Panorama Classic FAQ


         1. What is Panorama "Classic"?
         2. Why is the original Panorama source code being retired?
         3. Will Panorama Classic be updated?
         4. Can Panorama X open my Panorama 6 databases?
         5. Can Panorama 6 open a Panorama X database?
         6. Can I continue to use Panorama 6 on Macintosh computers?
         7. Where can I download Panorama 6?
         8. How do I install Panorama 6 on macOS 10.12 Sierra?
         9. How do I get past a Code -7 or -8 error when activating a Panorama 6 serial number?
         10. Can I use Panorama 6 and Panorama X on the same Macintosh computer?
         11. Can I continue to use Panorama 6 on Windows computers?
         12. Can I still purchase Panorama 6?

  • 1. What is Panorama "Classic"?
    ProVUE first started working on Panorama in 1986, and version 1.0 was released in two years later for 68K Macintosh computers. Over the next 25 years eleven more versions of Panorama were released for MacOS, OS X, and Windows. All of these versions were based on the same original source code. Now that there is a completely rewritten version of Panorama, Panorama X, we are rebranding the old versions based on the old source code as Panorama Classic.

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  • 2. Why is the original Panorama source code being retired?
    In a word, it's old -- in fact for computer software, it's dinosaur old. It simply wasn't possible to incorporate modern technology into the old source code. Though the Panorama "Classic" code still runs (for now), the user interface is seriously out-of-date, and on recent OS versions there are many glitches that can't be fixed without completely replacing the code. In fact, when Panorama 6 is compiled, the compiler issues over five thousand warnings about deprecated API calls (in other words, warnings that it is using operating system features that are obsolete and may be removed without warning).

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  • 3. Will Panorama Classic be updated?
    No. Panorama 6.0 is the last version of Panorama based on the original code base. All new development will be based on the all new Panorama X code base, written from scratch in Objective-C for Apple platforms.

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  • 4. Can Panorama X open my Panorama 6 databases?
    Absolutely. Panorama X can open any database saved with Panorama 6 on an Intel platform (Mac or Windows). Panorama X will read all data, forms, and procedures (programming code), and all of your existing work and data will be available to you in Panorama X. To learn more, watch these videos:

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  • 5. Can Panorama 6 open a Panorama X database?
    Sorry, but no. Panorama has used the same file format for 30 years, but that format (designed in 1986) was tied to old technology. To support newer technologies like Unicode, 64 bit, and encryption, a new file format was required. The new format is very flexible, based on Apple's object technology, so we expect to be able to use it for decades into the future.

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  • 6. Can I continue to use Panorama 6 on Macintosh computers?
    Yes, at least for now. Panorama 6 will run on OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and macOS 10.12 Sierra and 10.13 High Sierra (but see the next two questions for more information about installing Panorama 6 on 10.12 and 10.13 and about incompatibilities with some build versions of 10.12).

    We mentioned earlier that in software terms, the Panorama 6 source code is dinosaur old -- some of that code is now 30 years old! To extend that analogy a bit further, there is almost certainly an asteroid headed for impact with Panorama 6. As mentioned above, Panorama 6 uses thousands of obsolete system calls, which Apple has warned may change or disappear at any time. When that happens, you will no longer be able to use Panorama 6 (or at least not on the latest Apple hardware and software). We recommend that you transition to Panorama X as soon as practical, to avoid the potential of an interruption in your ability to use Panorama. Much of the obsolete technology Panorama 6 relies on are decades old, and Apple has announced that they plan to remove or break some or all of this technology sooner rather than later (hence our decision to completely rewrite Panorama X as a modern program).

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  • 7. Where can I download Panorama 6?
    Both the Mac and Windows versions of Panorama 6 are available for download from Panorama Classic Downloads. However, if you need to install Panorama 6 on macOS 10.12 Sierra, please see the next question.

