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mjbeller
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Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

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05-05-2013 08:33 AM

I've read all the other posts that I can find but I have not found a solution to my performance problem.

 

I installed Inventor in Parallels and everything runs reasonably well except for the Navigate functions.  I can't pan or rotate or use the "home" icon.

 

I've allocated 4 processors, 4gb Ram, and 1gb Video Ram to Parallels VM (running Win 7 x64).

 

Thank you for any help (everything runs incredibly fast in Boot Camp).

Fixed!!!

 

I now have Inventor 2014 working flawlessly on Macbook Pro with Retina.

 

I contacted tech support from Parallels and they connected to my machine remotely and set the configuration.

 

I had 8 CPU's and they changed it to 2

I had 4gb RAM and they changed it to 6.6gb

I already had 1gb of Video RAM set

Set the 3D acceleration to DirectX9 (he said this was better for 3D)

Changed the 'Resolution Type' from 'Best for Retina' to 'Scaled' (I think this was the biggest change but I haven't tested, he said the Scaled setting allows Parallels to optimize)

 

All is good.  Hope this helps others.  I'm now going to delete my Boot Camp partition ...

 

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mjbeller
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Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

05-06-2013 01:59 PM in reply to: mjbeller

More informaiton ... it appears that the navigation might be working but the display just doesn't show.

 

For example, if I select free Orbit the cursor changes immediately.  I then select the object and start to rotate/orbit as usual.  However, the screen does not show any movement of the object.

 

When I then click outside the orbit area, the object quickly refreshes in what I assume is the last position I left it (it just ddn't show that animated rotation).

 

Does that help anybody understand?

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bobbi.thompson
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Registered: ‎01-24-2013
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Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

05-06-2013 02:12 PM in reply to: mjbeller

As far as I know, Inventor has trouble seeing the video card on a Mac in Parallels. Most Mac peeps run Inventor on Boot Camp.

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mjbeller
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Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

05-06-2013 02:41 PM in reply to: bobbi.thompson
Thank you. System requirements indicate Inventor is supported on Parallels
(I'm running now with Boot Camp) and I believe many others are running
Inventor without problems.

How can I tell if Inventor "sees" the Mac video card?
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mjbeller
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Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

05-06-2013 08:58 PM in reply to: mjbeller

Fixed!!!

 

I now have Inventor 2014 working flawlessly on Macbook Pro with Retina.

 

I contacted tech support from Parallels and they connected to my machine remotely and set the configuration.

 

I had 8 CPU's and they changed it to 2

I had 4gb RAM and they changed it to 6.6gb

I already had 1gb of Video RAM set

Set the 3D acceleration to DirectX9 (he said this was better for 3D)

Changed the 'Resolution Type' from 'Best for Retina' to 'Scaled' (I think this was the biggest change but I haven't tested, he said the Scaled setting allows Parallels to optimize)

 

All is good.  Hope this helps others.  I'm now going to delete my Boot Camp partition ...

 

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tintin.v
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Registered: ‎05-26-2013
Message 6 of 18 (4,211 Views)

Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

05-26-2013 07:03 PM in reply to: mjbeller

For those who still don't figure it out, the problem with panning and rotating is beacuse of the DPI set to 199% (or 200%).

Inventor 2013, and 2014 don't work over DPI higher than 175% (I tested it).

So that's why changing the the settings to 'Scaled' in Parallels fixed the problems.

Paralles 8 only sets DPI to 199% in 'best for retina', and 100% in 'more space', there are no intermediate values.

'Scaled' sets DPI to 100% but lowers the resolution to 1440x900 (or 1680x1050, 1920x1200 dependeing on which you have in yout mac system preferences), that's why it looks crappy but it's the best way i found to work on Inventor at this time.

PD: I think setting the RAM to 6.6gb to the virtual machine is overkill, 4gb is more than enough (I have set it to 3gb and no problems). Although I feel 2 cpus is not enough, Inventor runs better with 4 cpus. I personally have video set to 512mb and no problems.

 

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jannis
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Registered: ‎11-16-2013
Message 7 of 18 (3,275 Views)

Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

11-16-2013 02:28 PM in reply to: tintin.v

Many thanks for all the informations, I am about to buy also the new macbook pro.

I have currently a lenovo Workstation W510.

My Questions is, great it runs, but how fast or how big are your assemblies, how fast is it open up the iam's?

We have sometimes up to over 1000 parts in one machine, is this also fast.

I do not want to use this for mainly assemblying but on the road as backup ,not  to carry around 2 laptops

as I currently do, I take my Lenovo with me, plus an macbook air.

But I would like to avoid this.

 

Any informations if also bigger more complex files will run fine with this grafic cards, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, this is not certified from Autodesk.

 

many thanks to all

 

I intend to buy this machine or mac :smileyindifferent

 

15-inch: 2.3GHz
with Retina display Specifications

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage 1
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    with 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • Built-in battery (8 hours)
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mjbeller
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Message 8 of 18 (3,252 Views)

Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

11-16-2013 06:30 PM in reply to: jannis
I would say it runs very well but (1) I don't have a lot to compare it to since I'm new to 3D modeling in general and (2) my parts designs are relatively simple and I haven't started creating larger assemblies (but I want to start learning). I mostly design 3D objects for 3D printing.
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paul_sanchez
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Registered: ‎12-26-2012
Message 9 of 18 (3,096 Views)

Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

11-27-2013 04:01 AM in reply to: mjbeller

Was having similar issue with Inventor on Parallels 9 with MBP retina running Maverick. Inventor was crashing randomly often when zooming in/out.

The config was working Ok with parallels 8 but started to crash randomly after upgradig to P9.

Switched to directx9 and scaled display (not best for retina option) and solves the issue.

hope this helps others.

Paul

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Bill.Schmid
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Registered: ‎11-06-2008
Message 10 of 18 (1,368 Views)

Re: Inventor on Macbook Pro with Retina Display with Parallels

07-14-2014 06:08 PM in reply to: mjbeller

Could I inquire as to the specifications of your MacBook Pro?

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