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Should not not have bought a G5, or a mac?
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Sep 13, 2003, 12:43 PM
Im a Industrial Design student. Last summer I saved up to buy the new G5 1.6 and a 20 apple display thinking it would be all I would need for CAD and 3D modeling, however, im two weeks into school and most of the industry standered programs are PC based. Plus most people have a PC in the program... So I thought I could get V PC,.. But it does not run on the G5 yet..
So whats the deal with mac? How am I supposed to use it for work if it cant run these programs..... I know I could get maya for $2,000.
Im a big mac fan. this is my 3rd mac and all. Im wondering though, is mac for proffesional 3D design...

Any thoughts are comments...
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Sep 13, 2003, 12:53 PM
You can use a Mac for some professional 3D design, but CAD can be a bit tricky.

Something that will definitely help is to go to Architosh; as you might imagine, it's a site geared towards CAD users on the Mac platform. I believe there are at least a few apps you can use.

Speaking of which, AutoDesk apparently has recently released something for OS X that will let you look at files in an AutoCAD format, but for the life of me I can't find it.

Edit: Here we go, a DWF 6 viewer for OS X. AutoCAD is also apparently releasing a development kit that will let developers interface with the format.
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Sep 13, 2003, 01:25 PM
For 3D, I'd get a PC (well, CAD anyway). It'll be just as fast, cheaper, and far more compatible.

However, power shouldn't be a concern; your power should lie in a cheap render farm.
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Sep 13, 2003, 03:56 PM
Autodesk wanted feedback (for AutoCAD) from Mac OS X users in May this year. Link {MacMinute}

I'm to be taking a few ID modules part-time starting next week.
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Sep 13, 2003, 05:05 PM
I am not a full time student but have recently taken courses in Rhino, 3ds Max and Maya so I can sypathize with your position.

I would grab a knowledgeable friend and build yourself a nice PC box with a Pentium 4 on an 875p chipset board with a gig of ram and an Ati 9800 or Nvidia FX 5900 video card. Be sure to get yourself a large display to go with it.
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Sep 14, 2003, 01:54 AM
Or, better yet, use the facilities provided by your university to do the required 3D work and do whatever you can on your Mac.
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