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Short-term workaround for Craft and DSM incompatibility with the new Apple M1 processors

If you're using one of the 2020 Mac models stocked with the Apple M1 processor, then you have unfortunately encountered a terribly frustrating blocker with InVision's Design System Manager (DSM) and other Craft plugins for Sketch. Affected machines include the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), Mac mini (M1, 2020), or the MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020).

We apologize for the trouble, and our engineers are currently focused on solving this glaring problem.

Sprinting toward the resolution

As the first step to correcting this unacceptable incompatibility issue, we've completed the first related engineering sprint, and Craft Sync now works as expected with the M1 chip. Our engineers have prioritized fixes to other Craft plugins and DSM, and we will provide status updates as each plugin becomes available.

Using a short-term workaround

While we entirely agree that using a workaround for such problems is not an acceptable long-term solution, InVision Support has extensively tested and confirmed that you can still use Craft and DSM by opening Sketch with Rosetta 2—a native Mac app that "enables a Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for a Mac with an Intel processor" (as stated in Apple's Support docs).

This option may cause reduced performance in Sketch, though in most cases you likely won't notice the decrease (also noted in the same Apple Support doc).

To open Sketch using Rosetta:

  1. In Finder, open your Applications folder, right-click Sketch.app, and click Get Info.
  2. In the Sketch.app Info dialog, expand the General tab (if necessary), and select the Open using Rosetta checkbox.
  3. When prompted to install Rosetta, click Install, and then enter the name and password for your Mac user profile.

You should only need to complete the steps once to subsequently open Sketch with Rosetta, as the Open using Rosetta checkbox will remain selected for Sketch unless you later manually uncheck it.