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    3D Studio Max On a Mac?

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    3D Studio Max On a Mac?
    hey guys,
    ive done a search first!:dive:

    basically i have a blackbook c2d, 2ghz, with 2gb ram and a 200gb hd.

    im a lifelong windows user and crossed over this week, so sorry if i get any terms wrong.
    im no expert but am fairly i.t competent.

    ive got a 25gb vista partition and the rest is osx.
    i also have parallels installed with xp mce.

    now heres the problem.
    i have 3ds max 9 installed on both windows installations.
    but heres what it does.

    in xp parallels, the viewports show my desktop and not my project!
    in vista booctamp, the viewports kinda flash my project, and is pretty much un-usable.

    now my question is, how do i get it to work?
    ie. different install method maybe? crossovers?


    ps- i need 3ds max NOT maya, so please dont try and sway me! lol!



    thanks for any help provided guys.

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    3D Studio Max On a Mac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lordviper View Post
    hey guys,
    ive done a search first!:dive:
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sho...3&postcount=10

    Quote Originally Posted by lordviper
    ps- i need 3ds max NOT maya, so please dont try and sway me! lol!
    3dsMax is a Windows only program. Maya is the Mac counterpart, both made by AutoDesk.
    If you absolutely need 3dsMax, then a Mac is not for you. :black:
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    3D Studio Max On a Mac?

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    Actually, Maya is not the only counterpart... it is the only COMMERCIAL counterpart. I know of Blender and PovRay which should work on Mac. (I know Blender does, as I have this installed, but I've never used PovRay)

    Just thought I'd point this out. Only reason I've done the 3d program switch is because I'm trying to get more into the open-source world (I do renders on my Linux box), and very far away from the Windows world.
    PC: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz, 2 GM RAM, Total 750 GB HDD, Windows Vista Business (For gaming), Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron (64-bit), Slackware 12 (For GTK# coding)
    Mac: 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, Mini

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    Blender is a great app as well. I toy around with DAZ Studio myself (since it is free :black: )
    I was only pointing out that the manufacturer of 3dsMax, AutoDesk, makes Maya for the Mac thereby making it AutoDesk's Macintosh counterpart for 3dsMax. I never meant to imply that it is the only alternative.
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    Technically Autodesk own Maya now but it's mainly been developed by Alias not Discreet or Autodesk. I've used both and Mac or not I much prefer 3ds max to Maya. And, if you're used to using a high-end application like 3ds max you really can't step down to Blender.

    Other than gaming, 3D rendering is the one thing I'd still use Windows for, much better choice of applications.

    On CGTalk, there were loads of 3ds max on Intel Mac success stories - try posting there, there are loads of experts at hand. You can have your cake and eat it. When Leopard is out I'm going to do my modelling on Boot Camp 3ds max and stick After Burner on my PCs to help out with the rendering.

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    3D Studio Max On a Mac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrQuincy View Post
    On CGTalk, there were loads of 3ds max on Intel Mac success stories - try posting there, there are loads of experts at hand. You can have your cake and eat it. When Leopard is out I'm going to do my modelling on Boot Camp 3ds max and stick After Burner on my PCs to help out with the rendering.
    thanks!

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    It's obvious as to why a rendering program won't work in an emulation program like Parallels. However, the other problem you haven't figured out yet is whether 3D Studio is compatible with Vista yet. If not, that could be the reason as to why it won't work via Boot Camp.

    I suggest searching Google for that answer. I'm betting that only way you'll get 3D Studio working on your Macbook is by installing Windows XP/MCE via BootCamp

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