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All About Mac: Running Your Design Applications on Apple Computers

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    Many of the design applications we use today are platform agnostic; they can run on Windows or Mac OS without issue. However, most of these applications have differences or variations that can make loading one version versus another a bit jarring. In this class, we’ll focus on three different ways of running your design applications on an Apple computer: natively, virtually, and through disk partitioning. We’ll look at using native applications like AutoCAD for Mac software, using virtualization options like Parallels to run Windows as an application inside Mac OS, and dividing a hard drive into multiple sections that will run Windows as a separate operating system on your laptop or desktop. There are many factors to consider with any of these options, and we’ll review the pros and cons of each, as well as best practices.

    Key Learnings

    • Discover the differences between AutoCAD software on the Mac and PC
    • Identify alternatives to native applications like virtualization and disk partitioning
    • Learn about the benefits and drawbacks to running Windows on a Mac
    • Learn how to identify the best practices for your needs in running your design software on an Apple computer