Using AccountEdge on Catalina, Big Sur or M1 processor computers
Article ID: 2025242 Last updated: 22 March 2021
AccountEdge is not currently compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina, 11.0 Big Sur or Apple's new M1 processors. However, options exist to continue using AccountEdge under Catalina and Big Sur.
COMING TO YOUR MAC!
AccountEdge for macOS Catalina, Big Sur and M1 processors
We are delighted to announce that a version of AccountEdge that runs within macOS Catalina and Big Sur, as well on Mac’s using Apple’s new M1 processor, is scheduled for release later this year.
Priority Software, the global developers of AccountEdge products, have successfully launched a single-user version of the product in the USA and Canada and are now working towards a UK release.
Work also continues towards a multi-user version for a later release and although we do not have definitive information to share, we remain optimistic for a multi-user version in the future.
For AccountEdge customers looking to upgrade their computers, our advice is to delay your Catalina, Big Sur or M1 upgrade until the UK release of the compatible product, or use one of the workaround options provided below.
March 2021's release of AccountEdge 2021 remains incompatible with Catalina, Big Sur and M1 processors but can still be used under Catalina and Big Sur on computers with Intel processors by using the workarounds provided below.
AccountEdge customers will be able to upgrade to the new compatible version with a separate upgrade later this year.
As always, we appreciate your patience and loyalty.
The Mamut Team
Using AccountEdge 2021 or earlier on macOS Catalina and Big Sur
1. Use Parallels to run AccountEdge for Mac
• The Parallels solution does not currently support Apple's new M1 processors.
• The Parallels solution is currently only available to computers using Intel processors.
• This page will be updated as information becomes available about Parallels' support for M1 processors.
Popular software like Parallels allows you to run an earlier version of the macOS alongside Catalina or Big Sur.
Using AccountEdge under Parallels provides a native environment for you to continue using AccountEdge for Mac on macOS Catalina and Big Sur.
Parallels effectively provides you with a second desktop with which to use AccountEdge for Mac in exactly the manner to which you are accustom.
2. Use a secondary computer
If you have a secondary Mac computer that has yet to be updated to Catalina or Big Sur, you can continue to use AccountEdge on that machine. AccountEdge will continue to receive payroll tax updates and upgrades in the future.
Click here to view our system requirements and verify if your old Mac will work with your version of AccountEdge.
3. Downgrade your macOS
On computers that have been upgraded from an earlier macOS, it may be possible to roll back your Catalina or Big Sur installation and return to an earlier macOS. This option may not be available if your computer came with macOS Catalina or Big Sur pre-installed.
Speak to Apple or your IT administrator for advice about downgrading your macOS.
4. Create a partition to install two different macOS versions on the same computer
It's possible to partition your Mac to install Catalina or Big Sur alongside your current version of macOS. This provides the option to 'duel boot' your computer, allowing you to select or another macOS when turning on your computer.
Speak to Apple or your IT administrator for advice about partitioning your Mac.
5. Start your computer from an external hard disk to run an earlier macOS
This option is similar to option 4 but instead of partitioning your existing hard disk, you install a second macOS on an external hard disk, providing the option to 'dual boot' your computer into one or the other macOS.
Speak to Apple or your IT administrator for advice about installing macOS on an external hard disk.