This What's New page contains not only corporate news and announcements but also product information for both our McCAD Windows and Macintosh products. News articles are only designated when specific to either WIN or MAC otherwise they generally apply to all.




June 18, 2022

Major 64Bit Updates for Mac OSX 11.0, 12.0 and Later

As of the date of this notice, ALL McCAD tools and utilities have been rewritten to conform with Apple's Latest OSX11, OSX12 and later releases. Numerous 64Bit running issues have been resolved. The Current releases incorporate all of Apple's certificating and ID requirements. We advise all users to upgrade as soon as possible. This especially applies to any users who maybe using any Non-Roman Fonts sets. These Non-Roman fonts when used on the Latest 64 Bit Mac OSes running our older software versions can result in dire problems with file management. Upgrading is the only option. Please be aware that these upgrades are not free.

Unfortunately, because of changes made to the Apple OSes and the development tool versions required to produce compatible shipping versions of our software products we can no longer easily continue to maintain support for older product releases. Where posible we will try to continue with that going forward. However, based on what we see coming down the line from Apple we advise that our users plan for keeping their Hardware and OSes and Tools more current. We are bound by Apple's changes and dictates.

Also please note that these updates may run on older Mac OSes. This will depend on how updated the particular OS is (i.e., does it contain what is in OS 12 and later). We have not tested this and currently have no plans to do so because of the large number of variations that are possible. It is also unknown whether we could build to that specific configuration. Therefore, if you find that it works for you consider yourselve fortunate. Everyone else will have to move to newer OSes and tools.




June 11, 2021

Latest 64Bit Updates for Mac OSX 10.12 and Later

Latest updates for PCB-ST and Schematics Plus , Gerber viewer, SimPlus, 3Spice and all Auto-Routers have been released. Improved 64Bit operation with latest Mac OSX 11 updates.


Please view installer video for users of OSX 11 via the following link.




March 24, 2021

Latest 64Bit Updates for Mac OSX 10.12 and Later

Latest updates for PCB-ST and Schematics Plus and Gerber viewer have been released. Balance for other products to follow in the coming weeks.


Support for 32Bit versions going forward has now been suspended.




July 27, 2020

New 64Bit Updates for Mac OSX 10.12 and Later

We have completed the migration of all actively supported products to Apple's 64Bit compatibilty requirements for the latest OS releases. All users running on OSes 10.12 and Later are advised to move to these new updates. You may have to upgrade your licenses.


Also released is the 3SPICE Simulator and the Simplus Bundle. Existing Users will have to upgrade their licenses.



April 20, 2020

New 64Bit Updates for Mac OSX 10.12 and Later

New updates for PCB-ST , Schematics Plus, EDS-Plus . These releases are targeted towards running under 64 Bit OS and other new requirements from Apple dealing with security. All users running on OSes 10.12 and Later are advised to move to these new updates. You may have to upgrade your licenses.



January 25, 2019

New Updates to earlier versions 5 & 6 series releases

New updates for PCB-ST , Schematics Plus, EDS-Plus and GView updates. Address issues arising from the latest Mac OSX changes and requirements. For Licensed tools all versions now incorporate Apple's take over and management of licensed software. Some users may have to upgrade their software licenses to use software tools under the latest Mac Operating environments.


August 25, 2017

New Updates to earlier version 5 series releases

New updates for PCB-ST and EDS-Plus updates. Fixes numerous issues arising from compatibility with newer OSes architecture changes


April 25, 2017

New MacOSX 10.9 and Later OSes Product roll outs

New updates for Schematics-Plus, PCB-ST and EDS-Plus updates. Fixes numerous issues arising from numerous Apple's OSX changes. Be aware that some users upgrading from older versions may have to upgrade their McCAD licenses. Please check before downloading and installing these newer versions


March 25, 2014

New MacOSX 10.9.2

New updates for Trailblazer and Tracker updates. Fixes File open crashing issue with latest Mac OSX update.


Jan 22, 2014

New MacOSX 10.7 and later updates

New updates posted for EDS1 Plus,Schematics Plus, Trailblazer and Tracker applications. These new versions will only run on Mac OSX 10.7 and later. Existing users moving to the newer OSes will need to upgrade their McCAD licences.


April 12, 2013

New MacOSX 10.7 and later updates

New updates posted for EDS1, PCB-ST and Schematics. Also released GView version Series 4.0.x fo the newer Intel OSes.


Oct 12, 2012

New MacOSX demarcation

Starting today McCAD will begin shipping software that will only run on Mac OSX version 10.7 or Later. While the older versions will be available for customers who have older hardware and OSes there is limited support for the older versions.


Oct 12, 2012

Standard Schematics for MacOSX 10.7 and later ships

Finally after considerable delays, an Intel Native version for MacOSX. has shipped. Please note that this version will not run on older Macintosh operating systems.


March 20, 2012

MacOSX Lion 10.7.3.... Missing button images

New updates work around problem introduced in 10.7.3 where the button icons cease being drawn if they lack color. All users should update if they are running OSX 10.7.3 and later,


Aug 09, 2011

MacOSX Lion .... PCB-ST File migration

New update fixes issue with migration of very old design files to a pure intel based OS. All Mac Users are encouraged to update their tool.


