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Helix and macOS 10.7 (Lion) Compatibility
Introduction

With the release of macOS 10.7 (aka: Lion) Apple has taken another large step forward in core system functionality. Unfortunately, this progress comes at a price: The Rosetta technology that allowed Intel Macs to run PowerPC native code has been removed, so older versions of our programs will not run under Lion.

While many of our programs are already Intel-native, some are not, so they can not run under macOS 10.7.

Below is an application-by-application guide to macOS 10.7 compatibility. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Update Required

All collections must be updated to Helix 6.0 or later prior to moving to macOS 10.7 or later. The Structure Check feature in Helix 6.2 does not update collections from Helix 5.3 or earlier.

See this technote for options available to update older collections.

Helix Applications and macOS 10.7
Helix RADE

Helix RADE 6.2 and later are Intel-native, and are compatible with Lion.

Helix Server

Helix Server 6.1 and later are Intel-native, and are compatible with Lion.

Note: Helix Server for PowerPC — which is provided as a free upgrade for owners of Helix 6.0 licenses — is not Intel-native and therefore not compatible with Lion.

Helix Client

Helix Client 6.1 and later are Intel-native, and are compatible with Lion.

Note: macOS 10.7 removes the “toolbar widget” from the upper right corner of the window, eliminating the ability to cancel a Quick Query or hide the Sort Order control once it has been opened. To work around this, Helix 6.1.10 adds a Hide Toolbar command to the Edit menu. See R7234 in techdb for more information.

Note: Helix Client for PowerPC — which is provided as a free upgrade for owners of Helix 6.0 licenses — is not Intel-native and therefore not compatible with Lion.

Helix Engine

Helix Engine 6.1 and later are Intel-native, and are compatible with Lion.

Note: macOS 10.7 removes the “toolbar widget” from the upper right corner of the window, eliminating the ability to cancel a Quick Query or hide the Sort Order control once it has been opened. To work around this, Helix 6.1.10 adds a Hide Toolbar command to the Edit menu. See R7234 in techdb for more information.

Note: Helix Engine for PowerPC — which is provided as a free upgrade for owners of Helix 6.0 licenses — is not Intel-native and therefore not compatible with Lion.

Helix Utility

Helix Utility 6.2 and later are Intel-native, and are compatible with Lion.

Helix Utility OS X — whose most recent update is version 6.0.1 — is not Intel-native and therefore is not compatible with Lion.

Update Collection

The functions performed by Update Collection have been added directly to Helix 6.2, making this product obsolete.

Update Collection OS X — whose most recent update is version 6.0.1 — is not Intel-native and therefore not compatible with Lion.

Helix Maintenance Manager (HMM)

Helix Maintenance Manager (HMM) is Intel-native and compatible with Lion.

However, since Helix Utility OS X and Update Collection are not compatible with Lion, HMM 1.0.x can not perform its intended duties. The future of HMM is currently undefined.

Helix Maintenance Manager 1.0.x is compatible with Helix utilities 5.3.x and 6.0.x only.

Helix Developer Utility (HDU)

Helix Developer Utility (HDU) remains a “Classic-only” application for the time being. Developers who require the functions of HDU but do not have access to a Classic-capable Mac should contact our technical support department for assistance.

Helix Scripting (CallHelix)

The functions performed by Helix Scripting are incorporated directly to Helix 6.2, making this product obsolete.

Helix Scripting — which was included in the Helix RADE Readiness Kit — is not Intel-native and therefore is not compatible with Lion.