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October 13, 2011

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Tom,
Welcome to the As a 100% Windows user for 15 years, and a recent (4 years) Mac convert, I suspect that you will eventually just get used to the differences, and either be neutral or actually come to prefer the Macish way. I know I was frustrated as hell with the new scrolling in Lion. For about two days. Now it really does make a lot more sense.

Two things that may help.
Control down arrow will show you all documents for the current app via App Expose, while Control up arrow is a shortcut to Mission Control. Four finger swipes up and down work the same magic on the track pad. Once you get used to it it really is very elegant. The five finger pinch (actually a thumb and three fingers) for Launchpad and spread for Show Desktop are a little more awkward but also less needed.

Also, in Finder Preferences, under Advanced, you can set your search to search the Mac, the Current Folder, or the previous Search Scope. I am with you, Current Folder is the better setting. I also turn off all the file access stuff on the desktop, which the old school macheads consider to be very windows of me. ;)

Have fun with the new toy! Maybe someday we get an OS X native Revit this way.

Gordon

Tom,
I too have spent most of my computing life (25 years) in the Microsoft world, with only the last 4 using Macs. At first some of the restirctions/differences annoyed me as well, but the fact that I now spend much more of my time on the computer being productive vs. rebooting, reinstalling windows, dealing with incompatible dll's, drivers, etc., I've come to realize it's worth it. I'm calmer, and don't have the urge to hurl my computer out the window!

Anyway, a couple of (additional) things that may help (Snow Leopard)...

1) In the Dock settings, checking the "Minimize windows into application icon" checkbox will cause the windows to do just that, keeping the ghetto a little cleaner ;-)

2) If I understand you correctly regarding [Alt]+[Tab], to cycle between open windows within an application on the Mac use [command]+[~]

P.S., Autodesk's recent release of AutoCAD for Mac had me pretty excited, even though I don't use AutoCAD anymore... just got me hopeful that this would eventually carry over to the Revit family of products... I know, hopefull ;-)

Cheers,
Rob

Autodesk's release of autocad for mac got me excited too, but then it turned out to be the most sluggish memory glutton app I've ever installed. It's barely usable.

Rob and Gordon, thanks for the tips! This actually made my list a bit shorter :) Of course, I forgot about another big one: the End key does not actually go to the end of a sentence. I know, you can use Command+>, but why even have an End key? Actually, my 4 year old iMac has the End key, I notice now that my new Mac Book does not...

I've used a MacBook Pro a year after bootcamp was initially released. That time the macbook pro could only hold 4GB of ram and didn't supported Windows XP 64 bit not Vista 64 bit. Using Parallels or Fusion was useless on mid size to large Revit projects. Bootcamp was ok, but missed some crucial drivers and since I worked mostly in Revit, I couldn't justify the use of a Mac since I worked only in Windows. Therefore I sold my Mac 9 months later and went back to a PC.

That said, even though things have improved and Autodesk supports Revit on a Mac, I don"t see the point in using a Mac. First of all, you will always have to take a performance hit if you work in Parallels or VMware. Revit is the slowest software I've ever used, which needs all resources. If you work in Bootcamp, which does use all resources, you might as well buy a windows machine. I have the Dell Precision M6600 laptop which allows you to have a raid configuration which increases performance. But most importantly, this laptop could have up to 32 Gb of Memory, which is a huge benifit to Revit. Not to mention the choice in graphic cards.

So, unless something has changed, I would like to know what drives Revit users to use Apple products?

Hi. In addition to what's been written you should know about Cinch, a $7 shareware utility that copies Win's windowing (top=max, Lt, Rt=split). Works with multiple monitors. I've seen some other similar apps.

On those occasions when MS develops a nice UI trick that you just must have on your Mac you can always find something that does just that, and usually more, for ten bucks or less.

Oh, and to answer Ralph, a lot of us are Mac users for, like, ever. So it's not a question of why would a Revit user switch to Mac. It's why would a Mac user switch to Win just for Revit?

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