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  • 8. How do I install Panorama 6 on macOS 10.12 Sierra?
    Warning: Some builds of macOS 10.12 Sierra are completely incompatible with Panorama 6. When Apple added support for the new Touch Bar in macOS 10.12.1 (Build 16B2657), they made a change which made Panorama 6 completely inoperable (it launches, but behaves erratically). Apple fixed this problem starting with macOS 10.12.2 (Build 16C41B). If your computer is using one of the incompatible builds, you must upgrade it before installing Panorama 6.


    Though Panorama 6 does run on macOS 10.12 Sierra, the standard Panorama 6 installer does not run when downloaded via web browser. If Panorama 6 was already installed on your computer before you upgrade to macOS Sierra, you should have no problem continuing to use Panorama 6. But if you need to install Panorama 6 on a new computer, the standard method won't work because of the new Gatekeeper Path Randomization feature in 10.12. This is a new security feature in macOS Sierra. See Gatekeeper Path Randomization if you are interested in the technical details. In short, Gatekeeper Path Randomization is designed to prevent applications from using external resources, which the Panorama 6 installer heavily relies on. (Panorama 6 itself also relies heavily on external resources, but once it is installed Gatekeeper Path Randomization no longer has any effect.

    To bypass this problem and install Panorama 6 on a new macOS Sierra computer, you must disable the Gatekeeper feature. To do this, start by opening Terminal.app (in the /Applications/Utilities folder). Then type in the following command:

    sudo spctl --master-disable

    You'll be asked for your computer's administrator password. Once you've entered it, Gatekeeper will be disabled and you can run the Panorama 6 installer.

    After Panorama 6 is installed, you can turn Gatekeeper back on if you want. To do that, again use Terminal.app but with this command:

    sudo spctl --master-enable

    There is also a $29 commercial program, Cocktail that can turn Gatekeeper on and off with a graphical user interface. ProVUE has no connection with this developer, but several Panorama 6 users have reported good results with this program.


    If you have Panorama X installed on your computer, there is an alternate way to install Panorama 6 on a macOS Sierra computer without having to disable Gatekeeper, and without having to use Terminal.app. The steps below assume you already have a copy of Panorama X installed on your computer.


    1. Launch Panorama X (if it is not already launched).
    2. Open the Preferences window (Panorama>Preferences), then press the Install Panorama 6 button. (You can also choose Install Panorama 6 from the Install menu.)

    3. The Panorama 6 Install Helper window will appear.

    4. Click on the big down arrow to start the download. You'll see a progress bar as Panorama 6 is downloaded from the ProVUE server (you should be able to do other things on your computer while it downloads). When the download is complete, the share icon on the right will turn green.

    5. Click the green icon to open the Panorama 6 Installer.


    From this point on, the install process is exactly the same as it was before. Just double click on Install Panorama.app and follow the instructions.

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  • 9. How do I get past a Code -7 or -8 error when activating a Panorama 6 serial number?
    See Code 7 Tech Note to learn how to bypass this error.

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  • 10. Can I use Panorama 6 and Panorama X on the same Macintosh computer?
    Yes, and you can have both 6 and X running at the same time -- they won't interfere with each other. So if you have one or more databases that need extra work to transition to Panorama X, you can continue to use them on Panorama 6 while working on any necessary reprogramming.

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  • 11. Can I continue to use Panorama 6 on Windows computers?
    ProVUE Development is no longer developing Panorama for the Windows platform. All future development will be for Apple platforms. At this time there are only a few hundred customers using Panorama for Windows, and it is simply not financially possible to continue development with so few users. (We never made a big announcement, but we stopped promoting Panorama for Windows in 2014.)

    That said, Panorama 6 seems to work on Windows 10. We don't have a Windows 10 machine here at ProVUE (in fact we no longer have any Windows computers), but many customers have reported success in using Panorama 6 on Windows 10, it seems to work the same as it did on Windows 7 and 8.

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  • 12. Can I still purchase Panorama 6?
    For the time being, yes. We realize that not all customers will be able to immediately transition to Panorama X, so on an interim basis, Panorama 6 will remain available. We definitely recommend transitioning to Panorama X as soon as possible. Here are the links for purchasing each Panorama Classic product.

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