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Special Report: Running AutoCAD in Virtual PC

Updated April 8, 2005


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Introduction

Microsoft Virtual PC lets you run Windows on PowerPC-based Macs. (For running Windows on Intel Macs, you need Parallels Desktop or other virtual machine project. For more on Intel Macs and Windows, click here.) This page is about Virtual PC.

We had several dozen responses to our request for reports of AutoCAD running on Virtual PC. We present many of them here. Readers report successfully using several versions of AutoCAD, including AutoCAD 2000LT, AutoCAD 2000i, and AutoCAD 2002. Users with faster Macs were happier with performance than those with slower Macs. Looking at all the responses, 667 MHz seems to be a minimum speed that makes most people happy. One reader said that Virtual PC runs AutoCAD on a processor upgrade card. Several users also verified what what have previously reported: that Virtual PC runs faster in Mac OS 9 than in Mac OS X, and that Windows 2000 is the fastest version of Windows to run in Virtual PC.

Several readers pointed us towards and article at Mac Daily News called A PowerBook in a Windows/AutoCAD Architecture Firm. As an alternative, one reader suggested looking at Architosh.com for Autocad-compatible CAD programs for the Mac

We've arranged these with the happy users first, followed by those that don't think VPC is a usable solution for AutoCAD.

Positive Reports and Suggestions

We start with an anonymous user who works at an Apple Store,who relates this incident about an architect:

The Architect who did the Australian opera house came in to the AppleStore with a copy of AutoCAD, several models he had created, and an hour to test. We installed AutoCAD, bumped the RAM settings for VPC to 512 MB, and let him go to town.

Was the performance stellar? No. Did he buy a dual-gig Mac to replace his PC? Yup. He just said he was sick of crashing. If it's good enough for him, its good enough for me.

April 7, 2003
Gary Hsueh

I'm using AutoCAD R14 on Windows 98 in VPC 6, on a G4/733 running Jaguar with 1 GB RAM. I think AutoCAD has been fairly acceptable for 2D mapping (40,000 objects), but I've never tried the 3D modeling stuff. Screen refresh, zoom extents, etc. are not as bad as I thought they would be coming into this. I've never tried to print, since I just transfer files between my home and my work.

I hope to install AutoCAD 2002 on it soon, I hope it doesn't bog down everything. I'm running Windows 98.

April 7, 2003
Loren Ralph

Although I use it primarily for previewing files from our parent company, I have seen no problems running AutoCAD 2000 under VPC 5.2, using Windows 98SE. This is on a G3 400 running Mac OS X 10.2

April 7, 2003
Bill Earl says AutoCAD on VPC even works with a CPU upgrade card:

I've been running AutoCAD 2002 on Virtual PC 6 for about two months now. I found it was usable but slow on my Power Mac G4/466, hence I recently added a Sonnet Encore/ST 1.2 GHz CPU upgrade, which speeds it up considerably.

Since I am just learning AutoCAD, I do not yet have a large format printer but it works fine with my LaserJet 2100tn printer.

If I were to use AutoCAD professionally, I would consider buying a PC for more speed. This would have to be justified based on time is money.

I followed (Connectix?) directions to reduce the processor load (unnecessary graphics, etc.) in Windows XP, so now it supposedly performs very close to Windows 2000.

With Virtual PC 6, I haven't seen much difference between OS 9 and OS X performance (vs. Virtual PC 5 where the difference was significant).

April 7, 2003
Jeff DRONY reports a problem with the cursor:

Except for problems with annoying appearance of the mouse cursor with the AutoCAD cursor in graphic screens and the fact that AutoCAD has to be cracked to eliminate the need of the hardware key (no parallel port is available), V14 work fine with W95, NT4, Win 2000 Pro and V2000 on Win 2000 Pro. It should be OK with AutoCAD Lite without any software mods.

Runs on Virtual PC 6 and previous versions, and slower on Mac OS X.

April 7, 2003
BTC

I run AutoCAD under VPC. I have VPC 5/Win98 and it's running on a laptop G4/867 and desktop G4/733. It's not the fastest thing going, but it does run.

A friend is building a house and gets the drawings from the architect as AutoCAD files and uses VPC to check them and make changes from her TiBook.

April 7, 2003
Lee Rainwater runs AutoCAD 2002 on Virtual PC, and can print:

I have been successful in running AutoCAD 2002 on Windows 2000 with Virtual PC 5.0.4 with no known issues. I have also run AutoCAD 2000 on NT 4.0SP6, also on VPC 5.0.4.

