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ian.hersom
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MacBook and Inventor?

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06-21-2013 11:44 PM
I will be majoring in mechanical engineering at the university of Colorado this fall, I am almost absolutely positive that I will be doing much computer aided design with autodesk inventor. I know for certain that I want to buy some sort of MacBook....but I want to get the cheapest one possible that will still run CAD programs decently. I imagine I will be doing small assemblies, probably less than 100 parts. With that said, what could I buy that would work well? But not be overkill?
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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-22-2013 10:49 AM in reply to: ian.hersom

A good starting point: Students may learn on their own Mac, but will end up working on a PC.

 

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15402497&linkID=9242018

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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-22-2013 11:04 AM in reply to: ian.hersom
Yea I've seen the system requirements page, but it still doesn't help me
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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-22-2013 11:46 AM in reply to: ian.hersom

You only have 5 models to choose from on the Apple.com website with 8Gb or memory memory. All of the far exceed the duo-core processor requirements.

 

You may need to expand on what other information you require...

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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-22-2013 07:30 PM in reply to: ian.hersom
That may be true if you take into account the speedboost feature of the i5 and i7 processors
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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-22-2013 07:35 PM in reply to: ian.hersom
Turbo boost, sorry
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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-24-2013 12:10 AM in reply to: ian.hersom

From the req. page:

 

For Inventor 2014 Mac® users

On Boot Camp®:

You can install Autodesk Inventor Professional software on a Mac computer on a Windows partition. The system must use Apple Boot Camp to manage a dual OS configuration and meet the minimum system requirements.

  • Mac OS® X 10.6 (10.8 or higher recommended)
  • Boot Camp v2.0 or higher
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Intel® Core 2® Duo or greater processor with SSE2 technology, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • 8 GB RAM or greater
  • 64 GB free disk space on Windows OS partition (250 GB recommended)

Mac Virtualization on Parallels Desktop:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (10.8 or higher recommended)
  • Parallels Desktop 8.0 or higher
  • 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Core 2 Duo or greater with SSE2 technology, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • 500 GB free disk space or greater

 

I recommend installing bootcamp and inventor in bootcamp (it's a reboot partition..) Afterwards you can use parallels on MAC OSX to run your bootcamp partition but I do not recommend that. 


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Re: MacBook and Inventor?

06-24-2013 01:22 AM in reply to: machiel.veldkamp

I kind of think you should be taking the graphics hardware ionto account too.

A dedicated solution will be much better than the poor Intel HD graphics.

 

In my opinion the I5 or I7 CPU´s are both fast enough to run Inventor at de-

cent speed. You probably will only notice a difference when you´re rendering

for visualisation because that´s when the I7´s Hyperthreading is to kick in.

 

Just make sure you cover the following:

 

8Gb+ Ram

Good single thread performance for the CPU

Dedicated graphics card

 

Hope this kind of helps you...

 

 

 

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