PDF Studio is already Compatible with ARM through Rosetta

PDF Studio latest versions (2018 and over) and later are compatible with the new M1 chip through the Rosetta 2 virtualization that will be included with all the new Apple devices.

We have fully tested our PDF Studio application and confirmed that Rosetta 2 will convert the application to ARM at the point of installation. This means you can upgrade from an Intel to Apple Silicon devices without any issues. Just install as you normally would and you can continue using PDF Studio to edit and manipulate your documents just as before.

Try PDF Studio 2021 with full ARM Support (Beta)!

Our team is hard at work getting PDF Studio 2021 ready to run natively on the new improved Apple ARM chipsets (without Rosetta) and offer full ARM support. We already have our initial sample up and running and now working on ironing out the remaining details.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in becoming a beta tester for our new PDF Studio M1 release use the link below to download our latest BETA build.

PDF_Studio_2021_aarch64 Beta Download

NOTE: This is an early pre-release build and due to the inherent nature of a BETA release it may include various bugs and issues. Below are the current known issues but all other tested features should be working at this time. 

  • Scanning – Scanning has not been fully tested due to lack of M1 drivers for scanners
  • DocuSign – We are currently working on updating our DocuSign integration with the API compatible with M1
  • OCR – Now Fixed!. We rebuilt the code for M1 architecture

If you come across any other issues during testing please send an email to studiosupport@qoppa.com making sure to mention the M1 BETA installer.

Your feedback as a beta tester will help us ensure that Apple users get the best out of using PDF Studio on their new M1 machines. We look forward to continuing this journey in making PDF Studio the best full featured alternative to Acrobat for Mac users.

Apple M1 CPU

In November of 2020, Apple announced during it’s WWDC 2020 event that they will be moving away from Intel based chips for the Mac lineup. Newer desktop and laptop devices running macOS Big Sur  are using the new Apple M1 CPU, an ARM-based custom system-on-chip (SoC) designed from the ground up by Apple.


Apple’s 2 year transition

During the event Apple announced that all new devices going forward will be using the new custom Apple ARM chips and the transition to Apple silicon will take about two years to complete. The ARM based architecture, which usually powers mobile or portable devices, like Apple’s iPhones and iPads, uses a completely different architecture than Intel-based Macs, and so they are fundamentally incompatible with any existing macOS software.

Fortunately, Apple has promised to maintain support for Intel based apps during this transition by providing its Rosetta 2 virtualization technology to convert and run current Intel based apps.