I'm also pleased to report that I was able to print from AutoCAD to both a LaserJet 5000N and a DesignJet 500 (non Postscript) over IP. Works like a charm!

April 7, 2003
Steve Shireman runs AutoCAD 2000i

Yes, I use it on VPC, and it works fine. I'm using AutoCAD 2000i, and the VPC is running Win 2000 Pro. Like any Windows apps, it runs slower than on Wintel hardware, but it is stable, and quite usable for my needs.

April 7, 2003
Nils Groot of Amsterdam compares Virtual PC 5 and 6:

I'm writing to you to let you know my experience on running autocad on Virtual PC. First off, let me tell you I'm a constructional-engineering student here at a university in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). We use cad-computer systems all the time when drawing something. While I have the freedom to choose my cad-application, I usually use autocad 2002. I have also worked with Allplan, Vectorworks and some smaller cad-applications.

When virtual PC 5 came out, I discovered it didn't really work that snappy with AutoCAD. So I fired up the terminal to give virtual PC priority over other applications (with commands like top and sudo). After that I closed all applications and autocad worked reasonably well. It still wasn't as fast as working on a real PC. So when virtual PC 6 came out I was excited, because they said it was way faster then VPC 5. But in the end it was just as fast as my 'tweaked' version of VPC 5.

I think Virtual PC on classic Mac (OS 9) is the best. This is because it gets all the system memory and speed.

Below are my specifications;

iBook G3 700 MHz
384 MB internal memory
Mac OS 10.2.4 with VPC 5 or 6 using windows 95 combined with autocad 14 or 2002

April 7, 2003
Shahed Amanullah

I have integrated my TiBook 550 into my work network (PC/AutoCAD) by using VPC to run AutoCAD. It runs fairly well - definitely slower than a real PC, but passable performance, enough to get the job done.

April 7, 2003
Dave Fleishman

I saw your post on running AutoCAD under VPC. I can say that I did get AutoCAD to work under VPC, albeit extremely slowly. I am an attorney, and I had a case involving some complex AutoCAD drawings, "lisp" routines, etc. My client had a spare license of AutoCAD that I installed on my machine, which at that time was a PowerBook 2400 running OS 9 with a G3 upgrade. I was using VPC 5, and it installed and ran AutoCAD fine. I didn't try actually doing any drawings or otherwise use AutoCAD to its potential, since all I needed to do was open and view previously rendered files.

I've deleted that AutoCAD now, so I can't say whether it would work under Mac OS X, VPC6 or any of my more current hardware. It did work before, though.

April 7, 2003
Richard Buday, AIA
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I've tried AutoCAD (version 14) on both Virtual PC 5.0.4 and 6 in several different combinations of hardware and Windows OS. ACAD r14 runs acceptably under VPC 5.0.6 or 6 and Windows 2000 on a G3 iMac DV 500 MHz with 1 megabyte of RAM. Minimal delay in cursor movement and screen refresh is apparent but not objectionable. For occasional use, this spec works fine. I've encountered no problems with LISP programs, menu macros, xREFS of files on networked PCs, etc.

AutoCAD on a PowerBook G4 667 (also with a megabyte of RAM) and Windows 2000 is significantly faster, though still slower than my old desktop PC (PIII 450, 256 megabytes RAM). I'd call this arrangement good enough for most 2d work but not serious 3D. Interestingly, running under Windows 98 seems to load ACAD and LISP programs faster, but VPC seems to frequently corrupt Windows 98 -- so I've abandoned that idea.

A new G4 iMac would should make a decent light-duty workstation. A new dual processor Power Mac should get ACAD r14 up to or beyond my old PC.

A word of caution: my experience has VPC also exhibiting an annoying tendency to corrupt Windows 2000's virtual hard disk (though less frequently than Windows 98). This requires a new installation of Windows from time to time. I would not suggest storing any critical drawings on the C drive for very long.

April 7, 2003
Andrew Holowka

We have been successfully using AutoCAD 2000 (lite and full) on G4 eMacs running Mac OS X 10.2.4 and VPC 6.0.1. AutoCAD 2000 runs fine with more than acceptable speed. We also run AutoCAD (full) on OS 9.2.2 on G3/G4 PowerMacs and VPC 5.0.4....no problems here either.

All in all, not a bad setup.

