Using CAD on MacBook's

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DG1000
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Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby DG1000 » 09 Mar 2016, 19:58

I have just moved over to the dark side and now using a MacBook Pro instead of using Windows based machines/laptops, is there anyone else out there using MacBook's if so what is the best CAD software app, in the past I have used DesignCAD when using Windows 7.

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Peter Balcombe
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Re: Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby Peter Balcombe » 09 Mar 2016, 23:08

Hi,
Note that it is possible to set up your MacBook to Boot into either Mac OS or Windows on startup.
I have 2 Macs, including a MacBook Pro set up to dual boot into Mac OS/Windows so that I can run some applications which are not available in Mac format.
You can also run Windows programs in a virtual Windows environment from the Mac OS, but I understand that a dual boot setup gives native Windows performance.
Dual booting is easy enough to do using Bootcamp which is included in the Mac OS.
You use Bootcamp to segment part of your hard drive as a Windows partition & then install Windows & the machine hardware drivers onto that.
Note that unless you transfer data via USB sticks, although Macs tend to be able to read Windows files, it doesn't work the other way around.

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Cliff Evans
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Re: Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby Cliff Evans » 10 Mar 2016, 09:51

You can get Autocad or the much cheaper Turbocad for the Mac if you don't want to use a dual boot system!

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Re: Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby DG1000 » 19 Mar 2016, 12:05

Hi Peter,

I have moved over to the dark side and will never go back to using Windows based laptop's, when I first started using MacBook's does take a little getting used too, but now things are much easier, don't plan on using Boot Camp at all.

Geoff

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Re: Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby DG1000 » 19 Mar 2016, 12:09

Hi Cliff,

AutoCAD if I'm correct is very expensive I think, will look at TurboCAD and see what that has to offer, currently have a trial version of Draft Sight, not planning on using dual boot system as never want to use Windows based laptops again, moving over to the dark side has been a good move and so much easier to use once you get used to using MacBook's.

Geoff

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Cliff Evans
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Re: Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby Cliff Evans » 19 Mar 2016, 13:13

Turbocad is definitely worth looking at.

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Re: Using CAD on MacBook's

Postby Phill Tadman » 18 Apr 2016, 07:06

You can run a virtual machine on your Mac that hosts Windows to run cheaper Windows CAD software.

No disk partitioning or dual boot required.

https://www.virtualbox.org

Phill


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