Downloading Course Designer 3

The current version of Course Designer is Course Designer 4. If you do not own a license for Course Designer 3, you should Download Course Designer 4 instead of downloading Course Designer 3.

However, if you own a Course Designer 3 license and choose not to upgrade to Course Designer 4, you can still download Course Designer 3 if you need to reinstall Course Designer 3. This need can arise, for example, if you sell or discard your original computer, or replace your computer's hard drive.

If you are planning on upgrading to Course Designer 4, there is no need to first install Course Designer 3 on your new computer. You do not need to have Course Designer 3 on your computer to be eligible for Course Designer 4's upgrade price; all that matters is that the Course Designer database has a record of you as owning a Course Designer 3 license. And if you need to open and/or save courses in the Course Designer 3 file format, you can still do both of those things in Course Designer 4.

Most active Course Designer users are now using Course Designer 4. If you'd like to open courses that are sent to you in the Course Designer 4 file format, you will need to use Course Designer 4. An "active" Course Designer user here means a Course Designer licensee who still at least takes the time to get a replacement activation code when they get a new computer. As of late 2016, more than two-thirds of even the replacement activation codes that are needed are for Course Designer 4. All original activation codes issued for licenses bought since September 2012 have also been for Course Designer 4.

Course Designer 3 will not work on a Mac for much longer. Course Designer 3 is built on top of a part of macOS called "Carbon". In July of 2012, Apple "deprecated" all of Carbon, which means that with some release of macOS, which could happen at any time, Apple will be removing Carbon from macOS with little or no further prior warning. Starting with that new version of macOS, Carbon applications such as Course Designer 3 will no longer work. Because Carbon was deprecated, the Mac-specific portion of Course Designer was completely rewritten from scratch in Course Designer 4 to use a newer part of macOS called Cocoa, instead of using Carbon at all. As a result, unlike with Course Designer 3, Course Designer 4 will not become unusable on the Mac when Carbon is removed.

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System Requirements

Windows
Course Designer 3 runs on any of the following versions of Microsoft Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10.

Mac
Course Designer 3 requires an Intel Mac (not PowerPC), running macOS 10.6.8 (latest Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan) or 10.12 (Sierra).

Mac Installation

On Snow Leopard, installing Course Designer 3 on a Mac is rather straight-forward. After clicking the Download Now (Mac) link above, Installer starts up automatically as soon as the download is complete. Unfortunately, the version of Safari that comes with Lion and Mountain Lion behaves differently than previous versions of Safari, and requires a more complicated installation procedure. And the new Gatekeeper feature in Mountain Lion makes installation on Mountain Lion or Mavericks even more complicated than on Lion.

Before installing on Mountain Lion or later:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on the Security and Privacy icon.
  3. If the lock in the bottom left corner of the window is displayed as being locked, click on the lock, and enter your password to confirm that you want to make changes to your Security and Privacy settings.
  4. On the General tab, for "Allow applications downloaded from", select "Anywhere".

Installation on Lion or later:

  1. In Safari, click the Download Now (Mac) link above to start the download. During the download, the download progress will be displayed on a little toolbar button called "Show downloads" in the top right corner of the Safari window.
  2. When the download is complete, the "Show downloads" button will display a downward-pointing arrow. Click the "Show downloads" button to open the "Downloads" window.
  3. Double-click on the downloaded file, crcd331en.dmg . This will open a Finder window that shows a file called crcd331en.pkg . On pre-Mavericks versions of Safari, Safari unfortunately opens the new window behind the Safari window, so you may need to move the Safari window to see the new Finder window.
  4. Double-click the crcd331en.pkg file to open Installer. The installation process is rather straight-forward once Installer is open.