Is anyone running Solidworks 2008 or 2009 on an Apple computer? I’ve read mixed things on some blogs, but it sounds like there are some people running SW on a new intel mac (using XP via boot camp). I know SW doesn’t support it necessarily, but in theory, it should be fine, correct?
If anyone has tried it and has experienced any problems (or had great success), please let me know.
I’ve been running Solidworks through VMware Fusion and it’s running very well. So, you shouldn’t have an issue dual booting with Bootcamp or using a virtual machine like VWmare or Parallels. Both seem to be a good solution.
I’ve been running Solidworks on a Mac Pro using Bootcamp without any problems.
One question I have is has anyone experienced any graphic card related problems, as some of the NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon cards used in the Mac aren’t solidworks certified. Do you have full Realview capability, or is there any other difference noticed between running SW on a Mac vs. PC?
For some programs the graphics chip is the important part, not as much the processor… It always used to be an OpenGL type graphics processor with a minimum 128 of RAM. DirectX supposedly was more for gaming. back in the day, certain programs like Alias or ProE wouldn’t display the 3D image correctly without the correct type of graphics card
PS - I’ve seen friends running Solidworks 2008 on a Mac and it definitely worked, but certain functionality is disabled… like the RealView dynamic rendering modes. It has to be because of the graphics card wasn’t optimized for it
dnikitiuk—Nice point about the real view/graphics card. This won’t be smooth for you, but real view is more of a luxury, right? The zebra stripe view in Solidworks just says, “no” as well. It’ll do it, but it gets very laggy. Zebra stripes…who uses that anyways…
PackageID— Yeah, the imac should work fine. It’s no Mac Pro, but it’ll get the job done for you.
ugh…so there are some issues with the graphics cards? that’s a bummer, I was afraid of that. I don’t really do any rendering in SW, I do it in bunkspeed (anyone know doing bunkspeed on a mac!!!) but it would be nice to occassionaly use the realview or zebra stripes, not that I rely on them.
I bought a Dell studio 17. It was way cheaper and it runs Pro/E without a hitch. Plus I like that it has a real number keypad on the side as opposed to just having the number keys along the top row. I know thats not very important but I still like it.
Eh… I think you’re allowing yourself to be too afraid by the prospect of Solidworks on a mac. I am able to do test renders with photoworks in Solidworks to check surfaces without a problem. However, like I said before, If you want Real View on or constantly use Zebra Stripes (?) then it’s probably not for you. I’ve had huge assemblies going with little problem.
As for Bunkspeed…no real issues there either. Assuming you’re not on a laptop you could also run Maxwell (Shoot…I think there’s even a Mac version of Maxwell). I’ve seen Bunkspeed run on laptops with no problem.
There’s even a Maxwell plug-in for Solidworks that works really well, but again, wouldn’t use Maxwell on a laptop…unless you like melted plastic…
If you’re too wigged about running Bunkspeed on a Mac in PC mode…why not keep it native to Mac?
I have to say RealView is one of my favorite parts of SolidWorks and one of the things that it does better than something like ProE (at least for me )
Its so nice to be able to just screen grab images for a quick review rather than mess with a rendering - even with something dead simple like Hypershot. I would be be a compromise to loose a cool feature like that in exchange for having Mac hardware
So, if I understand correctly, Real View is not possible at all on a MacBook Pro? I’d love to have it as an option but if its the only thing that I will miss, then its not a big issue for me.
As for the Bunkspeed issue, I already own a copy for windows and I’d prefer to not have to purchase a Mac version or have to reboot to go from SW to Hypershot, so I’ll probably keep the windows version. I just wanted to make sure it won’t be a problem.
So, if I understand correctly, Real View is not possible at all on a MacBook Pro?
I helped with an ID class this spring and about half had PC’s and half had Macs… I don’t know what the details were, but several of them didn’t have the real-view option. Maybe the more bling models can use it