Moneydance and new ARM-based Macs

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26 Jun, 2020 03:40 PM

Hi all,

   I was just curious if Moneydance will be ARM-processor ready when new Macs start shipping later this year. My iMac is 5 years old and a new iMac sounds awfully tempting. Just curious if/when you would be ARM ready.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ethan on 26 Jun, 2020 07:33 PM

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    You're correct that Moneydance cannot currently run on ARM processors. This is due to there not being a version of Java that works with those processors, and Moneydance is based on Java.

    However, I've spoken to our lead developer about this, and he thinks that this situation with Apple switching to ARM is actually really good. This is because with this change, Apple has said that they are contributing ARM support to the OpenJDK project which is all we need to have an ARM version of Moneydance running at top performance. He also has an ARM Mac mini on it's way now to him for testing. He also believes that Moneydance will work in emulation mode on those systems, but that shouldn't be necessary as long as the OpenJDK development continues as stated.

    In short, Moneydance is still dependent on these other things, but it looks like the pieces are falling into place for these things to happen.

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  2. 2 Posted by brad.mcneely on 26 Jun, 2020 11:09 PM

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    That’s great Ethan. It’s impressive that he’s getting an ARM Mac mini for
    testing (I’m jealous). Appreciate the quick response. Thanks very much.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ethan on 27 Jun, 2020 07:12 PM

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    You're welcome. I'm trying not to be jealous myself, but he needs it more than me.

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