April 7, 2003
Robert Juhl reports a configuration issue:

Yes, I have run AutoCAD 2000 with Windows 98 on VPC 5.0. My Mac is a G4 867 MHz with 1 GB of ram. It's a little slow, but I even used it for some 3D modeling of my kitchen. I've upgraded to VPC 6.0 on Mac OS X but I'm having trouble with VPC remembering where the configured PC's are.

April 7, 2003
Tom Wilkie used another CAD program in VPC:

Although I can't say whether or not AutoCAD works, I've used ProDesktop win Windows 98 on VPC. Performance is not brilliant, only just usable. No technical problems.

April 7, 2003
Paul Naro

On my Ti-667 512 MB, AutoCAD runs (running under Win2K in VPC) OK. Not screamingly fast (new 17"" PowerBook on Friday!), but decently. Haven't spent too much time running it though. Try staying away from Windows when I can ;-) Opened and modified a couple existing drawings OK though. Didn't try to print or anything.

Have people write them about Mac OS X support. They sent me a survey when I asked. Maybe if enough people asked, they would consider supporting the Mac.

April 7, 2003
Bruno Grinwis

First I have to say that my office has not updated its PCs in 3 years, we are running Windows 2000 on old Pentium III systems. At home, I have a TI PowerBook 667 MHz G4 with 512 MB of RAM, I installed autocad 2000 on VPC 6.0 and I have no problem running it.

I am satisfied with the performance but would not use it as my main system but I would consider it on a more substantial machine. The performance on my Mac is very similar of the one on an old Pentium III. For now, AutoCAD on VPC 6 is fine for working at home from time to time.

I am still hoping to see a native OS X version of AutoCAD.

February 9, 2005
Shahed Amanullah

I use AutoCAD on Virtual PC (Win 98) regularly (17" 1.33 GHz PowerBook) and am quite pleased with the performance. When integrated into the company network, I can access all files and references as if I were a regular PC.

AutoCAD is a very specialized application, and while you can import/export DXF and DWG files with some Mac-native drafting programs, if you're doing anything complex (x-referencing, for example), you need the real thing. And my PC-using colleagues are stunned that AutoCAD works so well on my PowerBook.

I recommend using Win 98 rather than XP or NT (more processing power for AutoCAD and less for the OS) and upping your RAM as much as possible.

Amanullah didn't mention Windows 2000, but we recommend it as the fastest version of Windows to run in Virtual PC.

Good AutoCAD performance in VPC in Mac OS 9

June 10, 2004
Iwert told us about his positive experiences running AutoCAD in Virtual PC. He is using an older (upgraded) Mac with Mac OS 9, which does run Virtual PC faster than Mac OS X. He is also using Windows NT, which does run faster than Windows XP in VPC. His report:

I just wanted to let you know that AutoCAD 2000 runs like on a Pentium III 1.6 GHz on a Pismo with PowerLogix 1 GHz upgrade, 768 MB RAM and Windows NT 4 on Virtual PC 5.0.4 under Mac OS 9.2.2.

I am really astonished by the speed of this combo, it is at times faster than my Pentium 2.5 GHz at work. Startup of Virtual PC + AutoCAD is certainly faster. Working in AutoCAD is transparent and without any slowdowns. Switching layouts is fast, and drawing 3D no problem. It even gets faster when mounting the NT volume on a RAM disk, and battery life greatly improves.

All in all I am very happy, and just dished the OrangePC with 450 MHz AMD k6/2 from my desktop machine, which was now at least 2 times slower then the upgraded Pismo. I suspect the 1 MB L2 cache at full speed is contributing a lot to the speed increase.

Not fast enough

April 7, 2003
Bo Clawson doesn't think emulation is fast enough:

I have not used AUTO CAD but have used a higher powered 3D solids CAD, SolidWorks 2001, on Virtual PC v5 with Windows 98 on a G3/300 Pismo PowerBook w/384 MB RAM under OS 9. Though performance was obviously slow, I was able to learn how to use SolidWorks and do simple parts.

I used this setup 2 years ago prior to getting a 1 GHz Dell Laptop so I could get good running speed out of SolidWorks.

To make SolidWorks run passably, my guess is that we would need to have a Mac CPU running at 2 GHz or more. Of course now, if I wanted to run SolidWorks, it would be the 2001+ version at least and Windows XP Pro. Since I haven't tried that combination, I can't do a guess on how fast it would run.

