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    windows on Mac book pro retina display

    Hi, i am planning to buy a new mac retina display laptop with intending to use it in revit and 3dmax.
    I already bought hp envy 17 antiglare Laptop with resolution of 1920*1080 with display size 125% Medium but that made text size a tiny and small,if i changed resolution the proportion become uncomfortable so i have to stick to the default resolution.
    I am afraid to repeat the same problem with the mac ,Does anyone of you have mac and installed parallel desktop with revit and windows how was the performance is it lagging ? or you boot from different operating system ? how is the resolution of retina with windows text size ?
    please share your experience.
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    Problem with Revit in Retina MacBookPro

    Revit 2013 was created when Retina Display MacBookPro didnīt exist. So, now there is an important problem when you try to use Revit on it. Iīve tried with VMWare Fusion 6, and Parallels 9 Desktop and same problem has appeared. Once Iīve installed Revit on Windows 7 through any of these Virtual Machines, Revit doesnīt support the Graphic Card and therefore itīs impossible to work with.
    Ive tried getting low the Screen Resolution, but still same problem.
    Iīve read a lot of forums and same problem happens in all people with R.MBP.

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    btw, iīve read that a good solution to solve all your graphic problems by using Revit in a Retina MacBookPro would be connecting your laptop to an external monitor screen. I will tell you after trying it tonight.

    Im sure lot of people have this problem trying to use revit with a retina macbook. So if anyone can help us would be amazing

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    Just want to make sure you guys have checked out this post (specifically the parts about Retina displays). Let us know how it works out.

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    yes, i read that post yesterday, and hey, iīve got some good news!! Iīve solve all my graphic problems using Revit 2013 with my new macbookpro with retina display 13".
    First of all, Ive got a 2.4gz IntelCore i5, with (only) 8gb 1600mgz RAM. Iīve put 4gb to Windows and the others 4gb to Mac. I know that Revit needs at least 6gb but Iīm a begginer revit user and so far I donīt use very heavy files. Graphics: Intel Iris 1024mb. Software: OS X. 10.9.1 Mavericks.
    I ran Windows 7 Ultimate with Parallels 9 Desktop.

    As many people using Retina, i had that problem when I opened a file in Revit, the 2 drop down menu's at the bottom of the page continuously flicker. Also, the ribbon menu across the top the screen and the menu down the left hand side don't show up (this can also be seen in the screen shot), unless I hover the cursor over the menu.

    The solution has been:
    - Lower Windows Resolution from 2560x1600 to 1920x1200.
    - Lower the size of text and numbers from 200% to 150% (thatīs the key to solve flicker problems).
    - Configure options Parallels: Video memory: from 256mb to 1024. Tick up Direct x10 and change the resolution from "Best to Retina display" to "more space".

    Thatīs all the changes iīve done. Now Revit 2013 it works perfectly with my litle mac.
    Thanks for all your comments. They have benn very helpfully.

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    One more question. If I just have 8gb RAM and Ive allocated 4gb for Parallels. When Parallels is closed and I am using the macbookpro in a normal way, how many Ram gb iīll be able to use? Only 4gb or the total of my 8gb Ram??? btw, Sorry about my english.

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    Great to hear you've got it working better!

    Quote Originally Posted by mondo_sonoro View Post
    One more question. If I just have 8gb RAM and Ive allocated 4gb for Parallels. When Parallels is closed and I am using the macbookpro in a normal way, how many Ram gb iīll be able to use? Only 4gb or the total of my 8gb Ram??? btw, Sorry about my english.
    If Parallels is not running (you've closed the application), OS X gets all 8GB back. Parallels only uses the RAM you've specified in the VM configuration when you're actually running the VM.

    More specifically, the Parallels application will take a certain amount of RAM to run, just like any OS X application. The VM (i.e. Windows) will take the additional RAM you've specified in the configuration settings for the VM (in your setup, the 4GB you've specified for Windows). I'll have to check to see whether Parallels blocks out all that RAM at once, or uses it only as it needs it until it reaches the maximum specified.

    It is recommended to leave 4GB for OS X, but it doesn't hurt to experiment if you need to... if Windows/Revit needs more than 4GB, try increasing the VM to 5GB to see if Revit performance is better or worse (it might get worse because if OS X doesn't have enough RAM for itself, the whole system might slow down).

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    all right iru, iīm gonna start with 4gb Windows / 4gb OS X and letīs see how Revit works. Then next week iīll change to 5gbWindows / 3 gb OS X, and iīll visit this thread to tell all of you how itīs going.
    See you guys!

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    I just bought a new MacBook Pro with 16 GB ram. I had a problem with Revit at first thru Parallels. After reading many forums, I lowered the screen resolution in Win 7 to 1422 x 729 and it Revit works fine now. I allocated 1 GB of video ram & 8 GB of ram to Parallels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwayneaia View Post
    I just bought a new MacBook Pro with 16 GB ram. I had a problem with Revit at first thru Parallels. After reading many forums, I lowered the screen resolution in Win 7 to 1422 x 729 and it Revit works fine now.
    Doesn't sound quite right about the screen resolution, but glad you got it working! Maybe you already had W7, but I strongly recommend W8.1 for rMBP (and really for the purchase of any new Macs).

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