Update on Sibelius and Mac OS X Mavericks

by Philip Rothman on November 7, 2013 · 12 comments

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Mac-OS-X-Mavericks-LogoWhen Apple released OS X Mavericks (10.9) two weeks ago, Avid noted issues with Sibelius 7 and Mavericks regarding how fonts displayed in dialogs and with ReWire capability. Subsequently, several users reported that Sibelius was performing sluggishly on their Mavericks systems.

While no solutions have yet been announced, Avid’s Sam Butler today has given a status report as well as a workaround for the performance issue:

I’ve been asked by several people for a status update on how Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7 First are doing on Mavericks.

The issues we are tracking are:

  • ReWire not sending audio from Sibelius to host
  • Font used in dialogs is different (cosmetic only)
  • Performance and responsiveness is not great

The workaround for the performance issue, which we’ve confirmed in-house, is to put your computer to sleep then wake it up. We are investigating the cause of this and have logged a bug with Apple.

I’ll post more news when I have it.

It is believed that the cosmetic font issue may be related to the underlying Qt framework in Sibelius not recognizing a subtle system font change in Mavericks from “Lucida Grande” to “Lucida Grande UI”. Theoretically, this affects only one line of code, so hopefully either Avid or Apple will be able solve this and the other issues in due course.

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