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Re: st: 64 bit Stata for the Mac


From   cnguyen@stata.com (Chinh Nguyen)
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: 64 bit Stata for the Mac
Date   Thu, 22 May 2008 12:33:58 -0500

Fred Wolfe (fwolfe@arthritis-research.org) asked about the availability
of a 64-bit version of Stata/MP for Macintosh:
> I suspect there will be no answer to this question. But, could Stata
> staff  give us any idea when the 64 bit version of MP for the Mac will
> be available?

This is in active development, and our best guess is that it will
be ready by the end of the year (*).  It will be released as soon as it is
ready, which could be sooner or later than that date.

We are excited about adding 64-bit support to Stata for Macintosh.
Our internal testing has shown that, like 32-bit OS X, 64-bit OS X
provides a good computing environment for serious users, with the
added benefit of access to more memory that a true 64-bit platform
provides.


(*) Technical information for those interested:  To move to 64-bit OS X,
    we are having to do more work than would typically be necessary to
    port Stata to a new 64-bit operating system.  For 64-bit
    applications, Apple requires that the GUI be written with the GUI
    API Cocoa, whereas Stata has been written with the Carbon API.
    This means that we are completely rewriting the interface using
    Cocoa.  While this is time-consuming, we will be able to take advantage
    of features provided by Cocoa that are unavailable in Carbon.


--Chinh
(cnguyen@stata.com)

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