Sibelius and Mac OS X Mavericks

by Philip Rothman on October 22, 2013 · 59 comments

in News

Mac-OS-X-Mavericks-LogoToday Apple released OS X Mavericks (10.9) as a free upgrade to any Mac user currently running 10.6.8 or higher. Sibelius users interested in upgrading to Mavericks should note the following information, posted a short while ago by Avid’s Sam Butler on the chat forum:

As you may have heard, Apple have recently released the latest version of their operating system, Mavericks.

At this time, Sibelius is not fully supported on the new OS. For compatibility information for Sibelius, Pro Tools and Media Composer, please see the following article:

In short, Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7 First should be OK although the text in dialogs will be slightly different so may not appear correctly. Also, you may find you can’t route the audio from Sibelius to a ReWire host, such as Pro Tools.

Sibelius 6 seemed to be OK although we didn’t fully test it. We expect the same workarounds for registration are needed though along with the same problems with ReWire that Sibelius 7 has too.

Sibelius 5 and earlier simply won’t run, as on the previous version of Mac OS X.

I’ll post news as I have it if anything changes.

The specific issues, according to Avid, are:

  • Font Substitution in dialog boxes appear using Mac OS X 10.9. The system font used by Sibelius has been changed in Mac OS X 10.9 such that the text in dialogs is not displayed correctly.
  • Unable to use Sibelius as a ReWire device with Mac OS X 10.9. Although it may be possible to start Sibelius as a ReWire device in Pro Tools and other applications, Sibelius is unable to send the audio to the ReWire host.

Avid officially says on the Knowledge Base page that “It is not recommended to use Media Composer, Pro Tools or Sibelius with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) as they are not supported at this time.”

However, if you do decide to take the plunge and run Sibelius 6 or 7 on Mavericks, feel free to post your experience in the comments. When Avid issues more information, we’ll post it on the blog.

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David Hobbs August 18, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Hi Guys
Thanks for your advice. I will try the demo. I’m not a pro but do like to arrange music for different types of ensembles. I have never needed a lot of the features that I had in Sib2 and then Sib5. Would I be better served using Sibelius First rather than going to 7.5? For me, it seems like there are a lot of features I pay for but never use. Thanks!

André Ramplou August 18, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Sibelius First is fine and works well with OS 10.9.4

Philip Rothman August 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM

If you already own Sibelius 5, you may as well upgrade to Sibelius 7.5. It has all of the features of Sibelius First, and the difference in price for the upgrade is only $20. Plus, Sibelius First hasn’t been updated in a while, but Sibelius 7.5 was just recently updated.

David Hobbs August 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I appreciate the advice!

Thomas Nikolajsen September 8, 2014 at 4:27 AM

Just did a clean install of osx mavericks.
And now i can’t install sibelius 6.2 -At the end of the install i get a message like ” could not install sibelies – contact the software producer”… any advise or do i really have to upgrade?

Philip Rothman September 8, 2014 at 7:43 AM

6.2 should run fine on Mavericks. If you post a screenshot of the problem to the official Sibelius chat page, perhaps someone can help:

Derek Williams September 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

We’re having an issue at Edinburgh University (where we’re still on Sibelius 6.2) with Mavericks 10.9.4. If changes are made to a score, and then the application is Quit, and OK to “Save changes?” a corrupt file is created that cannot be loaded.

Philip Rothman September 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Derek: I can’t reproduce this. Does this happen with all your files?

Benny Rietveld September 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yesterday I had to get myself a MacBook Pro. It’s running 10.9.4. I was on a MacBook Air running 10.8.x, on which Sibelius 6.2 was running fine. On my new machine, I get no rests, note heads, time signatures, etc. Lines seem to work however. All the fonts I had on the original machine are present on the new machine, and in the same places.
Any advice?
Thank you!

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