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  • BC on ARM CPU (Apple M1) Macs

    Beyond Compare 4.3.7 (current version) is only available as an Intel CPU Mac application. However, it will run on ARM CPU (Apple M1) Macs using Rosetta 2 translation.

    A native ARM CPU version of Beyond Compare is in development but doesn't have a scheduled release date.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    Great to be informed about that. I really appriciate that and ordered 10 more licenses for my developers today.

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    • #3
      Thanks for addressing this issue. Just another reason Beyond Compare is one of my favorite apps!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chris View Post
        A native ARM CPU version of Beyond Compare is in development but doesn't have a scheduled release date.
        Hi Chris
        No rush but just wondering if there's any news on this development?

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        • #5
          Thanks for the follow up. It is something we're still actively working on, but we don't have any announcements at this time. I'd suggest subscribing to the News and Announcements forum for email notifications for any major news.
          Aaron P Scooter Software

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Aaron View Post
            Thanks for the follow up. It is something we're still actively working on, but we don't have any announcements at this time. I'd suggest subscribing to the News and Announcements forum for email notifications for any major news.
            Do you think it will be a v4 release or only part of the v5 release?

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            • #7
              Hello,

              Native macOS on ARM/M1 is planned for a BC5 release (date not set). Given the scale of the project, we don't plan on being able to support BC4 as a native M1 rebuild.

              For Apple M1 users debating if they should purchase Beyond Compare 4, licenses come with 12 months of upgrade protection. Upgrade policy: https://www.scootersoftware.com/shop...=upgradepolicy
              Aaron P Scooter Software

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              • #8
                eta? bc4 kills my ram and battery on my macm1.

                i might need to switch to something more native like meld. (even though i prefer bc4)

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                • #9
                  ameeno Seriously? You think Meld is "more native" ? The last Mac build was from April 2020—definitely no Arm code in there. Their homepage still calls it "OS X" (it was renamed to macOS in 2016) and even proudly says "On OS X, Meld is not yet officially supported"...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by luckman212 View Post
                    ameeno Seriously? You think Meld is "more native" ? The last Mac build was from April 2020—definitely no Arm code in there. Their homepage still calls it "OS X" (it was renamed to macOS in 2016) and even proudly says "On OS X, Meld is not yet officially supported"...
                    Actually, i just picked meld as an example, have not tried to build it to arm64 yet, but might work,

                    i know https://doesitarm.com/app/kaleidoscope/ is more expensive, but its arm native.

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                    • #11
                      Any updates? I am starting to fancy going for an open source alternative.

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                      • #12
                        We don't have any updates to announce at this time, but if you subscribe to the News and Announcements sub forum, or email notifications from this thread, you would get a ping as soon as we have something we can say.
                        Aaron P Scooter Software

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                        • #13
                          I am waiting for the M1 version with bated breath

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