We did a switch over this year from PC to Mac. We run autocad lt and now revit lt along with sketchup, when needed. We still have a PC that runs these as well and we will eventually switch that out too. It was a good size undertaking but the Mac's are pretty intuitive to use and we run the Autodesk products and Quickbooks with parallel desktop in windows 7-64 bit. The apple mouse is not very easy to use with autocad so I ended up getting a USB mouse from Logitech. I tried the apple magic mouse as long as I could because it works well in other applications but it was hurting my productivity in cad. The parallel desktop is quite a powerful emulator and does a great job of mirroring/syncing the desktop on the Mac and PC. One reason we still run a stand-alone PC is that there is a glitch we still have with our 11x17 epson scanner that is about 6 years old. The Mac drivers are generic for it so the file size of the output scans are far too large. Also, the parallel desktop will not recognize it through the PC shell.
I have been running autocad lt for awhile now in parallel desktop on the Mac and it has performed great. The reason we didn't go with the Mac version is because it was missing some key features that we use often that the PC version had. I have not logged many ours in revit just yet but so fair it holds up well. I run an iMac 27" with 16gb ram and 2gb of video memory. You can customize the amount of resources parallel desktop will use from the Mac environment which is a very nice feature but there are certain limitations there but it hasn't held us up.
We don't do a lot with MS Office products anymore because we switched from MS Outlook to Google Business email/contacts/calendar/tasks. It was a big deal for me to switch away from Outlook because i had used it for the past 15 years or so. I use Apple Mail/Apple Contacts/iCal which syncs with the Google applications. Another guy in the office just uses the web browser to do these things because he has an Android phone.
All this being said, I would do it all over again. Partly because I have an iPhone and iPad which have the same exact feel and look as an iMac or MacBook Pro. About 5 years ago I was going to make the switch but it just wasn't the right timing for various reasons. Then I purchased an iPhone about 2 years ago and I could quickly see that my PC days were numbered because of the ease of use. It also didn't help the argument to stay with the PC since my iPhone synced better with MS Outlook (PC) than my previous Windows phone did.
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing the Mac's is to order them with the minimum ram memory and then order the maximum memory from an online source and install it yourself. Apple charges far too much to upgrade the ram memory from the base package.
Christopher Macklin Design, Inc.
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