How to use Revit on an Apple Macintosh system. While Revit does not currently have a native Macintosh version, there are still a few options that will allow you to use Revit when working with a Macintosh system: . Bootcamp : This allows you to boot your system into a Windows operating system, and take full advantage of the hardware.
Virtual Machine: Using virtualization software (Parallels / VMWare) you can create a virtual hardware environment which Windows, and Revit are installed into.Note: There is some overhead in virtualizing the hardware, so performance on a VM will generally be reduced compared to running directly on the hardware. Remote Access: If you have access to another Windows system (e.g. Windows Remote Desktop, Citrix, etc.) you could use remote access software to use Revit on the remote system, while working through your Macintosh. There is a good discussion of this topic on the following Revit Idea thread and if you would like to see a native Macintosh version of Revit you can vote up this idea:.
Forum threads on this topic:. Revit 2018 Sluggish in Parallels on New iMac.
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We’d like to introduce Michael, an architectural owner at MW Architects LLC, who successfully runs Revit within a Windows 10 virtual machine using Parallels Desktop. Michael has over 20 years of experience within the field of architecture, and his top skills include design research, construction drawings, and design planning. When it comes to necessary tools and technologies for his trade, he uses SketchUp, 3ds Max, and AutoCAD Architecture, as well as our highlighted software, Revit. Here is an example of Michael designing with Revit on his Mac through Parallels Desktop:
(AutoDesk Revit running in Windows 10 on macOS® with Parallels Desktop)
Michael admits he first heard about running Windows on Mac without rebooting through an Apple Store® employee as a solution to avoid purchasing a PC. Quickly, he found that due to the reliability and life span of a Mac, making a switch to Mac from PC was the right choice.
Seamless integration of macOS and Windows OS within Parallels Desktop impressed him. “As an architect, I need to run Revit to accomplish my daily tasks, and since Revit is only made for a PC-based system, Parallels solved the problem. Without Parallels, I would probably be in another format, which is not ideal, as I prefer to switch between a macOS program to a PC program with a simple click.”
Michael not only happily runs Revit on his Mac with Parallels Desktop, but he’s also recommending Parallels Desktop as a solution for others who may be afraid to make the switch from PC to Mac. “I always talk about Mac computers and how reliable they are compared to PCs, and always present the fact that you can run Parallels in the Mac environment. It solves so many issues. Just the other day, I recommended the solution to a friend, and he did not even realize there was such a thing.”
There are so many talented Parallels Desktop users who utilize CAD programs specific to Windows environments on their Mac. But do take note: CAD programs are intensive, resource-heavy programs. Performance may vary depending on the technical specifications of your Mac. We suggest closing any other applications in the background of macOS while Parallels Desktop is running a power-hungry program to avoid any potential performance issues.
If you’re looking to run CAD programs for Windows on Mac without rebooting, we encourage you to download a FREE 14-day trial of Parallels Desktop for Mac and get started today.
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The wait is finally over for all you Mac and Revit users thanks to Frame. No more Bootcamp, Parallels or switching between a PC and Mac, well, yes, but no. Autodesk don’t have a Revit for Mac version but there is an application called Frame that it can run through and Autodesk have certified it for Revit and AutoCAD.
“Frame: Run any software in a browser” is a cloud based application.
So by the look s of it, it seems pretty straightforward and costs anywhere from $10 – $25 a month plus additional charges for usage above the allocated credits. Click here for a test drive.
Here’s what the makers of Frame had to say at Autodesk University 2015.
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