I also use PowerCADD for 2D natively on the Mac. There is a user group, mostly of architects. If you go on there and ask users about the use of VPC and AutoCAD or AutoCAD Lite (or whatever the name is), I think you will get a few more replies about direct use of AutoCAD specifically as dxf & DWG translations are very common in architecture.

April 7, 2003
Van Franklin

We have have installed and run AutoCAD 2000LT on VPC. Our test machine was a dual processor 450 with 256 MB of RAM running OS X 10.2.4 and OS 9.2.2. Under OS X, AutoCAD was slooow, far too slow to use. Performance was slow even for things like mouse movement. The curser jumped around the screen when moving the mouse making it very difficult to snap to lines.

VPC and AutoCAD in OS 9 faired much better. Over all speed of the application was night and day faster. Although still slow, AutoCAD IS usable and can be used on a light basis. If you have heavy requirements for AutoCAD, purchase a real PC.

April 7, 2003
Lloyd Fruchtman

I ran it on my 600 MHz cube with 512 MB of RAM. It "runs" but that's relative. It wasn't really fast enough to be productive, but it worked. VPC 5 with OS 10.2.

April 7, 2003
Richard Laycock

I have personally setup ACAD 2000i on several G3 and G4 computers. These were on OS 9. It does work. I have personally used VPC on X and I can't imagine there would be any conflicts. These installations were for clients that simply needed to view what others in the company were doing. They weren't ACAD engineers. It worked for them.

My own opinion is that VPC is too slow to make a real CAD draftsman happy. When someone shows me VPC benchmarking as fast as my 600 P3 Inspiron I might reconsider. From my experience it isn't close even on the 1 gig P4 I've installed it on.

FWIW, I haven't tried the last two updates even though I own a license. VPC is too expensive in my opinion to keep upgrading when a simple $600 PC would smoke it.

Long Time AutoCAD-on-Mac user accepts limitations

April 7, 2003
Robert Jacob

I've been using AutoCAD on Macs for a number of years, including their Mac release that only worked on the 68040 machines, an Orange PC card, Soft PC, and most recently, Virtual PC. I have mostly used AutoCAD LT, though I am familiar with their other versions. My main uses, for which I find VPC satisfactory, is to use AutoCAD to check the quality of AutoCAD files I've created in other, Mac-based applications (Form-z and VectorWorks); view files sent to me by others in .dwg format without having to resort to importing them to Mac-based programs; perform simple operations on the .dwg files that make them more manageable in Mac-based applications (wBlock is a favorite way to strip unnecessary layers, e.g..); repair bad .dwg files using the Audit command; export to other versions of AutoCAD, etc.

I DO NOT try to use VPC-based AutoCAD for my primary drafting program. Even with the fastest Macs, I think this would be marginal, especially with files more that 10-20 MB, or files with lots off external references, bitmap attachments, etc. I also avoid printing, exporting to other formats (such as PDF, which is not reliable), or doing anything too processor intensive, or that requires monkeying around with MacWindows settings.

For the past two years, I've been using a 500 MHz Ti PowerBook with 1 GB of RAM, OS 10.2.x, and VPC running MacWindows 95, 2000 Pro and most recently, XP Professional. This set up is really too slow for me, and I will be upgrading to a faster PowerBook as soon as the 15" Al PowerBooks are available.

Rumors have persisted for years that AutoDesk will release some kind of software that would run natively on a Mac, but I'm not holding my breath. On the other hand, AutoCAD alone is not worth a switch to Windows unless you want (need?) to do all your work in that environment. I have found that for what I do, I am far more productive in the Mac environment, even with the overhead of having to translate files occasionally, and that some of the Mac programs have tools that are critical for me that are missing in AutoCAD (ever tried to join a few thousand short, straight segments into a continuous polyline in AutoCAD, and set them a a constant z-elevation? Form-z does this easily).

Basically, AutoCAD works on the Mac with VPC, if you understand and accept its limitations.

Running AutoCAD via Citrix servers

April 23, 2003 -- One reader asked if a Citrix server could be used instead of Virtual PC to give Mac users access the application. A reader named Jay says yes:

In the school that I used to work for, we had AutoCAD LT running on NT 4 and 2000 based Citrix servers. The Citrix servers were set up by ClassLink Technologies.

A reader's tips for running AutoCAD.

April 30, 2003
Matthew Helt

I am the lead designer for a small engineering firm on California's central coast. Our shop primarily runs AutoCAD 2002, but I prefer Macintosh and a client's request for VectorWorks spurred the decision to add Macintosh to our shop as well.

