Native mode Mac OSX and Catalina versions of our Javelin secure PDF reader (Javelin3) are available for free download - PDFs work brilliantly and look beautiful in these versions of Javelin. The screenshot below provides a sample PDF displayed within the older Javelin for Mac reader (Javelinm), with the Outline tab area displayed. As can be seen, this version of the reader is based on the standard Apple Mac PDF reader software "Preview". The main difference is that when a DRMX or DRMZ file is opened it will ask for an authorization code before the secured PDF is displayed (on the first occasion). For a video demo of this version of Javelin for Mac please see the demos page. Once Javelin has been installed on a Mac the drmx and drmz files are recognized as being Javelin files and can be opened by double-clicking these or by using the Javelin File menu, Recently opened files option

There are currently three versions of Javelin for Mac: (1) for the very old Mac OS 10.6 systems (!); (2) Mac systems with OSX 10.7-10.9 (up to 10.12.4) and (3) a version specifically for OSX 10.10 and later (including Catalina) - Javelin3. All versions available as a downloadable file from this website our: javelin downloads page

To use the Mac reader open it on your Mac OSX or Catalina system. Drag the Javelin file icon to your desktop, your Applications folder or wherever you want to keep it, and double-click it to run. In addition to the standard facilities for security and PDF reading, the app includes advanced features such as markup (highighting, strikeout, underlining plus graphic markup), plus bookmarks and text annotation (notes). Javelin3 on OSX10.12.4 and later also includes the same "Catalog" facilities as Javelin3 readers on other operating systems - access these facilities via the File menu, Catalogs option.

Sample Javelin for Mac OSX screenshot

Apple Mac and Linux users can use DrumlinPublisher and associated software tools (notably our AdminApp program) with the help of virtualization software or dual-boot solutions (such Apple's Bootcamp) that allow Windows to be used on Apple or other hardware. The Parallels Desktop virtualization software works well and is the option we now recommend.

As Apple state: "Boot Camp comes with every new Mac, and it lets you run Windows natively - as if your Mac were a PC. If you want to run Mac OS X and Windows side by side, you can purchase Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion. Install one of these applications, along with the Windows Installation CDs, and you can run the occasional Windows program right next to your Mac applications, without having to restart." source: Apple Corp website

We use Parallels ourselves... Users have reported working with:

Apple (Intel Macs):

Apple (PowerPC G3-G5 models):

Linux platforms (such as Ubuntu):

  • - WINE: A user writes: "I successfully installed Javelin3 with WINE and used it, then when I changed my Linux distribution I went through the process again. For some reason it was trickier installing WINE with the new Linux distribution. I have another computer with bells and whistles user friendly Ubuntu, so I'll see how easy it is with that. With both Linux distributions I have used, once WINE is installed it is easy to use the .exe file to install."
  • - we have some reports that performance may not be great using this option