.

MAC Stability:
- Yosemite seems slow at the moment. Recommend: do not update your OS yet until it speeds up.
- ChemDraw 13 is very buggy esp. on Retina / Mavericks. Crashes; bad copy-paste handling. Update to ChemDraw 14 for better handling.

WINDOWS
Turn off "funky graphics" if your computer is slowing down.
Turn off unwanted services, and wipe and reinstall your OS every 2-3 years for best results.
Don't use Microsoft Word (20 kB, crash-prone, long load time) where plain text (0.2 kB, instant load, compatible forever) will do.

  • If you spend time looking for an answer, remember not to look as "hard as you can" (applies even more to research than to computing stuff)...