Unfortunately, Internet Explorer on Windows is the best environment for using the MapGuide Viewer. However, Mac and UNIX users may be able to view the MapGuide maps using the Java Edition of the MapGuide Viewer. Mac and UNIX users of the Java Edition MapGuide Viewer do not get all of our site's features as some features only work with Internet Explorer on Windows. Mac users may also be able to run Windows (along with Internet Explorer and the MapGuide Viewer) to have the same optimal MapGuide Windows environment as explained below. The iPhone, iPad, other tablets and phones are not supported and do not display MapGuide maps. We are working to implement new web mapping technology that will be browser and operating system neutral but can't specify a timeframe at this time. Read more about using other web browsers besides Internet Explorer.
The Java Tester home page said "January 12, 2013: Apple has remotely disabled Java 7 on OS X, which required no action on the part of the end user." Apparently Apple enabled Java after that and we then see another Java Tester entry saying "January 31, 2013: Apple has again used their XProtect feature to block Java. They blocked Java 7 from running applets in Lion and Mountain Lion and blocked Java 6 in Snow Leopard..."
Here's a checklist that you may find helpful:
Examples of related software for Intel-based Macs include Boot Camp from Apple, VMware Fusion from VMware, or Parallels Desktop for Mac. Boot Camp allows you switch between booting Mac OS X and compatible versions of Microsoft Windows on an Intel-based Mac. VMware Fusion and Parallels enable you to run Windows as a virtual machine under Mac OS X with Windows appearing in a separate window on your Mac OS X desktop. Our users have reported good results using VMware Fusion.
If you can find Internet Explorer 5.x for the Mac, it's the preferred browser on OS X for MapGuide. Most say that version 5.2.3 is the latest Mac version but we've seen references to version 5.5 for the Mac. We see that Pure Mac and OldApps.com have Internet Explorer 5.2.3 for Mac available for download.
The Java Edition of the MapGuide viewer is supported on the following UNIX platforms:
Read the material above to see if you have a supported Mac or UNIX configuration.
Generally, the Java Edition MapGuide Viewer downloads dynamically like any other web file and no special installation is required. You may want to try to do a manual installation of Java Edition if you are already a Java Edition user and want to speed up starting your MapGuide map initial display.
If you have a supported Mac or UNIX configuration and want to try a manual install see Autodesk MapGuide Viewer Java Edition Manual Install or Uninstall.
Autodesk's installation web pages look at your current operating system and web browser. Therefore, it's best to download from the same system that will run the MapGuide Viewer. We recommend trying the automatic installation first and then the manual installation if that doesn't work.
The MapGuide Java Edition Viewer has a few features that work differently. See About the Java Edition of Autodesk MapGuide Viewer. Also, if you have a one button mouse, remember to use Control-click to "right-click" in the MapGuide map.