Here's some tips for running AutoCAD in Virtual PC 6:

- Be sure you remember to install the Virtual PC Additions, which allows you to launch AutoCAD from the Dock. It also improves graphics with better resolution. And, there's no need to use a Control key to move your mouse cursor out of the Virtual PC window.

- Use Mac OS X 10.2 or later, which includes the Quartz Extreme graphics engine. Graphics are much more responsive after I upgraded to 10.2. (10.2 also has better support for SMB sharing.)

- RAM. Allocate the full 512 MB to your Virtual PC. On my computer, running just AutoCAD under Windows 98 uses 255 MB of ram.

- Hard Drives. keep your CAD files on a drive image separate from the image containing your OS. I don't know why, but VPC 6 seems to randomly corrupt hard drive images containing Windows.

NOTE: We have not seen this corruption problem.

Secondly, it's a good idea to setup an SMB share from OS X and map a drive letter to it in Windows, which will allow you to easily move files between VPC/Windows and OS X. You can't mount a VPC disk image while VPC is running, so this is ideal for quickly switching between the two.

- CPU Priority. Another user mentioned on your site that you can increase the priority of the VPC application using OS X. I did this as well, but didn't notice a difference in VPC performance. This might make a difference on older machines though. VPC 6 also has a setting for CPU Usage in the preference window, set it to 'High'. If you plan on letting your computer render multiple images while you do something else, also set the background priority to 'High'

My primary machine is a Dual G4 (1.41 GHz each) tower with 1.5 GB RAM. AutoCAD 2002 is installed under Virtual PC 6. The performance is suitable for production work, and have not been hampered by the emulated environment. I tested both Windows XP and 98, and found that XP had a sluggish response and disk images would often corrupt for no apparent reason. In Windows 98 graphics are much more responsive (no jerky cursor movements), networking is a lot easier to setup, and 98 requires less RAM than XP. Since apparently VPC 6 has a limit of 512 MB ram for a given Virtual PC, this was also seemed to help performance.

NOTE: This reader did not test Windows 2000, but we and Connectix have. Windows 2000 is faster than Windows 98 and Windows XP in Virtual PC.

June 11, 2003
James Nennemann

I have successfully installed and used the Unix tool Rdesktop to connect to my terminal server. I am using it in conjunction with X11.app and I am surprised that the performance exceeds MS' RDC for Mac and almost equals RDC for PC. I can pan, zoom and rotate in a way that is so fluid that a unknowing individual might not realize that they are using another machine.

Please pass this on. It could be useful to others that are in my situation; lots of Macs with people screaming to switch to PCs because they need one application.

If you've tried this, please

Mac OS X-native alternatives to AutoCAD on VPC

Some readers use Mac OS X-native CAD programs instead of running AutoCAD in Virtual PC. These are their recommendations. ( your favorite Mac OS X-native AutoCAD alternative.)

January 10, 2005
Trevor Bendell

I must admit that I haven't used AutoCad on a Mac with Virtual PC, but I have used AutoCad on an actual PC &endash; it's not the easiest of programs to use. An architect friend of mine mentioned the fact that to get the best out of AutoCad you really need to go on a course.

My experience of using other CAD programs is that there are better and more user friendly apps for those people requiring a AD app, be that Mac or PC machine users. It seems that AutoCad is used by so many companies because of the fact of the fear of compatibility issues &endash; "Everybody else uses AutoCad, so I'll have to."

I use Microspot MacDraft on a Mac; it's cheap (about US $300, I would guess) compared to AutoCad, and it does seem to have a certain amount of compatibility with other cad apps (it can import/export DWG & DXF files), although I will point out there are sometimes compatibility issues between different versions of AutoCad and different versions the PC's operating system.

If you want to use a Mac to produce CAD drawings or view drawings produced by PC users, then I would say that, if you can get away with it, use another cad app. The following are highly regarded by Mac and PC users: ArchiCad, VectorWorks, and I find MacDraft a good basic program.

Like other readers of your site I would recommend looking at the Architosh.com site.

February 22, 2005
Ralph Byrd

I read your AutoCAD entry and by all means don't forget Ashlar Vellum's solutions and Ilexsoft's High Design. High Design to my mind is the best 2D drafting program I know. Not to mention that it is fantastically affordable. Ashlar Vellums products are much more than basic and can get pretty pricey.

February 22, 2005
Omar Sotomonte

My girlfriend has been using AutoCAD on my Mac. In her words "it stinks." But when there is no other option, you must have a little patience and it slowly does everything you need.