July 06, 2011

MacOSX Lion Compatibility

All products except Standard Schematics and 3Spice are Lion OS compliant. At this time Standard Schematics and 3Spice require Rosetta to be installed in your OS. Apple has disabled that option with Lion thus crippling the use of these two application until such time as we are able to deliver replacements. Therefore upgrading to Lion may not be advisable at this time.


July 02, 2011

MacOSX & MS Windows products updates

All products have been posted with new builds utilizing the latest system glue. Users running on the latest OSes are advised to update or upgrade as required.


April 11, 2011

MacOSX products have new bottom OS requirement

All products released as of March 29th 2011 now require that the Macintosh OS be at least 10.4 or later. Users needing to run on older systems must use older but appropriate versions of McCAD products.


Oct 15, 2010

•Schematics Plus • Schematics • PCB_ST • Trailblazer • Tracker • GView
All Updated

Both for Mac OSX and MS Windows OS.
For PCB_ST and GView there are many new enhancements and features.. All of the listed products have been updated with new releases.



Aug 20, 2010

Mac OS Classic Updates

Classic Schematic application updated to fix a privelege conflict during some file save operations in latest Mac OSX 10.6 update.


Feb 5, 2010

MSWindows OS Updates

3Spice version 3.1.5 released and the associated SimPlus Bundles has been updated. Users who run on OS versions later than 2004 are encouraged to update their software for better operational stability under the newer OSes. All similar Mac versions have been updated as well to maintain version sync.


Dec 15, 2009

MSWindows OS Updates

All McCAD windows apllications have been updated to fix issues introduced by Windows Vista and Windows 7.

PCB-ST release also includes greater maginification options.

GView file input discrimination is auto matic. This allows user to load any file and Gview will determine whether the contents contain any viewable Gerber data.


Dec 15, 2009

Mac OS Standard Schematic update.

Version 3.8.19 can now handle Font Family groups under OSX 10.6.


Oct 12, 2009

Mac OSX GView Updated

Universal screening file filter added for non-conforming file type extensions. This means that users can try to open almost any file regardless of the file extension. The software pre-analyzes the file to determine if it contains usable Gerber plot data before trying to decode the file and display it.


May 20, 2009

Mac OSX PCB Updated

Version 3.0.18 released. Improved system glue for upcoming OS changes. Mac users running OSX later than 10.5 are encouraged to upgrade,



Dec 18, 2008

New EDS Plus Quick-Start Guide Released

This Revised archive contains a complete PCB design project. It guides the user through the creation of a schematic, linking that design to a PCB layout, completing the routing of the Board and finishes with the production of Gerber 274X documents and other extractables. Archive includes all sample documents. This Tutorial can be found in the download areas of the McCAD web-site.


Nov 2, 2008

3SPICE v3.1.4 System Build updates

Both the MS Windows and Mac OSX versions have been rebuilt using the latest system glue interfaces. These updates are essential for users running the latest OS versions.

May 2, 2008

Major Release of New Product Versions

Vamp Inc. has released several new versions of the many products it makes. These are all significant version releases. They include the following products:

    • McCAD Schematics Plus V5.2x
    • McCAD PCB-ST V3.0x
    • McCAD Gerber Translator V3.0x
    • McCAD GView V3.0x
    • McCAD Trailblazer V7.0x
    • McCAD Tracker V7.0x

All of these modules will run natively on Intel based Macs and for MS Windows users they incorporate the latest system glue for Windows Vista users. Current McCAD users are encouraged to migrate to these new releases, however their user licenses must be upgraded to use these newer releases.

Vamp has also posted an update to the Basic Schematics module as well.



Sept 1, 2007

PCB Libraries

PCB Libraries Inc. of Des Plaines, IL has announced that its libraries and services will be available for the McCAD PCB-ST layout editor starting in September 2007. They can be reached at 1-847-298-9994 or go to their web-site at for more details.

June 22, 2007

Simulation Products

3SPICE simulator updated with new compatibility builds for current OS's.

SimPlus Archive has been updated with the latest Schematics-Plus and 3SPICE simulator modules.

June 7, 2007

Macintosh Products

Final Updates for most Pre-Universal OS software has been posted. Any current user who does not plan to migrate to a newer OSX operating system should download these final updates for the older operating systems.

MS Windows Products

Windows versions have been rebuilt and synched with the Macintosh updates.

March 1, 2007

Macintosh Products

All web postings are now available as DMG archives. This archives simplify product installations and upgrades.

Aug 14, 2006

McCAD Schematics Plus

Version 5.0.16 Released .. incorporates file synchronization for non Universal OS users.

Jun 9, 2006

McCAD Schematics Plus released for
Macintosh Universal OS

Customer's requiring native compatibility with Apple's Intel based machines may now upgrade to this new version. Contact Vamp Sales about specific pricing and/or upgrade procedure details.

Other McCAD products offering native compatibility for the Universal OS will follow shortly

Feb 5, 2006

Released New Revised Web Site with Secure Online purchase

Vamp's Website has been revamped and simplified using a more intuitive flow.

Jan 7, 2006

Era of Mac OS9 support will be coming to an end...

Vamp has officially announced that it will cease supporting Mac OS9.

"Apple with its latest OSX versions has made it abundantly clear that it has shelved OS9 and wants it to die. Trying to make products auto-bootable in both OS9 and OSX has become very difficult for us to continue to support. Furthermore some of the new capabilities in upcoming releases can not be made available in OS9..."

Users still running OS9 are encouraged to move to OSX now to avoid losing any investment in their archived designs.