running CAD on MBP (penryn)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by (mac)tuel, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. (mac)tuel macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2008
    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to these forums, but not to Apple. I used to own a PowerBook G4 a few years ago. I am currently taking architecture classes and this summer I'm enrolled in graphics. I'm in need of a laptop powerful enough to run CAD, but reliable enough to just work every time. So I am seriously considering the new 15" 2.5 GHz MBP. I know it's powerful enough with 4 gb of ram, but will AutoCAD run (if I install XP using Boot Camp) or is there a suitable Mac CAD program that is not too expensive?
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    It should run great in boot camp. Not sure if there is a mac substitute.
  3. kotbehemot macrumors newbie


    Aug 6, 2006
    Consider using ArchiCAD. It is completely different to AutoCAD, but may be worth considering. And runs on my MB Pro perfectly.
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    AutoCAD will run just fine on that machine under boot camp - you'll have no problems at all.

    As the other poster mentioned, Archicad is an excellent Mac-native alternative, but that won't be a lot of use to you if your course is AutoCAD-specific.

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