How do you run AutoCAD Civil 3D on a Mac?
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You basically need to run AutoCAD in Boot Camp; it will run slightly slower than on PC but you won’t even notice
Here’s how it’s done:
Another free option that works seamlessly on MAC
Download from here:
Here’s a tutorial on how to use it:
Don’t mind if it’s on windows; they all have the same UI
If you don’t want to use Bootcamp, you could try to use Parallels on your Mac, which enables you to run both operating systems simultaneously.
I haven’t tried it for AutoCAD which I expect will be a lot of memory and processor intensive but for other programs it works wonderfully well.
They have a 14 day free trial here: http://trial.parallels.com/?lang=en&terr=us so I suggest you test it with AutoCAD before you buy it.
Good luck, I’d be interested to here how it goes!
I read on the Autodesk forums that there are no plans to release Civil3D for Mac, so if you really want to run it on your Macintosh it looks like you’re going to have to go either Bootcamp or Parallels which will allow you to run PC programs.
Here’s a short article on the Pros and Cons of Bootcamp vs Parallels to help you see the difference.
Personally I’ve used every method. I like Parallels because it let’s you run Mac and PC applications at the same time (with Bootcamp you literally need to choose Windows or Mac OS on startup). Citrix and VMWare will allow you to create a virtual machine on your Mac, but in my experience they are a hassle to setup.
So, depending of whether you need access to your Mac applications at the same time as Civil 3D (choose Parallels) or not (choose Bootcamp).
Hope that helps.