Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Do Macs support good architectural CAD programs? - General Discussion Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In Do Macs support good architectural CAD programs? switchingsoon Posted: March 19, 2004 10:17PM in General Discussion edited January 2014 Mostly for architectural design.If they don't, does virtual PC support any good CAD programs (AutoCad, Microstation)? Comments Reply 1 of 5 timo Posts: 353member March 19, 2004 10:59PM Quote:Originally posted by SwitchingSoon Mostly for architectural design.If they don't, does virtual PC support any good CAD programs (AutoCad, Microstation)? There's a lot of information on this topic at www.architosh.com.On the Macintosh, I've used both Vectorworks and Sketch up. Many people I know draft w/o problems using Vectorworks. Sketch up is fantastic for visualizing massings. Both programs also have Windows versions.Virtual PC will run just about any CAD program, I think, just not well. You've got to keep your expectations in check. I personally run AutoCad r.14 on a dual 1-Ghz Power Mac G4 for my business, and excepting some slow-downs with opening files (when the xrefs aren't where AutoCad thinks they should be), I like it fine -- as much as anyone likes AutoCad. Let's be clear: the program runs fast enough, like being on an old PIII or so. I wouldn't want to model in 3D or render with VPC, though. But 2D drafting's OK. And another caveat: Virtual PC does not run with a G5, yet. Microsoft -- which now owns Virtual PC -- has said they will update VPC to run on a G5 in the next release, perhaps in July. When they do, I'll seriously think about jumping up to whatever Apple's latest big iron is.When I set up my office I had to chose between getting a windows box, running AutoCad, and getting a Mac and doing weird things like running AutoCad in emulation. The decision for me turned on the question of my confidence in troubleshooting OS 9 (and later OS X) versus troubleshooting Windows. In the end, Mac systems have always struck me as being easier to administer.No regrets. Reply 2 of 5 switchingsoon Posts: 151member March 20, 2004 2:13AM Thanks! Reply 3 of 5 switchingsoon Posts: 151member March 20, 2004 2:15AM Pentium 3? What is that? 500mhz to 800 mhz? Reply 4 of 5 k squared Posts: 608member March 20, 2004 7:54AM I actually use Acad R14 on a PIII @ 800 Mhz and it runs just fine. I also have experience with Acad 2000 running under VPC on a PB 17-inch, where it's not exactly a "joy" to use. It can work in a pinch, but not for production work.VectorWorks, ArchiCad, and High Design are all very nice applications for CAD work on the mac. It just depends on your focus and requirements. I actually like the interface of High Design the BEST of any CAD application I've seen. Very nice and elegant with a great implementation of sheets, but alas, it is also the simplest in terms of features and capabilities. Reply 5 of 5 buonrotto Posts: 6,368member March 20, 2004 10:12AM There's plenty of stuff both 2D and 3D, just that AutoCAD and Microstation aren't among them. I could care less about ACAD, but I still hold out hope against hope that Bentley will one day return to the fold again, Triforma and all.I know plenty of peoplewho keep a license of ACAD ready for use on VPC. It's not great, but it gets them through when they're really forced to use it. Sign In or Register to comment.