Another option is to use VectorWorks, which is a native Mac OS X CAD app compatible with AutoCAD files.

February 28, 2004
Gerry Graff

I am no power user, but having used CAD programs back to ClarisCad (which was a really sweet program) I find VectorWorks stable, intuitive, powerful, and the support from Nemetschek (the maker) wonderful.

February 22, 2005
Anonymous

An Mac-native alternative to AutoCAD is probably not a bad plan, if AutoCAD compatibility is actually an issue, as AutoCAD is at the "shallow end" of the pond as far as CAD applications and there are many translator options. But that's a function of whether its 2D or 3D that is needed.

AutoCAD does translate particularly well to other CAD applications which are "higher" (and/or more convoluted) in the food chain.

Last time I checked, which as been awhile &endash; AutoCAD had around 25 percent of the CAD market share. But a lot of businesses with robust needs use other applications. Unigraphics (5 percent?), Pro/Engineer (20+ percent), SDRC Ideas (around 3-5 percent), SolidWorks (very roughly 10+ percent). These are numbers which are a few years old. But it isn't entirely utility - price points factor in, as well as maintenance costs (training, etc.). Hence, AutoCAD. The pay rate is the lowest for AutoCAD designers as well.

Aside: Pro/Engineer originally ran on Unix first & only, has a Linux implementation, there have been noises about porting a version to Mac OS X in the works for a few years, but I gather it was jettisoned in favor of a port to Linux.

So maybe what needs to be addressed is whether there is viability in limited use of emulators to run the Windows versions of various CAD application on a Mac adequately enough. Whether it was a learning environment, a career daily use situation in an intractable workplace, or occasional home use all factor into the path.

AutoCAD 14 problems on VPC 6

February 7, 2005
S. Grant

I haven't been able to use AutoCAD v 14 on Windows XP via Virtual PC 6 on my 1.2 MHz G4, Mac OX 10.3.3.

I can INSTALL AutoCAD v14 OK-- and AutoCAD will generate a NEW file OK. But if I go to OPEN an already existing AutoCAD file, or try to open a newly created AutoCAD file (via VPC), AutoCAD crashes and gives me the "FATAL ERROR: Heap error" message.

Now I thought Heap errors were related to RAM. But I am running a 1.2 MHz Power Mac G4, 1 Gig of RAM. I devoted 512 MB of ram to VPC and it still isn't opening EXISTING AutoCAD files.

I can launch AutoCAD v14 in VPC and get a new and blank AutoCAD file, but once I save a file and try to reopen the same file, AutoCAD crashes w/ that same HEAP error message.

I tried adjusting my settings to run programs under 2000 or Win 98 compatibility with no luck.

Suggestions

February 9, 2005
Matt Ma suggests that Windows is the problem:

My understanding is that AutoCAD 14 does not run on Windows XP. So the problem may not be related to VPC.

If you can verify this, please

VPC 7 problems with AutoCAD:Mouse drivers and TrueType fonts

April 6, 2005
Jeffrey Hoyer described two problems with Virtual PC 7 that make it tough for working with AutoCAD:

I have talked to Microsoft about two bugs in Virtual PC that affect AutoCAD.

The first is that Virtual PC uses the Mac mouse and no longer is able to use Windows-based mouse drivers. The effect of this is that in AutoCAD on VPC 7, both the normal arrow and the AutoCAD cursor show up simultaneously on the screen. This has some bad properties at times, but is not a difficult thing to work with.

The main problem is that any TrueType fonts used in a drawing will not rotate when plotted to landscape format. When printed, the TrueType fonts run vertically while the SHX fonts print normally. The Microsoft techs did not have a fix for this at the time and said they would tackle that problem in time.

For us, it makes it impossible to work on AutoCAD in VPC 7, as our CAD standards have several TrueType fonts in them. The speed of the program on a Dual 2 GHz G5 machine are just tolerable and considerably slower that VPC 6 on a fast G4 machine.

April 8, 2005
Bill Earl

I have experienced both of Jeffrey Hoyer's problems using AutoCAD with VPC, and believe I have a solution for the TrueType printing problem.

I had the same problem about two years ago and asked for help on an Autodesk forum. The thread is at here.

TrueType fonts print properly when both the printer setup and page setup are set to landscape. I created a new PC3 file for this printer setting. Previously, I wasn't aware of the landscape setting in the printer driver.


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