Best option for solidworks on mac?

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  1. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Im going to start by saying that I moved to mac for its simplicity, cleanliness, and elegance. Now Im at a point where I need solid works, which is not compatible with mac.

    There are 2 options that Ive already considered, and am very unhappy with.

    Bootcamp: Simply stated: I hate windows. Its not simple, clean, or elegant and I would prefer to have quick access to the programs I have in OSX. I don't want to restart my computer every time I want to use a program.

    Parallels: Better than bootcamp since it doesn't require me to restart my mac to access windows. What I don't like about parallels is that all of the windows crap clutters my launchpad. If there is a way to delete/uninstall all the preloaded programs that come with windows (internet explorer, calendar, etc.) shown in the image below. I don't want to 'ghetto fix' it by throwing them into folders. I just don't want them there, existing, at all.

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    Ive tried using Wine to install solid works, but I could never get through the installation process. I think the solid works installation is too complex for wine.

    Is there a program that will place a maximum of 2 new icons on my launchpad that will allow me to install and use solid works on my mac?
     
  2. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately having them not be there is simply not how launch pad works. Personally I don't care for launch pad so your issue wouldn't affect me any but if it bothers you that much your "ghetto fix" might be the only real option. Parallel's installs a lot of stuff unfortunately.
     
  3. sonicrobby thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Do you know if vmware has all that crap as separate icons also?
     
  4. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    I've used it but I honestly don't recall, especially since I don't use launch pad at all.

    I THINK that VMWare was a but better for that, plus I personally just liked it more, but I'm not promising that fact because it's been awhile.
     
  5. sonicrobby thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Actually, when installing parallels, you can deselect to option to share windows programs on a mac. It will keep everything nice and clean, just that one icon. Now to test and see if solid works functions well enough.
     
  6. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    Huh, I never noticed the option. Nice eyes.
     

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